Taught course

Accounting and Financial Management

University of Essex · Essex Business School

Entry requirements

Upper second-class honours degree, or equivalent, with either some background in social science or some numerate degree content.This course is designed for students without a first degree in accounting and therefore suitable for students who have previously studied business, economics or other related subjects.


Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Accounting and Financial Management should interest you if you are without a first degree majoring in accounting, as it is suitable for those who previously studied business, economics or other related subjects. We offer a comprehensive grounding in corporate reporting and analysis, and management accounting and control.

Compulsory modules give you an introduction to the theoretical and critical approaches to accounting and financial management, and you can build on this foundation to extend your knowledge in particular areas by choosing three optional modules. This course will be useful if you wish to pursue a career in industry, commerce or professional services firms.

Our Essex Business School has an international reputation for cutting-edge research in accounting, finance, management and entrepreneurship. This was confirmed when we were ranked second in the UK for accounting and finance research, with 95 percent of our research graded as of international quality. Our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts, much of it addressing the important issues currently being faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

We are recognised for being at the forefront of research in: business ethics and corporate social responsibility; organisation studies; leadership and strategy; finance and banking; risk management; and international management. Many of our academic staff have world class research reputations and have written about, or worked, in, a wide range of organisations and this experience is incorporated into your learning experience within our School.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations15
Written coursework / continuous assessment65
Dissertation20 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719