Taught course

Accounting and Finance

University of Northampton · Division of Accounting and Finance

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a second-class degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant subject, obtained from a UK university, equivalent degree or postgraduate diploma from a recognised university abroad; or professional qualifications such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA, AIB, ACII, etc if they are obtained by examination (part qualified professionals may also apply).

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

This Master’s course provides essential skills for those seeking high level careers in all types of organisations; public and private sector, within industry and commerce, both in the UK and abroad.

An understanding of the context in which accounting and finance operates within the business environment is crucial if you are looking to enhance your career. You will examine how financial decisions are made within business; the role of the auditor and the repercussions on broader society of corporate and financial decisions.

Accounting and finance are essential areas of expertise for many people seeking high level careers in these professions, as well as commerce and academia.

The programme assumes that you will enter with a good deal of technical accounting knowledge, having either studied accounting at undergraduate or professional level. Building on that learning, you will be provided with theoretical background and applied knowledge at Master's level. It is designed to enhance intellectual and transferable skills, including presentation, research, analysis and appraisal. This programme addresses many of the current accounting issues present in business and how they relate to wider social, technical and economic challenges. You will also have the opportunity to study a specialist interest.

On completion, you will be conversant with theoretical issues in accountancy and finance, and be able to apply accounting theory and practice to real issues that are faced in day-to-day operations. This will provide an excellent framework for you to pursue further study, or enhance your business prospects.

Semester One

You will be introduced to some of the main themes in accounting and finance, this is in the context of utilising financial information to enhance business decision making. Modules in semester one will highlight the importance of sound decision making in successful organisations.

Semester Two

You will examine the role which organisations can play in the wider social context in which they operate and also how this role can affect their decision making. You will also study the way in which accounting regulation takes place in an international context.

Semester Three

The research proposal produced in Semester two will guide the development of a clearly defined and evidenced study purpose, a critical review of the extant literature, and a robust methodology. Data is then collected, analysed, interpreted and applied to the study purpose, and a 15,000 word research report (dissertation) is produced, with the support of a dissertation supervisor.

Course modules (16/17):

  • Corporate Reporting - Core module Y
  • Global Financial Strategy - Core module Y
  • Financial and Business Strategy - Core module Y
  • Strategic Audit - Core module Y
  • Investment Analyst - Core module Y
  • Social Responsibility and Governance - Core module Y
  • Dissertation and Research Methods​ - Core module Y

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations35
Written coursework / continuous assessment35
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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