Taught course

Finance and Accounting with CIMA

University of the West of Scotland · Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants must have achieved a degree in any business or accounting related discipline. Applicants with lesser qualifications may also be considered if they have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry, and/or hold other degrees, as long as they have started to study with any accounting and finance professional body, such as ACCA, CIMA, etc. Where English is not the first language, students must be able to satisfy the University of their competence in English with an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

Months of entry


Course content

Developed in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this programme prepares you for a successful career in finance and accounting, working at home or overseas in various business environments.

About the programme: This MSc provides an opportunity to gain relevant contextual and subject specialist knowledge through a structured programme of academic studies. It adds value to your first business or accounting related degree by giving you an integrated and critically aware understanding of your specialism.

Your learning: The course focuses on delivering the conceptual understanding and practical skills involved in accounting and finance with an understanding of how accounting operates. It will enable you to develop a professional accountancy career and join CIMA through the accelerated ‘gateway’ route. The course prepares you to sit the external CIMA ‘Gateway Examination’. Passing this three-hour case study examination allows you to claim 12 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level papers, and you will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting. You will then only need to sit and pass three strategic level examinations, the associated case study, and fulfil the work-based practical experience, before being eligible for full CIMA membership and recognition as a professional Management Accountant.

The modules undertaken at Postgraduate Diploma stage are:

• Strategic Financial Accounting

• Strategic Financial Management

• Strategic Management Accounting

• Capital Resources

• The Professional Accountant and Governance

plus one option from:

• Advanced Financial Accounting

• Advanced Management Accounting

• Global Finance MSc

To attain the MSc, you must complete an MSc dissertation (60 credits), an individual piece of relevant research.

Our Careers Adviser says Graduates can explore a rich diversity of career options in finance and accounting management posts in industry and commerce. Our graduates’ careers include finance director, finance business partner, management consultant, operations director, management accountant and corporate finance manager. Professional recognition Students may wish to fully complete their professional accreditation with CIMA as the primary aim of this programme is to obtain professional exemptions. Other progression routes include a research career or further management qualifications such as an MBA or DBA.

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12-24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Abeer Hassan
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)