With a strong practical focus, access to the industry-standard Bloomberg Professional system, and ACCA and CIMA exemptions, our MSc in Accounting and Finance will act as a springboard into a wide range of finance and accounting-related careers.

Today’s business managers need to be able to analyse and interpret financial information and use this to inform business strategy. This course will help you develop this expertise, as well as giving you an indepth understanding of the contemporary issues encountered by financial managers.

The underlying practical focus ensures that the skills and knowledge you gain are highly relevant to the workplace whichever area of accounting or finance you are seeking to engage in.

Study Details:

MSc/PGDip/PGCert 1 year full-time

Module Details:

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of five of the seven core modules detailed below.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance
  • Corporate Governance and Strategy
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Corporate Financial Strategy
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Advanced Corporate Reporting
  • Research Methods in Accounting and Finance

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of the remaining compulsory modules and one additional optional module, allowing you to specialise in an area relevant to your career plans.

Optional modules

  • Financial Investments in Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Consultancy Project in Accounting and Finance

Masters dissertation

To achieve a Masters, you must complete a dissertation which gives you the chance to research an area of accounting and finance that is of particular interest to you and of relevance to your career plans. Previous dissertation topics include:

  • Pre-production financial accounting issues in oil and gas companies: The accounting policy choices
  • Capital Structure and Profitability: An Empirical Research of the Drinks Manufacturing Industry in China
  • Human capital disclosures in company annual reports a case study of listed companies on the London Stock Exchange
  • Financial Investment Appraisal Incorporating Environmental Externalities

Student Destinations

The skills and knowledge developed on this course provide you with a wide range of opportunities in finance and accounting-related careers.

Many of our graduates choose to specialise further by going on to study for the CIMA or ACCA qualifications and becoming chartered accountants.

A proficiency in accounting and financial management, as well as an appreciation of the contemporary issues faced by financial managers, can enable you to progress to senior positions, such as business analyst, finance director, investment analyst, financial reporting manager, chief accountant and head of risk management.


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Entry Requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree of 2:2 or above in Accounting and Finance; or
  • an honours degree of 2:1 or above in Economics, Mathematics or a Business related subject.

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