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Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance MSc

Accounting and finance are central to managing organisations effectively. This course integrates accounting, leadership and change, and gives you a practical insight into developing the discipline. It also provides you with a firm knowledge of accounting and finance and the adaptability needed in a rapidly changing environment.


Course overview

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This course is distinctive in its focus on using financial skills in organisations. You develop hard and soft accounting skills as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively in the challenging business environment.

If you already hold a professional accounting qualification such as ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, you only need to undertake two modules to complete the award - Contemporary Issues and Research Methods, and the Dissertation.

Top reasons to study accounting and finance with us:

  • Industry input: we work with brands including Coca-Cola, Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Johnson & Johnson to give you experience of working with global organisations.
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities: our students have created 500 new business start-ups through Launchpad and Microbiz – a start-up community who provide support and advice for students looking to start a new business venture.
  • United Nations’ PRME initiative – we’re a proud signatory of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, which aims to globally raise the profile of sustainability and responsible leadership to equip current and future leaders with the skills to deliver positive change for business and society
  • Financial awards: study this course and you may be eligible for £2,500 Sir Keith Skeoch postgraduate scholarship.

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Course details

Three core modules deal with the disciplines of financial accounting, management accounting and international finance. You also study the global business environment and explore contemporary issues in accounting thought before taking accounting skills and management research modules in preparation for your dissertation.

This programme is open to qualified accountants who may enter with 100 credits of advanced standing, leaving them with only the Current Issues in Accounting & Research and the Accounting Dissertation to complete the award.

Course structure

Core modules

Contemporary Issues and Research Methods

You study a range of research strategies and techniques to investigate topical accounting issues in a theoretical framework, which helps to explain and illustrate the research process. You also gain the skills required to develop a research proposal on a relevant topic.

Cybersecurity and Financial Crime

You consider this area of increasing concern for accountants and finance professionals in both domestic and international economies. You gain a detailed knowledge of cybersecurity and financial crime, and develop the skills to prevent, investigate and detect such conduct in both the public and private sectors.


You integrate their learning and development, and synthesise their knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of accounting and finance through application to professional issues arising in a relevant context. This is achieved by undertaking an extended submission (or dissertation) related to an issue in accounting and finance which is of current professional/technical or organisational significance. The topic area, context and approach will be proposed by you and agreed with a tutor before work on your dissertation can formally commence. This is a 60-credit module comprising 600 prescribed learning hours, of which the vast majority will comprise you directing your own learning and workload and preparation of your dissertation thesis. You are supported through the process of preparing and completing the dissertation by a supervising tutor who will monitor progress accordingly.

Finance Management

This module provides a theoretical and practical insight into a range of financial management techniques. It examines the means by which financial information is used to inform the effective management of an organisation, including decision making and control, performance management and, investment management. You also considers associated managerial behaviours and the relevance of issues such as risk management and environmental impact. You are assessed by a combination of a report and an examination.

Reporting, Governance and Accountability

This module explores concepts and techniques in financial reporting, governance and professional ethics, and then moves to develop a critical understanding of the theoretical issues associated with the subject and the relevant skills associated with work issues in the area. You are assessed by a combination of a written essay and an end examination.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You work independently and with the support of peers and tutors in tutorials, seminars, directed exercises and IT-based activities.

How you are assessed

Assessment methods vary according to the module studied and include formal examinations, in-course work and presentations.


Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is one of the following:

  • a good honours degree (at least a 2:2)
  • a post-experience or professional qualification
  • equivalent qualifications (including international qualifications).

However, if you do not have an honours degree but have significant appropriate work experience, you are encouraged to apply.

This programme is open to qualified accountants who may enter with 100 credits of advanced standing, leaving them with only the Current Issues in Accounting & Research and the Accounting Dissertation to complete the award (not applicable for international students).

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

Graduates can expect to be employed in areas within industry, accounting practices or the public sector. The degree provides a good stepping stone to training for a career in accountancy or a role in general management, and also provides those seeking positions in the finance industry with both specialist finance knowledge and the necessary level of understanding of accounting.


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2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£7,365 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£17,000 a year

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  • Length: 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)
  • Attendance: Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (12.00pm until 8.00pm at the latest)
  • Start date: September or January
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£820 for each 20 credits

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