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Postgraduate study
Accounting & Economics

Finance and Innovation MSc

The disruptive nature of technology has had a significant impact on financial management, performance and economic development. This course investigates these revolutionary changes and the impact they have on global business.

  • This course is closed for September 2023 entry for international applicants.

Course overview

You explore issues such as the emergence of new financial products and services, digital currency and internet finance, drawing on our expertise in cybersecurity, financial crime, financial technology and econometrics.

You focus on contemporary topics in the financial sector including digital innovation, big data and business intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, cryptocurrency, financial security and regulation of financial markets.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Partner in LearningRecognised as an Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Partner in Learning, working with ICAEW in the professional development of students.

Study this course and you may be eligible for a £2,500 Sir Keith Skeoch postgraduate scholarship.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Current Issues and Research Methods

You explore the innovative developments in accounting, finance and economics, identifying a range of research strategies and techniques to investigate contemporary issues. You are prepared to undertake research in the discipline and provide the skills required progress to pursue the Dissertation.

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 your learning and development, and synthesise your knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice in accounting, finance, and economics. You are supported through the process of preparing and completing the Dissertation by a supervising tutor who monitors your progress.

Ethics, Governance and Sustainability

You explore concepts and techniques in professional ethics, corporate ethics and social responsibility, corporate governance and sustainable development, and reporting. You develop a critical understanding of the theoretical issues associated with the subject and the relevant skills associated with work issues in the area.

Finance Management and Innovation

You gain a theoretical and practical insight into a range of financial management techniques. You examine the means by which financial information is used to inform the effective management of an organisation, including financial innovation, financial planning and control, performance management and investment management. You consider associated managerial behaviours and the relevance of issues such as risk management and environmental impact.

Financial Technology and Econometrics

You are introduced to financial techniques and econometrics, applying financial information and identify to determine the most appropriate investments. You undertake a practical analysis of the application and effect of those techniques on the performance of an organisation.

International Finance and Global Economy

You examine the global economy and the international financial system that supports it, with an emphasis on trends and contemporary issues including economic growth and development, global balance of trade and economic activity, financial stability and sovereign debt, economic policy and exchange rates and, the implications of inequalities in income and wealth.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Lectures introduce concepts and theories and propose questions. Seminars encourage student involvement, application of techniques and a forum to share your arguments.

Guest talks provide opportunities for you to share the application of knowledge and skills in practice.

A research-based approach encourages independent learning, to develop research skills and to explore how knowledge in the subject area is developed.

E-learning supports lectures and provides a forum to collaborate and have conversations, debates with others on the course.

Individual work is used frequently to encourage independent learning and extend opportunities for research.

Team or group work is used to encouraged co-operation and provide opportunities for you to share your own perspectives.

How you are assessed

You are assessed through presentations, case studies, supervisory meetings, essays, reports, a portfolio, exams, research project proposal and dissertation.


Entry requirements

You are required to have a minimum 2.2 honours degree in accounting, finance or economics (or equivalent qualification). As this course covers some technical skills and calculations, fundamental financial and maths knowledge is required.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Career opportunities

Graduates go on to work as financial managers, fund managers or a financial analysts.


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2023/24 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£7,365 a year

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£15,000 a year

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  • Length: 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)
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