Accounting and Finance (MSc)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

This course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge demanded by employers and will give you a competitive edge in your career. If you’re the holder of a relevant degree, or equivalent qualification, it is a chance to explore advances in accounting, corporate governance, management accounting, and corporate finance, while enhancing your business skills. In addition, you can opt to take an integrated work placement component within the programme. This option is available for both international and full-time home/EU students. Please see details below for more information on the postgraduate work placement option.

» Postgraduate work placement information

The course is recognised by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, for those seeking an international accounting career.

Each module offers a combination of practical and research-focused activities that reflect the realities of present-day accounting and finance. The modules that comprise the MSc provide technical understanding and critical analysis skills, prized by employers. On completion, you will have the skills to think strategically in many accounting and finance contexts.You’ll be taught by experienced and dedicated staff, who have industry knowledge, and who have published research. If you hold a relevant accounting qualification, you may benefit from exemptions from this award, including direct entry onto the Masters Stage Award.

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire School of Business and Technology will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £16 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new School of Business and Technology and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in business.

Study style

Assessment includes case studies and is through research-focused assignments and examinations.

At the masters stage (please see separate course page for more details), the course can be completed within six months’ full-time study or 12 months’ part-time study.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

  • MSc: a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a comparable level in a professional accounting qualification (eg ACCA Fundamentals level, CIMA Managerial level, ICAEW equivalent)
  • Master Stage Award: you will need a relevant postgraduate diploma or equivalent that equates to 120 CAT points (eg you must be fully qualified with ACCA, CIMA or ICAEW)
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent


Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £8400
Postgraduate Diploma £5600
Postgraduate Certificate £2800
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £13840
Postgraduate Diploma £9250
Postgraduate Certificate £4600

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


Career paths include management and accounting, financial accounting and business/financial management. This course equips students with the skills required to work in a variety of specialist roles, for example as financial analysts and investment advisers. It is also a route to an academic or consultancy career via a PhD.

Placement information

Placement type:

6-Month, Optional


6 months, at maximum


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

During the placement year, you will pay the placement fee of £700 for 2018/19 (£1150 for international students). Please note that you will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement, and international students applying for a Tier 4 visa will need to pay the non-refundable immigration health surcharge up front for both years. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement period. You can contact the Placements Team on Further information is available.

Staff teaching

Professional Recognition

This course is recognised by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW

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Teaching excellence

You will learn from a highly regarded academic team, with commercial and academic experience and a record in published academic subject research. Those wishing to stay in academia can progress to PhD study.

Active Subject Community

Enhance your professional network

You will be joining a global accounting and finance subject community of academics and students researching and studying from degree to doctoral level.

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