Accounting and Finance (MSc)

Accounting students

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Learn from a highly regarded academic team, with commercial experience, and a record in published academic subject research. Recognised by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, our course develops the strategic skills required for an international accounting career.

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.

On completion of postgraduate certificate students are able to top up to the postgraduate diploma, and if successful at this stage students can progress to master’s. Offering a progressive journey through the awards allows our students to have a recognised qualification at each stage of their learning.

In addition, you can opt to take an integrated work placement component within the programme. The placement is undertaken after the taught portion of your programme.

Postgraduate work placement information

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. 

Course Descriptions

  • Financial Reporting Evaluate the reporting framework against ethical and international standards
  • Strategic Management Accounting Evaluate and apply strategic management accounting techniques to inform an organisation’s strategic development
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting Analyse the global market place
  • Corporate Accountability Explore the responsibilities of non/ corporate entities to shareholders
  • Leadership through Design Develop design-centred skills and leadership to achieve financial aims

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Study style

  • You’ll be taught by experienced and dedicated staff who have industry knowledge, and who have published research
  • Assessment includes case studies, research-focused assignments with coursework elements and examinations

Course modules

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

Entry requirements

  • 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)
  • If you hold a relevant accounting qualification, you may benefit from exemptions from this award, including direct entry onto the Master’s Stage Award
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent


Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £8700
Postgraduate Diploma £5800
Postgraduate Certificate £2900
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14250
Postgraduate Diploma £9500
Postgraduate Certificate £4750

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. 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.

Meet the Lecturer

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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

Recognised by ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, our course develops the strategic skills required for an international accounting career.

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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.

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Investments in our teaching spaces

Study in our £18 million new business school at Oxstalls Campus.

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