The world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Working in this field, you will need a strong knowledge of how to resolve issues and tackle challenges by using the most up-to-date methods. As our MSc is for graduates with a strong background in both accounting and finance, this programme is designed to strengthen your existing knowledge and develop your skill set to prepare you for your career in the accounting and finance field and beyond.
The International Accounting and Finance MSc, on offer since the 1960s, encompasses accounting in its international, public and private contexts, corporate financial management, private sector investment and foreign exchange markets.
It aims to give you a deep knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature that provides the background to understanding changes and innovations in accounting and finance, where you will also acquire a range of skills that can be used to solve real-world problems.
This programme is only available for those who have a strong background in both accounting and finance; please see the entry requirements below.
When you apply for this MSc you must upload a transcript showing modules studied and mark achieved to date. If you have not yet completed your Bachelor’s degree, please ensure that you also upload a transcript or an official document which shows the modules you are studying in your final year, and any marks achieved so far.
For those without an accounting and finance background, but who have studied some quantitative subjects, please see our MSc Investments MSc and MSc Financial Management programmes.
For information about taught programmes in the fields of Banking and Finance, please see the Department of Economics postgraduate programmes.
Why study this course
Accredited by ACCA
The MSc International Accounting and Finance Programme is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which means you will be awarded exemptions from certain papers of the ACCA examinations upon successful completion of the programme. Find out more about ACCA exemptions.
The Accounting and Finance department also holds the gold standard of recognition as a Centre of Excellence in the provision of finance teaching by The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI).
Strong industry links
We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Beiersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice. Particular programmes also offer the ability to obtain the first-hand experience in the form of either work placements abroad or UK based consultancy projects with companies such as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and Cadbury.
Excellent career prospects
Students have gone on to work in a wide range of industries, in organisations such as Accenture, Deloitte, PWC, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Arcadia Group, CiscoSystems, Nissan, Ford, BP, Cadbury, P&G, and a whole host of smaller companies and public sector organisations.
We believe that the global nature of business makes it essential that our students and academics understand business from different international perspectives. Our programmes currently include students from over 60 countries, so you will also have the opportunity to make friends and study with many nationalities. We have numerous international links and have been involved in projects in countries which include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Mauritius, Singapore and Thailand.
A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. The degree must be on a relevant subject and applicants must have studied and achieved a mark equivalent to a 2.1 at bachelor’s level in Intermediate (or above) level of Financial Accounting, Principles of Accounting, Corporate Finance or Financial Management or International Financial Management, and at least two other modules in Accounting and Finance, such as Auditing, Taxation, Financial Statement Analysis, Investments etc.
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