MSc in Accounting & Financial Management

The Masters in Accounting and Financial Management provides advanced study of accounting and financial management. It enables professionally qualified accountants to take stock of what they have learnt in practice, and helps able graduates to extend their academic training to the frontiers of knowledge within the discipline.

It aims to provide the theoretical framework and skills that accountants and financial managers need in order to cope with an increasingly complex and global accounting environment. It also provides a valuable foundation for those contemplating careers in areas such as investment banking, financial analysis which are likely to involve extensive use of accounting information.

The accounting modules provide coverage of both US GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Coverage of US GAAP in our first-term module relates primarily to inventories, tangible and intangible fixed assets, leases, liabilities, OBSF and deferred taxation. Coverage of IFRS in our second-term module relates primarily to reporting financial performance (draft proposals), stock-based compensation, earnings per share, intangible assets, business combinations, goodwill, foreign currency translation and financial instruments. Throughout, emphasis is given to important differences between US GAAP and IFRS.

Many holders of this MSc have progressed to senior positions in the accounting profession and industry. Others are now faculty members in UK universities and throughout the world.

For those interested in studying to become a Chartered Financial Analyst, it is worth noting that the Accounting and Financial Management MSc modules contribute widely to CFA study sessions at Levels I, II and III. Details of modules that relate to the CFA content are provided under Programme Content. In addition, we offer a non-assessed module that is closely related to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, CFA Level II.

Finally, the Accounting and Financial Management MSc is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).  Some of the MSc modules provide exemptions from ACCA examinations at Fundamentals level.

Programme content

Find out more about the structure and content of the Accounting and Financial Management MSc.