Accounting and Financial Management

MSc

  • Entry Year 2022
  • Duration Full time 12 Months

Overview

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Accounting today is increasingly complex and global in scope. This programme provides academic training at the frontier of accounting and financial management knowledge. It’s an excellent foundation on which you can build your career in accountancy, investment banking or financial analysis.

During this course, if you meet the minimum performance criteria in your first term you will have the opportunity to sit the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Level 1 professional exam. On completion of your degree, you can also secure Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exemptions from most of the Fundamental level papers depending on your module choices during the second term.

The programme balances theory with applied learning, using practical working examples to enhance skills and understanding. You will learn about the principles of financial reporting and foundation of finance, and have the chance to study modules such as financial statement analysis, advanced management accounting or advanced investment management. Some modules also provide training in Python programming to help address the industry’s skills gap and give you a competitive edge in the jobs market.

You are encouraged to select your dissertation according to your future career path. Dissertations are managed in streams. You will be invited to presentation sessions by the stream leader and you will choose from either empirical asset pricing, accounting, CFA level 1, or corporate finance.

Throughout your course, you will have access to the School’s career support. Advisers will help shape a one-to-one plan to ensure you make the most of your time here.

We keep pace with the ever-changing standards in accountancy, ensuring absolute relevance. We’re proud to produce graduates who have gone on to thrive in large accountancy firms such EY, PwC and other international firms.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 (UK Hons) degree or equivalent in Finance, Accounting, Economics or other business-related subject. Graduates in non-business areas with strong quantitative elements may also be considered.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £13,650 n/a
International £25,360 n/a

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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