MSc Accounting and Finance
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This programme is suited to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of accounting and finance, and who wants to enter a career in financial markets; either as an analyst, as a professional accountant, or as a preparation for further research at PhD level. You will develop your ability to apply and evaluate the various models and methods that practitioners use to solve practical accounting and financial problems.
MSc Accounting and Finance is designed to deliver financial expertise with an emphasis on understanding the accounting process. You will gain insight into the accounting process both within the firm (management accounting) and for external reporting and its relevance to company valuation (financial accounting). The programme gives you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of financial management and financial accounting, and it will sharpen your quantitative skills in finance.
You can specialise your knowledge further by selecting options in subjects such as derivatives, investment analysis, international portfolio management, corporate finance, banking, international financial management and many others.
We offer a programme of visiting speakers and a series of study weekends in which practising fund managers and finance experts from the City share their expertise through a combination of seminars, discussions and practical project-work. In addition, non-assessed intensive computer training, covering Thomson Reuters Datastream and other financial databases and software systems, is incorporated into relevant modules.
For me, one of the best things about the MSc Accounting and Finance is the possibility to access worldwide academic databases, as well as enormous resources for research and independent studies. I believe this really helps to enhance your employability and helps to develop your future career path.
Renata Stankeviciute, MSc Accounting and Finance.
Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification
The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.
Current available funding
This programme is available for study 12 months full-time over three terms and is University-based throughout this time. The taught components of the programme are delivered in the first two terms, leaving the third term and most of the summer to research, write and submit your dissertation. The programme in its entirety runs from September to September.
During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits.
Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.
- Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Learning and teaching
Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.
The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.
Seminars and tutorials
Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.
Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.
Our Masters programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect advanced communication and technical skills, team-working and independent research, project-management and the very latest specialist knowledge from their postgraduate recruits.
An MSc in Accounting & Finance will enable you to develop the professional and financial skills and subject expertise that will make you a valuable asset from day one of your career.
Careers in Accountancy & Financial Management
Global demand for accountants and financial managers means you can compete across a variety of services in a huge range of sectors and businesses, from vast multi-nationals to small and medium enterprises, public sector organisations and charities. This degree programme can prepare you for a variety of roles including:
- Professional Accountant: Financial Accounting; Forensic Accounting; Management Accounting; Assurance; Audit
- Financial Analyst with a commercial or public sector orientation
By carefully selecting the research topic for your dissertation and your optional modules such as derivatives, investment analysis, banking or international financial management, you can develop a specialisation to enhance your employability.
Developing applied IT skills through using Thomson Reuters Datastream and other financial databases and software systems as part of your modules, you will have the latest technical know-how to kick-start your career.
Potential employers include ‘The Big Four’ Accounting and Professional Services firms: Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG and PWC, together with other big or mid-tier accounting firms like Baker Tilly, Grant Thornton UK LLP. Big name companies like Accenture, BAE Systems and Unilever recruit for their accounting departments and in the public sector NHS Trusts and universities are alsooptions. Around the world you will find significant employers who will value your specialist knowledge, including ‘The Big Four,’ international and national banks like Bank of China (Hong Kong) and multi-nationals such as Procter & Gamble and Coca Cola who have global offices and country-specific recruitment channels.
Graduates from this programme have secured roles as auditors and accountants with a range of international organisations including Ernst & Young (China, UK, Thailand), KPMG (China, UK), PWC (China, Vietnam, UK), Grant Thornton CPA LI (China), Deloitte (China, UK), Bank of Beijing and L’Oreal China.
Our Careers & Employability team will help you identify your career path and support your route to a fulfilling global career.
Developing your skills and career prospects
The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Building brilliant careers web page for more information.
Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.
Entry requirements 2016
A mid 2:2 degree (55%+) with honours in an Accounting, Finance or related discipline from a recognised university, with relevant modules at 2:1 level. Candidates may also offer ACCA papers F1 - F9. We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications such as CFA, ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS and CIMA.
In order to apply for the MSc Accounting and Finance modules at undergraduate level should have been taken in: Finance, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics*. This must include at least four accounting modules and should include Cost or Management Accounting and Financial Accounting (preferably at an advanced level).
* Mathematics modules may include, for example, Algebra, Calculus, Econometrics, Statistics, Probability or Optimisation.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2016/17
- UK/EU: £11,500 full-time
- International: £22,000 full-time
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Current available funding
Postgraduate Admissions Team
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