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Postgraduate taught

MSc Accounting and Finance

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year 2021
Contact

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Phone (UK):
0300 555 6060
Phone (International):
+44 (0)1392 723044

Programme Director: Chie Min Teng

Entry requirements

A 2:1 with honours or equivalent in Accounting, Finance or related discipline. 

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Accounting

Overview

  • For students wanting a deeper knowledge of accounting and finance with a view to enter a career in either field
  • Gain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of financial management, financial accounting, and management accounting and will sharpen your quantitative skills in finance
  • Learn about financial and management accounting processes combined with practical training on leading databases including Datastream, Thomson Reuters and other financial databases and software systems 
  • Specialise with optional modules including international taxation, derivatives pricing, domestic and international portfolio management, banking and financial services, and international financial management 
  • Attend guest speaker seminars and workshops from practicing fund managers and finance experts from leading banks.
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Triple accredited Business School

Accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB

8th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

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10th in The Guardian University Guide 2021

Accreditations

ACCA accredited

Entry requirements

A 2:1 with honours or equivalent in Accounting, Finance or related discipline. 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(R), ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS and CIMA.

Prerequisites

In order to apply for the MSc Accounting and Finance, applicants should have passed at least two modules in Financial Accounting at undergraduate level.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

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.

ACCA accredited modules

Selected modules are accredited by ACCA for the MSc Accounting and Finance programme. Modules which are related to P-stage papers can prepare suitably qualified students for two of the five ACCA papers; Strategic Business Reporting (previously P2 Corporate Reporting) and P6 Advanced Taxation. For Strategic Business Reporting you would need to take the following modules: Advanced Financial Accounting and Advanced Corporate Reporting. Students are not exempt from exams and must still sit the P-stage papers.

  • 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.

Fees

2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

£15,300 full-time;

International fees per year:

£25,000 full-time;

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January 2021 entry

UK/EU fees per year:

£14,800 full-time;

International fees per year:

£24,200 full-time;

Scholarships

The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Teaching and research

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Lectures

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.

Research-led teaching

University of Exeter Business School research has global impact, with the majority of our research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.*

*Research Excellence Framework 2014

Accounting research

Accounting at Exeter has a long history of research excellence and we undertake research in a variety of topics, from taxation, corporate governance and capital markets, to broader sustainability and social accounting.

Our research is driven by the understanding that accounting continues to play a fundamental role in organisations and society. As a result, many of our inspiring academics are regularly invited to advise policy-makers at institutions including H.M Revenue and Customs, International Accounting Standards Board, and the Bank of England.

You will be taught by internationally respected academics who are at the forefront of their research. We draw upon disciplines across the social sciences and give emphasis to the dynamic nature of enterprise, global connectivity and the management and leadership of the global challenges that lie ahead.

The Business School is home to the following research centres:

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The University of Exeter offers a lot of optional modules which meant I could really adapt my course to suit me. I’ve discovered new interests and widened my expertise whilst also developing my interpersonal and practical skills. I really enjoy the variety the programme offers, if you want to push yourself and broaden your knowledge this course is perfect. 

Dimitrios

MSc Accounting and Finance

The structure of the course is well designed, with a mix of lectures and practical exercises. In particular, some classes involve the application of data processing software which is an important skill to gain in this era of Big Data. After the first semester, I was able to proficiently manipulate Excel and STATA, and even write simple code, which will be very helpful for my future work.

Li

MSc Accounting and Finance

Careers

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
  • Portfolio Managers 
  • Taxation Consultants 
  • Framework Monitoring Associates 
  • Investment Bankers
  • Strategic Planners 

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.

Potential global employers include: 

  • ‘The Big Four’ Accounting and Professional Services firms: Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG and PwC,
  • Baker Tilly
  • Grant Thornton 
  • Accenture
  • BAE Systems
  • Unilever 
  • Bank of Beijing
  • Bank of China (Hong Kong)
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Coca Cola
  • NHS Trusts
  • Deloitte
  • Chanel
  • 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 Business School careers service web page for more information.

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Enhance your degree with Study Abroad opportunities

Double Degree

Spend your first year at Exeter and a second year at another world class international institution, resulting in two Masters degrees and the opportunity to expand your knowledge even further. We offer two fantastic Double Degree options with:

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management in France
  • Fudan University School of Economics in China*

*The opportunity to study with Fudan is specific to MSc EconomicsMSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Money, Banking and Finance and MSc Financial Economics programmes.

For more information on Double Degrees and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.