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Postgraduate taught

MSc Accounting and Taxation

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021

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

Programme Director: Dr John D’Attoma

Entry requirements

A mid 2:2 degree (55%+) with honours or equivalent in a business related discipline.

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Accounting


  • Designed to give you the best possible preparation for a long and successful global career in accounting with a specialisation in taxation
  • Gain a high-level academic understanding of contemporary developments in UK and international taxation policy and practice, together with accounting
  • Alongside traditional accounting subjects, you’ll learn all aspects of taxation including policy development and implementation, and practical operation of tax systems in the UK and overseas
  • Gain an understanding of a broad range of topics and a variety of optional modules, so you can specialise to suit your individual career aspirations
  • You have the opportunity to combine your studies with ADIT, the international tax qualification with an advanced level designation in cross-border tax.

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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

Enhance your degree with Study Abroad opportunities

10th in The Guardian University Guide 2021


ACCA accredited

Entry requirements

A mid 2:2 degree (55%+) with honours or equivalent in a business related discipline such as Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance or Management from a recognised university. Candidates may also offer ACCA Papers F1-F9. We do consider all applications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in business related modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience or professional qualifications such as CFA, ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS and CIMA.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

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

Course content

You can study this programme full-time over one year or on a part-time basis over two years. 

Students on the part-time variant (24-months)

The timetable for the part-time course is scheduled so that the compulsory modules are on consecutive days, where possible (Monday and Tuesday currently). Students who have an accountancy background study three compulsory modules in year one and four in year two, plus three optional modules (two in year one and one in year two). Students without an accountancy background study four compulsory modules in year one and four in year two, plus two optional modules (one in each year).

ACCA accredited modules

Selected modules are accredited by ACCA for the MSc Accounting and Taxation 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 P6 you would need to take the following modules: Principles of International Taxation, Introduction to UK Taxation and Advanced UK Taxation. 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.


January 2021 entry

UK/EU fees per year:

£14,800 full-time;

International fees per year:

£24,200 full-time;


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.


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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Combine your studies with ADIT

In an ever more connected world, tax professionals have to stay on top of their game to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities that today’s business offers. By choosing the MSc Accounting and Taxation programme you have the opportunity to combine your studies with ADIT, the international tax qualification with an advanced level designation in cross-border tax. Designed by a board of world-leading experts, it has been created to provide the robust foundation in international tax that today’s professional needs to stand out from the crowd.

The benefits of ADIT include:

  • Gain two qualifications – This programme offers ADIT-relevant tuition, and students may use their research project to fulfil the ADIT extended essay option in lieu of the third paper
  • Practical exams – ADIT exam questions are designed to simulate real-world scenarios and place students in the role of a tax professional
  • Global benchmark – an independent means of demonstrating international tax expertise, administered by a globally recognised tax body
  • Professional recognition – ADIT is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), a charity and a leading professional body concerned solely with tax

More information

For further information about ADIT, please visit or contact

You can download the ADIT Brochure, Prospectus and Syllabus below.


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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 & Taxation 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.