MSc Accounting and Finance
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The MSc Accounting and Finance programme is suited to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of accounting and finance with a view to enter a career in either field.
This programme offers you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of financial management, financial accounting, and management accounting and will sharpen your quantitative skills in finance.
You will gain insight into financial and management accounting processes combined with practical training on leading databases including Datastream, Thomson Reuters and other financial databases and software systems.
One of the main attractions of the degree is the broad spectrum of options available – you can specialise further by selecting subjects such as international taxation, derivatives pricing, domestic and international portfolio management, banking and financial services, international financial management, topics in financial economics, and many others.
We also offer a series of seminars and workshops by visiting speakers in which practicing fund managers and finance experts from leading banks share their expertise through a combination of seminars, discussions and practical project work.
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.
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 Koupas - 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.
Enhance your degree with Study Abroad opportunities
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 three fantastic Double Degree options with:
- Grenoble Ecole de Management in France
- EBS University of Business and Law in Germany
- Fudan University School of Economics in China
The opportunity to study with Fudan is specific to MSc Economics, MSc 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.
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
- 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
- BAE Systems
- Bank of Beijing
- Bank of China (Hong Kong)
- Procter & Gamble
- Coca Cola
- NHS Trusts
- 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.
Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.
My current job requires a lot of communication skills as my colleagues are working across the globe in Paris, London and NYC. The Business School gave me a lot of practice in building strong relationships with people from different countries which is very beneficial for any young professional starting their career.
I would definitely recommend a Masters programme at Exeter due to all new knowledge I gained, the friendly atmosphere, great networking opportunities among alumni, and the wonderful experience of living abroad in a very cosy and comfortable city with a great history and lots of places to go.
Alla - Finance Controller, Chanel (Russia & CIS) (MSc Accounting and Finance, 2009), Russia
A 2:1 with honours or equivalent in Accounting, Finance or related discipline, with relevant modules at 2:1 level or equivalent. 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.
In order to apply for the MSc Accounting and Finance, applicants should have taken at least seven modules in Finance and Accounting at undergraduate level, of which four must be accounting modules and must include Advanced Financial Accounting / Reporting.
Modules in Economics and Maths will also be accepted in addition to Accounting modules.
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 2019/20
- UK/EU: £14,500 full-time
- International: £23,700 full-time
Tuition fees per year 2020/21
- UK/EU: £14,800 full-time
- International: £24,200 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 £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.
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