MSc Accounting and Taxation
Full time 1 year|
Part time 2 years
The MSc in Accounting and Taxation is a unique programme designed to offer you a high-level academic understanding of contemporary developments in taxation policy and practice, together with accounting, both in the UK and in an international global context.
In short, our aim is to give you the best possible preparation for a long and successful career in accounting with a specialisation in taxation.
Core modules in taxation are accredited by ACCA and alongside traditional accounting subjects, we cover all aspects of taxation including policy development and implementation, and practical operation of tax systems in the UK and overseas. You will gain an understanding of a broad range of topics and a variety of optional modules gives you the chance to specialise if you choose to do so, early on in your career.
Combine your studies with ADIT
It’s never been a more exciting time to be an international tax practitioner. 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. But how do you make sure you stand out?
Give yourself a clear advantage with ADIT
ADIT, the international tax qualification, is 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:
- Complementary qualification – ADIT complements a Masters degree in tax with a professional, international tax qualification
- Two for one – gain two qualifications for the effort of one. The University of Exeter’s MSc in Accounting and Taxation 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
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 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.
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 & 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
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 also options. 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.
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.
A mid 2:2 degree (55%+) with honours 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.
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, £7,250 part-time
- International: £23,700 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.
Postgraduate Admissions queries
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Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723246
Tier 4 fast-track visa
If your programme is 13-months or less you can benefit from a fast-track visa application and six months in the UK after the end of your programme. Click here for full details