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Accounting and Finance MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Accounting Finance / Accounting (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This programme is suited to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of accounting and finance with a view to enter a career in either field. The MSc Accounting and Finance 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 the accounting process within a firm (management accounting) and into external reporting and its relevance to company valuation (financial accounting). We also offer a series of visiting speakers seminars and workshops in which practicing fund managers and finance experts from leading banks share their expertise through a combination of seminars, discussions and practical project work.

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.

This course is 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.

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.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module draws from research and the academic debate from 1960s to the present and critically discusses core financial accounting concepts such as measurement of income, assets, and liabilities. It also covers the development of conceptual frameworks over time up to the ongoing development of a new financial accounting framework. In addition, the module covers accounting treatment of certain complex items such as financial instruments and intangible assets. The module also covers positive accounting theory and the outcome of research on earnings management behavior. This module offers the opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking, integration and synthesis between theoretical and practical perspectives, and the ability to identify potentially fruitful issues for further inquiry and research. Students will be able to use information technology for information retrieval, numerical analysis and report production, be able to debate and discuss issues, and develop written and oral presentation skills.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 with honours in Accounting, Finance or related discipline, 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. Students 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.

University information

The University of Exeter is a public research university that is a member of the leading research- oriented UK universities, the Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of their 23,613 students, 4,681 of these are postgraduates. There are three main campuses to study at, with most...more

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