menu icon
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest news
Accounting and Finance (MSc)

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Finance / Accounting (General) Accounting

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Become an expert in auditing, corporate governance and tax through our MSc Accounting and Finance degree. You’ll also have a rare opportunity to study international accounting and taxation. This course will prepare you for a variety of careers in accountancy and other sectors.

This master's in accounting and finance is ideal if you have studied in accountancy, business, mathematics, or economics. It’s also suitable if you have relevant professional experience and want to improve your career opportunities.

You’ll evaluate and apply core technical accounting and finance methods to real-world situations, and gain a detailed understanding of global financial markets and accounting systems. You can use our Bloomberg terminals for live financial data as well as a range of key databases for research.

Throughout the course you’ll cover:

  • equity markets
  • investment decisions
  • management and financial accounting
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • internal and external auditing
  • behaviour

Unusually for a postgraduate in accounting and finance, you’ll have an opportunity to study international accounting and taxation. You’ll learn how a country’s social, economic, legal and political environment determines its tax regulations, and the impact of tax on company behaviours.

Other current study choices include the rapidly expanding area of corporate governance. This will give you an understanding of high profile corporate collapses and financial crisis. You can also choose from reporting and markets, or sustainability accounting.

Specialists also give regular guest lectures and will share insights with you from current research and industry issues. This will enhance your studies and career options, giving you real networking opportunities.


During your time as a postgraduate in accounting and finance, you’ll have opportunities to build a large network with international firms and industry experts.

You could develop a career in:

  • banking
  • financial institutions
  • accounting/consulting firms

Our graduates have gone on to work in the UK and internationally for organisations including:

  • KPMG
  • Mars Chocolate
  • Zurich
  • National Health Service (NHS)


The principal aim of this module is to introduce you to a range of management accounting decision-making techniques. Specifically, you will be encouraged to appreciate the situations within which management accounting techniques work and their limitations.
Dissertation in Accounting, Finance and Management - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree or an accepted equivalent qualification, with at least 7 modules in either of these subject areas: accounting; auditing. We'll consider the following professional qualifications if you have an unrelated degree subject: Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Work experience in Accounting is not a requirement but can compensate for unrelated degree subject/grades.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more

Similar courses at this uni