UWE Bristol

MSc/Postgraduate Diploma Accounting and Finance

With a strong practical focus, access to the industry-standard Bloomberg Professional system, and ACCA and CIMA exemptions, our MSc in Accounting and Finance will act as a springboard into a wide range of finance and accounting-related careers.

Today's business managers need to be able to analyse and interpret financial information and use this to inform business strategy. This course will help you develop this expertise, as well as giving you an indepth understanding of the contemporary issues encountered by financial managers.

The underlying practical focus ensures that the skills and knowledge you gain are highly relevant to the workplace whichever area of accounting or finance you are seeking to engage in.

Strong practical focus

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of accounting and finance, while also enhancing your critical thinking, research and analytical skills. During the year, you will:

  • analyse and solve complex problems relating to financial reporting, performance measurement and management, corporate strategy and financial management
  • be encouraged to think critically and creatively about problems requiring a multi-disciplinary approach
  • develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist topic you have chosen for your dissertation
  • enhance your key personal skills in time management, information accessing, analysis and interpretation
  • develop your interpersonal, communication and management skills through team working, making presentations and writing reports.

Industry links and facilities

As a student at Bristol Business School, you will get to hear from inspiring speakers from the business world. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art trading room, built around the Bloomberg Professional system, the main financial platform used by the large investment banks.

Accredited by the ACCA, CIMA and IFA

The course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA). This means you will gain exemptions from several of their professional examinations, giving you a useful head start in your professional studies. Read more about the professional exemptions on the course in the features section.

Entry Requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree of 2:2 or above in Accounting and Finance; or
  • an honours degree of 2:1 or above in Economics, Mathematics or a Business related subject.
  • the International English Language Test (IELTS) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

Career Prospects

The skills and knowledge developed on this course provide you with a wide range of opportunities in finance and accounting-related careers.

Many of our graduates choose to specialise further by going on to study for the CIMA or ACCA qualifications and becoming chartered accountants.

A proficiency in accounting and financial management, as well as an appreciation of the contemporary issues faced by financial managers, can enable you to progress to senior positions, such as business analyst, finance director, investment analyst, financial reporting manager, chief accountant and head of risk management.

Course Details

Core modules
Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance
Corporate Governance and Strategy
Financial Statement Analysis
Corporate Financial Strategy
Strategic Management Accounting
Advanced Corporate Reporting
Research Methods in Accounting and Finance

Optional modules
Financial Investments in Practice
Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance
Forensic Accounting
Consultancy Project in Accounting and Finance

Masters dissertation
Pre-production financial accounting issues in oil and gas companies: The accounting policy choices
Capital Structure and Profitability: An Empirical Research of the Drinks Manufacturing Industry in China
Human capital disclosures in company annual reports a case study of listed companies on the London Stock Exchange
Financial Investment Appraisal Incorporating Environmental Externalities

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