MSc Accounting & Finance

Aston University MSc Accounting and Finance

Aston supported me in finding an internship while studying my MSc. It really grew my knowledge and gave me real life experience."

Woody Chiu

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2.2 minimum)

An MSc in Accounting & Finance will provide you with a solid understanding of accounting and finance principles. By successfully completing this programme you will be prepared for a career in the accounting and finance sector. 

In the top 40 Eduniversal Best Masters ranking across the UK and Western Europe
Gain exemptions towards ACCA and CIMA qualifications
Study abroad and internship opportunities
One of the only UK programmes including sustainability and corporate governance

MSc Accounting & Finance provides you with a solid understanding of accounting and finance principles. By studying this programme you will be prepared for a career in accounting, finance or as a senior business manager. 

This programme is a great step for those who have not previously specialised in accounting and finance but now wish to do so. Our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including both business and non-business specialisms.

You will gain a clear understanding of the joint role of accounting and finance in ensuring successful operations in a range of business settings. This includes public and private sector organisations, both financial and non-financial.

Already specialised in accounting and finance or a related subject at undergraduate level? Take a look at our MSc international Accounting and Finance programme, designed to develop your pre-existing accounting and finance knowledge within an international context.

Professional exemptions

Successful completion of this programme leads to exemptions from the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). You will still need to secure professional training and complete further exams in order to become fully qualified in accountancy, but these exemptions can demonstrate to future employers your commitment and potential to complete sector qualifications.

Core Modules

  • Management Accounting
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Business Finance
  • International Finance
  • Financial Analysis
  • Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Corporate Governance Regulation and Compliance
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

The programme concludes with a financial reporting project to be completed during the summer.

Professional Development Programme Module

Business skills for life: the essential Aston Professional Development Programme

The Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integral module that forms part of your MSc taught course from day one.This compulsory module runs throughout the academic year. We have designed it around knowledge through practice - to enhance your employability as you customise the PDP experience to suit your own learning goals and skills development needs.

We take a multidimensional, qualitative and individually tailored approach. Using reflective models, we integrate a competency-based framework into our existing academic programmes.  You will engage with different kinds of experiential learning, such as skills workshops, work-based experience, study abroad and develop your own unique skill set.  

This pathway between theory and the world of work brings together Aston’s faculty, careers practitioners and business and academic partnerships teams to help you step into your future careers as culturally aware, global professionals.

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a financial reporting project.

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills. Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical and transferable skills and knowledge highly relevant to a wide range of graduate careers where analytical, decision-making, problem-solving and planning are required. These include:

  • Evaluating and reporting on organisations’ financial performance
  • Measuring costs, financial planning, forecasting and decision-making
  • Assessing economic policy
  • Interpreting accounting information using financial tools including balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and cash flow statements
  • Ratio analysis and shareholding value reporting
  • Multi-cultural teamwork and presentation skills developed through group-work
  • Analytical skills developed through financial reporting project.

Course Director

Dr Florian Gebreiter
Florian is a Lecturer in Accounting at Aston Business School. Before joining Aston, he completed a PhD in Accounting at the London School of Economics. Florian’s principal research interests lie in two areas. Firstly, he examines issues relating to accounting, finance and cost control in the health services. Secondly, he researches the graduate recruitment practices of accountancy firms and their implications for the professional and organisational socialisation of accountants. Florian’s teaching interests lie in the areas of management accounting and employability.

Several modules are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and/ or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). 

This programme will develop your expertise in both accounting and finance, while allowing you to gain the necessary skills for senior management roles in those areas.

Recent graduate positions include:

  • Accountant – Ernst & Young (China)
  • Commodities Analyst – Deutsche Bank (London)
  • Regulatory Reporting Analyst – UBS Bank (USA)
  • Risk Consultant – KPMG (Russia and CIS)
  • Tax Associate - PricewaterhouseCoopers (UK).

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham. 

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One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University

Subject specific requirements:

Our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including both business and non-business specialisms. If you have already specialised in accounting and finance or a related subject at undergraduate level, visit our MSc International Accounting & Finance programme page. 

As well as:

  • Two references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualifications fall just short of these requirements.

Duration of programme: Full-time - 12 months
Start date: September

UK/EU:          £11,200  
International:  £17,650  

Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here

Contact details:

Aston Business School Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3200
Email: abspgenquiry@aston.ac.uk

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