MSc Accounting & Finance

MSc Accounting and Finance

My Masters course equipped me with the skills and knowledge which made me eligible to be recruited by a top IT corporation like IBM"

Dimitrios Chatzitsirakoglou
Accounting Analyst

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2.2 minimum) or equivalent


Tried, tested and triple accredited. We are one of just 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation.

This course will provide you with a solid understanding of accounting and finance principles, preparing you with the knowledge and skill set needed for a successful career in the sector. Our graduates go on to work at companies including KPMG, Deutsche Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions. 

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 courses including sustainability and corporate governance

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 course 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 course: Full-time - 12 months
Start date: September

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

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

This 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 MSc International Accounting and Finance, designed to develop your pre-existing knowledge within an international context.

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

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

Aston University has subscriptions to both the Financial Times and The Economist, which you can benefit from whilst studying here.


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

Personal development

You will develop your skills in presenting; teamwork; report writing; negotiation and IT skills. Modules taught on this MSc will enable you to develop a wide range of technical 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

Mohamed Fadzly

More than a masters

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Build a portfolio of professional business skills
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

Learn more

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

Professional exemptions

Successful completion of this course 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.

By studying this MSc Accounting & Finance you will be prepared for a career in accounting, finance or as a senior business manager. Recent graduate positions include:

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

Fees 2018/19
UK/EU:          £ 10,280
International:  £18,050

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