MSc International Accounting & Finance

MSC International Accounting and Finance Aston University
The highlight of my Masters was studying abroad for a semester in Germany. It was a great experience, I got to study and work the way they do." 

Amolnut Kraiphanont
Sustainability Consultant at ERM

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent


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MSc International Accounting & Finance has been designed to critically develop your understanding of accounting within an international context. This course will prepare you for a graduate role as an auditor, financial accountant, tax accountant, financial analyst, decision analyst, management accountant or financial manager.

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.

Enhance your global career prospects with developed financial and accounting knowledge
Focus on application of knowledge in a real world context
Study abroad and internship opportunities
Get consultancy experience on a live business dissertation project

One of the following:

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

  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University

Subject specific requirements:

To study MSc International Accounting & Finance you must have have completed your first undergraduate degree in accounting, finance or a related subject area. If you did not specialise in one of these areas at undergraduate level please visit our MSc 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.

MSc International Accounting & Finance has been designed to critically develop your understanding of accounting within an international context. This course will allow you to build on the accounting and finance knowledge you have gained during your undergraduate studies and to develop the necessary expertise to take on senior management roles within a global environment.

You will focus on the application of knowledge to a real world global context by studying modules such as International Finance, International Business and International Taxation and Accounting. This course has a strong international orientation and as such introduces you to accounting in a wider global context.

Don’t have a background in accounting and finance or a related subject? 

Take a look at MSc Accounting & Finance where our students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including both business and non-business specialisms.  

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Core Modules

  • Business Finance
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • International Business

  • International Finance
  • Sustainability Accounting & Accountability
  • The International Context of Corporate Reporting and Assurance
  • Financial Analysis
  • International Taxation and Accounting
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

The course then concludes with a dissertation project. 

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 final 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. 

Course Director

Dr Angela Lorenz 
Angela joined Aston Business School in 2013 after spending a number of years at the University of Gloucestershire teaching and developing the undergraduate, postgraduate and professional accounting curriculum. Angela qualified as a Management Accountant (CIMA) in 1999, and combines her practical experience and research interest in working with small firms in a management and decision making context with her academic experience.

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)

This course will develop your expertise in both accounting and finance, while allowing you to gain the necessary skills for senior management roles in those areas. Positions may include: auditor, financial accountant, tax accountant, financial analyst, decision analyst, management accountant or financial manager.

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

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Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

Angela Lorenz
Dr Angela Lorenz

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