MSc Accounting and Finance

This programme is designed for graduates from any academic discipline who want to gain a solid foundation and understanding of accounting and finance principles, or want to become senior business managers or seek a career in accounting, financial management, banking and financial services.

Why choose this course?

  • Develops expertise in accounting and finance alongside the range of competencies necessary for senior management roles in these areas
  • Equips you with a clear understanding of the joint roles of accounting and finance
  • Gain a solid foundation and understanding of the accounting and finance principles
  • One of the few MSc Accounting and Finance programmes in the UK which integrates the topics of sustainability and corporate governance into the curriculum

This programme provides students with a solid foundation and understanding of accounting and finance principles. It has been designed for graduates from any academic discipline who wish to become senior business managers or seek a career in accounting, financial management, banking and financial services.

The taught modules will give you a clear understanding of the joint roles of accounting and finance in ensuring successful operations in a range of settings, including private and public sector organisations.

Professional exemptions

Successful completion of this programme leads to exemptions from professional accountancy bodies the Association of Chartered Certified 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 demonstrate to future employers your commitment and potential to complete accounting qualifications.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Core Modules

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.

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework.  The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a 60 credit project.

Personal development

Students 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 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 interest lie in the areas of management accounting and employability. 

Teaching staff   

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

This programme is designed for candidates wishing to acquire expertise in both accounting and finance, while developing the necessary skills for senior management roles in those areas.  This programme is also suitable for those wishing to pursue more advanced studies, such as a PhD.

For information on sector opportunities see the Accountancy and Business Services overview on the Prospects website.

Examples of jobs taken up by our recent graduates include:

  • Junior Auditor – Ernst & Young
  • Auditor – Deloitte and Touche 
  • Financial Analyst - Rhodia 
  • Chartered Accountant - Grant Thornton
  • Project Manager – United Nations Organisation
  • Analyst - Matson, Driscoll & Damico LLP.

Aston Business School has a network of ‘Career Champions’ - MSc alumni who are working in a range of sectors globally or running their own business. To find out more about Career Champions click here.

Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms

  • Computer labs

  • Lounge area

  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

One of the following:

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

  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University

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:          £10,900 (2015 fee) 
International:  £17,000 (2015 fee) 

Scholarships for 2015/6 entry are now closed.

Contact details:

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

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Ella Malin

Having my Masters has helped now that I am in the work place and gaining experience. My directors are really impressed with the qualification and mention it regularly to others. I think it will help even more once I've been here a little longer.

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