MSc International Accounting and Financial Management
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Science
- Course Length
- 1 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
Prepare yourself for an international career in accounting and finance. Whether you’ve previously studied accounting, finance or business in a non-English speaking context or you are new to the field but aspire to a career in accounting or finance, this is an ideal course for you.
On this Master’s you’ll get a great foundation in general accounting and financial management responsibilities. You’ll also have the chance to explore other essential business functions, such as managing people and organisations, strategic marketing and management, management skills and personal development. There’s no dissertation, so you’ll benefit from an extra semester of taught modules, including performance management and reporting, to ensure you develop all the essential skills and knowledge you need to excel.
You don’t need to have studied or worked in business before to thrive on this course. You just need to be excited about working with numbers, as well as developing the soft skills – such as communication, teamwork and presenting – that are essential for rising to the top in this competitive field.
To be a good accountant or financial manager you don’t just need excellent technical knowledge. You also need excellent interpersonal or soft skills. On this course you will have the opportunity to develop both to a high level, laying the foundation for a brilliant career.
You’ll learn practical, technical skills such as preparing and interpreting financial reports, analysing management performance and undertaking investment appraisals.
You’ll also discover key management theories and explore what makes a good manager. You’ll discover how to understand different management perspectives in order to make effective management decisions.
You’ll learn how to think critically and analytically, making your own decisions about which theories to apply when and how to combine different approaches. You’ll also have the chance to future-proof your career by investigating emerging financial and accounting techniques.
Meanwhile you’ll also develop the soft skills you need to rise to the top. You’ll discover how to present information meaningfully to non-specialists, how to manage people, how to work effectively in teams, and how to see issues from different perspectives and look for innovative solutions.
Accounting and financial management don’t exist in a vacuum, so you’ll also be introduced to the other key business disciplines, gaining expertise in the different business functions – a great advantage in your future career.
Throughout your studies you’ll benefit from a strong focus on launching your career. Our links with industry mean that you’ll learn the theories and practices demanded by employers. We’ll also help you to hone skills such as CV writing and solo and group interview techniques. And you’ll be able to take part in our annual Employability Week, where you’ll have a chance to hear from, and network with, people working in industry, including NBS alumni and people working at leading accountancy firms.
This course has been carefully designed to make sure you graduate with in-depth knowledge and expertise of all the key areas of accounting and financial management, including international accounting standards and financial regulation around the world. In all of your modules you’ll look at issues from an international perspective. You’ll learn from academics whose work is internationally respected around the world and alongside students from all over the globe. This ensures you leave us ready to excel on the international stage, with skills that are relevant anywhere.
The course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) which reduces the number of exams you need to take later to qualify as an accountant.
At our annual Employability Week you’ll be able to meet representatives from employers, including accountancy firms, commercial firms and public sector organisations, and from professional accountancy bodies.
Study and Modules
Your first semester is a great chance to explore different areas of accounting and financial management, and discover the areas you might like to focus on during the rest of your studies and future career. You’ll gain a firm foundation in both your subject and other essential business functions, such as human resources, operations and logistics, marketing, branding, and business creation. You’ll do this through the compulsory modules Accounting and Financial Management, Managing People and Organisations, and Strategic Marketing Management.
This broad foundation makes you better able to work with and understand other disciplines and helps you develop your soft skills such as communication and teamwork. By gaining insights into other disciplines you are also able to build the empathy that’s essential to good management and effective communication.
In your second semester you’ll add depth and breadth to your studies with the modules Corporate Financial Management, International Financial Reporting, and Managerial Accounting.
Unlike other Master’s courses where your third semester is spent on independent study, on this course you’ll benefit from a third semester of taught modules. You will spend your this semester consolidating your learning and further developing your critical thinking skills with modules such as Integrated Business Decisions and Performance Management and Reporting.
Most modules on MSc International Accounting and Financial Management are compulsory, helping to ensure you graduate with the knowledge and skills you need to excel in this specialist field. This ensures that upon successful completion of your modules, you will be eligible for accreditation with ACCA. Students are required to complete their credits by chosen one optional module. The optional modules include Management Skills and Personal Development (Semester 2), Global Business (Semester 3) and Advanced Investment and Risk Management (Semester 3).
Optional A Modules(Credits: 20)
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
You will benefit from research-led and industry-focused teaching, studying with highly qualified academics and researchers, as well as practitioners.
You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, masterclasses and independent study. You’ll learn how to scrutinise articles by academics and practitioners and to analyse case studies. There is no dissertation module on this Master’s, which means you’ll benefit from a greater number of taught modules.
You’ll experience a variety of assessment methods, including exams, coursework, group work and presentations.
You will be able to submit formative and summative work for assessment, and you’ll receive feedback on your work to help you identify areas for improvement and areas of strength.
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors degree - 2.2 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Any subject area - excluding Business-related degrees. Degrees in dance, drama, music, sport, art, and art and design will be considered on a case by case basis and are reviewed closely for their academic content
- English Foreign Language
We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:
IELTS: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in only two components with 6.0 in the others)
PTE (Pearson): 64 (minimum 59 in only two components with 64 in the others)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.
Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests
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- This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
This MSc course is open to all students who meet the entry requirements but it is primarily aimed at students who have not previously studied a business-related degree, have limited business knowledge from their undergraduate degree, or have a general business degree and would like to now specialise. If you have a business degree, please check the course modules and content carefully to ensure the programme meets your needs and future career aspirations and requirements Alternatively, please consider one of our Professional courses which may be more suitable.
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected master's degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:
Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2023/24 are:
UK Students: £12,300 (full time)
International Students: £21,200 (full time)
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
The closing date for submission of complete applications from International students is Friday 26 May 2023.
Please note we cannot consider international applications after this date.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
Throughout the course there’s a strong focus on your employability. You’ll be able to build your credibility with potential employers through accreditation with ACCA, especially if you decide to qualify as an accountant. Our graduates pursue a variety of careers, including accountancy, or follow finance-orientated careers in banking and financial services. Others pursue management careers in large, medium and small companies, or in family businesses, ready to take these enterprises to new heights or into new markets.
The fields of international accounting and financial management are constantly developing with the introduction of new techniques, so you won’t just learn the techniques of today, you’ll gain the critical skills needed to understand and apply the techniques of the future too. Perhaps you’ll even develop sector-defining innovations of your own.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers you could enter include:
- Financial/ Management accounting
- Graduate training schemes
- Internal auditing