MSc Accounting and Finance
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Science
- Course Length
- 1 year
- Course Start Date
- September 2023
On this internationally renowned research-based Master’s you will explore the potential for accounting to bring change in the world and discover how to make accounting more relevant to people and organisations.
This is a research-based Master’s so an accounting and financial background is essential. You might be coming straight from undergraduate study, or you may have worked in industry.
You’ll graduate ready to excel in academia, in research and development, or in the corporate sector where such skills are in high demand.
If you are an accounting graduate and you want to take your studies and career to the next level, this is the course for you.
You’ll be someone who’s interested in discovering new methods and ideologies in accounting and finance, in driving innovation, and exploring the boundaries of what’s possible.
The course is international, both in its content and its cohort, and you’ll have the chance to explore international aspects of accounting and finance.
In your dissertation module you’ll conduct your own original piece of research. This allows you to investigate an area of interest, whilst honing your research skills. Developing these skills now means you won’t just graduate with knowledge in your area, you’ll have the ability to investigate and research new areas of interest. And that means you can grow and adapt with the changing business world, now and throughout your career.
Study and Modules
In your first semester you’ll take the compulsory modules Financial Management, International Accounting, and Responsible Business. Through these modules you’ll explore the most important theories and practices in international accounting, in investments, and in corporate finance and governance.
In your second semester you’ll add further depth and breadth to your studies by choosing two optional modules among options that include Investment and Risk Management, Management Accounting and Digital Policy for Business.
Over your first and second semesters you’ll also take the Business Research Methods module. Here you’ll learn what research is and discover different techniques for uncovering the potential of accounting. You’ll explore different qualitative and quantitative techniques, as well as different sources and resources. You’ll learn when best to use which techniques and sources, and how to combine them to create rich, multidimensional research. Understanding when to use which techniques will ensure you get the most from the tools at your disposal.
In your third and final semester you’ll complete your dissertation, under the guidance of your academic advisor. This is a fantastic opportunity to conduct your own original piece of research, exploring a question you are passionate about, and contributing to the latest thinking in the field. Your dissertation is also great preparation for PhD study, as well as being a good indication to employers of your potential.
Optional A Modules(Credits: 40)
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
Over this 12-month intensive course you’ll be constantly challenged to build your knowledge and hone your skills. You’ll develop both theoretical understanding and practical skills.
You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical hands-on experience. You’ll learn from distinguished lecturers, guest speakers and researchers from Norwich Business School and the wider university. You’ll also learn from your fellow students, and by doing your own independent study.
All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience. This means that you will benefit from the most current thinking in the industry. But business is ever-changing, so you won’t just learn to understand, evaluate and utilise the leading theories of today. You’ll also develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use any new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career.
We’ll use different methods of assessment to test different skills and knowledge. You’ll find that assessment through practical case studies and coursework will help you to improve your analytical and critical thinking as well as your communication, writing and presentation skills.
- Degree Classification
- Bachelors degree - 2.1 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Accounting, Finance, Business, Economics, Management or a degree in a quantitative subject (such as Science or Engineering). NB: There is a numerical content in a range of modules on the course, students need a competent level of numeracy to complete the course
- 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
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)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
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
You’ll graduate ready to launch a highly successful career in academia or business. You could continue your academic career with PhD study, or go into research and development.
Throughout the course there’ll be a strong focus on employability. You will be able to take part in our annual Employability Week, where you’ll hear from industry experts and NBS alumni about how they built their careers.
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:
PhD and academia
Research and development