University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Accounting and Finance

This course is designed to give you a broad-based understanding of the core subject areas with an emphasis on empirical research methods and on accounting and finance practice. Our wide range of modules allows you to specialise and during the course you have the chance to build on your growing knowledge and expertise by completing a dissertation on a research area of your choice. The MSc Accounting and Finance is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council as postgraduate preparation for a PhD.

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2.1 Honours degree or the overseas equivalent, with excellent results in accounting and finance subjects. Applicants need to have studied or be studying for a degree in accounting or finance. Candidates with degrees in economics or mathematics are encouraged to apply. Students must be able to demonstrate a solid background in quantitative skills, econometrics or mathematics. Applicants studying degrees in business administration, business management or commerce who can demonstrate a very strong background in accounting and finance with strong quantitative skills are encouraged to apply. The University recommends GMAT or GRE for applications to all of the accounting and finance related programmes.

Course modules

Modules include: Introductory research methods for accounting and finance; essentials of finance; financial reporting theory; corporate finance; advanced management accounting and either research methods and methodology in accounting or advanced empirical finance. Optional modules: financial analysis of public sector restructuring; foundations of finance theory; portfolio investment; accounting in an international context; business analysis; financial statement analysis; financial econometrics; international finance; and international mergers and acquisitions.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by taught examinations, coursework, assignments, group assessment and presentations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 19,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 22,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

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