MSc Accounting and Finance

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New programme for 2016

Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Course length One year full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This taught programme will advance your knowledge beyond the material that you will have encountered in your undergraduate studies. It is research-led and will draw heavily on academic literature. In the first term you will explore contemporary issues in accounting and corporate finance and develop key skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. These skills will prepare you for the more advanced units taught in the second term. The MSc is completed through a research-based dissertation. For those planning on undertaking a PhD – either at Bristol or elsewhere - the dissertation represents an important bridge between taught and advanced research studies.

This specialist programme is for students who have a 2:1 degree in accounting and/or finance. Students with a finance degree are required to have studied accounting to an appropriate level.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Teaching Block 1 (All units compulsory)

  • Fundamentals of Corporate Finance;
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting;
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment;
  • Research Design and Qualitative Research Methods in Accounting and Finance.

Teaching Block 2 (Optional units: choose four)

  • Advanced Corporate Finance;
  • Accounting and Capital Markets;
  • Behavioural Finance;
  • Derivatives;
  • Accountability and Accounting for Sustainability.

Each of the units is worth 15 credits and the MSc will be completed with a research-based dissertation worth 60 credits.

Entry requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) which demonstrates mathematical ability.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
How to apply
Application deadline:

The overall deadline is 1 July 2016

The school welcomes all applications that fulfil our admissions criteria. However, in order to select a balanced international student cohort, and in response to very high demand from students from China, applications for some countries may close earlier in the year. Any such decision will be reviewed on a regular basis.


This programme provides you with research and analytical skills that will be valuable in your future careers. It is suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or professional career in accounting and/or finance. Some students may continue on to PhD study. Others may go straight into employment with the banking and accounting/consulting sectors being particular favourites. 

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Graduate Studies Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1519 Email:

Graduate Studies Office
School of Economics, Finance and Management
University of Bristol
8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TN


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