MSc Economics, Accounting and Finance

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme 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

The School of Economics, Finance and Management aims to provide excellence in teaching and learning within a stimulating research environment. The programme aims to take graduate students with only limited knowledge of economics, accounting and/or finance and to provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field.

You will read and assess the current literature in the main fields of economics, accounting and finance and form independent, informed judgements about it. You will then plan and embark on a programme of independent research (under appropriate supervision) undertaking a thorough literature review in a prescribed topic area and/or analysing economic, accounting or financial data and relating the results to theory.

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

Core units

  • Economics for Finance and Management
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics, Finance and Management

Optional units

Economics options - select two from:

  • Growth, Trade and Structural Change
  • Industrial and Managerial Economics
  • International Business
  • Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
  • Law and Economics
  • Personnel Economics

Accounting options - select one from:

  • Accounting Theory, Scandals and Standards
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Auditing and Assurance Services
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Strategic Management Accounting

Finance options - select one from:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Markets and Investment
  • International Finance

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.


The MSc is completed with a project-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you choose your specific topic from one of these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you will be expected to acquire and use literature search skills using a range of electronic and traditional sources.

Entry requirements

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

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method 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.


The programme will provide you with a sound basis for your future career in a wide range of fields including: economics, accounting, finance, public service and teaching. You will also develop a range of transferable skills that will be of value in employment.

How to apply
Application deadline:

The overall deadline is 1st July 2016.

The School continues to welcome applications that fulfil our admissions criteria to select a balanced international student cohort. As students from different countries tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some countries may close earlier in the year. Due to very high demand from students from China, applications from such students closed on 20 January 2016.

International students

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REF 2014 results

Categories 18 and 19 apply. Please see full REF 2014 results for the University of Bristol.

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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