MSc Accounting and Finance

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This is a specialist taught programme, which 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 final part of the MSc is 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 programme is for students who have an upper second-class degree in accounting and/or finance. Students with a finance degree are required to have studied accounting to an appropriate level.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees

UK/EU
£11,600
Overseas
£21,400

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

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

Programme structure

Teaching Block 1 (All units compulsory)

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

Teaching Block 2 (Optional units: choose four)

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

Each of the units is worth 15 credits. You will also complete a research-based dissertation worth 60 credits.

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

Dissertation

The final part of the MSc is a research-based dissertation. This involves identifying and analysing a research question in finance under the guidance of a member of staff. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to explore an original problem, source and process the relevant financial data, analyse that data and learn to draw appropriate conclusions. The results are presented in a final report of up to 15,000 words.

Entry requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in accounting and/or finance.

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.

Careers

This programme provides research and analytical skills that will be valuable in your future career. 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.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Our usual overall deadline is 1 July 2017 for entry in September.

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 from some countries may close earlier in the year. Any such decision will be reviewed on a regular basis.

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.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 24% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 54% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 22% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

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: efim-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

Graduate Studies Office
School of Economics, Finance and Management
University of Bristol
8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TN http://www.bristol.ac.uk/efm/ http://www.bristol.ac.uk/accounting/

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