MSc Accounting, Finance and Management

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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 highly successful MSc programme is designed for students who want to put greater emphasis on finance, accounting and management topics in their graduate studies. The programme is academically rigorous and tailored to the needs of the current business environment.

In the first term you will develop key skills and a grounding in accounting, finance and management. This will prepare you for the more advanced units taught in the second term. The final part of the MSc is a dissertation. Throughout your studies you will learn and develop academic skills that will be relevant for future employment, such as analysis, synthesis and critical thinking.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2017/18

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

Programme structure

Core units

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

Optional units

One option is chosen from each of the key subject areas of accounting, finance and management, and a fourth option is taken from the whole range. Optional units can vary from year to year but may include:

  • Group 1 options:
    • Accounting Theory, Scandals and Standards
    • Advanced Financial Reporting
    • Auditing and Assurance Services
    • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
    • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Group 2 options:
    • Advanced Financial Reporting
    • Corporate Finance
    • Financial Markets and Investment
    • International Finance
    • Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
    • Law and Economics
  • Group 3 options:
    • Electronic Commerce
    • Industrial and Managerial Economics
    • International Business
    • Marketing Management
    • Operations Management
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Management

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


The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of between 10,000 and 15,000 words. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you will be able to choose from a set of dissertation topics in these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you are expected to acquire and use literature search skills for a range of electronic and traditional sources.

Entry requirements

A first or very 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.


Some students have gone on to more specialised studies, while others have progressed to 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.

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Get in touch

Graduate Studies Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 39 41519 Email:

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


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