MSc Accounting and Finance

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2018

Programme overview

This taught postgraduate programme is research-led and will draw heavily on academic literature. It will develop your ability to critically analyse technical aspects of accounting and finance practice and governance.

In the first term you will explore contemporary issues in accounting and finance research literature. You will also build key skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. This will prepare you for the more specialist elective 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, this dissertation represents an important bridge between taught and advanced research studies.

This programme develops skills for critical analysis of accounting and finance topics, which will be valuable in your future career. The strong conceptual foundation it offers will support students who want to pursue an academic or professional career in accounting or finance.

Fees for 2018/19

UK/EU: full-time
£12,100 per annum
Overseas: full-time
£23,200 per annum
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£12,100 per annum

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2018/19

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

Programme structure

In teaching block one you will complete four compulsory units, while in teaching block two you will choose four from a list of optional units. Each of the units is worth 15 credits.

The final part of the MSc is a research-based dissertation, worth 60 credits. 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.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Accounting and Finance.

Entry requirements

This specialist programme is for students who have a minimum upper second-class degree in accounting and/or finance. Students with a finance degree are required to have studied accounting to an appropriate level.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

This programme provides research and analytical skills that will be valuable in your future career. It is suitable for students who want to pursue an academic or professional career in accounting or finance.

Some students may progress 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 2018 for entry in September 2018.

We welcome 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, applying for a visa 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)

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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