MSc Accounting and FinanceFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
|Programme length||One year full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2021|
This taught postgraduate programme is research-led and will draw heavily on academic literature. It will build on your existing knowledge of technical aspects of accounting and finance. You will develop your ability to critically analyse the nature and conditions of effectiveness for these techniques to contribute to 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, which involves identifying and analysing a research question in accounting and/or finance under the guidance of a member of staff. For those planning on undertaking a PhD, 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 2021/22
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:
- UK: full-time
- Overseas (including EU): full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
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.
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 2021/22
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
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 accounting and/or 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.
A strong upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in accounting and/or finance. Students with a first degree that is focused on only one of accounting or finance are expected to have undertaken some formal study of the other.
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:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
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.
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, applications will now close to students from China on 27 November 2020, applications received after this time will not be reviewed.
31 July 2021 for International applicants. 19 August 2021 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.
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REF 2014 results
- Business and Management Studies:
- 24% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 54% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 22% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.