Accounting and Finance (Taught)

Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Aston University

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Course summary

TEF Gold

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With a strong demand for accounting and financial skills in the job market, our Accounting and Finance MSc could set you up for a rewarding career. This fast-paced masters programme will bring you up to speed with the fundamentals of accountancy and business finance. You’ll develop an advanced understanding and learn the practical skills needed for graduate roles in the financial sector. Given our exceptional reputation for student satisfaction and teaching quality, this course offers you the opportunity for a rewarding study experience and will certainly boost your career prospects. This course will set you up for a rewarding career in the financial sector. Recent graduates have gone on to secure graduate jobs as well as management-trainee positions at leading international firms. Employers of our recent graduates include all of the big-four accounting firms; KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), as well as financial institutions, such as Deutsche Bank and UBS Bank. We’ve been recognised by our students and industry bodies for teaching excellence. The UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) presented us with its highest award – a Gold Award, for consistently outstanding outcomes. Whatever your career ambitions, we can help you realise them. Our MSc in Accounting and Finance is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Successful completion of this course leads to exemptions from these professional accounting bodies. You will still need to secure professional training and complete further exams in order to become fully qualified in accountancy, but these exemptions demonstrate to future employers your commitment and potential to complete sector qualifications. Our professional development programme, The Aston Global Advantage is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to develop your academic skills and build a portfolio of professional business skills. You can choose to study this course as part of our double degree programme.  Study abroad and internship opportunities available.

Course details


Core modules Financial Accounting and Reporting Management Accounting Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting Strategic Management Accounting Sustainability Accounting and Accountability Business Finance Financial Analysis Ethics in Academic Practice The Aston Global Advantage Business Project/Dissertation Optional modules Fundamentals of Audit and Taxation Islamic Accounting and Finance Corporate Governance, Regulation and Compliance International Finance Research Design, Practice and Ethics

Assessment method

You’ll be taught various concepts and principles of accounting and finance but this is far from a passive, theory-heavy course. What make us stand out is our focus on providing you with the practical skills to help you get ahead in your career. We’ll give you hands-on activities where you can apply what you’ve learnt to solve commercial problems. This is done using case studies and other innovative teaching methods, such as business simulation games. We'll also give you the unique opportunity to gain insight and advice from professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia. We firmly believe this will improve your understanding and enhance your employability. We use a variety of assessment methods as part of this course. There’s a mix of exams, coursework, presentations and group work. For our assessments we use real or fictitious business scenarios. These practical assessments help you to develop the skills and competencies required for future job roles. Our innovative online learning platform will also support you with your studies. It has all the digital resources you need when revising, including lecture slides, access e-books and online journals, as well as video recordings of teaching sessions. Your lecturers will also be on hand to offer one-to-one support with any topics you have difficulty with.

How to apply

Entry requirements

One of the following: A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) or an equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University. As well as: Two references – at least one must be from an academic referee, an official academic transcript of your university grades to date and a completed application form. For International Students: An official academic transcript, with official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English also need to satisfy our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £10550 Year 1
England £10550 Year 1
Northern Ireland £10550 Year 1
Scotland £10550 Year 1
Wales £10550 Year 1
International £18850 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Accounting and Finance at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS