MSc Accounting and Finance





1 year full-time

Study mode

Full time

Start date

January, May, September


School of Business & Creative Industries

Why study MSc Accounting and Finance at UWS London?

Learn from experts
Our inspiring team and esteemed guest lecturers bring a wealth of knowledge and global experience garnered from their extensive careers in both UK-based enterprises and across international markets.

Immerse yourself in the world’s capital
Live and study in London; one of the leading cultural, financial and cosmopolitan capitals of the world.

Build your network
Our alumni network spans across more than 100 nationalities, offering a dynamic platform for connections that can drive your career forward. 

Exceptional career prospects
London is a global economic hub, which means there are abundant opportunities for professionals with various skill sets and backgrounds. UWS London careers department will help you to navigate the graduate job market during your studies and up to 2 years after you graduate.

The MSc programme has six core modules that cover the most relevant topics in their field, providing students with a solid framework of knowledge they can rely on in the working world. Aside from the theoretical aspects of the course, UWS London offers the opportunity for students to network through industry speakers and significant peer interaction for a rounded educatory experience.

To complete your Master’s degree, you will need to complete:

  • Accounting for Performance and Control (20 credits)
  • Audit, Ethics and Corporate Governance (20 credits)
  • Corporate Finance and Global Financial Market (20 credits)
  • Research Methods for Accounting and Finance (20 credits)
  • International Corporate Reporting (20 credits)
  • Strategic Financial Management and Modelling (20 credits)

On successful completion of the six core modules, students will move to the Strategic Business Project or the Developing Professional Practice module, which will enable students to work with an employer on a project related to Accounting and Finance:

  • Developing Professional Practice (optional, 60 credits)
  • Strategic Business Project (optional, 60 credits)

This programme will be taught through a combination of both online and in-person classes, using the virtual learning platform Aula, including:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical workshops

Learning and teaching:

  • Scheduled learning: 36 hours
  • Independent study: 164 hours


  • Coursework: 45%
  • Exams: 45%
  • Group work/presentations: 10%

Assessment methods will include:

  • Written reports
  • Class tests
  • Coursework
  • Essay

What is MSc Accounting and Finance all about?

This one-year MSc programme will equip graduates with all the skills necessary to enter the ever-changing world of Accounting and Finance. Complex developments in the field require employers to look for graduates who are adaptable and confident in their knowledge, and UWS London strives to prepare their students for this throughout the course. You will not only gain insight and awareness into the contemporary issues facing this industry, but also learn how to apply financial and accounting skills in a practical context, as well as how to use established research techniques to create and interpret data. Additionally, this course allows you to gain a critical understanding of the theory and practices of accounting and financial management. All modules are designed to begin with a refresher of the basics before moving on to more advanced issues.

You will learn how to…

  • Use professional software tools to build income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow forecasts
  • Explore the business strategies of an organisation
  • Examine areas of financial management that help support business strategies, such as forecasting and working capital management
  • Understand the philosophical and sociological context of business ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • Analyse policies and practices in contemporary business organisations
  • Carry out detailed research on business-related issues

Where will this course take me?

This qualification can help kickstart your career and allows you to be prepared to operate effectively in an accounting or finance area within a variety of international environments. Those who have studied for a MSc in Accounting and Finance have gone on to work in various fields, such as in chartered accountancy, consultancy, financial management, auditing, and teaching, just to name a few. Alternatively, this course would also be useful for those looking to go into trading, banking, and insurance, amongst others. Accounting and finance lie at the heart of every business and so graduates of this course are consistently in demand, particularly in this economy.

Who is this course for?

MSc Accounting and Finance is the ideal course for those looking to further their knowledge and careers in these two areas. Packed with the most up-to-date and advanced teachings, the course provides insight into contemporary issues like responsible business ethics, sustainability, and green finance/investment.

This course is for you if…

  • You’re a graduate looking to start their career in accounting or finance
  • You’re a graduate, who already has professional experience working in this field, looking to further their career
  • You have or are part of a business and want to enhance your knowledge to help run the business better

Why study Accounting and Finance?

Studying MSc Accounting and Finance not only enhances your knowledge in these areas but allows you to develop both personal and professional attributes that will benefit you in the workplace. In addition to the content taught, such as management accounting and corporate reporting practices, the course will develop your strategic thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills – all of which are imperative to employers. It will also give you exposure to various research methods and methods of data collection and interpretation.

Topics you may cover include:

  • Corporate reporting practices
  • Environmental accounting
  • Sustainable financing
  • Investment appraisals and strategic decision thinking
  • Corporate governance
  • Business ethics and CSR
  • Accounting for performance and control
  • Internal and external auditing
  • Management Accounting
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods

Course leader profile

Dr Attahir Abubakar 5
Dr Attahir Abubakar
Programme Leader: MSc Accounting and Finance

Dr. Attahir is a Lecturer in Economics in the School of Business and Creative Industries. Before joining UWS, he held teaching positions at the University of Aberdeen Business School and abroad. Attahir received his PhD in Economics from the University of Aberdeen, he also bags an MSc in Econometrics, MBA in HRM, PGD in NGO Management, Professional Diploma in Education, and a BSc. Economics degree. Attahir is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Royal Economic and Scottish Economic Societies. Attahir’s research interest spans macroeconomics (especially fiscal policy and growth issues), environmental economics (decoupling growth from the environment, circular economy, etc.), and development issues in the global south. He has published in reputable refereed journals such as Journal of Economic Studies, African Development Review, International Journal of Emerging Markets, International Review of Economics Education, and Environmental Science and Pollution Research among others. Attahir is currently a reviewer for several academic journals including International Economics, Cogent Economics and Finance, Economic Change and Restructuring, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Cogent Social Sciences, and Journal of Economic Studies among others.

Further information

Applicants will normally satisfy at least ONE of the following admission requirements:

  1. Have an ordinary degree awarded by an appropriate institution.
  2. Have a relevant professional qualification such as those from ACCA, CIMA or ICAEW or equivalent.
  3. Have passed a pre-masters, or other graduate programme.
  4. Be a mature student with relevant work or professional experience (10 years) managerial or above

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. For more information on specific academic entry requirements per country, please contact one of our admissions officers.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWSInternational English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
Test Minimum Requirement IELTS (International English Language Testing System)IELTS Indicator Overall score of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 for each component
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)Grade C
Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Int’lOverall score 170 with no element below 163
Cambridge AS and A LevelsGrade C or above
Trinity College London ISEIIReading: Pass; Listening: Pass
ibTOEFL78; no sub-test less than 17: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17
Pearson Test of English (Academic)PTE Overall score of 59 with no element less than 59
Password English Language testGrades equivalent to CEFR B2 for entry at L9 entry and above. Password scores of 6.0 or higher
LanguageCert International ESOLB2 Communicator pass/Communicator High Pass (postgraduate applicants at 6.0)
Oxford International English Language Level Test (ELLT)Overall 6, minimum 5.5 in all skills. Must be at a minimum of B2 and equivalent to IELTs of 6.
Skills for English (SELT)Overall 6, minimum 5.5 in all skills. Must be at a minimum of B2 and equivalent to IELTs of 6

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MSc Accounting and Finance

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