MSc Accounting and Finance





1 year full-time

Start date

January, May, September

Why study MSc Accounting and Finance at UWS London?

Study in a world-leading finance centre
Get your MSc in London, one of the most prestigious business destinations in the world.

Get an outstanding student experience
Our students and graduates rate us 90% for overall satisfaction (International Student Barometer 2018/Student Barometer Graduate survey).

Learn from industry experts
Our teaching team has the knowledge and insight you need to succeed in the fast-paced world of business.

Kickstart your career
97% of UWS graduates are in work or further study within 6 months of graduation (DHLE 2016/17).


Areas of study will include subjects such as:

  • Corporate Finance and FSA
  • Financial modelling and research methods
  • International corporate reporting
  • Contemporary issues in Accounting and Finance
  • International taxation
  • Global financial markets

What is MSc Accounting and Finance all about?

Accounting and Finance is at the heart of every business, and demand for new, qualified talent in this field is exceptionally high. The business landscape is changing all the time due to the development of regulations, technologies and emerging markets, some of which are highly complex and specialised. Employers expect graduates to have advanced skills and insight into contemporary issues like financial technology, responsible business ethics, sustainability, and big data. 

You can step into an accounting or finance career in just one year with this specialist Masters qualification. This strategic and highly practical course equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a challenging business environment.

Based in London, the UK’s largest financial centre, you’ll be surrounded by some of the world’s biggest names in accounting and finance. Immersed in this dynamic business landscape, you’ll study this complex and rewarding subject in a practical way that prepares you for the next step in your career.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Gain insight and awareness into contemporary issues facing the industry.
  • Apply financial and accounting skills in a practical context.
  • Learn how to use established research techniques to create and interpret data.
  • Gain a critical understanding of the theory and practice of accounting and financial management.
  • Develop competencies that will give high value to the organisations you go on to work for.

Where will MSc Accounting and Finance take me?

Accounting and finance is a vital part of every business, so a specialist qualification in this area can open doors in almost any industry you can think of. Graduates keen to work internationally will also find a wealth of opportunities, with companies around the world eager to recruit talent in this area and at this specialist level. 

Our graduates go on to work as an Accountant, Tax Adviser, Investment Banker, Auditor, Business Development Executive or Stockbroker. You may also choose to work in the finance department in SMEs or large companies, or in specialised fields such as private equity, investment and banking, pensions, charity and government agencies.

You’ll also develop and learn to apply the theoretical and subject-specific skills needed to take your studies further, if you wish to. An MSc Accounting and Finance is the perfect stepping stone to advanced study (at MPhil/PhD level) in this field.

Join one of the 600 highest ranked universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University rankings 2020)

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if…

  • You’re interested in professional accounting and finance in the context of modern-day business
  • You’re keen to pursue a career in finance at a high level
  • You have a degree, professional qualification or relevant industry experience.

Further Information

The main aims of the course are to enable students to:

  1. Gain a critical understanding of the theory and practice of accounting and financial management, and develop a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the accountancy profession 
  2. Systematically and creatively deal with complex issues, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences 
  3. Undertake academically rigorous independent research and enhance their capacity to communicate ideas, arguments and research findings effectively in written form 
  4. Demonstrate originality in the application of a range of financial and accounting skills to the practice of financial management, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline
  5. Develop high standards of professional competence in order to be able to add sustained value to the organisations in which they operate, now and in the future.
  6. Develop and apply the theoretical and subject-specific skills required to undertake further advanced study (at MPhil / PhD level) in the field of Accounting or Finance.

You will normally be expected to satisfy at least one of the following admission requirements:

  • A degree of 2:2 level and above from any related undergraduate programme
  • A relevant professional qualification (e.g. ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW or equivalent)
  • Recognition from ACCA or equivalent professional body 

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 UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • Overall score 6.0
  • No sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

1 Year, full-time with intakes in January, May and September.

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