MSc Accounting and Finance

Qualification Start dates Entry requirements Full- or Part-time Assessment
Master of Sciences (MSc) January September First or second class honours degree Level of English required Full-time Exam and written assessment

Course outline

The MSc in Accounting and Finance is designed for managers of the future who recognise the need for businesses to service a wider range of stakeholders. The course consists of a rigorous and intellectually demanding study of the ‘core’ disciplines of Financial Reporting, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Research Methods, Strategic Management Accounting and Auditing together with a wide range of options. The foundation module Corporate Governance looks at the fundamental relation between shareholders and stockholders and explores topical issues of accountability, transparency, corporate social responsibility and environmental responsibility to prepare you for the study of Accounting and Finance from a wider societal perspective. A dissertation, which forms a substantial part of the assessment of the degree, will allow you to develop your interests in either mainstream or wider business and societal aspects of Accounting and Finance.

Teaching methods

calculatorTeaching across all of our postgraduate programmes is via a combination of formal lectures supported by tutorials and seminars. However, our lectures aim to be highly Socratic with healthy dialogue encouraged between faculty and students and between students themselves. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups, which provide a most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of the Business School faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to build sound staff/student working relationships.

The use of case studies as a teaching and learning vehicle features prominently at postgraduate level. Some modules use business simulations / games to replicate decision making in the real world. Role-play and group problem-solving exercises are also typical classroom activities designed to apply some of the theoretical concepts delivered in lectures. We are increasingly using action-based learning whereby students undertake individual or group projects with local companies on topical business issues. Finally, more and more course material is being made available on the University’s own Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Modules available on this course

  • Accountability, Responsibility and Governance
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Auditing
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Dissertation
  • Financial Reporting 1 & 2
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management
  • Money, Banking and Financial Markets
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Empirical Methods
  • Statistics For Business and Economics
  • Strategic Management Accounting

Full course details in the University Handbook


The student will take responsibility for the design, execution, analysis and reporting of an in-depth study on a topic relevant to the course. Based on previous study in this programme the student will:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of a relevant area of accounting and finance (theoretical, conceptual and / or practical).
  • Show an ability to select and justify appropriate research methods for a given subject of study.
  • Provide evidence of familiarity with the current academic and practitioner debates.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse and evaluate data independently and engage in debates relevant to the area of study.
  • Demonstrate the development of coherent and sustained arguments leading to logical conclusions or recommendations.

ADR-building-and-treesThere will be a supervisor assigned to each student. Individual consultations and regular feedback provide the framework and guidance for dissertation planning and writing. The individual work will comprise of proposing a topic and theoretical framework, undertaking a literary review, presenting methodology and data, discussing findings and then formatting and presenting a final dissertation. More details and guidance as to research, and dissertation writing, formatting and referencing will be provided by dissertation supervisor in line with the research topic of each individual student.