Name of Programme
MSc Accounting and Finance
Final Award
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Business [Accounting and Finance]
Programme Code(s)
PMSF1PAF / Full Time / 1 Year
Professional Body Accreditation
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
QAA: Masters in Business and Management 2015
Admission Criteria
2:2 (Honours) degree with substantial proportion of accounting and/or relevant work experience.
Good command of English Language; IELTS = 6.5 or equivalent.
Applicable Cohort(s)
FHEQ Level
Summary of Programme
The programme is designed to offer an advanced qualification useful to candidates wishing to pursue financially-oriented careers in business, government, or international organisations. The programme aims to build on existing accounting and finance knowledge to prepare individuals to be operationally and strategically effective in an accounting and finance role. The programme explores a core set of accounting and finance concepts and ideas and in addition, contemporary issues and specialist areas of accounting and finance are explored. Students will be given the opportunity to develop research skills and complete a dissertation. The overall intention is to equip students to make a contribution to work and society, whilst keeping pace with change.

The programme can be completed over a period of 12 months on a full time basis with an opportunity to exit the programme with a postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Accounting and Finance.
Educational Aims of the Programme
• To provide managers of the future with a sound understanding of the role accounting and finance plays in business management.
• To develop an understanding of the need for business organisation to widen the range of accounting and finance stakeholders served and to increase cultural sensitivity.
• To build knowledge and understanding of the complexity and interrelatedness of business and management in order to improve the effectiveness of decision-making in organisations;
• To develop an understanding of the wider role accounting and finance must play in a reconceptualised role of business in society.
• To develop managers who can contribute a balanced outlook which incorporates an understanding of the economic, environmental and social concerns in the contexts of managing organisations in an accounting and finance environment;
• To develop an appreciation that any skills learned need to be enhanced and developed through continuous professional development
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Accountability, Responsibility and Governance
2. Advance Corporate Finance
3. Auditing
4. Behavioural Finance
5. Finance Research Methods
6. Financial Reporting I & II
7. Financial Risk Management
8. Investment Strategy and Portfolio Management
9. Money Banking and Financial Markets
10. Strategic Management Accounting
11. Statistics for Business & Economics
12. Dissertation Writing

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Core knowledge is acquired through formal lectures, practical seminars, small-group tutorials and guided independent study.

2. An ethos of close staff/student interaction, as well as independent learning, progresses the learning process to a more advanced stage.

3. VLE will be used to provide support materials to students, and an additional medium for communication

Assessment Strategy

1. Knowledge and understanding is examined via coursework, individual and group presentations, formal examinations and a dissertation.

2. Weightings (course / project work to examinations) vary from course to course at the discretion of the lecturers and will be made explicit to students on each course specification document

Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

1. Identify and assemble data from a variety of sources and evaluate and establish connections.
2. Synthesise and critically evaluate primary and secondary data
3. Critically analyse accounting and finance literature.
4. Apply accounting and financial business/management principles, concepts, theories and methods to business problems.
5. Plan, conduct and present the results of an individual or group research programme.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Cognitive skills are promoted via practical seminars, group discussions, tutorial exercises and group assignments. The application of these skills takes place via case studies, research and a dissertation.
2. Cognitive Skills are assessed by coursework, examinations, presentations and a dissertation.

Assessment Strategy

1. Written examination,
2. Individual and group coursework,
3. Individual and group presentations
4. Dissertation writing.
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

1. Problem solving and decision-making skills.
2. Research and data management skills
3. Numeracy skills, business modelling and analysis.
4. Leadership and people management skills. Sensitivity to diversity in people and styles of management.
5. Cross cultural communication skills
6. Ability to learn through integrating experience and knowledge.
7. Communication skills: ability to listen and develop a persuasive argument.
8. Ability to recognise values and ethical issues and managing decisions within appropriate ethical frameworks.
9. Interpersonal, team working and project management skills.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Skills are developed across modules using practical exercises and assessment strategies.

Group work activities will develop skills 4, 5, 7, 8 & 9

Tutorial preparation and completion of coursework and the dissertation will require development of skills 1, 2, 3 and 6

Assessment Strategy

Assessment of key skills will be via written coursework, individual and group presentations and examinations
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (Link);
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) (Link);
• Other (list)
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Date approved by School Board of Study
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Date of Annual Review



MSc Accounting and Finance

PMSF1PAF / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Financial Reporting & Analysis [L7/30U] (BPFFRAA)
Financial Analysis and Portfolio Modelling [L7/30U] (BPFFAPM)
Strategic Management Accounting [L7/15U] (BPFSTMA)
Term 2
Financial Reporting & Analysis [L7/30U] (BPFFRAA)
Financial Analysis and Portfolio Modelling [L7/30U] (BPFFAPM)
Auditing & Accountability [L7/15U] (BPFAUAC)
June Examination
Term 3
Empirical Techniques in Finance (I & II) [L7/30U] (BPFETIF)
Derivatives and Financial Risk Management [L6/15U] (BPFDFRM)
September Examination
Term 4
MSc Dissertation [L7/45U] (BPFMDIS)