Accounting and Finance (online advanced standing)

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Since the programme is delivered entirely online you do not have to travel to Manchester and can study from home.
  • You will receive extensive support from specialist academic tutors and have online access to extensive library and research material.
  • For more information about this course, please see


About the course

Tuition is delivered through an interactive student portal with sophisticated online learning materials, dedicated one-to-one online support from academic supervisors and access to the University’s digital business library. There are also plenty of opportunities for you to communicate online with fellow students.

There are no set lecture times and you can work through the units at your own pace although most students complete the course in a year.


Each unit comprises of ten sessions of online learning. The online learning portal is designed to deliver an interactive and rich learning experience and provides you with the framework and support to direct your research activities.

Dedicated academic support

Your dedicated academic supervisor will also support you throughout the course. This one-to-one relationship between student and supervisor supports students to maximise their potential and progress towards the submission of their assignments.

Want to know more?

Teaching expertise on the MSc Accounting and Finance programme comes from the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, which includes a rich mix of research-active and professionally qualified academics. 

Contact our academic course leader:

Mr Gavin Brown | Senior Lecturer

Dr Michael Flanagan | Senior Lecturer

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Academic and Professional Development Unit

This unit equips you with the knowledge and skills to identify and investigate accounting issues and practices that will stimulate and support improvements to the accounting and finance strategies and practices of organisations.

You will have the opportunity in this unit, and later through the dissertation, to research a live accounting issue; for example, it could be an assessment of the impact of financial reporting standards; an investigation of the effect of the economic climate on management control practices; or an evaluation of sustainability reporting practices in a business sector. The choice of topic will be yours, and you will have the opportunity to follow your interest and develop a real area of expertise.


The dissertation is your opportunity to undertake a significant applied research project into a particular accounting issue of your interest. Building on the work you undertake in the Academic and Professional Development Unit, you will conduct original research, usually in an organisational setting, with a view to making practical recommendations for organisational practice and deepening the understanding of the issue among accounting professionals and commentators.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Students will be formally assessed in both the Academic and Professional Development and Dissertation units of the Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance.

The Academic and Professional Development unit requires students to produce and submit:

  • Assignment 1 - 1,500 word individual reflective piece of work.
  • Assignment 2 - 3,500 word individual business research report.

The Dissertation unit requires students to produce and submit:

  • An individual Research Proposal
  • A 15,000 word Dissertation.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

You must be a registered ACCA, ICAEW and CIPFA member and hold current associate or fellow membership status. 

Manchester Metropolitan University reserves the right o refuse to accept students onto this programme.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

Applications should be made through the MSc Accounting and Finance (online) degree

Career options after the course

This MSc is an exciting opportunity for ACCA, ICAEW and CIPFA members to gain an advanced qualification that represents the next step on their professional ladder, or provides them with the opportunity to advance or change their career.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.