MSc Accounting and Finance (Advanced Standing)

This course is designed for qualified accountants looking to explore the latest research to solve new business challenges and develop their expertise to secure a senior role.

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Your professional accounting qualifications show you’ve got what it takes to do the job. But it’s vital to stay on top of current practice in the accounting and finance world.

Our online part-time masters course proves to employers you’re at the top of your game. You’ll add a recognised advanced qualification by studying just two units, including a research dissertation that gives you the opportunity to explore a specialist area.

Flexible around you 

Each unit is ten sessions of online learning. Because there are no set lecture times, you can work through the units at your own pace. It typically takes students a year to complete the course.

Using our interactive student portal, you’ll be able to make the most of a whole host of resources including webinars, a digital library and forums.

Throughout the course, we’ll also give you one-to-one support. To help you reach your potential, your personal tutor will share their expertise and experience. And, if you need to talk them, they’re only a Skype call away.

While you won’t be joining us on campus, you’ll still have a chance to connect with people on your course and support each other as you take your skills and career to the next level.

Features and Benefits

  • Flexible around you – this course has February and October start dates. So, you can study when it suits you. Invest time in your professional development – our masters course helps you stay on top of current practice and specialise in an area of that interests you.
  • Study anywhere – we deliver the course entirely online so there’s no need to travel to Manchester. With our interactive student portal, everything is only a few clicks away – from books to research papers.
  • Triple crown - study with a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • 1-2-1 support – our team have supported senior professionals for many years, so they know how to help you succeed. Your academic supervisor is available for questions or advice.
  • Peers around the globe – you’ll share best practice and become part of an online learning community. When you complete the course, we’ll invite you to a graduation ceremony here in Manchester, so you can meet and celebrate face to face.
  • Academic and Professional Development unit – this equips you with the academic skills to identify and investigate accounting, finance strategies and practices used by leading organisations.
  • Boost employability – with a masters on your CV combined with hands-on experience, you’ll feel ready to take on senior roles.
"I was delighted with the level of student support. My lecturers were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable and the investment in technology at Manchester Met is cutting-edge." Peter Micallef, MSc Accounting and Finance graduate

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"The landscape of Accounting, Finance and Banking is constantly evolving. We equip students with the necessary skills in order to compete in the global jobs market."

Anna Hardy-Watmough, Deputy Head of Department, Accounting, Finance and Banking

Career Prospects

We’ve designed this course to give you the expertise to take the next step in your career.

Adding a masters to your CV, you’ll feel confident moving into senior financial roles in a range of organisations. Our graduates aim high. The course gives them the experience and skills they need to apply for head of division roles and board level positions.

Boasting new expertise, it’s also a great time to think about whether you want to specialise in a certain area of accountancy that captures your interest.

By completing your dissertation, you’ll understand how to apply research to business challenges. And it might even inspire you to carry on studying to PhD level.

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Entry requirements

You must have obtained a professional accounting qualification from a recognised accounting profession as part of The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). Eg. ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, ICAN, ICASL. You must provide evidence of your certificate and membership status.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.


“The landscape of accounting, finance, and banking is constantly evolving. We equip students with the necessary skills in order to compete in the global job market…”

Listen to what Anna Hardy-Watmough, Deputy Head of Department, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

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 support you throughout the course. This one-to-one relationship between student and supervisor supports students to maximise their potential and progression towards the submission of their assignments.

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Teaching expertise on this course includes a rich mix of research-active and professionally qualified academics. 

Joanne Bambrick | Programme Leader

The online master’s course in Accounting and Finance is made up of two units, Academic and Professional Development and the Dissertation. In order to complete the course, both units must be studied and their assignments passed.

The course is designed to last for one year, with Academic and Professional Development studied over a 3 month period and the Dissertation over 9 months. The units are studied one after another. Once students have submitted assignments for their first unit of study and the assignment submission period has closed, the second unit of study is then open for students to begin.

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Core Units

Academic and Professional Development

Students taking this course will often come from a professional background having had no prior experience with a third level academic qualification. As such, we feel that it is essential to support you as you build the skills needed to successfully complete this course.

The aim of this unit is to develop your research skills to help you attain your professional objectives and to prepare you for a successful dissertation process. The key research skills developed are those of critical reading, reflective writing and good academic practices.

To achieve this, you will be aligned with a personal academic tutor when you start the course. This tutor will work with you throughout both units to ensure that you understand the requirements of each unit and have the ability to successfully engage with the assessments set. As we are a professional department, the majority of tutors within the department have had a similar experience to you, trying to balance a full-time position with further study. As such, we try to be as flexible as possible when working with you.

Dissertation in Accounting and Finance

The purpose of this unit is to help you develop your academic research skills, which can be applied within your professional environment, by testing your ability to produce a substantial, original, and independent piece of scholarly work. The dissertation unit follows on naturally from Academic and Professional Development. By learning and applying academic research skills in your organisation, you should be able to more effectively and efficiently further your own professional learning and enhance your career progression.

We often encourage students to engage with this unit by picking a topic of interest to them, for example an area of your organisational activity that is under researched, or a topic related to your career progression plans and to develop a dissertation in this area. This is to ensure your interest is maintained and the extensive study you do will be of benefit to you going forward.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking

Our Accounting, Finance and Banking Department is the largest provider of accountancy training in the North West of England.

The department offers extensive industry experience through active experts in their profession, with excellent relations across industry bodies and a collaborative approach to promoting critical thinking, employability, flexibility and professionalism.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK and EU students

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated shortly.

UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £1000 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Fees for this course have yet to be confirmed and will be updated shortly.

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £1000 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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