MSc Accounting and Finance (online advanced standing)

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Our online part-time MSc in Accounting and Finance will complement your ACCA, ICAEW or CIPFA qualifications. You will be able to gain a recognised advanced qualification by studying just two units. 

The Academic and Professional Development unit equips you with the knowledge and skills to identify and investigate accounting, finance strategies and practices used by organisations.

The dissertation is your opportunity to undertake a significant applied research project into a particular business related issue of your interest and this usually takes place in an organisational setting.

This course has September and February start dates.

Please Note: You must be a registered ACCA, ICAEW and CIPFA (or CCAB) member and hold current associate or fellow membership status to apply for this course.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

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.

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Entry requirements

You must be a registered ACCA, ICAEW and CIPFA member and hold current associate or Fellow membership status of one of these accountancy bodies. 

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

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 also 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 the MSc Accounting and Finance programme 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

Core units

  • Key Issues in Business and Management*
  • Academic and Professional Development
  • Dissertation

*This is a ten-credit unit only available to those who have passed their exam but are not full members of a professional accountancy body.

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.

Assessment weightings and contact hours


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

UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £1542 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

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £1542 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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist 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 each year for books and printing.

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How to apply

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


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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