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MSc Accounting and Finance

Already working in accounting and finance? We’ll help you stand out to top employers in financial centres around the globe.

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You know that strong management of financial performance and accounts are key to the success of any organisation. At Manchester Met, we’ll help you find new ways to deal with the issues facing businesses. 

To take us up on this challenge, you’ll need to have studied accounting and finance at undergraduate level or achieved all of the ACCA Fundamental Level Papers.

Home to global businesses

Manchester is one of the largest financial centre outside London,

so you’ll have businesses like Deloitte and KPMG on your doorstep and plenty of opportunities to network with employers.

We also provide training programmes for HMRC, BNY Mellon and PwC staff, so our teaching expertise is second to none. We teach the professionals in areas of tax, auditing and financial performance management. 

Building your expertise

We’ll cover a whole host of areas including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), corporate reporting, governance and risk management. You’ll also apply tools and models of finance theory to understand current challenges. 

Your dissertation will put your expertise to the test. It might involve working with an employer to investigate a business issue or answering a challenging research question.

Past students have explored nuclear companies, exchange rate fluctuations, and alignment between performance measurement and strategy.

Features and Benefits

  • Platinum approved learning partner – we’re recognised by the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) for providing teaching that gives you the best possible chance of success.
  • Triple crown - Study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Study in the heart of a financial centre – Manchester is home to major accountancy firms and banks, including Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, EY, Santander and RBS.
  • Free access to Bloomberg – the leading global platform used by the banks, corporations and government agencies for news, data, analytics and research.
  • Industry recognition – our Business School is the only public sector ACCA platinum approved learning partner in the North of England.
  • Industry experts – our teaching staff are experienced practitioners, active researchers in their fields and consultants to large accountancy firms. They’ll share their insights and connections throughout your course.
  • A network of industry connections – We have links with the main professional organisations and we invite top practitioners from accountancy firms, banks, and accountancy bodies to give guest lectures.
  • Postgraduate internship programme – an optional internship allows you to gain work experience in a business environment so you can put your learning into action.
“I was delighted with the level of student support, my lecturers were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. I believe that by having a Master’s degree this provides me with employability advantages.” Peter Micallef, MSc Accounting and Finance.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"Manchester is one of the largest financial centres in Europe. It’s the perfect classroom for your studies."

Deputy Head of Department, Accounting, Finance and Banking

Career Prospects

When you graduate, your expertise will be sought after by employers in large and small organisations in the private and public sector. It’s likely that your experience will help you progress to more senior roles too.

Because our course content relates to international financial reporting standards, your degree could take you anywhere – New York City, Singapore, Frankfurt and more.

Your extensive knowledge and skills could be applied to a career in:

Graduates from this course have gone on to take up positions including trade administrator at BNY Mellon and audit assistant at PWC Malaysia. 

But the opportunities are limitless – you could set up your own business, carry on postgraduate research, take further professional accountancy examinations and more.

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Entry requirements

You will normally have at least a 2:2 UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in an accounting and finance degree, or a degree with substantial accounting content.

We will also consider applicants with appropriate professional passes in a CCAB or equivalent approved professional accounting body and with substantial relevant work experience.

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, Accounting, Finance and Banking, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

Strong financial management is the key to any organisation’s success. Our MSc Accounting and Finance will help you to play your part – as you develop your understanding of both the fine detail and the strategic ‘big picture’. With the support of experienced professionals, you’ll cover a wide range of business issues, developing specialist expertise in areas like forensics.

It’s a course that has professional practice at its core. So whether you’re a recent graduate looking to fast-track your route to chartered status or you’re seeking to boost your portfolio, our masters will give you an edge in a competitive finance environment.

Units on the course are designed to develop your critical thinking on key areas whilst allowing you to apply your learning into practice, before embarking on a dissertation. You will also be able to choose from two option units.

The units below indicate the course content for entry in September 2020.

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Core Units

Masters Level Learning

This exciting unit is an introduction to the world of postgraduate study for all of our students. This unit brings together students that will have a wide range of prior educational and professional experiences. The focus of this unit will be on demonstrating how we can convert this wide range of experiences into the tools and capabilities needed to successfully engage in this postgraduate qualification. As such, it will incorporate encourage critical thinking and writing through a range of learning and teaching approaches. At the end of this unit, all students, regardless of their prior academic experiences, should feel more confident in their ability to engage with a postgraduate qualification in Accounting, Finance and Banking.

Critical Perspectives of Ethics and Sustainability

For many involved in the corporate environment, the role of the company has traditionally been viewed as that of maximising shareholder wealth. However, in recent years, organisations have faced increasing scrutiny regarding their ethical behaviour and social responsibility.

This unit provides an exciting opportunity to blend ethical and social responsibility theory with the practices we are witnessing in organisations across the globe currently.

It explores the impact of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Integrated Reporting on organisational behaviour. In particular, it challenges students to reflect on their own positioning regarding these powerful topics and explores the extent to which organisations are truly engaging in ethical practices. To achieve this, the unit looks at the varying levels of socially responsible practices evidenced in organisations and examines the motivations behind these. As such, a range of case studies from recognised, and lesser well-known companies are explored.

Extended Research Proposal/Dissertation

In this unit, students are expected to identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex managerial or business issue and produce a substantial written document of their achievements and conclusions. This project is split into two different assessment points to allow for targeted activity and feedback to be utilised in specific timeframes.

This unit presents a particularly exciting opportunity for students to engage in some independent research, with the support of a dedicated supervisor. The chosen topic will be one that interests and challenges you. If you were intrigued by the social responsibility practices of organisations or fascinated by the dividend decisions made by top management teams, this is your chance to explore these areas in further detail. Perhaps, you’ve figured out where you want to focus your graduate career and accordingly engage in some independent study related to that position.

As you will be supported by a dedicated dissertation supervisor, you can run ideas and drafts past this person. You can also avail of a wide variety of workshops to support this independent study. But above all, you will be able to develop a whole range of skills that you should feel confident of when seeking future graduate positions.

Corporate Finance

This unit explores the fundamental role of financial awareness for strategic decision making in an organisation. When large companies like Apple, Alibaba or Nike make announcements about new products, services or expansions, consumers and the markets tend to get very excited. However, as financial experts, we tend to be more focused on how these companies intend to fund such activity. This unit will help you to better understand the background to such decisions. It will investigate the competing demands of stakeholders (such as investors, lenders and customers) and demonstrate how decisions are made in relation to strategic financial management. 

Every day, in every market, organisations are making these decisions. This unit will give you the knowledge and understanding needed to appreciate how these decisions are made and what potential implications might arise as a result. It will utilise current and emerging case studies that reflect the theory being analysed within the unit. 

Governance, Risk and Forensic Accounting

The evolving role of governance has been discussed at length by the media, governments and academics for decades now. Yet, regardless of how many updates to regulations are made or additional guidance on best practices are introduced, it seems that there is always a new governance scandal on the horizon.

Adopting a critical and topical perspective, this unit will evaluate corporate governance and in particular the importance of risk management, internal control and ethical considerations in corporate governance. It will further examine how such financial scandals can be highlighted or investigated through forensic accounting and fraud investigations. Given the wealth of current activity in this area, the unit blends a significant amount of theory and contextual examples to give you a well-rounded understanding of the topic area.

International Corporate Reporting

In the current economic climate, it is very unlikely that any organisation, be they large or small, will not be impacted by international corporate reporting requirements. As such, it is fundamental that those wishing to engage with the professions of accounting and finance have a keen understanding of the international corporate reporting environment.

The unit considers the key financial challenges facing an organisation. One challenge relates to the impact of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on corporate reports across a number of different business situations and considers the impact of the move to harmonisation of accounting standards globally.

International Business Acquisitions

In this innovative and cutting-edge unit, students will develop an understanding of the impact globalisation has had on multinational business. To achieve this, the students will work in groups, across international boundaries by joining up with students in our link university via e-communication. They will explore the requirements of an international business acquisition in these groups. This will enable the students to critically understand theories in corporate reporting and key accounting issues, and recommend resolutions.

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:


Placement options

While this course doesn’t include any placement opportunities, you can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

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: Full-time fee: £9,250 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).

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

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 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 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

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.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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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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You can apply for full and part-time 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 submit one reference. While the application form does ask for two, providing one reference (preferably from an academic institution or an employer), will allow your application to be processed.

We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your application. You may also be asked to come in for an interview or provide further information or a portfolio.

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme, and you must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your place.

Applications to the MSc can be made using our online form. Should you wish to only apply for the PgCert or PgDip, please apply using the postgraduate application form.

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.

Important Notice
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