University of the West of England, Bristol
MSc Accounting and Financial Management

Today's business managers need to be able to analyse and interpret financial information and use this to inform business strategy. The MSc in Accounting and Financial Management will help you develop this expertise, as well as giving you an indepth understanding of the contemporary issues encountered by financial managers.

The underlying practical focus ensures that the skills and knowledge you gain are highly relevant to the workplace whichever area of accounting or financial management you are seeking to engage in.

Core modules

Fundamentals of Financial Management 

Equips you with an understanding of the principal functions of financial management and develops knowledge and skills relevant to finance managers in relation to financing, investment and controlling decisions.

Financial Context and Contemporary Issues

Develops your ability to comprehend contemporary and potential future accounting and financial management issues from a questioning and holistic perspective.

Corporate Strategy

Provides a wide-ranging introduction to the broad social and economic environment in which business enterprises plan and implement their strategic objectives.

Corporate Financial Strategy

Enables you to evaluate and discuss a range of issues within corporate finance, and gain an understanding of finance from the firm's perspective.

Performance Measurement and Management

Provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills concerned with the identification, measurement, interpretation, communication and management of costs and other key performance indicators.

Corporate Financial Reporting

Develops your knowledge and understanding of contemporary practical and conceptual issues in external financial reporting.

Research Methods

provides you with sufficient research training to plan, undertake, and effectively manage a substantial, analytical dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of the remaining compulsory modules and one additional optional module, allowing you to specialise in an area relevant to your career plans.

Option modules:

Ÿ   Financial Investments in Practice

Ÿ   Financial Statement Analysis

 *The availability of option modules is subject to demand.

Masters dissertation

To achieve a Masters, you must complete a dissertation which gives you the chance to research an area of accounting or financial management that is of particular interest to you and of relevance to your career plans. Previous dissertation topics include:

·         Pre-production financial accounting issues in oil and gas companies: The accounting policy choices

·         Capital Structure and Profitability: An Empirical Research of the Drinks Manufacturing Industry in China

·         Human capital disclosures in company annual reports a case study of listed companies on the London Stock Exchange

·         Financial Investment Appraisal Incorporating Environmental Externalities

Mode of Study

The programme will be delivered via on-line mode.


September/ January


12 Months

Entry Requirement

·         an honours degree of 2:2 or above

·         successfully completed all of the Fundamental papers of the ACCA syllabus and have at least two years' relevant work experience.

·         IELTS 6.5 (a minimum of 5.5 in all components)