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MSc Accounting and Finance

This course offers a specialist understanding of accounting and finance and is suitable if you have a general finance or accounting background. You combine study of the latest regulations and practices with in-depth research into various industries to gain a practical understanding of modern financial decision-making.

Course description

The course meets the growing demand for masters level professionals in finance and accounting. It is suitable if you
• are from a general finance background and wish to gain specialist knowledge in accounting and finance
• have an accounting background and would like to extend and update your knowledge and skills

A distinctive feature of this course is its focus on present-day national and global developments in systems, regulations and general practices of accounting and finance. By studying updated literature, international accounting standards, worldwide events, case studies and companies’ financial accounts, you learn how real organisations operate and the accounting and financial strategies and decisions they implement.

You complete in-depth research into various industries when producing presentations, coursework, assessments and the dissertation. This real world focus provides immediate value to your present or potential employers. Helping an organisation compete more successfully through better accounting and financial management and systems can be a rewarding career, in the UK or internationally.

After successfully completing the course, you are able to
• apply and adapt techniques to improve and extend specialist knowledge in accounting and finance
• apply relevant frameworks, models and techniques of financial decision making to planning, performance measurement, and risk management
• solve problems and develop and carry out accounting and financial strategies for different types of organisations
• apply international accounting standards to corporate reporting and appropriate models to auditing
• demonstrate analytical and research skills informed by the latest developments in accounting and finance
• use models and techniques for collecting, processing, validating, interpreting and presenting information

You also gain transferable intellectual and professional skills relevant to the current national and international business world, and problem solving, communication and information technology skills

The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

ACCA fast track route
International students who are ACCA passed finalists or qualified accountants can convert their ACCA qualifications to a UK masters on our MSc Accounting and Finance – ACCA Fast Track Route.

Professional recognition

ACCA has granted the following exemptions from their examinations to students graduating from this course
• F1 accountant in business
• F2 management accounting
• F3 financial accounting
• F4 corporate and business law

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally one of the following in a relevant subject*

• a good honours degree

• a recognised postgraduate qualification

• an equivalent recognised professional qualification

* Relevant subjects include • accounting • banking • economics • finance • financial services.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills, is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English qualification.

If you do not meet the above criteria you can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Business and English. After passing this diploma we automatically offer you a place on one of our business or finance related masters degrees.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – one year

September start – typically 12 months
January start – typically 15 months but it can be completed in 12 months

Typical modules may include

Semester one – postgraduate certificate

Forensic accounting
You acquire and develop an appreciation of forensic accounting work including the nature and extent of financial crime and financial dispute resolution. You develop forensic accounting techniques including the identification and quantification of admissible evidence. You also participate in identifying problematic situations and inherently weak systems in organisations and design and recommend solutions to minimise risks arising. You gain an understanding of the methodologies used by organisations and individuals in the management of risk associated with financial exposures.

International auditing and assurance
This module examines the basic theories, principles and frameworks upon which modern auditing and assurance is based. You develop your ability to carry out audit and assurance risk assessment procedures and to identify appropriate audit approaches and techniques.

International corporate reporting
You explore the nature and purpose of corporate reporting both in the UK and internationally and gain an understanding of the basic theories and principles upon which modern corporate reporting practices are based. You examine the pressures and influences on the internationalisation of corporate reporting and the political and economic context within which corporate reporting evolves. You have the opportunity to formulate and discuss your own views on the possible future direction of corporate reporting.

Methods of enquiry
You gain analytical and technical research and consultancy skills. You develop knowledge and a reflective understanding of methodological and philosophical issues in research and consultancy with specific reference to finance.

Semester two – postgraduate diploma

Corporate finance
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental theoretical principles of corporate finance. You enhance your appreciation of the practical application of these principles when formulating financial strategy, both at a domestic and an international level. The module develops your ability to understand and offer a critique of financial theory as well as developing your technical problem solving abilities through a number of numerically-based scenarios.

Consultancy project 1
This module introduces you to the process, theories and approaches to consultancy. You gain work experience from working for a sponsoring firm on a focused live international market research and development problem requiring consultancy assistance. By placing you into a live company environment you can apply the theoretical and conceptual knowledge developed within the course. It also improves your skills in cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

Strategic management accounting for performance enhancement
As the business environment becomes more complex and global, there is an increasing need for managers to understand the role that management accounting plays in supporting strategy and driving performance. This module explores how management accounting and control practices and systems are shaped by cultural political, institutional, technological, competitive and environmental factors. You critically evaluate a range of management accounting practices and systems and the specific contexts within which they operate and evolve. This understanding enables you to recommend future change to organisations in order for them to remain competitive.

One from • advanced portfolio management • corporate governance and ethics • financial analysis • innovation in the digital enterprise • understanding markets • international treasury management*

* Successful completion of the international treasury management module gives you an additional professional qualification awarded by the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). If you choose this module there is an ACT registration fee of £500 in addition to your course fees, you will be invoiced separately for this.

Semester three - MSc

Research methods
This module develops your abilities to critically evaluate published research and develop your own research skills. It provides the key steps in developing your understanding of the nature of the postgraduate dissertation and approaches to undertaking one. After completing the module you are able to draw up research proposals and undertake your own dissertation research project.

You complete a major research-based project on a topic relevant to your future career development or academic interest. It enables you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained on your course and develop research skills.

  • assignments
  • examinations
  • dissertation


Graduates from this course are well equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for professional careers in accounting and finance such as
• accountant
• finance or accounting manager
• financial controller
• financial analyst
• financial consultant
• researcher or educator


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £6,300 for the course

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,800 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

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How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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