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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time (up to 15 months for Jan start)

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    31 July 2017

Course content

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

Course structure

September start – typically 12 months 

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

Semester one - Postgraduate Certificate

  • Forensic accounting
  • International auditing and assurance 
  • International corporate reporting
  • Methods of enquiry 

Semester two - Postgraduate Diploma

  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance and ethics
  • Strategic management accounting for performance enhancement
  • Financial analysis

Semester three - MSc

  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation


  • 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

Visit the Accounting and Finance MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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