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Accounting and Finance MSc

Course Description

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Accounting and Finance at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

This Accounting and Finance MSc programme has been designed around the ACCA accreditation system.

Key Features of MSc in Accounting and Finance

- A full conversion programme that may be completed in a single year

- Does not require accounting, finance or any quantitative study to be completed at undergraduate level

- All modules on the Accounting and Finance programme are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge

- Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international ranked research (REF 2014)

- Access to the School of Management investment and trading simulation room to support in-depth understanding of finance in practice

- 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating

- High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week

- Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities

- Scholarships available for outstanding students

- Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)

The MSc Accounting and Finance is designed specifically to enhance employment prospects by offering students the opportunity to acquire an advanced and in-depth understanding of key accounting and finance topics (without any requirement of having previously studied accounting or finance).


Modules on the MSc in Accounting and Finance typically include:

• Principles of Finance

• Financial Accounting

• Financial Modelling

• International Financial Markets

• Management Accounting

• Financial Statement Analysis

• Quantitative Financial Analysis

• Principles of Law for Accounting and Finance


The MSc Accounting and Finance has been awarded the following ACCA exemptions:

F1 - Accountant in Business

F2 - Management Accounting

F3 - Financial Accounting

F4 - Corporate and Business Law

F5 - Performance Management

F7 - Financial Reporting

F9 - Financial Management

This means that graduates of our MSc Accounting and Finance will be exempt from six out of nine of the ACCA ‘Fundamentals’ examinations. Students graduating from the Accounting and Finance programme can now leave Swansea as part-qualified accountants and just have to sit the remaining six.

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates including those from the Accounting and Finance programme with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management as a student on the MSc in Accounting and Finance programme we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

- Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative

- Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme

- In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India, with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting

- Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week

- Complete the Swansea Employability Award

- Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Location and Facilities

Accounting and Finance students will be based in a state-of-the-art building and will benefit from the applied research, innovation and employment opportunities offered by this exceptional working environment on the Bay Campus.

Accounting and Finance students will have access to high-tech teaching and research spaces, that together with collaborative working and practice areas will ensue the School is able to deliver its commitment to offer an engaging and innovative student experience.

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

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Developing Futures Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

At the School of Management, we understand what employers look for and so we have created this unique Developing Futures scholarship programme. The School of Management is dedicated to our students and we are passionate about student success in both academic excellence and involvement in student life.Our Developing Futures programme is more than a scholarship package, along with financial support for an academic year you will also get the chance to gain valuable career-enhancing skills. We are offering scholarships worth £3,000 each for students who have accepted a place to study on one of the following full-time taught Master's programmes:MSc Accounting and Finance
MSc Economics
MSc Economics and Finance
MSc Finance
MSc Finance and Business Analytics
MSc Financial Management
MSc International Banking and Finance
MSc Investment Management
MSc Management (all pathways)
MSc Strategic Accounting
MSc Strategic MarketingRecipients of the scholarship will be required to work with the Recruitment and Marketing teams on three events, plus one event for the Student Experience team and the Careers team. We also expect recipients to join a society or become a course representative for their degree programme. The skills you will develop by taking part in these activities will make you stand out from your peers.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To apply for one of these scholarships, you must be in receipt of an offer to study on an eligible full-time course at the School of Management, starting in 2017/18.We’ll be taking into consideration your:Academic competence
Financial need
Passion and future plans
Ability and plans to contribute back to the School of Management and Swansea University
Scholarships will be deducted from tuition fees and cannot be transferred to another intake if you defer entry.Applications from students of any nationality are welcome.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Students applying for the Accounting and Finance MSc must attain a 2:2 (or overseas equivalent) in an undergraduate degree. Any degree subject will be considered. Non-native English speakers applying for the Accounting and Finance MSc must achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no component less than 5.5. Please see website for further details on entry requirements for the MSc in Accounting and Finance.

Last Updated

01 August 2017

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