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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time/distance learning

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    For Academic Year 19/20 only:

    Full Time: £7,300
    Part Time: £3,240 Year one (80 Credits), Year two £4,050 (100 Credits)
    Distance Learning: £2,880 Year 1 (80 Credits), Year two £3,600 (100 Credits)

  • Last Updated

    19 September 2019

Accounting and Finance MSc provides you with the essential skills needed for pursuing high level careers in all types of organisations; public and private sector, within industry and commerce, both in the UK and abroad.

Exemptions are available from main professional bodies (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)).

If you are looking to enhance your career prospects, this course can provide a contextual understanding of how accounting and finance operates within the business environment. You will examine how financial decisions are made within business, as well as the repercussions on broader society of corporate and financial decisions.

This course has an Industry Placement Option.

Course Details

Accounting and finance are essential areas of expertise for those seeking high-level careers in these professions, as well as commerce and academia.

We expect that you will start this course with a good deal of technical accounting knowledge, having either studied accounting at undergraduate or professional level. You will be provided with theoretical background and applied knowledge at Master’s level that allows you to build upon your existing skills. The course is designed to enhance your intellectual and transferable skills, including presentation, research, analysis and appraisal. This course addresses many of the current accounting issues present in business and how they relate to wider social, technical and economic challenges. You will also have the opportunity to study a specialist interest of your choice.

On completion of the course, you will be familiar with theoretical issues in accountancy and finance, and will be able to apply accounting theory and practice to real issues that are faced in day-to-day operations. This will provide you with an excellent framework for pursuing further study, or enhancing your business prospects.

Industry Placement Option

The industry placement enables you to develop your skills and knowledge in a real-world work environment, whilst completing an applied research project. This will give you an advantage over the competition for jobs and scholarships after you graduate and could be a good starting point for setting up your own consultancy business.

Your placement will need to be appropriate to your level of study and you should also be paid for this work. We will support you in finding and securing a suitable placement opportunity, however it must be noted that placements are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of a placement offer being made by an employer.

If you are unable or unwilling to progress with an industry placement, for whatever reason, you will have the option to transfer onto our Dissertation and Research Methods module in order to gain the required credits to complete your programme of study.

Methods of Learning

Typically you will have nine hours (approx) of contact time with your tutor in the first semester and 11 hours (approx) in the second semester. Overall you will spend 108 hours per module in self-directed study (reading and research).


The course uses a combination of assessment methods including reports, case studies, time constrained tests and examinations, plus your dissertation.

Semester One

You will be introduced to some of the main themes in accounting and finance, this is in the context of utilising financial information to enhance business decision making. Modules in semester one will highlight the importance of sound decision making in successful organisations.

Semester Two

You will examine the role which organisations can play in the wider social context in which they operate and also how this role can affect their decision making. You will also study the way in which accounting regulation takes place in an international context.

Semester Three

The research proposal produced in Semester two will guide the development of a clearly defined and evidenced study proposal, a critical review of relevant literature, and a robust methodology. Data is then collected, analysed, interpreted and applied to the study proposal and a 15,000 word research report (dissertation) is produced, with the support of a dissertation supervisor.

Course Content

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise:

Core Modules:

  • Corporate Reporting 1
  • Global Financial Strategy
  • Financial and Business Strategy
  • Strategic Audit
  • Investment Analyst
  • Social Responsibility and Governance
  • Dissertation and Research Methods (60 Credits)

Facilities & Special Features

  • Practical knowledge that can be applied in a work setting
  • Flexible study that is delivered online, wherever you are
  • Full support from professionally qualified staff and engagement with fellow students
  • Link to professional bodies with the possibility of professional memberships


Studying the Accounting and Finance MSc offers you excellent career opportunities. Our recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance and commerce.

Visit the Accounting and Finance - MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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