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Course content

This highly successful MSc programme us designed for students who want to put greater emphasis on finance, accounting and management topics in their graduate studies. The programme is academically rigorous and tailored to the needs of the current business environment.

In the first term you will develop key skills and a grounding in accounting, finance and management. This will prepare you for the more advanced units taught in the second term. The final part of the MSc is a dissertation. Throughout your studies you will learn and develop academic skills that will be relevant for future employment, such as analysis, synthesis and critical thinking.

Programme structure

Core units
-Finance and Accounting
-Financial Reporting
-Quantitative Methods for Economics, Finance and Management

Optional units
One option is chosen from each of the key subject areas of accounting, finance and management, and a fourth option is taken from the whole range. Optional units can vary from year to year but may include:

(Group 1 options)
-Accounting Theory, Scandals and Standards
-Advanced Financial Reporting
-Auditing and Assurance Services
-Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
-Strategic Management Accounting

(Group 2 options)
-Advanced Financial Reporting
-Corporate Finance
-Financial Markets and Investment
-International Finance
-Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
-Law and Economics

(Group 3 options)
-Electronic Commerce
-Industrial and Managerial Economics
-International Business
-Marketing Management
-Operations Management
-Project Management
-Strategic Management

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.

The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of between 10,000 and 15,000 words. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you will be able to choose from a set of dissertation topics in these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you are expected to acquire and use literature search skills for a range of electronic and traditional sources.


Some students have gone on to more specialised studies, while others have progressed to employment, with the banking and accounting/consulting sectors being particular favourites.

Visit the Accounting, Finance and Management MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!





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