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Accounting - MSc

Course Description

How is the role and public perception of accounting changing in a world still coping with the effects of the financial crash?

Accounting at Essex goes well beyond the preparation of financial statements. We teach you to be accountable, act ethically and make financial decisions that positively impact both organisations and society.

This course will advance your knowledge of accounting in both depth and scope. You are taught at Essex Business School, champions of ethical management and sustainable business and ranked in the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF, 2014). We believe accounting information is the foundation for successful decision-making and further develop your practical accounting skills and theoretical knowledge so you can make a positive impact in the workplace.

You explore the changing role and perception of accounting within shifting global markets. We take a critical view of both financial reporting and management accounting, so that you can be perfectly placed to lead financial decision-making in your chosen industry. You work with students and staff from across the globe, preparing you to work in international markets; our Masters students currently join us from more than 40 countries.

MSc Accounting can also be part-time and you may be eligible for a number of scholarships and discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our expert staff are at the forefront of debate and research surrounding accounting issues.

Essex Business School is home to industry renowned figures, such as Professor of Accounting Prem Sikka. Prem is a leading academic on issues surrounding tax avoidance, with his work often quoted in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Independent.

Our academics are members of three internationally respected research centres:
-Essex Accounting Centre, which has strong links with professional accounting bodies
-Centre for Global Accountability, which produces public policy-oriented research
-BAFA Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies, with aims to establish a more realistic understanding of accounting issues in developing countries

By learning from accounting experts, you can experience an education at the cutting edge of the discipline. You hear the latest thinking on issues impacting the business world today.

We’re at the forefront of research in:
-Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
-Organisation studies
-Leadership and strategy
-Finance and banking
-Risk management
-International management

As a top five UK university for social sciences (REF, 2014), our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts. Much of our research addresses the important issues currently being faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. At Essex Business School, you study at an institution that aims to make a direct impact on the world you live in.

Specialist facilities

This course is based at our Colchester Campus, where you benefit from excellent facilities in the UK’s first zero carbon business school building.

Our building represents our commitment to sustainability in business. Our beautiful winter garden is not only a tranquil place for group working and networking, but our Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate.

You benefit from a cutting-edge working environment, complete with:
-A virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, providing access to financial data used by professionals around the world
-Modern lecture theatres
-Networking opportunities with visiting businesses
-Bonds café, serving a variety of refreshments
-The EBS Learning team, who can provide study skills support to help you excel academically

Your future

Our courses are designed to foster the business leaders of the future who, through creativity, innovation and ethical awareness, can meet the many challenges that the international business world continues to present. As a result, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study in 2015 (DLHE)

Many of our students enjoy roles in areas such as financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy.

The School’s dedicated employability team work closely with the University’s careers advice services to help you to find work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

MSc Accounting
-Research Methods in Accounting
-Issues in Financial Reporting
-Management Accounting
-Audit Theory (optional)
-Corporate Reporting and Analysis (optional)
-Financial Decision Making (optional)

Visit the Accounting - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Odusola Abimbola Philips

“I chose to study within the Essex Business School at the University of Essex because of its excellent rating as a top ten university for research. I really enjoy the depth of up-to-date research I am able to engage in, and it is great to get the opportunity to solve real case studies with our lecturers and other students on the course.

What I have enjoyed most about being at Essex is being part of the diverse community at the Colchester Campus. I have had the opportunity to make friends with people from so many different cultures and backgrounds. It has really helped me learn about other people’s attitudes and beliefs and I am sure that the friends I have made will stay my friends for life.

The school itself is very friendly and the lecturers are easy to talk to which has made my time here so enjoyable. The University also provides everything you could need on campus, from shops to the library, and places to hang out with friends.

When I leave Essex, my ultimate aim is to start a consulting firm for creative industries in Nigeria. I have gained so much knowledge from my time studying here and I really believe that this knowledge will be invaluable to the firms in creative industries back home.”


ESRC Doctoral Training Centre scholarships - 16 Awards

For 2011-12, our ESRC Doctoral Training Centre will offer 16-fully funded ESRC studentships, most worth £18,000 per year, across over 20 doctoral pathways. The University of Essex has become one of only 21 Doctoral Training Centres accredited by the UK Economic and Social Research Council following a highly competitive selection process. Our Doctoral Training Centre will fund 16 doctoral students each year across many different social science disciplines. It also offers excellent training opportunities and a highly stimulating research environment to hundreds of postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, practitioners and users.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £18,000


We encourage applications from top students seeking to research over a range of social science areas, including: criminology and socio-legal research; economic and social research; economics and econometrics; environmental governance; finance; health and organisational research; human rights; language and linguistics; management and accounting; politics and international relations; political economy; psychoanalytic studies; sociology and social change.

Application Procedure

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance/pg/government_support/esrc.aspx

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in accounting or a related discipline. We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking. If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

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