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MSc Accounting and Finance

Course Description

This programme offers a contemporary and specialised approach to accountancy and finance, focussing on the exploration of key practical, theoretical and empirical issues. It is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the financial services industry, professional accountancy, banking and finance or management.

* Acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of key theories, approaches and issues in the fields of accounting and finance
* Enhance your career prospects with an understanding of the complexity of policies and practices in accounting and finance and their similarities and differences in different jurisdictions
* This sector is closely regulated and has changed significantly since the economic changes of 2008. Accountancy and reporting needs to fit in with the latest developments required by local, national and European government
* A specialised practical and theoretical education in an environment of academic excellence
* Accountancy graduates have amongst the highest income levels of any graduates

Why study with us?

The programme brings together two highly-respected schools of Queen Mary, University of London. The School of Business and Management is rapidly building a strong reputation for a distinctive approach, in particular our focus on the inter-disciplinary nature of business and management. The School entered the RAE for the first time in 2008 with outstanding success, ranking joint 25th out of 90 Business Schools. This result is the highest ever recorded first-time entry.

The School of Economics and Finance contributes its huge knowledge of applied aspects of the financial market. The School of Economics and Finance is one of the top Economics schools in the country, ranked joint sixth in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

* Tuition from visiting 'practitioner' professors who are City professionals and able to apply theory to real world scenarios
* Additional optional modules designed to equip students with the key technical skills which employers will look for
* Queen Mary runs the MSc Investment Club to gain hands-on experience in trading and portfolio analysis. The investment club operates as a micro-fund and provides students with the chance to familiarise themselves with the financial world. Every student is guaranteed both trader and analyst related work


You will have access to facilities and equipment, including:

* Applied analysis software
* Subscription to Datastream
* Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) which includes Bankscope and CRSP
* Data Analysis simulation software
* Bloomberg subscription
* Macrobond - data charting and analytical application
* 2 school computer labs
* 70 pcs and designated printers
* Postgraduate micro lab (specialised econometric software)
On graduating, you will be able to use the knowledge and skills acquired to work in the financial sector.

You will develop a unique set of skills and knowledge, including;

* High level accountancy and numeracy skills
* Project management skills
* Up-to-date working knowledge of the latest regulations
* Cognitive skills such as analysis, synthesis and the evaluation of knowledge
* Qualitative and quantitative research methodology
* Personal skills including presentation skills, argumentation, evaluation, problem solving, interactive and group skills, self-appraisal and autonomy in planning and management of learning

Where Accounting Finance graduates work

Graduates of this programme are well-placed to take up careers in accountancy and financial management in private, public and Third Sector firms.

Some typical job roles include; business manager and accountant.
Continuing onto further research

This Masters programme prepares the graduate for employment rather than research, however, should you aspire to further study, both Schools have research excellences that you may wish to follow, for example; Business History and Economic regulations, Finance and Economic Theory.
Our links with industry

A number of our modules are taught by visiting 'practitioner' professors who are also City professionals and apply theory to real world scenarios, providing real insight with their valuable and unique practical experience.
Careers support from Queen Mary

QM Careers provides careers information, advice and guidance to all students of the College on everything from choosing a career to finding work. We run employer events on campus, manage full and part-time vacancy information and offer one-to-one careers advice; practice interviews, CV checks, psychometric test preparation and lots more.

We are part of The Careers Group, University of London the largest careers service in the country, and we are accredited by the Matrix quality standard which assures quality of advice, information and guidance.

Visit the MSc Accounting and Finance page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

Student Profiles

QMUL-Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL works closely with the Chevening - the UK government’s international scheme aimed at developing global leaders - to provide a large number of full scholarships for study on our one-year Masters courses.Every year QMUL hosts a large cohort of the 1500 Chevening Scholars who come to study at universities all over the UK. In 2016-17 we have a record of 87 scholars joining QMUL from countries across the globe!Chevening Scholarships are available for students from all nationalities.All Chevening awards cover full overseas tuition fees, as well as providing a stipend for living costs, air-fares, and a variety of other expenses.Chevening Scholars also benefit from a year-long programme of events helping you experience the best of British culture and to make the most of your time in the UK.There are two types of award on offer at QMUL:QMUL-Chevening Scholarships
A large number of these awards will be available across all one-year QMUL masters courses.QMUL-Chevening Partner Awards
In addition to the QMUL-Chevening Scholarships, QMUL also supports an additional seventeen QMUL-Chevening Partner Awards. These awards are for specific academic departments and for particular courses.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:
- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
- Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK
- Have at least two years’ work experience
- Meet the Chevening English language requirement by 13 July 2017

Application Procedure

Applications for all scholarships must be made directly to the Chevening: full details on how to apply are available on the Chevening’s webpages.In order to be considered for a QMUL-Chevening Partner Award, candidates are encouraged to place QMUL as their first choice university.The deadline for applications is Tuesday 8 November 12:00 GMT.Candidates should also apply for their chosen Masters programme at QMUL through our online portal in the normal way.Candidates are encouraged to QMUL as early as possible to ensure that their application can be processed in a time to meet the Chevening’s deadline for the confirmation of their unconditional university offer in July 2017.

Further Information



QMUL Commonwealth Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL is proud to be working in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK to offer a wide range of scholarships for postgraduate study at Master’s and PhD level.In 2017-18 we will be hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Scholars from developing and developed Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for these awards.All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.The scholarships are available for all subject areas although courses must have a developmental relevance.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)

Application Procedure

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC). Please visit the CSC website for full application details.Application deadline: 15 November 2016

Further Information



QMUL HESPAL Scholarships - Single Award

HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.The Scheme will upgrade junior academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters Scholarship programme.Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has one scholarship available, which covers Masters academic fees (in the form of a fee waiver from participating UK HEIs), a living allowance and pre-departure briefing. The scholarship is limited to a period of up to 12 months and cannot be extended beyond 12 months.The priority areas of study for Palestinian universities are likely to include (but are not limited to): Business, Economics and Finance; Educational Management; Political Sciences and International Relations; Human Rights and Governance; Agriculture; Engineering; Law; Management; Environmental Studies; Water Management; Nursing; TSOL; Human Resources; Economics; Literature; Linguistics; IT; Science programs; Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure; Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies; MA Energy Management; Energy Conservation; Sustainable Energy; ICT; Nanotechnologies and Energy; Educational Technology; Special Educational Needs.For full details of the scholarship scheme, please visit the HESPAL website

Value of Scholarship(s)



- Applicant must be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.
- Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities.
- Applicant will have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 3.0 Bachelor’s Degree from UK).
- Applicant must sign a written undertaking to return to Palestinian university within a time frame agreed with their university, normally one year.
- Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).

Application Procedure

- Applicants should complete the HESPAL application form in collaboration with their university, indicating which subject area(s) they wish to study. Applicants should specify at least three and up to to five UK HEIs in order of preference, but there is no guarantee they will be placed in one of these institutions.
- Submit the HESPAL application to the home university in Palestine with all supporting documents attached.
- Each applicant should submit an online application direct to each university that they wish to apply to and should attach a copy to the HESPAL application. The completed application forms and all other documentation must be submitted in hard copies to your university scholarship coordination office by 23 Janurary 2017.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in economics, accounting, finance or a related subject. All International students need IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.For international students, please refer to our International Students section.

Last Updated

01 August 2017

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