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Our Accounting & Finance degree offers ACCA exemptions from papers F1-F4 (the papers have been renamed as Applied Knowledge AB, Applied Knowledge MA, Applied Knowledge FA and Applied Skills LW). 

If you’re looking to build on the foundation of your accounting or finance degree this is an ideal choice. This University of Dundee course will help you understand practical accounting and finance disciplines in a global context. It’s also an excellent starting point if you want to progress your academic career.

In particular it is designed so you can:

  • Critically evaluate research in accounting and finance
  • Appreciate the links between different aspects of accounting and finance, e.g. financial accounting and reporting, financial management, management accounting and corporate governance
  • Understand key social science research methods
  • Apply a range of research methods to examine a specialist area of accounting and finance
  • Communicate complex and specialised issues clearly and concisely
  • Work intensively on a research-based dissertation

Throughout your studies, we want you to understand the power and limitations of accountancy and financial techniques and how they can help society to function. You’ll be examining the way in which large corporations use their funds to generate income and wealth in an increasingly globalised accounting and reporting environment.

The course emphasises the role played by capital markets both in the UK and overseas in this wealth creation process and highlights their importance in the global economy.

We welcome students from the UK and elsewhere to our stimulating, supportive, friendly and well-organised campus. 

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Teaching & Assessment

This course runs for 12 months from September to August. The course is academically rigorous, drawing on current strategy, change management, corporate governance and accounting theory. It is practically relevant, helping you apply knowledge and develop generally transferable skills such as problem solving, team-working and collaboration.

How you will be taught

Our degrees are taught using a variety of methods including lectures; seminars; workshops; tutorials; projects and hands-on computer labs.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework, examinations and dissertation.

Course content

This course involves completing three compulsory modules including a dissertation, and four module choices.

The programme is also suitable for those who wish to progress to a PhD in Accounting and Finance.

Core modules:

  • Research Methodology & Methods (BU52001)
  • Dissertation (BU52010)

Students must choose 1 of the following core modules:

  • Quantitative Methods (BU52016)
  • Econometrics for Finance (BU52017)

Optional modules

Students must choose 4 optional modules, made up of at least 1 finance module and at least 1 accounting module.

Finance modules

  • International Banking Systems (BU51011)
  • Global Financial Markets (BU51013)
  • Derivatives and Risk Management (BU51021)
  • Global Risk Analysis (BU52006)
  • Emerging Financial Markets and Investment (BU52012)
  • Security Analysis and Equity Valuation (BU52042)
  • Investment Management (BU52043)
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity (BU52047)
  • Financial Regulation and Ethics (BU52048)

Accounting modules

  • Corporate Governance (BU51001)
  • Financial Statements and Analysis (BU51029)
  • Contemporary Accounting Issues (BU52004)
  • International Accounting & Financial Reporting (BU52005)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (BU52013)
  • Corporate Social Reporting (BU52044)


Our master’s courses prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect their postgraduate recruits to have advanced technical and communication skills, to be confident team-workers, independent researchers, good project-managers and be at the leading edge of their specialism. Our degrees are designed to respond to these demands.

Our graduates are working all over the world. Many are employed by large multi-national firms. A number are with smaller UK firms including manufacturing companies and financial institutions. Some work as managers and accountants in specialist positions while others hold posts in the public sector or run their own businesses. A number have also gone on to further study (e.g. PhD) in the UK and elsewhere, with graduates employed in universities all over the world.

You’ll be able to make use of the University's dedicated careers service to help you to confidently present yourself to the world's top employers.

Fees & Funding

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc Accounting & Finance page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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