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Course description

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Take your skills and knowledge to the next level with the best accounting and finance group in the world. Whether you want to further your professional career, or go on to study for a PhD, this course gives you the qualification you need to succeed.

A career in accounting, financial services or related sectors of the economy requires a high level of understanding of both the theory and practice of accounting and finance. This course is designed to give you a broad-based understanding of the core subject areas with an emphasis on empirical research methods and on accounting and finance practice.

Our wide range of modules allows you to specialise and during the course you have the chance to build on your growing knowledge and expertise by completing a dissertation on a research area of your choice. This, coupled with the support you get from our staff, ensures a first class learning experience. 

Open days

  • Thursday 21 February 2019 (12.00-1.30pm)
  • Wednesday 20 March 2019 (12.00-1.30pm)
  • Wednesday 17 April 2019 (12.00-1.30pm)
  • Wednesday 8 May 2019 (12.00-1.30pm)

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £25,000 
  • International students (per annum): £25,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Due to the competition for places and limited availability, our courses require a deposit of £1000 to cover non-recoverable costs and secure your place. The deposit will be deducted from your tuition fees when you register on the course.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Contact us for further information about the new Accounting and Finance scholarship for UK/EU students and other  scholarships available .

Entry requirements

English language

For the latest information on demonstrating your English proficiency for those whose first language is not English, please see our language requirements .

Other international entry requirements

See entry requirements for your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

NOTE: There is a non-refundable application fee of £60, which you can pay using our secure online payment facility.

Course description

CFA training

Kaplan is a global firm offering professional training and helping individuals and organisations obtain financial certifications and designations. They will support our students by giving them access to tuition material, online question banks and progress tests, as well as mock exam runs. They will also offer tutor support and 1-2-1 sessions.

Students enrol in the CFA Program to build a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills. Preparing for the Level I exam is the first step toward earning the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) credential, the most respected and recognised investment designation in the world.

Trading BootCamp Week

Each year, Alliance MBS runs a five-day Trading BootCamp for all current students studying MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance. These trading simulations provide students with experience of real world trading and the opportunity to engage with contemporary financial markets, enabling them to apply their classroom theory in practice.

Each day there will be four hours of classes in the morning followed by four hours of trading practice in the afternoon. Engaging in live breaking news, economic data and geo-political events, students will be able to apply their understanding, technical expertise and risk management practises in trading different asset classes.

The Finance Zone  

The Finance Zone in Alliance Manchester Business School gives you access to one of the UK's most comprehensive collections of specialist financial and business databases that are used by top researchers around the world. These include Bloomberg, Datastream, Thomson ONE, Compustat, WRDS, Capital IQ and many more. Read more about the specialist financial and business databases >>

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by taught examinations, coursework, assignments, group assessment and presentations and finally by a 60 credit dissertation.

Course unit details

The course consists of both compulsory and optional taught units. 

Semester 1

Core course modules:

  • Asset Pricing
  • Cross Sectional Econometrics
  • Corporate Financial Reporting

Optional modules:

  • Portfolio Investment
  • International Accounting Practice & Regulation
  • International Finance
  • Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives on Accounting

Semester 2

Core course modules:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • EITHER
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • OR
  • Corporate Governance in an Accounting Context

One optional module from:

  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Time Series Econometrics
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Economic & Financial Aspects
  • Current Issues in Empirical Finance
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Corporate Governance in an Accounting Context
  • Real Options in Corporate Finance

Summer period

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Scholarships and bursaries

Masters scholarships for Accounting and Finance programmes for UK/EU students

We are delighted to be able to offer five scholarships available across the four Accounting and Finance programmes with a value of £10,000 towards the cost of the tuition fee. The scholarships will be awarded in line with our scholarship deadlines so early application is advisable.

Find out more.

Careers

The course provides suitable training for those who wish to take up specialist positions in the accounting and financial services sector of the economy or those who wish to subsequently pursue a research and/or an academic career via a PhD in Accounting and Finance. Many students go on to work in the financial sector either in the City or across other sectors.

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.

Accrediting organisations

The course conforms to the present ESRC guidelines for Masters degrees and has ESRC recognition as a postgraduate training year in preparation for undertaking a PhD. 

The course has partnership status with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.


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

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