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MSc - Accounting and Finance

University of Surrey    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Full time & Part time October, February MSc Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

About the course

Accountants and finance professionals help us to navigate the wide and complicated world of business.

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is taught by Surrey Business School. You will graduate equipped with the skills needed to work in multinational corporations and be a successful decision-maker in an increasingly complex global financial environment. This course is practical in nature and will encourage you to embrace regular opportunities to engage with real business problems throughout your studies.

We are ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

What you will

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Accountancy, Banking, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Management or Mathematics, or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

Please see course website for further details.

 Course Content

Open days

Our postgraduate webinars are a great way for you to engage with our world-class academics, our support teams and hear from our current students. We have a number of subject webinars during November as well as webinars for students looking to join us in February.





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Student Profile(s)

Ada Stamopoulou

"The professors provided us with real-world examples of how the concepts we were learning in class were being applied in the business world."

Ada is now Business Development Manager at Arthur Hellas S.A. Greece.

What attracted you to studying your course at Surrey?

Instead of having lectures where the professors did most of the talking, we were encouraged to participate and give our own opinions on topics. Because I earned my undergraduate degree at Surrey Business School, I knew I'd receive personal attention from the Faculty - that is one of the reasons I decided to stay on at Surrey for my master's degree.

What key skills did Surrey Business School provide you for the world of work?

The MSc in International Financial Management has given me invaluable experience working through real-life business problems. The professors provided us with real-world examples of how the concepts we were learning in class were being applied in the business world. These connections showed us that we were learning practical skills we would use in our careers.

What were the specifics positives about studying at the University of Surrey that stand out for you?

The course offering was diverse and covered subject areas including accounting, finance, quantitative methods, international corporate governance and business management. The programme drew together a great variety of students from across the globe. The multi-national community of Surrey Business School is great because people from different parts of the world bring different opinions, thoughts and ideas.

How did your courses at Surrey prepare you for your chosen career?

I utilise many of the skills I learned from in the courses in my profession as a Business Development Manager. I am responsible for the overall development and execution of the firm's strategic marketing plan which includes implementing efficient strategies and analysing retail data and provided efficient strategies for brand. I simply couldn't ask for more than I gained from the course and I can't say enough about the ongoing support I still receive from my former professors when I reach out for advice or an opinion.

Obiefule Iroabueke

"Diligence, hard work, reliability and attention to detail, as well as being innovative and a team player, are skills that makes every graduate an asset to any employer."

"My name is Mr. Obiefule Iroabueke and I am currently an Assistant General Manager (Business Development and Investment) at the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). I hold a masters degree (MSc) in International Financial Management from the University of Surrey, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Accounting along with several other professional affiliations and qualifications.

While doing my undergraduate degree I discovered that accounting involves, to a large extent, having knowledge of business and management. As a result, I decided to further my studies in finance and management, hence my master’s degree (MSc) course in International Financial Management at the University of Surrey.

I chose to apply to the University of Surrey because of the excellent manner in which the University blended and arranged its modules for the master’s degree programme, touching every key area to enable its students to build skills and excel in careers associated with business and financial management. The combinations of courses were also aimed at preparing and equipping students for the challenges ahead after university. Also, Surrey is a renowned university, being one of the top universities in the United Kingdom.

On graduating from the University of Surrey, I gained employment with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea TMO as an Electronic Document Supervisor after which I secured appointment with HSBC Bank Plc UK where, within a short spell of time, I rose to the position of a Portfolio Manager as a result of my diligence and productivity. I left HSBC Bank Plc, UK to return Nigeria to add value and apply my skills in the development of the country.

One notable achievement to be highlighted in terms of my job roles both past and present, would be the success I achieved while working as a Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Aviation, where I was responsible for the Airport Cargo Terminal Project Initiative (Perishable Cargo Initiative) which focused on rural development especially in the area of empowering women and young people through agricultural (perishable) export. The initiative received wide recognition and was eventually endorsed by the then President. Mr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCON.


The discount applies to:

September/October 2021 entrants
February 2021 entrants
February 2022 entrants. Note: if applicable and Masters programmes are running with a February intake for the 2021/22 academic year.

Students graduating in the summer of 2021 may be eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII DUFE are eligible for this scheme. Associated Institution students are not eligible. This scheme is not available to modular self-pacing students.

This scheme is only open to 2021 postgraduate taught entry students who are not in receipt of any external sponsorship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% tuition fee discount


If you are a fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you may be eligible for a 20 per cent discount on our taught postgraduate masters programme fees.

Application Procedure

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

For eligible students, the required pre-payment (deposit) of tuition fees due for 2021/22 will have to be paid in order to enrol on your programme, as previously detailed to you by the admissions team, then the twenty per cent discount (based on the full fee amount for 2021/22) is deducted from the remaining balance.

This means the tuition fee invoice, which will be emailed to your University email account sometime during October/November 2021 or February 2022 will reflect the actual balance due.

Find out more

Surrey is pleased to announce that we will be running the Surrey International Masters Scholarship for new masters students coming to Surrey in 2022 from seven different countries. Awards of £2,500 are available to all applicants holding a Surrey offer to study a full-time masters programme in February 2022, (except the Surrey MBA).

All successful offer holders will be awarded a tuition fee discount of £2,500 on the first-year fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



In order to be eligible, applicants must:

Be domiciled in India, Thailand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Vietnam or Ghana.
Hold an offer for a full-time masters programme (except MBA).
Meet all the conditions of your offer.
Be an overseas fee-paying student (this scholarship is not available for students eligible for UK fees).
Be self-funded (you must be paying for your studies independently rather than being sponsored or in receipt of another scholarship. You may, however, also be in receipt of the Surrey alumni discount).
Be registering on the first year of a full-time Masters programme with a February 2022 start date.

Application Procedure

There is no formal application for this scholarship. All offer holders will be considered against the stated criteria and, if successful, the award will be paid in the form of a tuition fee discount. This discount will not appear on your offer letter, but will be applied to your CAS letter.

For programmes of more than one year the award is payable for the first year of study only.

Final decisions on the eligibility of applicants and allocation of scholarships will be made by the University of Surrey’s International Student Recruitment Office.

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