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MSc Accounting and Financial Management (Fast track route for qualified professionals)

Course content

This fast track course offers professionally qualified accountants an opportunity to enhance their specialist skills and knowledge – using a flexible distance learning structure that fits easily around existing commitments.

Key benefits

The course is an ideal way to meet your professional body's expectations for CPD, and take your career on to the next stage. The fast track route is well suited to qualified accountants wishing to study for a Masters while continuing in their professional roles with the course delivered as an online distance learning programme. This mode of delivery will enable you to interact and network with other practitioners on the course who are located in different countries.

You will have access to your tutors in a variety of ways (e.g. by email, Blackboard discussion board, Skype) if you have any issues or questions relating to the course, and they will be on hand to guide and support you.

Course detail

As a professionally-qualified practitioner and specialist in accounting and finance, you are likely to be seeking to continue your professional development, possibly with a view to taking on increased managerial responsibilities. The MSc in Accounting and Financial Management (fast-track route) will enhance your ability to contextualise, critically evaluate and communicate financial information, adding significant value to your organisation at a senior management level.

This specialist Masters is designed to enhance the depth, value and contemporary relevance of your professional accountancy qualification. It will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of financial issues, and enhance your research and analytical skills, combining academic rigour with practical relevance.

Students on the course come from a variety of backgrounds, and possess a wide range of practical experience, making student interaction and networking an enjoyable and beneficial aspect of the course.


As a professionally-qualified accountant, you are likely to be exempt from studying the taught 'substantive' modules of the full-time MSc Accounting and Financial Management course. This fast-track route therefore only requires you to complete the following two modules and a dissertation (amounting to 75 credits in total):

• Financial Context and Contemporary Issues - develops your ability to comprehend contemporary and potential future accounting and financial management issues from a questioning and holistic perspective.

• Research Methods - provides you with sufficient research training to plan, undertake and effectively manage a substantial, analytical dissertation.


This course is delivered online via our Blackboard teaching platform, which comprises online learning materials, group discussion boards, and peer and tutor support. It is designed to enable you to engage in your studies, wherever you are located, without disruption to your existing employment.


Assessments consist of a combination of written assignments, supervised mini-projects and presentations.


This fast-track Masters will contribute towards your career development by providing an opportunity for you to:

• re-engage with the fundamental aspects of your profession
• develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist topic you have chosen for your dissertation
• critically evaluate contemporary developments in context and prepare for anticipated future trends
• enhance key transferable skills such as information accessing, analysis and interpretation, making presentations and report writing
• meet your professional body's continuing professional development requirements.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link:


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –
The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here:

Visit the MSc Accounting and Financial Management (Fast track route for qualified professionals) page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!





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