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Develop advanced knowledge of accounting theory and practice.

Boost your career prospects by developing an advanced knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and prepare for a leading role in the accountancy profession.

The course is linked to The Manchester Accounting and Finance Group – one of the leading accounting and finance units in Europe, and Alliance MBS is ranked 20th in the world for Accounting and Finance research according to the 2018 QS World Rankings.

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Course description

Our specialist MSc Accounting course will boost your career prospects by developing an advanced knowledge of accounting theory and practice, and prepare for a leading role in the accountancy profession. 

  • develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of accounting as well as your critical thinking. 
  • introduction to different aspects of accounting research, and guidance in conducting the research.
  • advance your thinking and debate in contemporary issues in financial reporting, management account, auditing and governance.
  • Develop skills that are valued by employers, or prepare for a research career in academia.
  • Benefit from our accounting academics' close connection with the accountancy profession.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught units during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Examples of recent accounting and finance dissertation project topics include:

  • Performance reporting by UK listed firms under IFRS
  • Audit practice and professionalization
  • Management control systems in organisations
  • Field-based qualitative research on management accounting innovation and change
  • Audit markets in emerging economies
  • Corporate governance and quality of earnings

CFA training

We have teamed up with Kaplan Schweser to facilitate student preparation for the CFA exams.

  • MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance , MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance course students who perform well in Semester one and show a strong interest in CFA will get free access to Kaplan's online training materials for CFA Part One.
  • Gain student support from Kaplan with access to tuition material, online question banks and progress tests, and mock exam runs. Plus tutor support and 1-2-1 sessions.
  • The CFA Program builds a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.
  • Take the first step to earning the Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA) credential to prepare for the Level I exam
  • The CFA is the most respected and recognised investment designation in the world.

Trading BootCamp Week

Together with Amplify Trading , a global financial trading and training firm, we offer a week long Trading BootCamp for MSc Accounting, MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Finance and MSc Quantitative Finance course students.

  • experience a live trading floor provided by two experienced traders with specialist software
  • engage with contemporary financial markets and apply your classroom theory in practice
  • watch live breaking news, economic data and geo-political events, and use your knowledge and skills in trading different asset classes
  • a fantastic opportunity to prepare you for successful careers after graduation.

The Finance Zone   

Worshipful Company of International Bankers Affiliation

Our accounting and finance division courses are affiliated with the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB). Every year the best dissertation out of the following four courses will receive the WCIB Prize worth £300.

  • MSc Accounting 
  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Finance
  • MSc Quantitative Finance

The winner will also enter the competition for the prestigious WCIB Lombard Prize . 

Career opportunities

This course will help to enhance your abilities, skills and knowledge. It will prepare your for a career with top firms in the accountancy profession. In addition, if you have overseas professional accounting qualifications, successful completion of the course can boost your career. 


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

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