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Accounting and Financial Management (MSc)

Course Description

This is a generalist MSc and will be relevant to those who wish to pursue a career in accounting and those who require a thorough knowledge of accounting as budget holders. We seek students from different areas in business/management, accounting and finance, or those with a quantitative background.

We take a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to the subject, which offers you an innovative way of learning about topics that cannot be pigeonholed into one particular area. Because our students come from such a variety of backgrounds and range in age and experience, you will find our class discussions a stimulating arena in which to explore new ideas and topics.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Provides a thorough understanding of the key areas of accounting and financial management for non-accounting graduates.
On completion, you will be able to understand, apply and critically assess a wide range of accounting and financial theories.
You will learn and apply the relevant techniques in each subject area.
Strong emphasis is placed on analysis and interpretation using case study and live company analysis.
You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.
We offer a range of student support and study facilities.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the Accounting and Financial Management (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Maram Naffouj

3977.jpg Maram Naffouj was looking for a Master’s degree in accounting and thought that the modules that Birkbeck offered looked interesting. She says: 'The College’s reputation was very important to me when deciding to apply. I didn’t just want any Master’s degree. I wanted a qualification that would be recognised world-wide, which was why I decided to apply to Birkbeck.'

She describes the year she spent studying for the Master’s as “a very good year', saying: 'The teachers at Birkbeck were the best. They were really understanding of the fact that international students need to get used to a new education system and are studying in our second language. They were very approachable and always there to support us.

'The programme was designed so that it got progressively harder, and we weren’t left floundering at the start of the course while we were still trying to adjust to life in London and a new system. At the same time, the tutors always challenged us and made us think critically. We did a lot of work in teams as well, so we benefitted from the other students’ knowledge and experiences.

'I’m still in touch with most of the other students on the course. Most of the full-time students were also international students and it was very enriching to have students from China, Mongolia, Greece and Portugal on the course.'

'The opportunity to live abroad and be independent was a key motivating factor in deciding to apply to Birkbeck. I also knew that my career as an auditor would get a real boost from having an MSc from a top university. I’m planning to study for a Chartered Accounting qualification, and my MSc has already meant that I qualify for some exemptions in that.

'From the beginning this experience has helped to improve my confidence. My family were very impressed and I kept them updated throughout the course with exams and assignments. They were very proud that I was able to get into the programme and manage it from beginning to end and get a distinction. Now they are encouraging me to do a PhD.

'I would definitely recommend Birkbeck to my friends from Syria – it’s a great place to study. The knowledge that you gain is fantastic, but also because of the friendly, supportive atmosphere for international students. They really make you feel at home at Birkbeck.'


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally at least a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent; other qualifications will be considered. A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College. Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications. Our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 10450 pa

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