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Accounting and Finance MSc

Course Description

This taught programme will advance your knowledge beyond the material that you will have encountered in your undergraduate studies. It is research-led and will draw heavily on academic literature. In the first term you will explore contemporary issues in accounting and corporate finance and develop key skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. These skills will prepare you for the more advanced units taught in the second term. The final part of the MSc is a research-based dissertation. For those planning on undertaking a PhD, either at Bristol or elsewhere, the dissertation represents an important bridge between taught and advanced research studies.

This programme is for students who have an upper second-class degree in accounting and/or finance. Students with a finance degree are required to have studied accounting to an appropriate level.

Programme structure

Teaching Block 1 (All units compulsory)
-Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
-Contemporary Issues in Accounting
-Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment
-Research Design and Qualitative Research Methods in Accounting and Finance

Teaching Block 2 (Optional units: choose four)
-Advanced Corporate Finance
-Accounting and Capital Markets
-Behavioural Finance
-Accountability and Accounting for Sustainability

Each of the units is worth 15 credits. You will also complete a research-based dissertation worth 60 credits.


This programme provides research and analytical skills that will be valuable in your future career. It is suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or professional career in accounting and/or finance. Some students may continue on to PhD study. Others may go straight into employment, with the banking and accounting/consulting sectors being particular favourites.

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

Entry Requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in accounting and/or finance.

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