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MSc Finance and Accounting

Course Description

About the course

This course brings together theoretical and applied expertise in finance and accounting practices. You’ll gain a good understanding of the basics of financial statement analysis, corporate governance and international finance as well as the quantitative and analytical skills essential for developing fundamental problem-solving skills.

You can apply to base your dissertation on project work with an external organisation. Recent projects include group nominal structure for a multinational engineering firm, and developing a funding strategy for a Sheffield-based capital investment programme.

Your career

Our graduates work for companies such as Adidas, ASDA, Boots, ExxonMobil, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Pepsico International, Sainsbury’s and Vodafone. Their job titles include Head of Business Enhancement, Management Consultant, Product Marketing Manager, Web Marketing Consultant and Campaign Manager.

An MBA can help you change direction or progress faster within your organisation. A specialist MSc can take you into a particular field of management such as human resources, finance or marketing. You might be inspired to set up a company of your own.

How we teach

We teach management from a truly global perspective, and our courses are based on pioneering research into the challenges faced by businesses everywhere.

We’ll teach you how to identify opportunities, solve problems and inspire others. Many of our teaching staff are world-class researchers working in policy-relevant areas. Our courses are based on their research.

We bring in guest speakers from business, local government and industry. You can apply to carry out a project with an external organisation as part of your course. We also offer you the chance to spend the summer at another university overseas.

The perfect learning environment

Sheffield University Management School moved to a newly refurbished building in 2013. Close to the Students’ Union, Sheffield city centre and the Peak District, these high-quality facilities are designed to stimulate study and the exchange of ideas.


The School is Triple Crown accredited, placing it in the top one per cent of business schools globally. Courses are also accredited by EQUIS and AACSB, as well as specialist institutions including the Chartered Management Institute, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the British Psychological Society, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and the Institute of Consulting. For more about accreditation see our website.

Core modules

Quantitative Skills for Finance and Accounting; Corporate Finance; Research Methods for Finance and Accounting; Corporate Governance; Quantitative Methods for Finance and Accounting; Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

Two of the following: Management Accounting; Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis.

Three/four of the following: Risk and Uncertainty; Performance Management; International Financial Reporting; Issues in Finance; International Finance; Financial Markets and Investment Management; Emerging Market Finance; International Corporate Governance.


Lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning, and web-based discussion groups.


Individual assignments, group projects, end-of-semester examinations and a dissertation.

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

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MSc Scholarships - 8 Awards

Eight scholarships valued at £7,000 each are available for applicants from: The Americas - two scholarships at £7,000 each
UK - two scholarships at £7,000 each
India - two scholarships at £7,000 each
Pakistan - two scholarships at £7,000 eachThe students considered to be the most outstanding, as decided by a committee consisting of the Postgraduate Admissions Director, one of the school’s Admissions Tutors and one of the MSc programme directors, will be awarded the scholarships.The students to whom a scholarship will be awarded will receive notification before 31 July 2015. The scholarship will only be valid when the student has met all entry requirements for the MSc programme the student has applied for. The scholarship will be void when the student fails to register for the 2015 intake on the MSc programme the student has applied for.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships will be awarded on merit. The general eligibility requirements are:Academic requirements – applicants should have a first or upper second class UK honours degree, or equivalent
Allowed study options – applicants should have accepted an offer from the university to study on one of the full-time MSc programmes
Personal criteria – applicants must have the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary to make an excellent contribution to the programme

Application Procedure

All students who are eligible for a scholarship and have accepted their offer before the closing date of 6 June 2015 will be automatically considered.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 in business or related subject. English language requirements: Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6 in each other component, or equivalent.

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