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MSc Accounting, Governance and Financial Management

Course Description

About the course

This new programme will explore the financial management of a range of organisations.
The first semester will set the scene with foundation modules, then you will be guided into more advanced material. On graduation, you will be fully equipped to take on an advanced accounting or financial management role in a variety of organisations.
The special emphasis on governance means that this masters is ideal if you want to be a financial manager in an organisation or if you want to go into financial services, as an auditor, for example.

Like all our masters, this programme will combine rigorous academic work with practical experience. Through seminars, group work, real-life case studies and a dissertation, you’ll develop the skills – and the judgement – to practise financial management in any sector.

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

Corporate Governance; Management Accounting; Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis; Research Methods for Finance and Accounting; Financial Management; Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

International Financial Reporting; Performance Management; Quantitative Methods for Finance and Accounting; Corporate Finance; International Corporate Governance; Philosophical Perspectives on Accounting; Financial Management and Finance; Supply Chain Accounting; Comparative Finance and Financial Services.


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 Accounting, Governance and Financial Management page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject or an approved professional qualificationEnglish Language Requirements Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and reading and 6.0 in each other component, or equivalent

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