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Finance and Accounting with CIMA (MSc)

Course Description

Developed in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this programme prepares you for a successful career in finance and accounting, working at home or overseas in various business environments.

About the programme

This MSc provides an opportunity to gain relevant contextual and subject specialist knowledge through a structured programme of academic studies. It adds value to your first business or accounting related degree by giving you an integrated and critically aware understanding of your specialism.

Your learning

The course focuses on delivering the conceptual understanding and practical skills involved in accounting and finance with an understanding of how accounting operates. It will enable you to develop a professional accountancy career and join CIMA through the accelerated ‘gateway’ route. The course prepares you to sit the external CIMA ‘Gateway Examination’. Passing this three-hour case study examination allows you to claim 12 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level papers, and you will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.

You will then only need to sit and pass three strategic level examinations, the associated case study, and fulfil the work-based practical experience, before being eligible for full CIMA membership and recognition as a
professional Management Accountant.

The modules undertaken at Postgraduate Diploma stage are:
• Strategic Financial Accounting
• Strategic Financial Management
• Strategic Management Accounting
• Capital Resources
• The Professional Accountant and Governance

plus one option from:
• Advanced Financial Accounting
• Advanced Management Accounting
• Global Finance


To attain the MSc, you must complete an MSc dissertation (60 credits), an individual piece of relevant research.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates can explore a rich diversity of career options in finance and accounting management posts in industry and commerce. Our graduates’ careers include finance director, finance business partner, management consultant, operations director, management accountant and corporate finance manager.

Professional recognition

Students may wish to fully complete their professional accreditation with CIMA as the primary aim of this programme is to obtain professional exemptions. Other progression routes include a research career or further management qualifications such as an MBA or DBA.


We have invested in new facilities at our Lanarkshire Campus. There are new teaching rooms and a postgraduate student learning space which ensures our environment supports your learning. The use of technology (such as virtual learning environments, mobile applications, smart boards, etc.) at all campuses will add to your experience. Library and study spaces have also been upgraded and are regularly reviewed.

Visit the Finance and Accounting with CIMA (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have achieved a degree in any business or accounting related discipline. Applicants with lesser qualifications may also be considered if they have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry, and/or hold other degrees, as long as they have started to study with any accounting and finance professional body, such as ACCA, CIMA, etc. Where English is not the first language, students must be able to satisfy the University of their competence in English with an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no lessthan 5.5 in any individual component.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

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