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Accounting and Finance (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

MSc Accounting and Finance at Winchester is designed for students aiming to embark on a career in accounting and finance, and for qualified accounting professionals who wish to update and enhance their expertise in the fields of accounting and finance via a fast-track route.

Programme Content

The programme aims to create a firm grounding in the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for accounting and finance at a strategic and management level, and explores the current and emerging theories, techniques and practices within these fields. Students are encouraged to engage with academic literature, case studies and each other by reflecting on their own managerial and business experiences. Built upon the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the concept of responsible management is a theme which runs throughout the programme.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/msc-accounting-and-finance.aspx


• Principles of Responsible Management
• Financial Analysis and Valuation
• Corporate Finance
• Financial Strategy
• Corporate Governance
• Investment Appraisal
• Investments and Behavioural Finance
• Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

-Fast-track route:
For professionally qualified accountants joining the fast-track route with advanced standing, the following modules are studied:
• Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance
• Research Methods
• Dissertation

Learning and Teaching

All modules develop an independent learning culture and provide a challenging learning experience for students. They are characterised by innovative, student-centred teaching and learning which develops students' intellectual skills of analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation. The programme is delivered in a small class size setting allowing students to capitalise on their current and/or prior experience on an individual basis. The integration of theory and practice is important and this is achieved through an innovative blend of simulations and case studies.


A variety of methods for assessment are used in order to improve the quality of learning and give students a greater opportunity to demonstrate their true potential. Timely, relevant and helpful feedback is paramount to the assessment process and it aims to foster motivation by identifying strengths and areas for improvement. This also develops the student's capacity for reflection and self-assessment.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


The programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in accountancy and finance within the private and public sectors. Job opportunities include accounting and finance executives, financial advisers and planners, fund managers, investment analysts and stock brokers.

Visit the Accounting and Finance (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in an accounting or business related discipline from an approved university. Candidates who have achieved full membership of a professional accountancy body (for example, ACCA, AIA, CIMA, CIPFA, ICAEW, ICAS or international equivalent) may be eligible for entry with advanced standing (fast-track route). Students on the fast-track route take fewer modules (see indicative list to the right), alongside students on the full-time/part-time routes. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.0 in academic writing) or equivalent

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