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Accounting and Finance (MAcc (Hons))

Course Description

Accounting and Finance at Winchester has been designed to develop a systematic understanding of current issues in accounting to meet the needs of those entering the profession in the twenty-first century.

Students may wish to pursue the three-year BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme or complete this four-year MAcc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme which has been designed to encourage students to develop their technical knowledge and professional skills relevant to the discipline of accounting.

This programme includes more technical accounting modules, such as Audit and Taxation. It also offers the maximum exemptions
from professional accountancy examinations. This programme is an ideal first step for those students who wish to charter as accountant, but it also provides a strong foundation for students who aspire to have a career in the wider financial sector.

Alternatively, students may pursue the four-year integrated Masters programme - these students study for an extra year and graduate with an MAcc (Hons), as opposed to a BA (Hons).

Students opting for the four-year MAcc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance develop their capacity for critical thinking, independent learning and research. The programme covers the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of contemporary accounting and finance issues. The aim is to contribute to the development of higher level professional skills and competencies.

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

Learning and Teaching

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here, further studies or future employment. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students are required to take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of learning resources available. In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars and workshops), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Key features of the student experience are the effective use of real world business applications in the classroom, including stock market simulations and accounting software packages. There are numerous talks given by guest speakers from practice discussing topical business issues. Students on the programme are encouraged to undertake year long work experience placements which are structured training programmes that are monitored and supported by the Winchester Business School. There are also opportunities for students to participate in national and international business competitions such as the Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge and the Winchester Research Apprentice Scheme. The latter gives students the opportunity to work alongside an academic member of staff on a live funded research project.


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.


Graduates have secured places on a wide range of prestigious graduate schemes, for example: PwC, Deloitte, Britvic and the NHS. Some graduates obtained graduate accounting training contracts; others entered careers in marketing, human resources management and general management.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice.

Visit the Accounting and Finance (MAcc (Hons)) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

260-300 points. A GCSE A*-C pass in Mathematics is required. If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

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