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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Accounting and Financial Management

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Bristol Business School
One year
Full-time, starts September
Programme leader:
Dr Ismail Ufuk Misirlioglu
Key fact:
With a strong practical focus, access to the industry-standard Bloomberg Professional system, and ACCA and CIMA exemptions, our MSc in Accounting and Financial Management will act as a springboard into a wide range of finance and accounting-related careers.

Page last updated 21 March 2018


Today's business managers need to be able to analyse and interpret financial information and use this to inform business strategy. The MSc in Accounting and Financial Management will help you develop this expertise, as well as giving you an indepth understanding of the contemporary issues encountered by financial managers.

The underlying practical focus ensures that the skills and knowledge you gain are highly relevant to the workplace whichever area of accounting or financial management you are seeking to engage in.

Strong practical focus

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of accounting and financial management, while also enhancing your critical thinking, research and analytical skills. During the year, you will:

  • analyse and solve complex problems relating to financial reporting, performance measurement and management, corporate strategy and financial management
  • be encouraged to think critically and creatively about problems requiring a multi-disciplinary approach
  • develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist topic you have chosen for your dissertation
  • enhance your key personal skills in time management, information accessing, analysis and interpretation
  • develop your interpersonal, communication and management skills through team working, making presentations and writing reports.

Industry links and facilities

As a student at Bristol Business School, you will get to hear from inspiring speakers from the business world. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art trading room, built around the Bloomberg Professional system, the main financial platform used by the large investment banks.

Accredited by the ACCA and CIMA

The course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). By completing the MSc, you will gain exemptions from several of their professional examinations, giving you a useful head start in your professional studies. Read more about the professional exemptions on the course in the features section.

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The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of five of the seven core modules detailed below.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals of Financial Management - equips you with an understanding of the principal functions of financial management and develops knowledge and skills relevant to finance managers in relation to financing, investment and controlling decisions.
  • Financial Context and Contemporary Issues - develops your ability to comprehend contemporary and potential future accounting and financial management issues from a questioning and holistic perspective.
  • Corporate Strategy - provides a wide-ranging introduction to the broad social and economic environment in which business enterprises plan and implement their strategic objectives.
  • Corporate Financial Strategy - enables you to evaluate and discuss a range of issues within corporate finance, and gain an understanding of finance from the firm's perspective.
  • Performance Measurement and Management - provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills concerned with the identification, measurement, interpretation, communication and management of costs and other key performance indicators.
  • Corporate Financial Reporting - develops your knowledge and understanding of contemporary practical and conceptual issues in external financial reporting.
  • Research Methods - provides you with sufficient research training to plan, undertake, and effectively manage a substantial, analytical dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of the remaining compulsory modules and one additional optional module, allowing you to specialise in an area relevant to your career plans.

Option modules:*

  • Financial Investments in Practice
  • Financial Statement Analysis

* The availability of option modules is subject to demand.

Masters dissertation

To achieve a Masters, you must complete a dissertation which gives you the chance to research an area of accounting or financial management that is of particular interest to you and of relevance to your career plans. Previous dissertation topics include:

  • Pre-production financial accounting issues in oil and gas companies: The accounting policy choices
  • Capital Structure and Profitability: An Empirical Research of the Drinks Manufacturing Industry in China
  • Human capital disclosures in company annual reports a case study of listed companies on the London Stock Exchange
  • Financial Investment Appraisal Incorporating Environmental Externalities

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will learn through formal classes and seminar sessions, as well as group work and independent study. The course will include assignments, exercises, case studies and presentations, with an emphasis on independent learning to develop your analytical and problem solving skills.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Dedicated support

We operate an 'open door' policy, so you will have regular access to your tutors to discuss any aspects of the course. We can also offer you careers advice specific to the financial sector through the faculty's careers consultants and we organise guest speakers and employer events, where you can hear, and learn, from individuals working in various accounting and finance roles.


Assessments will be a mix of written assignments, supervised mini-projects, role playing, presentations and examinations.

For more details, please see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the programme, MSc graduates are eligible for exemption from a range of ACCA and CIMA professional examination papers.

From the ACCA, MSc graduates obtain exemption papers from F1, F2, F3, F4, F5 and F9. Exemption from paper F7 is also available to students who choose to study, and pass, the Financial Statement Analysis option module.

From CIMA, MSc graduates obtain exemption from all Certificate level papers (C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5) as well as Operational, Management and Strategic level papers P1, P2 and F3. Exemption from paper F2 is also available to students who choose to study, and pass, the Financial Statement Analysis option module.

Study facilities

Among many other impressive facilities, you will have access to our new trading room.  Built around the Bloomberg Professional system, this state-of-the-art financial platform is the same as that used by the large investment banks and provides a commanding view of global financial data, news and company information. As well as using the Bloomberg system in several modules, you can choose to study for a Certificate from Bloomberg, to enhance your employability.

You will also have access to other facilities at the Business School, including our postgraduate study rooms.

A £50m project is underway to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Meet leaders of industry

As a student at Bristol Business School, you will have the opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership through our Bristol Distinguished Address Series. Our inspirational line up of speakers has included Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executiveof NESTA, who spoke on 21st Century Economies: Amplifying the Best and Reining in the Worst.


Careers / Further study

The skills and knowledge developed on this course provide you with a wide range of opportunities in finance and accounting-related careers.

Many of our graduates choose to specialise further by going on to study for the CIMA or ACCA qualifications and becoming chartered accountants.

A proficiency in accounting and financial management, as well as an appreciation of the contemporary issues faced by financial managers, can enable you to progress to senior positions, such as business analyst, finance director, investment analyst, financial reporting manager, chief accountant and head of risk management.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.


Full Time

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)750
International-Full Time-Award Fee13250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1104
Offshore-Full Time-Award Fee13250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1104

Supplementary fee information

More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

Funding and Scholarships

International student scholarship opportunity available for new and deferred applications. For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information page.


Entry requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree of 2:2 or above in Accounting and Finance; or
  • an honours degree of 2:1 or above in a Business related subject, with a significant accounting and finance content (normally at least 25% of the degree); or
  • to have successfully completed all of the Fundamental papers of the ACCA syllabus or the Certificate, Operational and Management levels of the CIMA syllabus, and have at least two years' relevant work experience. (If you have passed any of the ACCA Professional level or CIMA Strategic level papers you may be eligible for exemption from one or more of the MSc modules).

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Deadline for application
The deadline for applying for this course is three weeks before the start date.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the UK Border Agency and Universities minimum English Language requirements, such as:

  • the International English Language Test (IELTS) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

See further details of our English Language requirements.

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