MSc Accounting and Financial Management (Fast Track route for qualified professionals) *

Entry year
Course code
Bristol Business School
12 months. Students start in September each year and students have to submit their dissertation (the final module) by September of the following year.
Distance Learning
Programme leader
Dr Ismail Adelopo

* subject to final UWE Bristol approval

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2021 intake.

Page last updated 11 March 2021


This fast track course offers professionally qualified accountants an opportunity to enhance their specialist skills and knowledge - using a flexible distance learning structure that fits easily around existing commitments.

Accreditations and partnerships:

As a professionally-qualified practitioner and specialist in accounting and finance, you are likely to be seeking to continue your professional development, possibly with a view to taking on increased managerial responsibilities. The MSc in Accounting and Financial Management (fast-track route) will enhance your ability to contextualise, critically evaluate and communicate financial information, adding significant value to your organisation at a senior management level.

Students on the course come from a variety of backgrounds, and possess a wide range of practical experience, making student interaction and networking an enjoyable and beneficial aspect of the course.

The flexible way to move to the next level

The course is an ideal way to meet your professional body's expectations for CPD, and take your career on to the next stage. The fast track route is well suited to qualified accountants wishing to study for a Masters while continuing in their professional roles with the course delivered as an online distance learning programme. This mode of delivery will enable you to interact and network with other practitioners on the course who are located in different countries.

Academically-rigorous, practically relevant

This specialist Masters is designed to enhance the depth, value and contemporary relevance of your professional accountancy qualification. It will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of financial issues, and enhance your research and analytical skills, combining academic rigour with practical relevance.



The content of this course is currently under review. The modules and areas of study listed are indicative of the course structure:

As a professionally-qualified accountant, you are likely to be exempt from studying the taught 'substantive' modules of the full-time MSc Accounting and Financial Management course. This course therefore only requires you to complete the following two modules and a dissertation (amounting to 75 credits in total):

  • 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.
  • Research Methods - provides you with sufficient research training to plan, undertake and effectively manage a substantial, analytical dissertation.


Your dissertation gives you an opportunity to research an area of accounting or financial management that is of particular interest to you and of relevance to your career or your organisation.

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
  • 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

This course is delivered online via our Blackboard teaching platform, which comprises online learning materials, group discussion boards, and peer and tutor support. It is designed to enable you to engage in your studies, wherever you are located, without disruption to your existing employment.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

This fast-track course requires an average of six hours of study a week from October to May. After that you will be working on your dissertation under the guidance of your supervisor.

Dedicated support

You will have access to your tutors in a variety of ways (email, the Blackboard discussion board and Skype) if you have any issues or questions relating to the course, and they will be on hand to guide and support you.


Assessments consist of a combination of written assignments, supervised mini-projects and presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources


Careers / Further study

This course will contribute towards your career development by providing an opportunity for you to:

  • re-engage with the fundamental aspects of your profession
  • develop in-depth knowledge in a specialist topic you have chosen for your dissertation
  • critically evaluate contemporary developments in context and prepare for anticipated future trends
  • enhance key transferable skills such as information accessing, analysis and interpretation, making presentations and report writing
  • meet your professional body's continuing professional development requirements.


Supplementary fee information

See our funding pages for more information.


Entry requirements

You must be a professionally qualified accountant, for example a member of one the following professional bodies:

We will also accept other accountancy professional qualifications including national professional accountancy qualifications such as International Capital Market Association (ICMA).


English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example you should have:

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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