MSc Accounting & Finance

Having close links with business means that academics can offer practical advice, that’s really valuable to me."

Woody Chiu

MSc Accounting and Finance

Business School triple accredited by the AACSB, AMBA and Equis. 

Ranked in the Top 40 Eduniversal Best Masters 15-16.          

MSc Accounting & Finance

Gain a degree, become a specialist

If you have a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, this could be the degree for you…

MSc Accounting & Finance Fast Facts

  • 100 per cent online
  • 180 credit hours
  • Complete in two years
  • 9 modules
  • Core modules: 120 credits, Dissertation: 60 credits
  • Take one seven-week module at a time: 6 weeks of learning and one week of assessment
  • Six intakes per year
  • Dissertation/financial reporting project gives you a tangible takeaway to show employers

Aston MSc Accounting & Finance Recognition

  • Ranked in the Top 40 Eduniversal Best Masters 2015-16 across the UK and Western Europe
  • One of the only UK programmes to include sustainability and corporate governance
  • Designed for students of all backgrounds and disciplines to enter the world of accounting and finance

Interested in learning more about the programme? Fill out the form on this page to download a brochure.

Accounting & Finance Programme Highlights

The programme welcomes learners from a wide range of disciplines, including students who do not have a business background. Students gain an understanding of the roles of accounting and finance in a number of business settings, including the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Students discover their personal and community approaches to business, as well as financial sectors.

Start in any term and take one six-week module at a time. Assessments will be presented in a variety of formats, including coursework and examinations. Your studies culminate in the financial research project.

Individuals who have a finance, accounting or interrelated subject in their undergraduate studies and want to shift their career may want to consider the Master of Science International Accounting & Finance programme.

Students join a learning community where they can network with instructors as well as peers. The diversity of Aston’s learning community helps current students and alumni make vital career connections. You’ll study financial planning, ratio analysis and shareholding, as well as a variety of skills that make you a desirable candidate to employers.


Skills unique to the Aston MSc Accounting & Finance online programme include:

  • Practical application of financial tools — balance sheets, profit and loss accounts, cash flow statements
  • Assessing economic policy
  • Evaluating and reporting on organisational financial performance

Dissertation/Financial Reporting Project

Students take and apply concepts, as well as training, to an organisation’s financial performance. The financial reporting project works toward students preparing a written financial report that could be used within a business setting. In addition, the project integrates research with analysis to assess and evaluate a company. Students have four blocks (six months) to complete the project.

The Financial Reporting Project exemplifies Aston’s goal to put theory into practice. This approach allows graduates to go forward with examples of their work and a demonstrable portfolio for employers.


Admissions

Individuals applying to the online MSc Accounting & Finance programme must have:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) OR
  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University
  • CIMA – 5 certificate papers + 3 operational level papers (E1 + P1 + F1)
  • ACCA – foundation level papers (i.e. F1 – F9)
  • Relevant HND
  • Two references, one from an academic referee
  • Official academic transcript of your grades to date
  • Completed application form

With any equivalent qualification, excluding a UK honours degree, you will also require three years’ relevant work-based business experience.

Applicants who have a financial/accounting background may wish to pursue our International Accounting & Finance programme.

International Students

International students must meet English language requirements, as well as have an official English-language transcript.

Exempt Individuals

Graduates with two years of study from a UK university and who have achieved a 2:2 within the last two years may meet the English language requirements. Graduates with one year in the UK and a 2:1 may also be within the English language requirements. Domicile in a majority English-speaking country for two years prior may also meet the English language requirement.

English Language Requirements
  • TOEFL: 93 for postgraduate programmes
  • IELTS: 6.0 Academic Test — standard or from a UKVI test centre
  • Pearson: 63 Academic Test of English

Applicants can view score requirements here.

Fees

UK/EU: £11,050
International: £16,050

Funding

The online MSc Accounting & Finance programme provides a number of ways to fund your education. Explore funding options on our Fees and Funding page.

Curriculum

Careers and Outcomes

A number of graduates have gone to work in senior positions/roles at various companies:

  • Accountant — EY (China)
  • Commodities Analyst — Deutsche Bank (London)
  • Regulatory Reporting Analyst — UBS Bank (USA)
  • Risk Consultant — KPMG (Russia and CIS)
  • Tax Associate — PWC (UK)

To learn more about Aston’s record in employability and student success, call +44 808 168 5253 to talk with an Admissions Adviser today.

Business Finance (15 Credits)

The module aims to introduce the key principles and challenges of financial management decisions; the characteristics of different forms of finance; and the linkages between organisations, the financial markets and financial strategy.

Sustainability Accounting and Accountability (15 Credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the different theories that underpin sustainability accounting and accountability. It will acquaint students with the nature and scope of alternative forms of corporate accountability, which goes beyond the traditional form of accounting model. Development of such alternative forms of corporate accountability is considered essential in the modern business world, as evidenced by the publications of substantial CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)/sustainability reports by most G250/FTSE 100 companies. Students will learn the theory and practice of sustainability reporting with insights into the real-life corporate practices in this area.

Corporate Finance Regulation (15 Credits)

This module has an interdisciplinary focus, and its main objective is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the UK corporate governance framework. The influence of the UK framework in other countries is considered, and comparison with the frameworks in other jurisdictions is also made.

Global Business Ethics (15 Credits)

The overall aim of this module is to provide participants with the critical knowledge and skills to successfully identify and navigate global business ethics issues.

Management Accounting (15 Credits)

After completing this module, students should be able to apply management accounting tools to organisational contexts,communicate appropriate accounting information clearly to aid management decision-making and critically evaluate the usefulness of management accounting tools.

International Business and Company Law (15 Credits)

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal frameworks in which business organisations operate, demonstrate a critical understanding of the law in relation to international business and company law, demonstrate the ability to identify legal issues and problems in factual scenarios, and demonstrate the ability to apply the law to problem scenarios and provide appropriately tailored advice.

The Economic Environment of Business (15 Credits)

This module introduces students to fundamental concepts in economics to develop an economic perspective on business decision-making in a wide range of contexts and applications.

Financial Accounting and Reporting (15 Credits)

This module aims to develop students’ ability to prepare, understand and interpret financial statements.

Accounting Finance Project (60 Credits)

The module aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and competencies necessary to impartially and critically analyse the performance, position and valuation of major public quoted companies. In doing so, the module aims to develop the skills of selecting an appropriate research methodology, acquiring and critically analysing relevant publicly available financial and nonfinancial data, and presenting a well-structured report in a format appropriate to the investigation and audience.