MSc International Accounting & Finance

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MSc International Accounting & Finance

Enhance your worldview and your career

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

MSc International Accounting & Finance

  • 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: six weeks of learning and one week of assessment
  • Six intakes per year
  • Dissertation required

MSc International Accounting & Finance Recognition

  • 5 QS stars for excellence
  • Gold Level Small Business Charter Award
  • Designed for accounting and finance experts to take their careers to the next level

Programme Highlights

The online MSc in International Accounting & Finance builds upon your existing expertise in accounting and finance to make a career transition. Graduates of the programme progress toward senior management roles in their organisations.

Students may take their core modules in the order they choose but must take BPG112 in the first term, in addition to another module. The dissertation is completed over four blocks (six months). You may start in any block and take one six-week module at a time. The way you are assessed will vary.

You’ll work collaboratively while building on individual strengths. A wide variety of Aston alumni have established themselves as leaders within their respective industries as well as innovators within their fields.

“Aston has been the greatest experience of my life. The cultural diversity has provided the best learning environment for my future success.” — Amica Woo, alumna


Apply research methodologies and financial analytical skills to report on a particular organisation. You have four blocks (six months) to complete the dissertation.

Questions? Fill out the form to download your brochure or call an Admissions Adviser at +44 808 168 5253.


Applicants must have one of the following to enter the online programme:

  • 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

To study MSc International Accounting & Finance online, you must have completed your first undergraduate degree in accounting, finance or a related subject area.

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

International Students

English language requirements must be met, and applicants must 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 requirements.

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


UK/EU: £11,050
International: £16,050


Aston’s Fees and Funding page can educate you on funding options available.


Careers and Outcomes

Position yourself for senior management and leadership roles in the areas of finance and accounting. Prepare to transition into the next phase of your career, as well as stretch across disciplines. Positions available to individuals with this degree include:

  • Financial Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Tax Accountant
  • Financial Manager
  • Management Accountant
  • Decision Analyst
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.

Strategic Management Accounting (15 Credits)

This module aims to introduce the strategic tools and techniques accounting managers use to plan and control a range of international organisations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and the behavioural problems encountered during the process.

International Business (15 Credits)

The aim of this module is to provide a systematic understanding of the fundamental aspects of the global business environment that influence business decisions and behaviour.

Global Finance and Financial Markets (15 Credits)

This module provides an advanced understanding of finance in a global setting and the linkages among global financial markets. It also introduces how assets are priced globally and the impacts of financial regulation on asset prices.

The International Context of Corporate Reporting and Assurance (15 Credits)

This module aims to develop students' understanding of the practical application of both international financial reporting and assurance regulatory requirements. The module develops students’ understanding of the corporate reporting environment from the perspective of both the preparer of corporate reports and the assurance provider, providing a holistic view of the appropriate application of accounting and assurance principles in a range of international scenarios.

International Accounting and 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 so doing, 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.