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MSc Accountancy and Finance (CIMA Pathway)

Course Overview

With professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this challenging and exciting course perfectly prepares you for employment. Designed with academic rigour, professional relevance and a real commitment to employability, this course gives you the chance to study for a respected Master’s degree and gain CIMA membership

Covering key issues such as business management strategy; corporate governance and operations risk analysis; performance measurement and evaluation; strategic financial management; and operations and project management, the MSc brings you face-to-face with the challenges and opportunities of a dynamic contemporary sector.

The course emphasises the development of intellectual, technical and transferrable skills, as well as working efficiently in a team and individually. It also extends your knowledge in core areas of accounting and finance, ensuring you have impressive career development in today’s competitive business environment.

This course prepares you to confidently take up a career in accountancy and finance, across many different industry sectors. If you’re already working within the industry, it’s a good qualification to help progress to senior management roles within your organisation.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Accountancy and Finance (CIMA Pathway)

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Birmingham City University

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time – Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees




    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

Good Honours degree in Accountancy, Accountancy and Finance, or Business-related degree, with Accountancy as major or CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.

English entry requirements

Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Progression route

Further academic study of MPhil, PhD or professional career.

Career opportunities

Graduates take up positions such Financial Accountant, Finance Director, Professional Accountant in private and public sectors.


Postgraduate Certificate Stage

Initially, you investigate the financial management theories which influence corporate financial decisions at strategic level, and the key asset pricing models on which modern investment analysis and portfolio management are based.

At this stage, you will also examine conventional approaches to organisational practices, and gain an understanding of information systems and the interconnectivity between business strategy and information strategy.

Furthermore, you have the opportunity to explore current issues in corporate governance, with particular emphasis on operations risks analysis and control relating to accounting and finance functions within the overall context of strategic risk management. This stage runs from September to December.


  • Modern Theory of Finance
  • Business Management Strategy
  • Corporate Governance and Operations Risk Control


Postgraduate Diploma Stage

Here, you consider performance measurement and evaluation, with a thorough investigation of the tools and techniques employed by successful management accountants.

You gain a critical understanding of the strategic financial management decisions of national and multinational companies, and explore complex group structures and the application of existing and proposed accounting standards against a background of rapid development and change. This stage runs from January to April.


  • Corporate Reporting
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Performance Measurement and Evaluation


Masters Stage

The Masters stage includes a 12,000-word dissertation, where you can demonstrate your capacity for innovative thought, quality research and hard work.


  • Research Skills in Accounting and Finance
  • Dissertation Project


Assessment methods
Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent business research project.


Reasons for choosing this course

  • This unique worldwide course which grants exemptions to you from all CIMA professional examinations up to and including the strategic level
  • This MSc brings you face-to-face with the challenges and opportunities of a dynamic contemporary sector, learning key issues from risk analysis to performance measurement and evaluation
  • Designed with a real commitment to employability, previous students have gone on to work in eminent roles within the industry, including working in infrastructure finance and as economic experts. The course focuses on current and topical issues in accounting and finance, particularly related to corporate businesses, but also extending to investment analysis and portfolio management


Main learning outcomes

The programme aims to provide learners with:

Advanced preparation for career development in accounting or finance, by extending their knowledge in the core areas of the disciplines, as well as by providing them with the theoretical framework and analytical skills to cope with an increasingly complex and international accounting and finance environment. It also aims to provide a valuable foundation for those contemplating careers in areas such as financial analysis, investment banking or fund management, all of which are likely to involve extensive use of accounting and financial information.

Students who successfully complete the MSc. in Accountancy and Finance should be able to:

  • Critically appraise modern financial theories and models which inform and influence corporate finance, investment analysis and fund management functions
  • Measure, use and critically analyse financial information and data for financial and portfolio management decision-making
  • Undertake evaluation of corporate investment and financing decision from both from strategic and international perspectives
  • Use and critically appraise a range of management accounting issues and concepts relevant to businesses, and how the management accounting function influences aspects of control, evaluation and performance measurement
  • Value securities, appreciate a range of techniques of portfolio management and apply them to certain types of portfolios
  • Critically evaluate current issues and practices relating to the audit functions and business information systems, and appraise their respective adequacies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current issues in corporate governance as they relate to the accounting and finance functions within the overall context of strategic risk management
  • Critically evaluate the impact of accounting theory in resolving major reporting issues and the importance of relevant academic research to the area
  • Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of the main issues in strategic business development, organisational dynamics, of concepts, models and techniques associated with strategic decision-making in organisations
  • Evaluate the contributions of accounting and finance to the success of a business and recognise the importance of importance of integration of their functions with the wider business strategy
  • Critically examine a wide range of issues and processes associated with project management
  • Formulate, design and execute a project plan of a business situation using the appropriate planning tools and then evaluate and correctly apply the appropriate management planning methodology within a business project context
  • Managed team working activities and evaluate how leadership approaches impact on organisational performance
  • Carry out an independent piece of academic research by adopting the conceptual and methodological frameworks appropriate to the specific topic of investigation
  • Demonstrate a range of transferable skills and competencies necessary to operate effectively and efficiently in a constantly changing and highly competitive global business environment