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MSc Accounting and Business Finance

Course Overview

This course offers you the opportunity to study at Masters level accounting and finance within a global context. The course will provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the key areas of accounting and finance.

At postgraduate level the study is integrative, blending accounting, finance business theory to solve problems faced by managers on a daily basis. You will also further develop the necessary quantitative, research, and presentation skills required for successful career in business or further academic study.

By studying on this programme you will be ideally suited for a career in management which requires an accounting and finance focus. You will also be provided with the grounding necessary to go on to further academic study in the areas of both accounting and finance.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Accounting and Business Finance

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees



    September, November, January, March, June, July

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

Applicants with a good honours degree from a recognised University. To apply for this course, a Business degree or any other degree indicating basic quantitative skills is required. Otherwise, applicants from different subject areas will be considered on an individual basis according to their relevant professional experience or qualification.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career.

Assessment methods

The overall assessment strategy for this course includes: unseen or open book examination, individual written report or essays, case study examination, oral presentation, reflective report, Dissertation: an individual, independent piece of work, the outcome of which will have to meet the requirements of the University and the Academic Community’s expectations regarding postgraduate Research.

Progression route

Further postgraduate study (e.g. MSc by Research) or students can also continue onto MPhil or PhD by research that can lead to a career in higher education.

Career opportunities

Students who complete this course find career opportunities in the corporate world particularly where a knowledge and understanding of both accounting and finance functions is advantageous.


  • Financial Statement Analysis – 15 credits
  • Corporate Finance – 15 credits
  • Finance and Capital Markets – 15 credits
  • Research Methods – 15 credits
  • Management Accounting & Financial Planning – 15 credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting & Finance – 15 credits
  • The Competitive Global Context – 15 credits
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance (Option) – 15 credits
  • Strategic Management (Option) – 15 credits)
  • Dissertation in Accounting & Business Finance – 60 credits


Reasons for choosing this course

The course has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Read and understand a set of published Financial Statements and be financially literate within a business context. Graduates will have a thorough understanding of the key areas of both accounting and finance and the role they play in the running and operation of business
  • Evaluate the rigour and validity of published research and assess its relevance to new accounting and finance situations
  • Conduct research into accounting and finance issues and be able to acquire and analyse data and information with certified technical knowledge and skills in leading financial trading platform (Reuters Eikon)

REUTERS EIKON – the world leading simulating trading room will equip you with the technical knowledge and skills in stock trading and financial data analysis. You are encouraged to take further online training courses and receive the certification.


Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to:-

  • Understand and critically evaluate how organisations set their long term goals and objectives, how these goals and objectives can be met through the integration and deployment of the organisations’ assets and resources and understand the challenges and obstacles faced by senior managers in achieving them
  • Analyse, interpret and critically evaluate accounting and finance information, both academic and market oriented, within an international business context while demonstrating a thorough understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Gain a deep understanding of the synthesis of information from different sources and of the international context of your subject
  • Explore the synthesis of information from different sources, and take different contextual approaches from a range of perspectives in order to solve complex problems and implement solutions
  • Develop your skills in the use of REUTERS 3000 Eikon, which will equip you with technical knowledge and skills in trading and data analysis
  • This course will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of both accounting and finance. You will acquire the accounting and finance skills necessary to comprehend and analyse the financial performance and operations of businesses
  •  As well as focusing on specific areas of accounting and finance, this course offers you a contextual understanding of the environment in which businesses operate and the place of accounting and finance within a business