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MSc Finance and Accounting with CIMA

Course Overview

Developed in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this programme prepares you for a successful career in finance and accounting, working at home or overseas in various business environments.

The programme focuses on delivering a conceptual understanding and practical skills involved in both accounting and finance supplemented by an understanding of the background within which accounting operates. In doing so, the new MSc in Finance and Accounting enables you to develop a professional accountancy career and join CIMA through the accelerated ‘gateway’ route.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Finance and Accounting with CIMA

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded

    Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA) & MSc Finance and Accounting

    Awarding body

    CIMA & University of the West of Scotland

    Professional recognition

    Yes – CIMA

    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7 / SCQF Level 11)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £11,000 (Scholarship available)


    September, January

    Work placement


    Course location

    Paisley, Scotland

Academic entry requirements

Applicants must have achieved a degree in any business or accounting related discipline. Applicants with lesser qualifications may also be considered if they have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry, and/or hold other degrees, as long as they have started to study with any accounting and finance professional body, such as ACCA, CIMA, etc.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. UWS will also consider applicants who have previously studied at degree level, taught and assessed in English, in what UKVI define as a majority English-speaking country.

Assessment methods

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

Progression route

Students may wish to fully complete their professional accreditation with CIMA as the primary aim of this programme is to obtain professional exemptions. Other progression routes include a research career or further management qualifications such as an MBA or DBA.

Career opportunities

Graduates can explore a rich diversity of career options in finance and accounting management posts in industry and commerce including Finance director, finance business partner, management consultant, operations director, management accountant and corporate finance manager.


Trimester 1

Core modules

  • Strategic Financial Accounting (20 credits)
  • Strategic Financial Management (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)


Trimester 2

Core modules

  • Capital Resources (20 credits)
  • The Professional Accountant and Governance (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)

Option modules (choose one)

  • Advanced Financial Accounting (20 credits)
  • Advanced Management Accounting (20 credits)
  • Global Finance (20 credits)


Trimester 3

  • Finance and Accounting Dissertation (60 credits)


Reasons for choosing this course

  • This MSc provides an opportunity to gain relevant contextual and subject specialist knowledge through a structured programme of academic studies
  • It adds value to your first business or accounting related degree by giving you an integrated and critically aware understanding of your specialism
  • The course focuses on delivering the conceptual understanding and practical skills involved in accounting and finance with an understanding of how accounting operates.
  • It will enable you to develop a professional accountancy career and join CIMA through the accelerated ‘gateway’ route
  • The course prepares you to sit the external CIMA ‘Gateway Examination’. Passing this three-hour case study examination allows you to claim 12 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level papers, and you will be awarded the CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting
  • You will only need to sit and pass three strategic level examinations, the associated case study, and fulfil the work-based practical experience, before being eligible for full CIMA membership and recognition as a professional Management Accountant
  • The course is your path to a professional career in accounting or/and finance
  • Opportunity to gain academic qualification (MSc) and professional qualification (CIMA) almost simultaneously