Accounting and Finance MSc

Course Overview

This qualification provides an excellent platform for those interested in a career in financial management. The curriculum inherent within this programme addresses not only conventional accounting concepts and issues and discussions at the forefront of the discipline, it also encompasses the need for a broader based management perspective that facilitates the continued role of the accountant in all areas of business management.

There is a strong emphasis in the programme on the development of personal managerial skills and the application of the critical and analytical skills needed by contemporary financial managers and accountants.

Key Features

  • Develop the key accounting and financial management skills and knowledge you need to progress in your career.
  • Work with friendly, experienced, practice-led tutors who will guide you through every step of the process.
  • Join a learning community that will become a business network for life.
  • Gain a leading masters qualification in a flexible, supportive learning environment.


Part 1 consists of 6 core modules:

  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Contemporary Issues in Corporate Reporting
  • Contemporary Issues in Performance Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Banking Financial Management and Financial Markets

In part 2 you are required to undertake an in-depth business research exercise (Dissertation).

The Dissertation is a vehicle for the integration of skills and knowledge learned during Part 1. It is a substantial piece of work carried out over a period of time, and students can follow their personal preference of subject specialisation.

All students attend a research methods workshop. Following the submission of a research proposal, they are allocated a supervising tutor with whom they will communicate regularly and who will support them throughout the process.

Course Tutor(s)

  • Richard Dunstan
  • Vic Saunders
  • Jayne Williams
  • Dr Antje Cockrill
  • Chris Thomas
  • Caroline Jawad
  • Dr Margaret Inman


Modules are assessed by coursework. This may take various forms, work-based projects, small research projects, presentations, case study analysis and the dissertation. Students on the full time programme or who are not currently in employment may be able to base their projects on companies from the extensive SBS employer network to provide alternatives to work based assignments.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be expected to gain employment at managerial level, with the prospects of progressing to Financial Director or Chief Executive in the UK and Internationally. However they will be equally well equipped to take on an entrepreneurial role in a Small to Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) or to advise SMEs on a regional or national basis. This is important in Welsh economy where indigenous SMEs are vital to future economic development and growth. It would also provide a route for qualified accountants and finance professionals to obtain a level 7 masters award in accounting and finance.

Qualified chartered accountants are likely to only have to complete the part 2 dissertation stage so this should provide an attractive proposition to this market. Within the current economic climate, the award should provide additional job security for both qualified and part qualified finance professionals.

MSc, MSc Award
January, September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
18 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Criteria

We encourage applications from individuals of all disciplines who currently hold degree and/or professional qualifications. We also encourage applications from individuals with professional, leadership and managerial experience who may be admitted onto a master's programme at the discretion of the Programme Director.

Applicants must be over 21 years of age and possess one or more of the following:

1. A recognised Honours degree (a minimum of a 2:2) or equivalent.

2. A professional qualification.

3. Applicants who are over 25 years of age and do not meet the above

criteria may be admitted to the course provided their professional or managerial experience is deemed to be appropriate.

Applicants who have a relevant professional accounting qualification (e.g. ACCA, CIMA, ACA ) at credit level 7 may be admitted with exemption from modules in Part 1

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