About the course
How is the role and public perception of accounting changing in a world still coping with the effects of the financial crash?
Accounting at Essex goes well beyond the preparation of financial statements. We teach you to be accountable, act ethically and make financial decisions that positively impact both organisations and society.
This course will advance your knowledge of accounting in both depth and scope. You are taught at Essex Business School, champions of ethical management and sustainable business and ranked in the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF, 2014). We believe accounting information is the foundation for successful decision-making and further develop your practical accounting skills and theoretical knowledge so you can make a positive impact in the workplace.
You explore the changing role and perception of accounting within shifting global markets. We take a critical view of both financial reporting and management accounting, so that you can be perfectly placed to lead financial decision-making in your chosen industry. You work with students and staff from across the globe, preparing you to work in international markets; our Masters students currently join us from more than 40 countries.
MSc Accounting can also be part-time and you may be eligible for a number of scholarships and discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.
“Essex Business School gave me the confidence to question and express my opinions. My career has gone from strength to strength and I’m now Financial Planning and Analysis Accountant at ERS Insurance Group. I focus on the Lloyd’s Syndicate 218’s budget and forecast process and am now a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant."
Ali Kutchuk - MSc Accounting graduate.
Our expert staff
Our expert staff are at the forefront of debate and research surrounding accounting issues.
Essex Business School is home to industry renowned figures, such as Emeritus Professor Prem Sikka. Prem is a leading thinker on issues surrounding tax avoidance, with his work often quoted in The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Independent.
Our academics are members of three internationally respected research centres:
By learning from accounting experts, you can experience an education at the cutting edge of the discipline. You hear the latest thinking on issues impacting the business world today.
We’re at the forefront of research in:
- business ethics and corporate social responsibility
- organisation studies
- leadership and strategy
- finance and banking
- risk management
- international management
As a top five UK university for social sciences (REF, 2014), our work is informed by a broad range of social science theories and concepts. Much of our research addresses the important issues currently being faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. At Essex Business School, you study at an institution that aims to make a direct impact on the world you live in.
This course is based at our Colchester Campus, where you benefit from excellent facilities in the UK’s first zero carbon business school building.
Our building represents our commitment to sustainability in business. Our beautiful winter garden is not only a tranquil place for group working and networking, but our Eden-style dome gives the building its own micro-climate.
You benefit from a cutting-edge working environment, complete with:
- a virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs, providing access to financial data used by professionals around the world
- modern lecture theatres
- networking opportunities with visiting businesses
- Bonds café, serving a variety of refreshments
- the EBS Learning team, who can provide study skills support to help you excel academically
Our courses are designed to foster the business leaders of the future who, through creativity, innovation and ethical awareness, can meet the many challenges that the international business world continues to present. As a result, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study in 2015 (DLHE).
Many of our students enjoy roles in areas such as financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy.
They progress to work for high-profile organisations and innovative SMEs such as:
- Grant Thornton LLP
- Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan
- ERS Insurance Group
- Credit Data Research, an SME finance provider
- Coast Digital, an award-winning marketing agency
We’re also proud of our student entrepreneurs, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
The School’s dedicated employability team work closely with the University’s careers advice services to help you to find work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. There is also access to employer talks on campus.
UK entry requirements
A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in accounting or a related discipline.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.