About the course
How do organisations make financial decisions? How can accountants ensure their actions benefit a business’ bottom line, without negatively impacting society?
Our professionally accredited MSc Accounting and Financial Management is designed for those who have not studied accounting before, but have a degree in business, economics or another related subject. We provide a comprehensive grounding in corporate analysis and reporting, as well as building your confidence in financial decision-making. You then tailor your studies to suit your preferred career direction in industry, commerce or professional services by choosing from optional modules.
You cover topics including:
- theories of financial reporting
- management accounting and control
- theoretical and critical approaches to accounting and financial management
- analysis of financial statements
You study at Essex Business School, in one of the top 25 accounting and finance departments in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). We expose you to cutting-edge course content, informed by the latest academic thinking so you can excel in your professional career.
This course is also available to study part time and you may be eligible for University of Essex scholarships and discounts. Essex Business School also offers a limited number of scholarships for the CFA level one exam to exceptional Masters students.
Essex Business School is a Recognised Partner of the CFA.
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.
“I work as a Junior Risk Specialist at the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In my experience, employers look for a Masters degree from a well-respected UK university, like the University of Essex. I’ve found that many organisations give priority to candidates who have studied in another country.”
Orkhan Mehdiyev, MSc Accounting and Financial Management 2015
This programme is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
On successful completion of this course, you may be entitled to be considered for exemption from up to four of the ACCA’s examination papers, ensuring you’re well positioned to pursue a career in accounting.
Our expert staff
Our world renowned staff are at the forefront of debate and research in accounting issues and embed this thinking into your course.
You’ll find our academics, such as Emeritus Professor Prem Sikka, writing on issues affecting commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations in global titles like The Huffington Post.
We use a broad range of social science theories and concepts to explore:
- business ethics
- corporate social responsibility
- organisation studies
- leadership and strategy
- finance and banking
- risk management
- international management
Our Essex Business School building uses an environmentally friendly design and features its own micro-climate:
- the UK’s first zero carbon business school building
- an innovative virtual trading floor with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs
- high-tech lecture theatres
- a winter garden with study pods and innovation booths for group working
- a vibrant café located near to our sun terrace
- study skills workshops
We foster your creativity and ethical awareness so you’re ready to meet the challenges of the international business world. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).
Our MSc Accounting and Financial Management provides you with the skills needed for roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy. Our course will be particularly useful if you want to pursue a career in industry, commerce or with professional services firms, with many of our graduates also beginning their own entrepreneurial ventures.
Our graduates have progressed to work for high-profile organisations and innovative SMEs such as:
- Grant Thornton LLP
- Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan
- European Central Bank
- Credit Data Research, SME finance provider
- Footprint Digital, a fast-growing digital marketing agency
We’re also proud of our student entrepreneurs, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
You have access to a range of career advice and employability opportunities within the School, as well as from the University’s Employability and Careers Centre. There is also access to employer talks on campus.
UK entry requirements
A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, with either some background in social science or some numerate degree content.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the
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.
You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.
There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
We hold postgraduate events in February/March and November, and open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
- tour our campus and accommodation
- find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
- meet our students and staff
If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.