How can organisations ensure fair and accurate accounting? How has finance changed in the wake of the global economic crisis?
Our MSc Accounting and Finance is taught at Essex Business School, an internationally diverse school ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019). You join one of the UK’s largest and most respected finance groups and experience a Masters education that combines theory with practice. You further your understanding of advanced accounting and corporate finance and can tailor your studies to your professional ambitions by choosing from a range of optional modules.
You cover topics including:
Our world-renowned academics are at the cutting-edge of their fields. They embed the latest thinking into your course to ensure you stay up-to-date with the current developments and major issues in accounting and financial reporting.
Whether you’re thinking about continuing your studies to PhD level or targeting a senior role in the world of accounting or finance, this is the course to advance your career.
Our MSc Accounting and Finance is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for University of Essex 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.
Our expert academics and practitioners seek to shape the direction of debate and research in the fields of accounting and finance, addressing issues currently faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Their work has been cited in the national press and we’re home to internationally regarded figures, such as Emeritus Professor Prem Sikka, who is campaigning for an end to corporation tax avoidance.
Essex Business School has four accounting and finance research centres, producing work with real-world impact:
We’re recognised for being at the forefront of research in:
We’re proud to have the UK’s first zero carbon business school building, which reflects our commitment to ethical and sustainable business. You will be able to:
We develop your business skills so you can use creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to solve the challenges that the international business world continues to present. In 2018, 80% of our postgraduate taught students were in professional employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).
Our recent graduates have progressed to roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy in high-profile organisations and exciting SMEs across the world, such as:
We’re also proud of our student entrepreneurs, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.
Working alongside the University’s Careers Services, we’ll help you find out about employability opportunities, such as work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. There is also access to employer talks on campus.
A 2:2 degree in Accounting or related subject.
Degree must include at least one module in Financial Accounting from the list below within the last two years of degree study:
Accounting I, Accounting II, Advanced Accounting, Company Accounts, Company Financial Statements, Company Financial Statement Analysis, Corporate Accounting, Corporate Reporting, Financial Reporting, Intermediate Accounting, Issues in Financial Accounting/Reporting
Degree must also include at least one module in Management Accounting from the list below within the last two years of degree study:
Budgeting, Capital Investment Decisions, Cost Accounting, Financial Management, Financial/Managerial Decision Making, Issues in Managerial Accounting, Management Control Systems, Managerial Accounting, Strategic Management Accounting
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