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MSc Accounting and Finance (1 year)

Deepen your understanding of the theory and practice of top level accounting and finance.

Introducing your degree

The MSc Accounting and Finance is taken full time over a period of 12 months. In the first nine months, which is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks, you will follow 52.5 ECTS (105 CATS) Core/Compulsory taught modules. In addition you will select an Option module to the value of 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS) from the following list (Semester 1). These Option modules enable you to be exposed to a more focused area of accounting or finance and may assist you in terms of thinking about a potential dissertation topic.

In the latter part of the second semester you will study for your research project leading to the dissertation submission (MANG6095).

A flexible and inclusive approach to learning and teaching will enable any student who meets the entry requirements to access the curriculum and demonstrate achievement of all the intended learning outcomes.



The MSc Accounting and Finance aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of accounting and finance at an advanced level and therefore will build on their prior knowledge and/or experience in the subject area. The programme content will provide a blend of theory, research and practice-led content that will enable you to develop deeper conceptual and theoretically-informed perspectives of accounting and financial practices in organisations and in the wider contexts in which these practices operate. In line with the general educational aims of Southampton Business School, it will enable you to become a competent and reflective practitioner in your chosen field, enhance your promote critical and evaluative thinking, and help you to develop an understanding of the risks and uncertainties that characterise the contemporary business environment.

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Programme Structure

The programme content is covered in eight 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS) taught modules spread over two semesters. Seven of the modules are either core or compulsory. In the first semester, you can select one module from a choice of four Option modules. In the second semester, the research methods module will be closely associated to the development of the research proposal, which will typically form the basis of your dissertation in the summer period.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelor's degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

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Acceptable subjects: Accounting degrees preferred but a wide range of subjects accepted if at least seven accountancy modules are included.

Required module areas: Business or corporate finance, taxation, auditing, mathematics, statistics, cost accounting etc.

Excluded subjects: English translation, art/performing art, vocational studies.

Professional qualifications such as ACA/ACCA/CIMA qualifications can compensate for unrelated degree subject. Work experience in accounting is not a requirement but can compensate for degree subject/grades.

Pre-masters course

You are able to progress to this MSc programme via the University's Pre-Masters programme.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

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Typical course content

Students must choose ONE Option module totalling 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS in Semester 1.

Year 1

Semester Two

Within your Option module selection you must choose either MANG6322 Foundations of Research in Accounting and Finance or MANG6129 Qualitative & Quantitative Research (Optional Core modules) totalling 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS, and Option modules totalling 30 CATS/15 ECTS.

All Option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

MANG6095 Dissertation supervision starts in Semester 2 and should be submitted in September.

Management Accounting 2
Financial Accounting 2
Corporate Finance
Foundations of Research in Accounting and Finance

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

The typical career destinations for holders of the MSc Accounting and Finance will be in the private sector including banks, financial institutions and accounting/consulting firms.

Learning & Assessment

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