Course structure and content
MSc Accounting and Finance is a one-year, full-time course.
In semester one you’ll take a number of compulsory modules, covering equity markets, management accounting and financial accounting. You’ll also choose one optional module that will allow you to look at an area of interest in more depth.
Unusually for a masters course of this type, the options include an International Accounting and Taxation module. This explores the importance of a country’s social, economic, legal and political environment in determining the nature of its tax regulations, the challenges of harmonising accounting practices, and the impact of tax issues on company behaviours. Other options cover topics such as financial reporting and markets, accounting and society and international corporate governance.
In semester two you’ll take your management accounting and financial accounting studies to a more advanced level. You’ll also study corporate finance and take a module on research in accounting and finance. This will prepare you to undertake independent study for your dissertation.
Accounting, audit and corporate governance are areas characterised by rapid change; our academics’ involvement in research and their professional networks ensure your learning keeps pace with the latest developments in the sector.
- Dr Oliver Marnet conducts research into audit and corporate governance, often in collaboration with the private sector. His knowledge directly informs the International Corporate Governance module, where he uses recent research findings, case studies and news stories to help students relate their knowledge of corporate governance to real scenarios.
- Carol Masters, who teaches financial accounting, trained with KPMG and gained audit experience with a wide range of clients before joining the University. Her professional experience means she can share valuable insights into how companies operate.
- Dr Mohamed Houssam Al Kaddour brings his research expertise in tax-related topics to the International Accounting and Taxation module.
- Senior Teaching Fellow Richard Cartwright, who leads the Financial Accounting 2 module, has strong links with accountancy training providers and is President of the Southern Society of Chartered Accountants, which supports almost 5,000 Institute of Chartered Accountants members
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A blend of finance and accounting modules will give you valuable skills without restricting your career options
Unlike most accounting and finance masters courses, the Southampton MSc includes a module on international taxation
Accredited by the major professional accounting bodies
Graduates have gone on to work in the UK and overseas for organisations including KPMG, Mars Chocolate, Zurich and the NHS.
Typical entry requirements
2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent
Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
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.
You are able to progress to this MSc programme via the University's Pre-Masters programme.
The University’s Admissions Policy, available at www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_policy, 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.
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.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about
entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
Students must choose ONE Option module totalling 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS in Semester 1.
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
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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.
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
|Stationery||You 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.|
|Books||Where 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 copying||In 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
|Travel||Some 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.|
|Other||Candidates 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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.