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Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Accounting and Management (1 year)

Develop your knowledge of a wide range of essential business specialisms.

Introducing your degree

The MSc Accounting and Management is taught on a full time (12 months) basis. The first nine months of the programme involve taught study, divided into two 15 week semesters, each followed by examinations. In the following description, the term 'module' is taken to mean a discrete component of the programme with its own learning outcomes and assessment requirements. All modules are at masters level.

The taught component of the programme consists of modules worth 60 ECTS (120 CATS) in total which comprise a mix of core, compulsory and option modules plus a Dissertation 30 ECTS (60 CATS). You are required to take all compulsory/core modules. In addition you will select 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS) Optional Core modules and 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS) option modules.




This programme is designed to provide you with the fundamental concepts underlying the practice of accounting and management in order to develop your understanding of the central issues and challenges faced by managers at all levels (board, strategic or tactical), with an emphasis on the role of accounting systems in the measurement and assessment of organisational performance. 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.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Programme Structure

The programme content is covered in full or half modules, worth respectively 7.5 ECTS (15 CATS) or 3.75 ECTS (7.5 CATS), spread over two semesters and individually assessed in January and May. In the first semester, you have to attempt three full modules and two half-modules. In the second semester, you have to attempt two full modules and a combination of full/half modules equivalent to 15 ECTS (30 CATS). Depending upon your choice of dissertation topic, you can choose which research methods module you will enrol to prepare for the dissertation in the summer period.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

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Acceptable subjects: Essay based subjects in business/economics preferred.

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

All Core and Compulsory modules must be taken.

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.

Accounting for Corporate Performance

MANG6322 and MANG6129 are Optional Core

Foundations of Research in Accounting and Finance
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Corporate Finance
Strategic Marketing Decisions
Risk Taking and Decision Making
Operations Management
Project Management

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 destination for holders of the MSc Accounting and Management will be the private sector including banks, financial institutions and accounting/consulting firms.

Learning & Assessment

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