While many of our students join MSc Accounting and Management straight after their undergraduate degree, a proportion have been working for some years and are looking to progress within their chosen sector or explore possible new career options.
Course structure and content
This is a full-time, 12-month course. During the first nine months of the course you’ll take compulsory and optional modules. The final three months will be spent on your dissertation.
Compulsory modules cover the core concepts of accounting and management. You’ll study the fundamentals of financial accounting and management accounting, as well as management-related topics such as managing in a global context, strategic management and marketing in the digital age. You’ll consolidate your knowledge of both accounting and management during the Accounting for Corporate Performance module, which looks at the interaction between accounting processes and decision making in business.
You’ll also take a compulsory module to learn about research methods, preparing you for your dissertation project.
By choosing two optional modules you can tailor the course to suit your career ambitions. For example, you could choose to learn more about operations management or project management, gain a deeper understanding of strategic marketing or risk taking and decision making, or further your knowledge of corporate finance.
Our academics are active researchers with strong business links; their knowledge and experience directly inform your learning. For example:
- Professor Johnnie Johnson, who leads the optional Risk Taking and Decision Making module, is an eminent researcher in the area of behaviour in speculative markets. He uses his expertise to advise organisations operating in speculative financial markets and has delivered related executive development courses to financial organisations including the Bank of China.
- Dr Alaa Zalata, who teaches Fundamentals of Financial Accounting, conducts research into applications of financial accounting with a focus on the value of financial and non-financial information, earnings management, and corporate governance.
- Dr Alan Rae has experience of marketing and management in the engineering, IT and business support sectors, and has started up four businesses. He brings his experience to the Marketing in the Digital Age module.
Preparing you for success
You’ll graduate with a broad range of skills and knowledge that will be attractive to employers. For example, you’ll be able to:
- analyse and interpret financial reports and accounts
- understand the role of accounting in business decision making and corporate governance
- recognise issues relating to management in a global context
- design a marketing campaign
- identify, analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data
You’ll also be able to demonstrate valuable transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving skills, time management and independent working.
View the programme specification document for this course.
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.
A distinctive blend of accountancy and management modules
Students come from a range of disciplines and professional backgrounds – previous study of accountancy is not required
Learn from academics with research expertise in areas such as corporate governance, risk and decision making
91% of Southampton Business School students enter employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2014/15)
Typical entry requirements
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.
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.
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Typical course content
All Core and Compulsory modules must be taken.
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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through your course.
Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or
your country of origin.
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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
|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.|
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