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MSc Accounting and Management (1 year)

With its distinctive combination of subject areas, this accounting and management degree will equip you with a breadth of skills and knowledge to help you further your career in a wide range of sectors.

Due to high demand, this course will close to international applicants at 23:59 (UK time) on 23 December 2019. This course remains open for UK and EU applicants. Any non-UK/EU applications received after this time will not be processed. We have a range of other related postgraduate courses that you may want to consider.

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Introducing your degree

Offering a blend of subjects not found in many UK masters degrees, MSc Accounting and Management bridges the gap between general management and specialist accounting courses.

This accounting and management degree is open to students from a range of academic or professional backgrounds – no prior study in accounting is required.

Taught by research-active academics, you’ll gain a solid foundation in management and accounting concepts, as well as valuable technical and transferable skills. You’ll graduate with a wide choice of career options – you could decide to continue your accountancy training by taking professional qualifications, work in a bank or financial institution, or apply your skills in a management role in other sectors of business or industry.


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

The accounting and management degree 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.

Research-led learning

Our academics are active researchers with strong business links; their knowledge and experience directly inform your learning. For example:

  • Programme leader Dr Pingli Li research interests include management control systems and organizational change, the institutionalization of management accounting practices, the use of management control techniques in Chinese State-owned Enterprises and the public sector, the roles of independent directors in listed companies, and environmental performance and corporate governance.
  • 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 for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants


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Key Facts

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)

Programme Leader

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

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

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.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available on the University Admissions Policy page, 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.

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

Pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional English language courses are the best way to prepare for study at the University of Southampton. The courses will improve your capability and confidence in using English language in your studies.

Pre-masters course

If you do not meet our entry requirements for direct entry to one of our MSc programmes, you could progress to one of them via the University's Pre-masters course

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 equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

All Core and Compulsory modules must be taken.

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
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.

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.

MANG6322 and MANG6129 are Optional Core

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Accounting and ManagementMSc 2020Full-time£12,950£22,806
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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

On this accounting and management degree you’ll learn about core theories and concepts in lectures, illustrated by relevant examples from business, then apply your knowledge through practice-based exercises in small-group seminars. Our academics enrich your learning by sharing insights from their research and professional experience. They use interactive teaching methods such as group work, mini-debates and student-led presentations. They also draw on materials such as videos, news articles and real-world business case studies to bring your learning to life.

For most modules you’ll spend four hours per week in lectures and seminars, with the remaining time devoted to private study. You’ll study four or five modules per semester.

Assessment methods vary between modules, but will include group and individual coursework, presentations, exams and multiple-choice tests.

Industry links

We have strong links with professional accounting bodies – for example, Senior Teaching Fellow Richard Cartwright is President of the Southern Society of Chartered Accountants – and we hold regular events at which professional bodies and companies share insights into current accounting and management issues.

Student support

You’ll have access to a range of support services within Southampton Business School and the wider University; your personal academic tutor will be able to advise on course-related matters or direct you to other types of support. The school has an open, informal culture and academics will take time to check your progress and respond to any questions or issues you may have.

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