About this course
Explore the key strategic and tactical challenges faced by managers at all levels with our full-time MSc Accounting and Management. You’ll develop your financial management practice to understand the risks and uncertainties impacting modern business.
On this degree, you’ll focus on accounting systems as you learn how to measure and assess organisational performance. This will give you with the skills to pursue careers in finance, accounting or consultancy.
It’s also a great way to advance to higher-level strategic management roles. You don’t need training or experience in accounting to apply and we consider applicants from a range of backgrounds.
During the course, you’ll gain a solid foundation in management and accounting concepts, along with related topics including:
- managing in a global context
- managing and implementing strategies
- marketing in the digital age
You can personalise your learning to suit your professional needs. For example, you can choose to focus on:
- corporate finance
- competitive strategy in a global context
- risk taking and decision making
- operations management
- project management
Our academic team will enrich your learning through their research and industry insights.
Dr Pingli Li is your course lead. Pingli Li’s research explores subjects such as control systems and organisational change, the use of management control techniques in Chinese state-owned enterprises and the public sector, and the roles of independent directors in listed companies. Visit Dr Li's profile page to view her research publications.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need at least a 2:1 degree, preferably in business or economics.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
Got a question?
If you're not sure that you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course please contact our enquiries team; we're very happy to help.Email: email@example.com
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
On this master’s in accounting and management your studies will run for a full 12 months, from September to the following September.
The first 9 months cover taught modules and includes exams. From June to September you’ll work on your supervised research project.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
In lectures you’ll learn core theories highlighted using real-world examples. You’ll apply your knowledge through a combination of:
- discussion classes
- individual and group practical exercises
- case studies
- directed reading
You’ll enrich your learning through our academics’ insights into their research and industry experience. They’ll use interactive teaching including group work, mini-debates and student-led presentations. The teamwork, project management and communication skills you hone during this time will be invaluable throughout your career.
The Business School has strong industry links with professional accounting bodies, for example, Senior Teaching Fellow Richard Cartwright is President of the Southern Society of Chartered Accountants. We also invite professional bodies and businesses to share their expertise so you can stay up to date with the latest industry trends and challenges.
Assessment methods vary between modules and may include:
- group and individual coursework
- multiple-choice tests
You'll need to use the methods, techniques and skills you learn in the taught part of the programme to write a 15,000-word dissertation.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
You’ll boost your salary potential by graduating with the accounting and management skills employers are looking for:
- analysis and interpretation of financial reports and accounts
- accounting in business decision making and corporate governance
- appreciation of management in a global context
- design of a marketing campaign
- identification, analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data
As a graduate you can work for banking organisations, financial institutions, accounting firms and consultancies. Examples of the companies our students have gone on to work for include:
- McLaren Automotive Ltd
If, once you've graduated, you decide to study for professional qualifications you may be able to apply for accounting qualification exemptions.
This master's is also good preparation for further research at PhD level.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £12,950.
- International students pay £22,806.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll tell you if you're successful 3 weeks after the deadline of the round that you applied in.
We'll typically make one of four decisions. We will:
- offer you a place on this course
- offer you a place on a different course which we believe suits you better
- tell you that your application will be considered a second time in the next round of applications
- tell you that your application isn't successful
If we make you an offer, you will need to:
- accept it within 30 working days
- pay a deposit within 32 working days
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000