Plymouth Business School

MSc Accounting and Finance

Stand out from the crowd and significantly enhance your employability in the accounting and financial management sector with our MSc in Accounting and Finance. Explore accounting in its wider context and build the theoretical knowledge and practical skills demanded by employers in the increasingly complex global financial sector. With the option to focus on two core topics of your choice in your final term, you’re able to steer your future career path in the direction you want to take it.

Key features

  • Set sail for new horizons with this course designed to allow you to change the direction in which you wish to take your future career.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to gain a high level position within the international business and finance sector thanks to our programme’s combination of both practical and research based learning.
  • Pursue a career anywhere in the globe with modules which have a strong international focus, ensuring you develop a truly global perspective on finance and decision-making.
  • Reinforce your skills with specialist expertise by choosing from a range of elective modules in the third term.


Course details

  • Year 1
  • The MSc Accounting and Finance programme is designed to provide the latest advanced knowledge in the areas of accounting and finance in the context of a rapidly changing business world. Focusing on both the theory and application of accounting and finance, you develop academic and employability skills in tandem. Contemporary theories of finance and accounting are studied and put in the context of both the business and the market, with the scope to develop your professional identity and valuable employability skills. 

    Core modules
    • ACF705 Financial Statement Analysis

      This module provides the student with a broad overview of the financial reporting environment in which companies operate. It introduces the analytical tools which can be used to assess and compare companies within specific sectors. It also introduces the concept of corporate governance and its impact on companies, results and reputation.

    • ACF709SU Corporate Risk Management

      Organisations face a range of risks, many of which threaten not only the achievement of their strategic objectives, but also their future survival. The purpose of this module is to explore these risks and consider the theory and practice that underpins their management. A range of risk management techniques, strategies and theoretical approaches will be considered, as will the drivers for corporate risk management.

    • ACF714 Management Accounting

      The module aims to introduce students to advanced management accounting techniques and apply these in case study situations. Computer-based application of the techniques will form an integral part of the module, with emphasis being given to the interpretations and conclusions that can be drawn from the analyses.

    • ACF718 Corporate Finance

      This module covers topics related to corporate financial decision making regarding evaluating projects to make investments, maintaining optimal capital structure levels and how to distribute profits through the pay-out policy. It equips the postgraduate student to evaluate critically decisions in capital investment and financing that will have a long-run impact on firm valuation.

    • ACF719 Financial Management

      This module places financial theory into a usable context to develop students¿ understanding of the potential value added to a business by an appropriate financial management strategy. It includes an appraisal of models in financial management and issues arising in the area. The module includes investment appraisal and corporate restructuring decisions, financing and dividend policy and working capital management. Relevant aspects of the role of financial markets and asset pricing will also be considered.

    • HRL710A Leadership and Management Essentials

      This module will provide learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge, skills and understanding concerning leadership and management that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow.

    • HRL712 Corporate Governance and Ethics

      This module will critically evaluate, analyse and understand moral philosophy and the drivers of human behaviour as well as identify the complexities and contradictions in ethical perspectives and issues regarding corporate governance.

    • STO700A International Business Environment

      This module provides a broad overview of the environment in which contemporary business organisations operate. It presents data sources and analytical approaches that can be applied to any specific sectors, industries and a range of locations through the world. Understanding the international business environment is a key aspect of organisational decision making and is critical to business success.

    • STO701 Knowledge Management and Decision Making

      Evidence has clearly shown that excellent business performance can only be achieved based on the right decisions underpinned by the effective management of knowledge. The ability to make good decisions is the mark of successful and promotable managers. This module introduces the major themes of integrated knowledge management and decision making (core concepts, processes, models), describing the key challenges of knowledge management and decision making under current business environment. It further develops an appreciation of knowledge management responses to decision requirements which need to meet the key challenges, and the important methods and technologies which can be used to support knowledge-based decision making. It will provide students with opportunities to develop key research, analytical and evaluation skills that would enhance decision makers¿ confidence in rational, evidence-based decision making to solve complex business decision problems.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Accounting and Finance Programme Specification Oct19 5339

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree, first or second class, or equivalent, in any discipline.

If English is not your mother tongue 6.5 IELTS with a minimum of 5.5 in any element in a secure English language test.

Plymouth University offers pre-sessional English language courses if you do not have this.

We welcome students from a broad range of disciplines who are keen to place their undergraduate discipline knowledge into the context of accounting and finance.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU £9,500 £8,800
International £14,400 £14,800
Part time (Home/EU) £500 £500
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

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People

Markets, Innovation and Competition research group (MIC)

Market economies are more dominant today than ever before where competition intensifies, calling for innovation. On the one hand markets have facilitated wealth creation and spurred innovation; on the other, they are often held responsible for causing financial instability and widening inequality and are vulnerable to asset tunnelling, to name but a few criticisms. This gives rise to a range of connected issues to be analysed by MIC.

Find out more about research opportunities

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in Plymouth Business School can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.

International study pathways with the University of Plymouth International College

The University of Plymouth International College (UPIC) offer university foundation, first year degree and pre-masters pathways to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With 96% of all students progressing on to their chosen University of Plymouth degree, the UPIC pathways are an excellent alternative entry point for international students.

Find out more about your study opportunities with UPIC