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What will I learn?

Accounting and finance experts are always in demand, so if you've studied a business discipline at undergraduate level – and have an eye for detail and the drive to succeed in a challenging business environment – our MSc Accounting and Finance degree course is the way to take your ambitions further.

You'll learn the key principles and practices of accounting and finance and examine how they affect global business. You'll also get transferable skills, such as analytical and problem-solving techniques that will be invaluable in any business environment.

You'll graduate from the MSc Accounting and Finance degree course with the skills needed for a successful career in the accountancy and finance professions, ranging from management accounting to corporate finance, as well as all the skills required to excel in business.

On this course, you'll:

Learn how to write and interpret financial statements, to monitor, control and plan for the ongoing success of an organisation
Understand accounting and finance from both a strategic and management perspective, ranging from business planning and strategic management accounting to corporate financial management and corporate governance
Have the chance to use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse financial market data movements and trades
Improve your commercial skills with our business simulation software, with technicians on-hand to help out when needed
Receive support and mentoring from staff – including our Study Support Tutors – in formal meetings and also via social media
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which include 24-hour internet access and access to our online journals.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll be exempt from all five Certificate Level papers of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Additionally, CIMA's 'Gateway' route gives MSc Accounting and Finance graduates the opportunity to sit one paper which combines their Management level papers P2, F2 and E2. If you complete this successfully, you'll also be exempt from all of CIMA's Operational level and Certificate level papers.

For the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), we currently have exemptions from Fundamentals Level papers F1 - F4.

What jobs can you do with an Accounting and Finance degree?

When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to pursue a career in:

Audit
Financial accounting
Management accounting
Corporate finance
Financial planning
Insurance
Banking.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business and Law

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,100.00 (US$ 19,520) per year
Tuition fees are subject to annual increase. Additional cost may apply.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

University of Portsmouth

University House,

Winston Churchill Avenue,

Portsmouth,

PO1 2UP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.6 /4 or above from a recognised Higher Education institution. Students need a minimum of IELTS band 6.5–7.0, with no component below 6.0.

For international students

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent professional experience. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0..

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

The University of Portsmouth is one of the top 40 UK universities (Guardian University Guide).

  • 1 of top 100 young universities in the world (THE)
  • 88% student satisfaction with the University (NSS 2017)
  • ‘Gold’ award in Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Invested GBP150m in last 10 years to upgrade amenities