UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

International Accounting and Finance

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

The world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Working in this field, you will need a strong knowledge of how to resolve issues and tackle challenges by using the most up-todate methods. As our MSc is for graduates with a strong background in both accounting and finance, this programme is designed to strengthen your existing knowledge and develop your skill set to prepare you for your career in the industry.

Programme description

The world of accounting and finance is a fluid, ever-changing one, with new innovations and thinking being introduced all the time. Working in this field, you will need a strong knowledge of how to resolve issues and tackle challenges by using the most up-todate methods. As our MSc is for graduates with a strong background in both accounting and finance, this programme is designed to strengthen your existing knowledge and develop your skill set to prepare you for your career in the industry.

Key Modules

Accredited by ACCA

The MSc International Accounting and Finance Programme is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which means you will be awarded exemptions from certain papers of the ACCA examinations upon successful completion of the programme. Find out more about ACCA exemptions.

Strong industry links

We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Biersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice. Particular programmes also offer the ability to obtain first-hand experience in the form of either work placements abroad or UK based consultancy projects with companies such as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and Cadbury.

Excellent career prospects

Students have gone on to work in a wide range of industries, in organisations such as Accenture, Deloitte, PWC, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Arcadia Group, CiscoSystems, Nissan, Ford, BP, Cadbury, P&G, and a whole host of smaller companies and public sector organisations.

Global community

We believe that the global nature of business makes it essential that our students and academics understand business from different international perspectives. Our programmes currently include students from over 60 countries, so you will also have the opportunity to make friends and study with many nationalities. We have numerous international links and have been involved in projects in countries which include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Mauritius, Singapore and Thailand.

Module & Subject

Core modules


Dissertation, 60 credits
Financial Accounting Theory and Policy, 20 credits
Professional Integrity and The Reflective Practitioner, 20 credits
Theory of Financial Management, 20 credits
Optional modules
Choose three modules from the following:

Advanced Management Accounting: Issues in Strategy and Accounting, 20 credits
Auditing Theory and Practice, 20 credits
Empirical Topics in Accounting and Finance, 20 credits
Foreign Exchange and International Money Markets, 20 credits
International Business Finance, 20 credits
International Business Taxation, 20 credits
International Financial Statement Analysis, 20 credits
Management Accounting, 20 credits
Managing Public Money, 20 credits
Social and Environmental Accounting, 20 credits
Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance, 20 credits

Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree (2:1 or higher) or postgraduate diploma from an UK university or equivalent.  The degree must be in a relevant subject and applicants must have studied and achieved a mark equivalent to a 2.1 at bachelor’s level in Intermediate (or above) level of Financial Accounting, Principles of Accounting, Corporate Finance or Financial Management or International Financial Management, and at least two other modules in Accounting and Finance, such as Auditing, Taxation, Financial Statement Analysis, Investments etc.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements 

Standard English language requirements apply (IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band

Students with a bachelor degree (4 years minimum) may be considered for entry to a postgraduate degree programme. However please note that we will only consider students who meet the entry guidance below.

  • Please refer to the ‘Business School’ guidance below if you are applying for a Business or Economics programme (not including MBA). You can see the relevant courses on the Business school website.

  • Please refer to the ‘All other programmes’ guidance below if you are applying for all other courses. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO THE BUSINESS SCHOOL (BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS COURSES EXCLUDING MBA)  

GROUP 1 UNIVERSITIES

  • University is ranked in the top 100 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013. We will also consider institutions part of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities.

  • We will consider students from these institutions with 80% or above.

  • Borderline cases: we will consider students with 70-79% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

GROUP 2 UNIVERSITIES

  • University is ranked in the top 101 to 150 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013.

  • We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFLIATED COLLEGES of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities or top 150 ranking university in Netbig 2012 or 2013.

  • We will also consider the following 9 specialist Business universities:

1.     University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

2.     Beijing Technology and Business University

3.     Huaqiao University

4.     Nanjing University of Finance and Economics

5.     Tianjin University of Finance and Economics

6.     Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

7.     Jiangxi University of Finance

8.     Capital University of Economics and Trade

9.      Nanjing Audit University 

  • We will consider students from these institutions with 85%.

  • Borderline cases: we will consider students with 80-84% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

ALL OTHER INSTITUTIONS = If you do not meet the requirement for group 1 or 2 university above then you are not likely to be considered for entry to our Business School. However you may be considered for other programmes outside of the Business school, see details below.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO ALL OTHER PROGRAMMES (INCLUDING MBA)

GROUP 1 UNIVERSITIES

  • University is ranked in the top 200 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013. We will also consider institutions part of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities.
  • We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFILIATED COLLEGES of the prestigious 211 and 985 universities or top 200 ranking university in Netbig 2012 or 2013.
  • We will consider students from these institutions with 80% or above.
  • Borderline cases: we will consider students with 70-79% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

GROUP 2 UNIVERSITIES

  • University is ranked in the top 201 to 500 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013.
  • We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFLIATED COLLEGES of these universities.
  • We will consider students from these institutions with 85%.
  • Borderline cases: we will consider students with 80-84% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.  

GROUP 3 UNIVERSITIES

  • University is ranked in the top 501 to 800 Netbig ranking either in 2012 or 2013.
  • We will also consider certain institutions that are AFFLIATED COLLEGES of these universities.
  • We will consider students from these institutions with 85% if you have a relevant degree and good grades in relevant subjects and/or relevant work experience.

THREE-YEAR DIPLOMAS

 

Applicants with three year diplomas and substantial work experience at managerial level (5-7 years) can be considered for entry to a non-business postgraduate degree programme.

ALL OTHER INSTITUTIONS = If you do not meet the requirement for group 1, 2 or 3 university above then you are not likely to be considered for entry to our courses. 

Students with Master’s degree may be considered for PhD study. 

Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 Year
Course Fee:  20970.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TT United Kingdom
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER