Accountancy and Finance (CIMA Pathway) - MSc

Full Time
September 2016
£9,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

With professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), this challenging and exciting course perfectly prepares you for employment.

This course prepares you to confidently take up a career in accountancy and finance, across many different industry sectors. If you’re already working within the industry, it’s a good qualification to help progress to senior management roles within your organisation.

What's covered in the course?

  • This unique worldwide course which grants exemptions to you from all CIMA professional examinations up to and including the strategic level.
  • This MSc brings you face-to-face with the challenges and opportunities of a dynamic contemporary sector, learning key issues from risk analysis to performance measurement and evaluation.
  • Designed with a real commitment to employability, previous students have gone on to work in eminent roles within the industry, including working in infrastructure finance and as economic experts. The course focuses on current and topical issues in accounting and finance, particularly related to corporate businesses, but also extending to investment analysis and portfolio management.

Why Choose Us?

  • The accreditation from CIMA helps boost your postgraduate qualification even more, giving you professional qualifications employers would be hard pressed to ignore.
  • Our small class sizes and comprehensive learner development support gives you attentive, efficient help as well as a great learning atmosphere.
  • You get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, enabling you to develop your own knowledge of the cultural implications of business practice.
  • The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found that we’ve doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
  • The course offers a recognised and respected programme of study around one of the business world’s key functions.
  • You’ll work in our new, cutting-edge facility, The Curzon Building, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities.
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    This course is open to International students

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    Where our students go

    Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

      • Interserve
      • Roughton Group

    And in jobs such as:

      • Financial Analyst
      • Infrastructure Finance
      • Economic Expert

    This course is accredited by:

    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

    Entry Requirements

    You will need to demonstrate academic ability and technical capability in accounting and finance to be able to study on this programme. Consequently the entry requirements for the programme are as follows:

    UK students

    Good Honours degree in Accountancy, Accountancy and Finance, or Business-related degree, with Accountancy as major.


    CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting

    EU/International students

    In addition to the above requirements where English is not your first language, you must be able to furnish satisfactory evidence of a level of attainment in English language commensurate with study at Masters Level at Birmingham City University.

    In most cases, a TOEFL score of at least 575 or an IELTS score of at least 6.5 average or 6.0 in all bands or an alternative qualification evidencing an equivalent competence in English will be required

    UK or EU students

    Award Start Mode Duration Fees
    MSc Sep 2016 FT 1 year £9,500

    If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

    International Students

    Award Start Mode Duration Fees
    MSc Sep 2016 FT 1 year £12,000

    If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

    The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

    Additional costs

    While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

    Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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    Your personal statement

    Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

    Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

    Course choice

    Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

    Career plans

    If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

    Work experience

    Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

    School or college experience

    Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

    Non-accredited skills or achievement

    eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

    You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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    This course is not available part-time

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    Financial Support

    We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

    Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

    Postgraduate loans

    PG Cert Stage

    At postgraduate certificate stage you look at the key function of performance measurement and evaluation, examine frameworks in operations and project management and engage in analysis of international reporting. This stage runs between September and December.

    Operations and Project Management
    20 credits
    Performance Measurement and Evaluation
    20 credits
    International Financial Reporting and Financial Statement Analysis
    20 credits

    PG Dip Stage

    The Diploma stage provides a deeper understanding of the crucial business management strategies increasingly employed in business today. Strategic Financial Management builds on theories of finance in an international context and provides an appreciation of contemporary Corporate Governance and related risk management issues. This stage runs between January and April.

    Business Management Strategy
    20 credits
    Corporate Governance and Operations Risk Analysis and Control
    20 credits
    Strategic Financial Management
    20 credits

    Masters Stage

    The Masters stage requires you to study and pass the Research Skills module, before undertaking a substantial piece of research for your dissertation in a chosen finance or accounting area. You are also required to investigate the key modern theories of finance. This stage runs between May and September.

    Modern Theory of Finance
    20 credits
    Financial Econometrics and Research Skills in Accounting and Finance
    20 credits
    40 credits

    Course Structure

    The course consists of an intensive 15-month programme, including some project research.

    Designed with CIMA, it emphasises the development of intellectual, technical and transferrable skills, as well as working efficiently in a team and individually. It also extends your knowledge in core areas of accounting and finance, ensuring you have impressive career development in today’s competitive business environment.

    This course has been accredited by:

    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

    CIMA is the largest professional body of management accountants in the world. We offer the most relevant accounting qualification for a career in business; something our 229,000 students and members in 176 countries are proud to be a part of.

    Management accountants aren’t number crunchers – they are quite the opposite. You’ll find them in all types of organisations, in top positions, analysing trends and behaviours to make informed business decisions.

    Every top 100 global brand employs CIMA students and members. They know the CIMA qualification equips people with the skills and knowledge they need to be truly successful in business. CIMA has the power to enhance your degree and improve your earning potential.

    CIMA is the natural progression for people with finance and business degrees. If students have a degree in a relevant subject, they could be entitled to exam exemptions.

    Find out more about the University to CIMA route.

    CIMA's Grad Club

    CIMA’s Grad Club is open to all UK students from any degree discipline and free to join. Grad club members will be the first to know about the latest graduate jobs and employer events and will also get exclusive access to industry updates, salary surveys, interview tips and more.

    CIMA's My Jobs

    CIMA works with a huge range of employers who will sponsor graduates to study the CIMA Professional Qualification. You can find the latest job vacancies on CIMA MY JOBS.

    Enhancing your employability skills

    CIMA is renowned for its skilled professional members, who have a broad range of strategic skills. Although a challenging qualification, we ensure you develop the expertise and knowledge needed to negotiate it, and improve your employability in the process. Former graduates have gone on to work as financial analysts and economic experts, for companies such as Interserve and Roughton Group.

    Postgraduates earn an average £9,000 more per year than those with just undergraduate degrees*. A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you will have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

    * Department for Business Innovation & Skills, 2015.


    OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

    OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

    It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


    Getting your CIMA qualifications will significantly improves your career prospects in accountancy and finance.

    The CIMA is renowned for its skilled professional members, who have the ability to apply a broad range of strategic skills in the workplace. As a qualification it’s recognised as being challenging, so we make sure you develop your expertise and knowledge in a way that’s relevant to employers.

    International Students

    Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

    The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

    Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

    Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

    International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


    BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

    Learn more about BCUIC

    Popular home countries

    Our students come from around the world but our accountancy and finance course is most popular with international students from:

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    Curzon facilities student hub

    Our Facilities

    We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

    The Curzon Building

    This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

    The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

    The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

    The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

    The Curzon Building also features:

    • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
    • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
    • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
    • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
    • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

    Meet our staff

    Our staff are experts in their chosen fields. You’ll be taught by people with professional qualifications, as well as relevant academic and industry experience.

    Take a closer look at our staff

    UK prospective students:

    UK enquiry form

    +44 (0)121 331 5595

    EU / International prospective students:

    International enquiry form

    +44 (0)121 331 5389

    Already applied?

    Email the applications team

    +44 (0)121 331 6295