Accounting and Financial Management - MSc

MSc - Full Time
September 2019
£10,100 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2019 entry (view all fees)

The MSc Accounting and Financial Management programme will build upon your existing graduate level knowledge and transferable skills base to enable progression to senior accounting and finance related roles within industry or commerce.

The programme is designed to equip you with technical knowledge and skills as well as a higher range of employability skills, attributes and attitudes.  The course will encourage your intellectual and moral development and your personal commitment to the social purpose of becoming a business professional.  

As you progress you will become more effective and creative as a problem solver and be able to critically advise individuals and companies in the UK and internationally on a range of business related matters utilising the strong financial expertise you will develop on the programme.  

What's covered in the course?

The accounting and financial management specialism of the programme enables progression into a career requiring accounting and/or financial management and offers a conversion route for non-accounting graduates.  

As a highly flexible programme, the MSc Accounting and Financial Management allows you to customise your pathway, selecting from a variety of modules in a range of disciplines to enable you to specialise in areas of most interest and relevance for your chosen career path.  You’ll be fully supported in making informed decisions about the modules you take.

You’ll develop your teamwork, IT, analytical and presentation skills whilst boosting your commercial acumen and awareness as you progress through this programme which has employability at its heart and aims to equip you with the skills required of a demanding postgraduate role. 

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is a conversion course aimed at graduates with non-accounting related degrees. It will allow you to gain skills in accounting and finance related disciplines to complement your existing qualifications. 
  • Your course will prepare and equip you for a career in accountancy, finance, management or business by relating your studies to the latest research led developments in business. Your studies will make use of the latest business software applications that will provide you with opportunities to gain experience and develop workplace skills
  • You’ll be fully immersed in a range of case studies as you progress through the programme and you’ll consider both internal and external stakeholders in the decisions you make and the advice you provide
  • Your programme will provide you with an opportunity to apply your developing knowledge and skills in workplace scenarios. You’ll work on real world case studies acting in postgraduate level roles gaining experience of the workplace environment. Additionally you’ll have the option of working on live business scenarios for actual clients

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Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Sunday 25 November 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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This course is open to International students

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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

A first or second class degree from a UK institution (Or equivalent international qualification).

OR ACCA Papers F1-9 / CIMA Operational and Management Levels (or equivalent).

OR A full professional accountancy qualification (APEL may be available).

OR A pre-Master’s programme approved by Birmingham City University

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2019 FT 1 Year £10,100 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2019 FT 1 Year £12,300 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. Fees for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

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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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

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

Stage One

Managerial Finance
20 credits
Project and Relationship Management
20 credits
Audit Theory and Practice
20 credits
Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
20 credits

Stage Two

International Financial Strategy
20 credits
Governance and Ethics
20 credits
Global Finance
20 credits
Islamic Social Finance
20 credits

Final Stage

Research Skills & Dissertation/Project
60 credits

The programme is designed to offer you the upmost flexibility, enabling you to customise your own pathway through the programme to specialise in particular areas of interest or align yourself more closely with the professional bodies to which the programme is aligned.

During the induction programme you will be making informed decisions about the modules you study. In addition to a full briefing and the chance to discuss modules with academic staff you’ll have the chance to meet on a one to one basis with your own personal tutor who will guide you through the process and assist you in making the best possible choices to meet your own aims.

The programme itself will be delivered by experts in their related fields and is underpinned by cutting edge research into the subject area.

A variety of delivery approaches will be utilised throughout the programme. All modules will be delivered via a blended learning approach, mixing face to face with online activities and independent study.

Whilst face to face sessions will vary in format including large, medium and small group interactive sessions and workshops, you will be expected to arrive to sessions fully prepared and to participate throughout. You will be expected to examine and research the material presented and to question ideas and theories and to challenge your tutors. As a practice based course, sessions will usually involve the application of academic concepts and themes to real world scenarios and case studies.

Online delivery will also be provided via the University’s virtual learning environment. In addition to electronic copies of materials used during face to face sessions, the virtual learning environment will enable opportunities to engage with additional content including quizzes and discussion forums. Modules will require students to engage with online study to prepare for, participate in and further develop skills and knowledge explored during face to face sessions. 

Further Study

Upon completion of your MSc, you could then continue your studies by undertaking a PhD. 

As a conversion course, the MSc Accounting and Financial Management is designed to further add to your existing set of skills. This gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd with skills that may be uncommon in your chosen profession.

The skills you learn aren't just theoretical either - you'll graduate with hands-on skills that you can put to use straight away in your career. In particular, the course offers opportunities to work with charity organisations, a booming sector with a wide range of career paths. 


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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.

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.

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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