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Accounting and Financial Management - MSc

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: City Centre

Looking for financial management courses in Birmingham? Our MSc Accounting and Financial Management degree is open to graduates from all subjects.

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

The course 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 course.

Tailor your degree

For our MSc Accounting and Financial Management degree, you will have the opportunity to take the Professional Placement version of the course, which is offered as an alternative to the standard version of the course.

This will allow you to complete a credit bearing, 20 week Professional Placement as an integral part of your Master’s Degree. The purpose of the Professional Placement is to improve your employability and transferable skills. The placement experience will allow you to evidence your professional skills, attitudes and behaviours at the point of entry to the postgraduate job market.

You will be responsible for finding and securing your own placement. The University, however, will draw on its extensive network of local, regional and national employers to support you in finding a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study, with support from our Careers+ team as well as advice and guidance from your School.

Please note that placements will only be confirmed following a competitive, employer-led selection process, therefore the University will not be able to guarantee placements for students who have registered for the ‘with Professional Placement’ course.

What's covered in the course?

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

As a highly flexible course, 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 course 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 course and you’ll consider both internal and external stakeholders in the decisions you make and the advice you provide
  • Your course 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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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:

Essential Requirements
Typical Offers (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

Additional information for EU/International students

Applications from international applicants with equivalent qualifications are welcome. Please see your country page for further details on the equivalent qualifications we accept.

In additional to the academic entry requirements listed above, international and EU students will also require the qualifications detailed in this table.

English language requirements 2020/21

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

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  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £10,600 per year
  • Full Time
  • 18 Months (Professional Placement)
  • £11,700 per year

Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £12,800 per year
  • Full Time
  • 18 Months (Professional Placement)
  • £14,100 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. 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.

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 £10,906 for some courses and options?

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In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 80 credits):

Managerial Finance
20 credits

This module aims to develop your understanding of the main financial objective of the firm i.e. wealth maximization and how it is achieved through alignment of financial decisions under constraints from within and outside the organization. The module covers topics such as financial statements analysis, budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, time value money, investment appraisal, working capital management, sources of capital and choice of capital structure. You will be able to understand and apply key concepts and theories in accounting and finance and assess the implications of financial decisions for a business firm.

Research Skills & Dissertation/Project
60 credits

This is an integrative module which is the culmination of your studies and it is designed to be developmental in nature. It enables you to develop a deeper understanding of methodological paradigms to enable you to develop a robust proposal and enable the successful completion of the dissertation/project.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following indicative list of Semester 1 OPTIONAL modules:

Project and Relationship Management
20 credits

This multi-faceted module requires you to explore the concept of managing strategic change through the use of a range of project management and leadership techniques. The module adopts a theory-led approach which considers both the hard and soft skills required by a project manager when managing organisational change.

Initially the topic of project management will be presented within a global environmental context, prior to integrating and focussing industry recognised project management techniques within an organisational setting. The theoretical and practical approach of this module illustrates the complexity that students can expect to find within a work-place setting. In order to help students unpick this uncertainty, theories around notions of change, systems thinking, leadership, relationship management and stakeholder theory will be explored.

Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
20 credits

The aim of the module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles and practice of personal and institutional portfolio management. The characteristics of the main types of investment asset are critically analysed in the context of wider investment portfolios. The emphasis is on investment planning in a generalised, rather than country specific format. The module contributes directly to the Finance pathway, providing a critical aspect of the finance specialism.

Audit Theory and Practice
20 credits

This module covers all aspects of internal and external audit and assurance. It endeavours to bridge the divide between theory and practice by critically examining theory and research compared with international standards, procedures and practices in this global professional field.

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 60 credits from the following indicative list of Semester 2 OPTIONAL modules:

International Financial Strategy
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the core issues relating financial principles and practice of an enterprise. The module contextualises the complexities of the firm objectives, agency theory and derivation of the separation theorem; it links theory to practice and explores the financial decisions of the firm from a strategic perspective.

Governance and Ethics
20 credits

This module will lay the foundations for robust ethical assessment and a critical understanding of corporate governance. A group presentation with 50% weighting is the first assessment of the module. It will give the opportunity to forge a group working dynamic to synthesise an ethical approach to the scenario supplied that can be justified and supported by a critical apparatus based on extant research and scholarly works.

Global Finance
20 credits

Global finance is a constantly evolving subject that deals very much with real world issues such as the causes of exchange rate movements and the behaviour of international financial markets.

This module focuses on finance decision making in an international context and is designed to ensure that you are able to evaluate issues and problems in the area of global finance to a high academic level.

Islamic Social Finance
20 credits

This module aims to develop an understating Islamic Social Finance. This module is critical in establishing the overall parameters of Islamic Social finance. It seeks to provide a high level overview of the philosophy/ontology underpinning Islamic economics & finance and the key constituent elements such as legal principles, institutions and products.

All core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

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

During the induction 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 course 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 course. 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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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.

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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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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 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

"This course gives non-Accounting graduates a strong foundation in Accounting and Finance, allowing them to add valuable accountancy skills to your existing qualifications."

Martin Beaver, Course Leader