MSc Accounting, Finance and Management

  • International Students Can Apply
  • Professional Accreditation


UKPASS Code:P052073
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2017, September 2018
Department:Business School
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Develop your skills to assess the accounting, finance and management approaches which best position organisations for long-term success in the global marketplace;
  • Cultivate the writing, analytical and reflective skills required to engage in research at Master’s level;
  • Join a programme closely aligned with the professional level requirements of key Accounting bodies.

This Masters degree develops your understanding of advanced accounting by examining a range of contemporary finance and management topics, whilst also engaging you in research methods and the undertaking of a significant research exercise. You will develop strategic and tactical management skills from an accounting and finance perspective and gain a good understanding of how accounting techniques and accountants can add value and contribute to the success of an organisation. The programme will also enhance your understanding of the changing role and perception of accounting and related areas within the context of changing global markets, competition and shifting societal values. The aim is to prepare you to face the challenges of managing and working in organisations with a wide array of competing economic, social, political and cultural conditions.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

You will study a set of modules designed to broaden your knowledge and understanding of accounting, finance and management. The programme also requires you to complete a dissertation or consultancy exercise, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in leading-edge research.

Modules consider contemporary issues in financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, auditing and business strategy. You will also examine the methods and methodology of research in accounting which will prepare you for your preferred research project.

How will I study?

The programme will be delivered through a hybrid approach that makes use of group sessions and one-to-one meetings. The modules may be delivered weekly, in block sessions, or by other appropriate arrangements such as audio/video conferencing and online discussions as appropriate.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods will be used on this programme. The dissertation/consultancy challenge is predominately assessed by a 25,000-word written thesis. Other modules are assessed through essays and examinations.

Who will be teaching me?

This programme is taught by highly motivated and experienced academics who specialise in different areas of accounting, finance and management research. All members of the programme team are active researchers engaged with research projects at national and international level. Some seminars will be delivered by external guest speakers from academia and industry. You will also be invited to attend a series of research seminars organised by the department and have the opportunity to present your own work within a supportive and nurturing environment.

A Great Study Environment

MSc Accounting Finance and ManagementThe stunning £8m Business and Law building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in the Business School and Department of Law and Criminology.

The three-storey building offers a 100-seat lecture theatre and modern seminar and meeting rooms. There are also social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning, in addition to an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Edge Hill Business School is home to a thriving research community, hosts a growing international partnership portfolio, and is a member of AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the world’s largest management education network.


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ACC4001 Issues in Corporate Reporting (20 credits)

Issues in Corporate Reporting is designed to ensure you can achieve and demonstrate a critical understanding of major current issues in financial accounting and reporting. You will learn how to apply your skills and knowledge and exercise professional judgement in the application and evaluation of financial reporting principles and practices in a range of business contexts and situations.

ACC4002 Advanced Performance Management (20 credits)

Advanced Performance Management critically examines a range of contemporary issues in management accounting. The module will help you to select and apply strategic management accounting techniques in different business contexts and contribute to the evaluation of the performance of an organisation and its strategic development.

ACC4003 Advanced Financial Management (20 credits)

Advanced Financial Management helps you to apply relevant skills and knowledge, as well as exercise professional judgement which is befitting of a senior financial executive or advisor, in taking or recommending decisions relating to the financial management of an organisation.

ACC4004 Advanced Audit and Assurance (20 credits)

Advanced Audit and Assurance explores key issues in contemporary auditing through a critical evaluation and analysis of recent auditing research. The module also requires you to analyse, evaluate, conduct and report on the assurance engagement and other audit and assurance issues in the context of best practice and current developments.

ACC4005 Business Strategy and Analysis (20 credits)

Business Strategy and Analysis requires you to assess strategic position, determine strategic choice, and implement strategic action through business process and structural change, coordinating knowledge systems and information technology and managing quality processes, projects and people.

ACC4006 Research Methodologies and Methods in Accounting (20 credits)

Research Methodologies and Methods in Accounting introduces you to the methods and methodology of research in the field of accounting. The module will equip you with the means to explore issues in accounting, finance and management, providing you with the required skills to identify, choose and implement research designs and strategies and to present research projects in the appropriate academic formats.

You will select one of the following modules:

ACC4007 Dissertation in Accounting, Finance and Management (60 credits)

Dissertation in Accounting, Finance and Management requires you to undertake a piece of independent research based upon, or linked to, a specific issue or topic related to accounting, finance and management identified during the programme.

ACC4008 Consultancy Challenge in Accounting, Finance and Management (60 credits)

Consultancy Challenge in Accounting, Finance and Management provides an opportunity for you to undertake an in-depth research project for a sponsoring organisation on a topic of common interest. The nature of the project will be negotiated between yourself, your supervisor and the sponsoring company.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, you should have a first or upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in accounting or a related discipline.

Holders of ACCA Fundamentals (papers 1-9), CIMA Advanced Diploma, 1-8 ACA modules or papers 1-12 of the AIA Examination Syllabus will be considered eligible to join this programme.

In exceptional circumstances, students with a lower second class honours degree with demonstrable knowledge of their subject matter may be admitted at the department’s discretion.

Overseas applicants will be considered on an individual basis and will be expected to demonstrate IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

The programme is closely aligned with the requirements of professional accounting bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

As such, successful completion of the programme will significantly enhance your CV and employment prospects in accounting, finance and management.

The skills and experience acquired through this programme also provide essential preparation for progressing onto higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this MSc are £4,860 for UK and EU students and £12,500 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are £27 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18, i.e. £540 per 20 credit module. 180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at

Financial support information for international students can be found at


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Course Changes

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No material changes have been made to the information for this course since 1st September 2015. Any future amends will be tracked here.