MSc Research in Accounting and Finance 2017

Start your finance research career

Professor Charlie Cai in the Trading Room at Leeds University Business School

Key facts

Start date:
September 2017
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
UK/EU fees:
£9,250 (total)
International fees:
£15,750 (total)
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This course is aimed at anyone who currently only has an undergraduate degree or who has a taught Masters degree in a non-subject-specific area, who wishes to undertake a PhD in an accounting and finance topic at Leeds University Business School.

Through completion of the course you will develop your skills as an independent researcher in accounting and finance, preparing you for the following three years of PhD research. This programme cannot be applied for separately from the PhD programme, and is also known as the 1+3 route.

Core modules will develop your financial knowledge and research skills, gaining an understanding of applied statistics and the assumptions and ideas that underlie social science research. You’ll also choose from optional modules to gain specialist knowledge of topics that suit your research interests.

Taught by leading researchers in a stimulating environment, you’ll undertake professional skills training and build a base of knowledge to prepare for future research.

Leeds University Business School is renowned throughout the world for the quality of its teaching and research. It was ranked 9th in the UK for the quality of its Business and Management research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

As a member of the ESRC-accredited White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, in partnership with the universities of Sheffield and York, Leeds provides an inspiring and energetic environment in which to pursue a research career.

Postgraduate researchers are considered a valuable part of the research community and are given the support they need to contribute fully to the development of knowledge in the Business School.

Course content

A set of core modules that run throughout the year will give you a grounding in both the analytical and philosophical aspects of social science research. You’ll improve your knowledge of applied statistics and probability, but you’ll also question the different perspectives and approaches taken to the process of creating new knowledge through research.

With your PhD plans in mind, the opportunity to choose from our range of optional modules allows you to focus on areas relevant to your research interests. You could build mathematical skills with modules on topics like risk management and time finance, or explore business issues such as corporate governance and financial reporting.

The programme comes together with your dissertation – an independent research project on a topic of your choice, which may be related to your PhD proposal. You’ll submit this by the end of the programme in September.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

  • Compulsory modules

  • Financial Modelling and Analysis15 credits
  • Nature and Philosophy of Social Science Research15 credits
  • Understanding Your Discipline Seminar Series15 credits
  • Dissertation (Accounting and Finance)60 credits
  • Applied Statistics and Probability15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Research in Accounting and Finance MSc Full Time in programme catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Research in Accounting and Finance MSc Part Time in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll experience different learning and teaching methods throughout the course such as workshops, seminars, lectures, practicals and tutorials among others. Independent study is also crucial to this degree, allowing you to pursue your interests and develop the skills in independent research that you’ll need at PhD level.


We use a range of assessment methods that test diverse skills. These are likely to include literature reviews, exams, essays, project work and presentations. Optional modules may use other methods such as practical work.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons).

Please note these are preparatory courses for the Business School PhD programme, and cannot be applied for independently from the PhD programme.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


How to apply

For the MSc Research programmes we need to assess your suitability for both the Masters and PhD elements at the same time, so you would need to complete both the Masters and PhD application processes.

Application deadlines: UK/EU: To be confirmed

International: To be confirmed

Documents and information you’ll need:

  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • Copies of your degree certificates and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualification if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.
  • PhD Research Proposal
  • PhD Locating your Research Form

Apply (Full time)

Apply (Part time)

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Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £9,250 (total)

International: £15,750 (total)

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

We are able to offer scholarships in the Business School for researchers on this 1+3 route.

Career opportunities

Because this programme is geared towards the 1+3 route, it will equip you with sophisticated research and analysis skills to prepare you for PhD-level study.

You’ll begin to develop your professional skills through our innovative training programmes, which continue throughout your PhD to equip you for a wide range of roles, both within and beyond academia.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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