- Start date:
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements:
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject Full entry requirements.
- Language requirements:
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
- UK/EU fees:
- £14,500 (total)
- International fees:
- £27,000 (total)
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Businesses and governments rely on sound financial knowledge to underpin their strategies for success.
This course will kick-start your professional career, providing you with advanced knowledge of modern financial theories, accounting practices and controls, as well as an understanding of the organisational context.
You will cover fundamental topics such as corporate finance, corporate reporting and you can specialise your knowledge with optional modules, from international business finance to forensic accounting or corporate governance. The course also allows you to apply your learning to practical case studies and simulations to test your knowledge in genuine business scenarios.
You will learn from academics who are experts in their field, with extensive teaching, research and consultancy experience of international standing. At the same time, you’ll collaborate with graduates from diverse international backgrounds for a challenging, rewarding and rounded learning experience.
As a student, you will be able to access the knowledge of our advanced specialist research units, which also have strong links with leading institutions in the US, Europe and Asia. These include the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance (CASIF), the Institute of Banking and Investment (IBI) and the Credit Management Research Centre (CMRC). This research makes an important contribution to your learning on the MSc Accounting and Finance; you will benefit from a curriculum that is informed by the latest knowledge and critical thinking.
You will also benefit from our strong relationships with the finance, credit and accounting professions. This provides a connection to the latest practitioner and policy developments, giving you a Masters that is relevant to the contemporary environment.
- Course content
You will explore the essentials of corporate finance and the relationship between accounting information and organisational performance. At the same time, you will build advanced skills in handling quantitative data and examine how modern finance theories are applied to solve complex finance problems.
You will gain an understanding of important research methods in finance and their impact on current practice, and explore topics such as organisational performance and financial reporting.
Beyond these core modules, you will also be able to specialise in areas that suit your career plans with your choice of optional modules. You will take at least one of Corporate Governance or Information and Organisation Design, but you could also study topics such as forensic accounting, behavioural finance or international investment.
To demonstrate the knowledge and skills you gain during the programme, you will design and carry out your own research dissertation in the final semester. This allows you to focus on a topic of your choice, developing your ability to tackle the most pressing challenges currently facing the industry.
Throughout the course we support you to develop the professional skills that will be critical for a successful career in the financial services.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Quantitative Methods 15 credits
- Corporate Finance 15 credits
- Accounting and Organisational Performance 15 credits
- Applied Finance 15 credits
- Advanced Financial Reporting 15 credits
- Dissertation 60 credits
- Critical Skills for the Finance Professional 15 credits
- Choose two optional modules. One of these must be either Information and Organisation Design or Corporate Governance.
- Information and Organisation Design 15 credits
- International Business Finance 15 credits
- Forensic Accounting and Finance 15 credits
- Behavioural Finance 15 credits
- International Investment 15 credits
- International Banking and Finance 15 credits
- Corporate Governance 15 credits
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.
In addition to the assessed modules and research dissertation, you benefit from professional training activities and employability workshops. For example, students have developed their knowledge of financial markets through a one-week trading simulation delivered in partnership with Amplify Trading. Read more about professional development activities for finance students.
Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. This may include formal exams, group projects, reports, computer simulation exercises, essays and written assignments, group and individual presentations and reflective logs.
This diversity enables you to develop a broad range of skills as preparation for professional life.
- Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject such as accounting, finance, economics or mathematics.
A background in accounting is essential and you’ll need to have a good grounding in quantitative subjects.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component . For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Economics and Finance (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Economics and Finance (10 weeks).
If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.
How to apply
We operate a staged admissions process for this course with selection deadlines throughout the year.
If you do not receive an offer in a particular round, you will either be notified that your application has been unsuccessful, or we will carry your application forward to be considered in the next round.
Please see our How to Apply page for full details and the application deadlines for each stage.
Documents and information you'll need
- A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
- Two academic references
- A personal statement
- An up-to-date CV
- Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
- A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.
UK/EU: £14,500 (total)
International: £27,000 (total)
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
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
We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.
There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible for, including:
- Masters in Accounting and Finance UK/EU Excellence Scholarship
- Masters in Accounting and Finance International Excellence Scholarship
- Dean's Excellence Scholarship (UK/EU and International)
- Leeds Alumni Bursary and Excellence Scholarship
Read more about Business School scholarships.
- Career opportunities
Career opportunities for graduates of this Masters course are vast. You will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of core accounting and finance principles, and the numerical and analytical skills to succeed in this rapidly changing complex environment.
Graduates have gone on to work as accountants, management consultants, audit managers, finance managers, equity managers and credit risk officers.
We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support and training as part of the Masters programme.
We are also committed to offering a wide range of development and training events and activities. Recent activities and events have included CV building and interview sessions, professional risk management workshops and commercial awareness networking events.
Read more about our careers and professional development support.
The University of Leeds Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
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I loved my time at Leeds. It opened up a range of possibilities that I didn't know existed. It was brilliant to be in class with a group of like-minded, yet culturally diverse, ambitious young people.Sara Douglas, United Kingdom
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The course is very well designed. I was able to choose a dissertation topic related to my future development... this was the best part of my studies, as I developed the ability to work independently.Miss Qiongzhi Hu, China
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The course covered economics, accounting and finance related modules, which explained key theories and also how things work in practical life. There is a great level of teaching.Mr Muzammil Hussain, India
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