MSc Accounting and Finance


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On this internationally-renowned research-based Master’s you will explore the potential for accounting to bring change in the world and discover how to make accounting more relevant to people and organisations.

This is a research-based Master’s so an accounting and financial background is essential. You might be coming straight from undergraduate study, or you may have worked in industry.
You’ll graduate ready to excel in academia, in research and development, or in the corporate sector where such skills are in high demand.


If you are an accounting graduate and you want to take your studies and career to the next level, this is the course for you.

You’ll be someone who’s interested in discovering new methods and ideologies in accounting and finance, in driving innovation, and exploring the boundaries of what’s possible.

The course will prepare you for a high-flying career in academia, research and development, or in the corporate sector where such skills are in demand. The course is international, both in terms of course content and cohort, and you’ll have the chance to explore international aspects of accounting and finance.

In your dissertation module you’ll conduct your own original piece of research. This allows you to investigate an area of interest, whilst honing your research skills. Developing these skills now means you won’t just graduate with knowledge in your area, you’ll have the ability to investigate and research new areas of interest. And that means you can grow and adapt with the changing business world, now and throughout your career.

Course Structure

You’ll begin with an intensive induction to all Norwich Business School’s research-based Master’s programmes, including Banking and Finance, Brand Leadership, Management, and Operations and Logistics.

In your first semester you’ll take the compulsory modules Financial Management, International Accounting, and Responsible Business. Through these modules you’ll explore the most important theories and practices in international accounting, in investments, and in corporate finance and governance.

In your second semester you’ll add further depth and breadth to your studies with the modules Investment and Risk Management, and Management Accounting.

Over your first and second semesters you’ll also take the Business Research Methods module. Here you’ll learn what research is and discover different techniques for uncovering the potential of accounting. You’ll explore different qualitative and quantitative techniques, as well as different sources and resources. You’ll learn when best to use which techniques and sources, and how to combine them to create rich, multidimensional research. Understanding when to use which techniques will ensure you get the most from the tools at your disposal. 

In your third and final semester you’ll complete your dissertation, under the guidance of your academic advisor. This is a fantastic opportunity to conduct your own original piece of research, exploring a question you are passionate about, and contributing to the latest thinking in the field. Your dissertation is also great preparation for PhD study, as well as being a great indication of your potential to employers.

Teaching and Learning

Over this 12-month intensive course you’ll be constantly challenged to build your knowledge and hone your skills. You’ll develop both theoretical understanding and practical skills.

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical hands-on experience. You’ll learn from distinguished lecturers, guest speakers and researchers, from Norwich Business School and the wider university. You’ll also learn from your fellow students, and by doing your own independent study.

All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience. That means you benefit from the most current thinking in the industry. But business is ever-changing, so you won’t just learn to understand, evaluate and utilise the leading theories of today, you’ll also develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use any new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career.


We’ll use different methods of assessment to test different skills and knowledge. You’ll find that assessment through practical case studies and coursework will help you to improve your analytical and critical thinking as well as your communication, writing and presentation skills.

After the course

You’ll graduate ready to launch a highly successful career in academia or business. You could continue your academic career with PhD study, or go into research and development.

Throughout the course there’ll be a strong focus on employability. You will be able to take part in our annual Employability Week, where you’ll hear from industry experts and NBS alumni about how they built their careers.

Career destinations

  • PhD and academia
  • Research & development
  • Financial/management accountant
  • Auditor
  • Fund manager
  • Financial analyst

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 140 credits:

Name Code Credits


You'll examine the business research process from start to finish and gain an understanding of how to undertake research to investigate for instance organisational working context, markets, products and services. Dealing with business research questions, research design and data interpretation, both systematically and creatively, is the module's core aim. You'll be provided with the necessary training to pursue your MSc Dissertation. Further, you'll have the opportunity to understand how established techniques of research are used to create knowledge in the discipline. You'll engage in basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis during classes to enhance your understanding of the research process. The module intends to support you in your summer dissertation work with your research active supervisors towards conducting an independent research project.




The dissertation will offer you the opportunity to develop independent research skills on the subject of your choice. This will go much beyond the taught modules in the Master's programme. You'll integrate the knowledge that you've acquired from the individual taught modules and take it forward. You'll be offered the necessary skill set to probe a business research problem in-depth and come out with contributions that are original in the accounting and finance literature.




This module aims to develop your critical understanding and appreciation of key finance theories as they apply to financial management decisions and to understand the implications for practical problem solving. The topics you will cover include Corporate Investment Policy, Financing of Corporations, Payout Policy, and MandAs. This module is taken in conjunction with the module called 'Responsible Business'.




In this module you will study the comparative and international aspects of financial accounting and reporting which are becoming of greater importance with increasing globalisation. The first part of the module will set the scene and discuss reasons for international differences in financial accounting and reporting, and will review the progress that has been made towards the international harmonisation and standardisation of accounting. In the second part you will look at financial reporting by listed groups, compare and contrast the approaches and requirements of IFRS and US GAAP, and consider in more detail a number of important and controversial financial reporting topics. In the third part of the module you will examine more closely financial accounting and reporting in a number of key countries and companies. The final part of the module will conclude by investigating current and emerging issues and developments in international financial accounting and reporting.




This module provides you with the knowledge required to understand issues in corporate governance. Exploring corporate governance developments in different countries will enable you to understand the importance of different institutional settings, the influence of legal, regulatory and political environments, and why differences in ownership structure have arisen and how this impacts on companies. Corporate governance is examined in detail together with topical issues including directors' remuneration, board diversity, and succession planning. You will also examine topical issues such as corporate restructuring, corporate social responsibility, and competition policy.



Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


As business reliance on digital platforms increases, government interventions in the digital aspects of economic activity are also rapidly evolving. These interventions fundamentally alter business opportunities and responsibilities. This module will develop your understanding of actual and potential future government regulation on the internet, including international differences, providing you with insights on what regulations are set up and why. Topics covered will include market power, personalised pricing, tax, privacy, news and consumer protection. These insights will provide value to managers of digital processes, strategy and marketing, through better understanding government constraints, and improved ability to design their companies' digital strategies in response.




In this module, you will study the advanced investment management theories, models and techniques that have been developed and used in research and by the financial industry. The module is structured in two parts. In the first part, you will deal with investment management practices. You will learn how wealth can be allocated optimally across various types of assets in order to meet different investor objectives. Emphasis will be placed on mainstream objective approaches, which assume market efficiency, as well as on possible extensions (e.g. incorporating investor's views). However, we shall also discuss arguments and evidence related to criticism of these approaches. Assets analysed will include basic traded stock and debt securities along with more complex asset classes (e.g. futures, options). In the second part of the module, you will discuss issues related to risk management. You will study the evolution of risk management and discover the lessons learned from the global financial crisis. Emphasis will be placed on the main types of financial risks which impact portfolio performance locally (e.g. market risk, credit risk) and globally (e.g. foreign exchange risk). The material taught will be aligned closely to the curriculum of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program and the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).




Studying on this module means you will capture key facets of current thinking and explore the main issues of management accounting research and practice. You develop and embed your knowledge of established management accounting by studying topics such as budgeting, performance management and strategic cost management, and present day management thought. Other topics include newly emerging concerns in management accounting, including network relations, environmental management accounting, and digitization. You will explore and discuss the basic premises, complemented by insights from modern day practice, research and thought.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Accounting, Finance, Business, Economics, Management or a degree in a quantitative subject (such as Science or Engineering). NB: There is a numerical content in a range of modules on the course, students need a competent level of numeracy to complete the course.
  • Degree Classification 2:1 or above or the international equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 42 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests


INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected master's degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in Business

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering online Pre-sessional courses from June to September 2020. Further details can be found on the INTO UEA Online Pre-Sessional English webpage.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £10,500 (full time)
  • International Students: £18,500 (full time)


Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.


Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Funding for postgraduate study is also available both from the university and from a number of external schemes.

Find out more about scholarships, funding and bursaries.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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