MSc Accounting and Finance


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Designed for students who already have a first degree in accounting, finance, business and economics, or in a quantitative subject such as science or engineering, this course provides the advanced level of study required to launch a successful career in the corporate sector. You will also be equipped with the research skills to consider academic options such as PhD level study.


Giving you a sound grounding in the key theories and practices of international and management accounting, investments, and corporate finance and governance, the MSc Accounting and Finance is the ideal next step for anyone seeking a career in the business and public sectors as a financial accountant, management accountant, auditor, fund manager, financial manager or financial analyst.

Teaching is supported by practical case studies, seminars and computer labs, providing invaluable insight into the latest qualitative, and quantitative tools used by accounting and financial practitioners today.

Research Focused

Furthering your own skills in this field, you will be able to draw from the latest developments in academic research, with the opportunity to attend research seminars from international academic experts.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits


The module examines the business research process from start to finish, offers an understanding of how the boundaries of business management knowledge are advanced through research and aims to provide students the necessary training to pursue their MSc Dissertation. Dealing with business research questions, research design and data interpretation, both systematically and creatively, is the module's core aim. The module is presented in the form of lectures and workshops based on student-led group presentations. Lectures will provide students with a variety of approaches and tools for developing their own research, whilst workshops will reinforce learning through critical evaluation of key management studies and a 'live demonstration' of originality and self-direction in tackling research questions. Further, the module affords the opportunity for MSc students to understand how established techniques of research are used to create knowledge in the discipline. Students will engage in basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis during classes to enhance their understanding of the research process. The module intends to support students in their summer dissertation work with their research active supervisors towards conducting an independent research project.







This module aims to develop a 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 covered will include Corporate Investment Policy, Financing of Corporations, Payout Policy, MandAs, Valuation. This module is taken in conjunction with NBS-7051A.




The aim of this module is to study the comparative and international aspects of financial accounting and reporting which is becoming of greater importance with the increase of globalisation. Key elements of the module concern: identifying differences in financial accounting and reporting between countries, and the increasing trend towards greater harmonisation and standardisation; examining the financial reporting practices of listed groups, and the financial reporting of individual companies and in countries; and, considering various topical and/or controversial issues and developments in financial accounting and reporting. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSC STUDENTS.




This module deals with 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. The first part deals 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, swaps). The second part of the module discusses issues related 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, liquidity 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). THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO NBS MSC STUDENTS.







This module provides the knowledge required to understand issues in the business environment. Understanding the concept and framework of regulatory policy, both within each region and country, and as applied to individual sectors and industries, is crucial to gain maximum benefit for companies and other organisations (including those in the public and voluntary sector) and their stakeholders, and to avoid inadvertently violating legal requirements (which might involve criminal sanctions, including imprisonment). Exploring corporate governance developments in different countries will enable students 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 and organisations. Corporate governance in a variety of different countries is then examined in detail together with topical issues including directors' remuneration, board diversity, and succession planning. This module is taken in conjunction with NBS-7050A.




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 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 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

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees for 2018/19

Tuition fees for the academic year 2018/19 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £9,750
  • International Students: £16,500

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

International applicants from outside the EU may need to pay a deposit.

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

Living Expenses

Approximately £9,600 living expenses will be needed to adequately support yourself.

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.

You can apply online.

Further Information

To request further information and to be kept up to date with news and events please use our online enquiry form.

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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