MSc International Accounting and Financial Management

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science


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For graduates who haven’t previously specialised in management, or have studied the subject in a non-UK context, this degree enables you to integrate business, management, financial management and accounting to enhance your insight, understanding and skill set; broadening your career options within a range of business sectors.


Designed to help students function effectively within a wide range of business sectors, the MSc International Accounting and Financial Management will encorage candidates to develop a stronger financial perspective, while enhancing their general management skills and knowledge. The MSc course modules encompass international accounting and its regulation, corporate finance, managerial accounting and financial management. On completion, students will be intellectually equipped to identify, analyse and evaluate business issues and problems through the employment of appropriate financial competencies within current management thinking.

Special Features

There are a number of features that make this degree programme attractive to both prospective students, and employers looking to recruit their next generation of managers:

  • £1,000 cash prize for the best student on the MSc programme, plus opportunities for funded PhD studies in the School. 
  • MSc Business Forum supported by the UEA Alumni Fund offers the opportunity to hear guest speakers from industry share their experience and expertise.
  • Recruitment opportunities through direct interaction with businesses and access to various career services.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Our MSc International Accounting and Financial Management is recognised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). This means you will be exempt from certain papers of the ACCA examinations after successfully completing the programme.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 180 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module examines the compilation and use of accounting and financial information. It is an introductory course for students with differing prior knowledge and backgrounds. The module focuses on the use of accounting and financial information by different users of accounts. It includes (1) financial accounting and reporting to those external to the organisation; (2) management accounting and decision-making for managers within an organisation; and (3) financial management and an introduction to governance and the role of financial markets, assets and institutions. The emphasis is on critically appraising accounting and financial information, on applying financial management tools and analysis for management decision making leading to performance improvement and on developing an awareness of the broader governance context in which the information and techniques are used.




This Module provides a solid grounding in the principles of financial management and decision-making within companies. The most important topics of this module are the following: goals and governance of the corporation, stakeholders and impact on corporate objectives, functions of financial markets, role of financial intermediaries, decisions around investment appraisal, sources of finance, cost of capital, debt and payout policy, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate control.




The module is "delivered" as a "game" played in teams. The military has used such a game to teach strategy and tactics. It has been updated to the international business environment, so that one team (business) in each game emerges as the winner. Each team needs to use something of what has been learnt from all modules covered so far in the MSc course.




The aim of this module is to study the theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting especially as it relates to limited liability companies. The module entails the study of international accounting standards which have begun to dominate financial reporting networks throughout the world. The module includes an examination of current professional financial reporting requirements together with an introduction to the concept of theory, and competing theories, in financial accounting.




This module is designed to give students a solid set of personal skills and management skills (skilful practice) recognised as important for securing meaningful employment in the global marketplace appropriate to the Masters level of qualification. The format of the module will be of workshops, and the underlying pedagogic approach will be of experiential learning and action research.




This module is concerned with the design and functioning of accounting information for decision making, control and performance management in various organisations from a theoretical, applied and strategic context. It aims to encourage students to: (1) appreciate the contribution and value of management accountants and their various inputs into the strategic planning process, (2) interpret and evaluate financial and non-financial management accounting information and to be able to comprehend the managerial implications arising, (3) understand the difficulties, limitations and problems associated with using management accounting information, and (4) be able to apply management accounting techniques in a manner that is transferable into employment (work situations).




The module provides an overview of how to manage the people in the organisation. It will raise awareness of the dynamics involved at work and how effective management of employees can lead to improved organisational performance. It focuses on the area of human behaviour in the workplace, covering both the individual and how individuals interact at work. In addition, the module provides an overview of how the Human Resource Department supports managers and the organisation in managing their workforce.




The aim of this module is to develop a solid understanding of modern finance theory and practice with an emphasis on critical issues in financial markets and investments. It will also equip students with the state-of-the art tools, methodologies and ideas needed in analysing key accounting and financial data in order to support investment decisions.




We live or die by the decisions of the market. If we are good we thrive, if not#.well, we don't want to go there. The two connected disciplines that we use to determine our fate are strategy and marketing. Strategy for it is about creating the future and managing our future development and marketing for whatever we do it must be grounded in the reality of our chosen markets. Further is it not the best products or services that usually win, but it is the best marketed products or services. Drawing on theories, models, case studies and experience this module develops strategists and marketeers to lead firms in their future development.




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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Any subject except Business (unless studied in a non-UK context)
  • Degree Classification Good 2.2 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first degree from a recognised higher education institution in the UK or overseas in disciplines other than business or management. Applicants from overseas may hold a non-UK degree in any discipline.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

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 with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 with a minimum of 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 masters 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 2017/18

  • Home/EU students: £9,400
  • Overseas students: £15,600

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

Living Expenses

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

Scholarships and Funding

Scholarships may be offered to Home/EU and Overseas 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 & to be kept up to date with news & 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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