Accounting data and analysis lies at the very heart of good management. It provides vital information for investors and other external parties, and brings clarity to major decision-making in business management. If you have a business-related degree and want to develop your understanding of accounting and management in a business context, our Accounting and Business Management MSc is for you.
This integrated programme will develop your theoretical knowledge and your practical skills, giving you a robust foundation of knowledge to build upon. You will acquire technical accounting skills, understand the ins and outs of financial reporting, and learn about quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Understanding the role of stakeholders and the influence of regulatory frameworks on accounting and management, both domestically and internationally will give you the edge in the global market.
The course is ideal for those looking for a qualification that will support them in managing their own business, getting ahead in the corporate world, or as a foundation for further education in the field.
The Accounting and Business Management MSc is accredited by ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and AIA providing you with a range of exemptions that stop you from having to study the same topics that you've already been taught. Find out more on our accreditations and exemptions page.
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The Accounting and Business Management MSc consists of compulsory modules that create a firm foundation of knowledge in the principal subjects. Optional modules allow for further exploration in related areas such as entrepreneurship, international business, and CSR.
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
Current Issues in Accounting: Studying the main theories and methods used in accounting research so as to be able to think critically, and effectively convey complex ideas or arguments.
Financial Accounting: Introducing you to bookkeeping, the accounting principles and regulations that guide financial accounting and reporting, and the preparation of financial statements.
Financial Reporting: Preparation of financial statements for group entities and the use of analytical techniques to interpret financial statements.
International Management: Examining the trends that impact international business. Focus on international management challenges in and the effects of globalisation on particular countries and regions. Analytical tools, techniques and models of negotiation, communication, and conflict resolution in international contexts. HR in international organisations.
Management Accounting: Introduction to the principles and techniques that are used in the fields of cost and management accounting to address practical business problems.
Understanding Business and Management Research: Quantitative and qualitative methods in management research. Understanding research reports and utilising this information to improve quality of work and decision-making in complex management problems.
Dissertation: Researching and writing a 12,000 word dissertation is an integral part of the course. Your dissertation should focus upon empirical research into a management problem or issue of your choice to be agreed with your tutor, who will support you in your research. The dissertation must be submitted by the end of the academic year.
Business Performance Management: Theoretical and practical knowledge of the more specialised decision-making techniques that are used in cost and management accounting.
Business Planning: Studying the development of the business plan. Examines different business models, their underlying strategies, and the decision-making process through a variety of case studies.
Entrepreneurship: Studying the nature of entrepreneurship and its importance in society. Analysis and understanding of the psychological and behavioural characteristics of the entrepreneur. Overview of the major theories in the field (psychological theory and cognitive theory) as well as the main approaches to entrepreneurship.
International Business Strategy: Using strategy and structure in key business operations to compete and succeed. Issues related to foreign expansion will also be explored.
Global Diversity Management: Training and development activities for diverse workforces with different socio-economic backgrounds, interests, beliefs, value systems.
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance: Addressing dual business models of shareholder and stakeholder approaches. Considering the broader societal impacts of business activities from the perspectives of moral philosophy, CSR, sustainability and corporate governance.
Strategic Management: Development and implementation of strategies and policies, and their implications. Developing skills of critical thinking, logical analysis, argument and judgement via the use of case study and other materials exemplar readings and other information sources.
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Entry criteria 2018/19
- A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a related or non–related subject. Evidence of numeracy skills will be required e.g. GCSE Grade B in Maths. Alternatively the Admissions Tutor will review numeracy based modules within a degree on an individual basis.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
The pre-master's course has been designed to prepare international students who have not qualified for direct entry to Brunel University London's Master's degrees. Undertaking a pre-master's course will give you time to adjust to the rigorous research and independent study requirements of a postgraduate degree. This will ensure you get the most out of your master's studies at Brunel University London and go on to achieve graduation in your chosen field. See details.
Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning methods typically comprise of weekly lectures and workshops with the use of PowerPoint slides and other audio-visual teaching aids. The Talis online portal provides access to the module guides, teaching and learning materials, and other resources. Small study groups and individual or group presentation provide opportunity for debate and formative feedback.
Academics who teach on this course are part of the Accounting and Auditing Research Group (AARG) which is directed by Dr Jill Collis, who is also Director of the MSc Accounting and Business Management programme. Jill has developed a critical mass of research on the effects of accounting and auditing regulations on small and micro-entities, which has twice formed part of the UK government's regulatory impact assessment. It has also been used as the model for surveys in other EU Member States and contributes to the 'think small first’ approach to accounting regulation in Europe.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
Your dissertation is a self-directed activity guided by a supervisor and assessed with a project report. Most of the accounting modules are assessed solely by examination, as this is a requirement for potential exemption from the professional examinations. Other modules are assessed by coursework and examination.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2018/19 entry
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
Funding opportunities available to postgraduate students
Amongst other discounts and scholarships, Brunel University London is offering Academic Excellence Scholarships to postgraduate students (15%) and scholarships for Brunel Alumni (15%).
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).