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Finance and Accounting MSc

Course code

N400PFINACC

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

1 year full-time

16 months full-time with placement

2 years full-time with placement

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £10,140

International £16,850

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

The Brunel Finance and Accounting MSc gives graduates interested in pursuing careers in financial management or accountancy the opportunity to develop their knowledge of accounting and finance to international levels.

Along with sharpening your quantitative and problem-solving skills, you’ll study the theory of finance, corporate governance, valuation, international accounting standards, risk assessment and financial statement analysis.

Importantly, you’ll develop your ability to interpret complex financial and numerical data and to critically evaluate and deliver mid- and long-term strategic solutions. 

Throughout the course you’ll have access to a variety of professional databases used in business and finance including Datastream, Bloomberg, Bank Scope, Osiris, Reuters 3000 Xtra and Thomson One Banker.

You can choose to study one year full-time, two years full-time with a year's work placement* or 16 months full-time with a 6-12 week work placement.

This programme is accredited by ACCA and CIMA.

With growing globalisation and the convergence of international accounting practices, the demand for job candidates with the advanced, specialised skills needed to keep ahead of changing regulation is on the rise. Your Brunel MSc will pave the way for careers across the financial sector.

ACCACIMA accredited course

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Course content

Work for your finance and accounting postgraduate degree consists of compulsory and optional modules and a dissertation on a relevant topic of your choice.

Students should complete four modules per term, excluding the dissertation. All students take a one-week introductory course in mathematics and statistics.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 16 months full-time with placement or 2 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

This course has a professional practice option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

Our aim is to teach you ‘employable knowledge’, which can be applied to real-world situations giving you the skills you need to find the right role after you graduate. Therefore, you’ll be well prepared for work, especially if you undertake a work placement. Securing economics and finance degree jobs is highly competitive so we’ll support you to gain a strong foundation in the skills employers are looking for.  We offer opportunities within the Department of Economics and Finance as well as through the University’s Professional Development Centre (PDC) to help you build skills and experience. 

With the knowledge and expertise you'll gain on the course, you'll be well equipped to pursue a career in the financial services industry. You'll find our graduates working in prestigious accountancy and financial services firms across the world, including PwC, Deloitte, EY and BDO. 

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree in economics, finance, and mathematical subjects or an equivalent qualification from overseas. All applicants will be required to have a minimum background in mathematics or statistics, accountancy, and economics or finance.
  • Applicants with a 2:2 in a business subject should demonstrate some exposure to accountancy and mathematics/statistics.
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EU and International entry requirements

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.

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.

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 through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£10,140 full-time

International

£16,850 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

Our staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work. This means that your education will be innovative, inspiring and cover the most up-to-date industry knowledge.

Your course will consist of lectures, seminars, directed independent study, workshops and oral presentations.

Dissertation research will give you the opportunity to integrate your knowledge of important themes, frameworks and research findings in finance and accounting obtained via lectures, seminars, and workshops

You’ll also have access to industry-standard data and software programmes used in research methods.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Modules are assessed by combinations of coursework, contribution to seminars, oral presentations and examinations. Students who successfully complete the taught part of the course can proceed to the dissertation stage.

Students are expected to work on their dissertation in the summer and to submit the final draft in mid-September. Students who follow the Professional Practice pathway will complete their placement during the summer and work on their dissertation afterwards, submitting in January.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.