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MSc Accounting and Finance

Work with leading academics to develop your financial skills and kick-start your career

Year of entry: 2024 (September)


1 year full-time

Start date

September 2024 (semester dates)

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This course provides a foundation for building a career in accounting and finance.

Accounting and Finance (MSc) is part of our suite of uniquely multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary finance Masters programmes. They bring together expertise from the School for Business and Society, the Department of Mathematics, and the Department of Economics and Related Studies.

Discover our refocused syllabus introducing contemporary tools, methods and approaches to tackle applied, professional and academic challenges in accounting and finance.

We're committed to developing the knowledge and experience which make you attractive to employers. You'll develop advanced skills to begin or progress your career in finance. Our focus on the role of accounting and finance in management gives you the opportunity to develop your managerial skills too.

Accounting and Finance (MSc) is suitable for students aiming for a career as an equity or corporate bond analyst, as well as those wishing to develop an accounting career.

Learn more about the study of finance at York.


This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

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Alongside your formal classes, we arrange an extensive programme of guest speakers. Visitors from large multinational companies, small businesses and public sector organisations lead discussions on issues linked to their own businesses or past experiences.

Dedicated facilities

The Church Lane Building features modern teaching rooms, a café, and spaces for group work and socialising.

Committed to equality

The School for Business and Society has received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, recognising our continued commitment to gender equality.

Course content

You'll study a range of core modules, consolidating your existing knowledge and introducing you to new concepts and techniques. You'll focus on the roles of accounting and finance, gaining the skills needed to address accounting and finance - and the interdependencies between them - in a grounded, real-word context.

You'll take a range of core and option modules that will develop your understanding of applied accounting and finance practices. You'll learn how to apply relevant mathematical and statistical methods in industry and academia, equipping you with the transferable skills for a career in finance and accounting.


Core modules

Option modules

You'll also study one option module. Examples from previous years have included:

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff, and in line with Department/School academic planning.

Research project

You can choose to focus your research on a topic that interests you. It could be a chance to explore a previous topic in greater depth, or investigate an organisational challenge in an industry close to your heart.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Display a systematic and critical understanding of the behaviour and operations of the accounting and finance functions within a non-financial organisation, the environments in which they operate, and the role they play in the wider economic system

  • Describe a range of techniques used in practice in accounting, corporate finance and asset management and demonstrate critical awareness of the potential problems and limitations of those techniques

  • Appraise and evaluate the major theories underlying the study of accounting and finance, be able to describe the assumptions and mathematics methods behind these theories and communicate clearly to academic and managerial audiences the advantages and limitations of applying these theories to specific practical contexts

  • Analyse and interpret corporate financial statements for the purposes of equity, corporate bond, and overall corporate valuation

  • Solve complex problems in accounting and finance by locating, downloading and cleaning the most appropriate financial and related data, and applying the most relevant statistical and computational techniques to these data to address the problem at hand

  • Explain how sustainable and ethical corporate behaviour can co-exist with the accounting and finance requirements of non-financial organisations, and display a critical understanding of how such a balanced management approach can be implemented

  • Produce well-reasoned written and oral communications based on analytical reasoning and supported, where necessary, by data-based evidence, and display other personal transferable skills including: the ability to work positively within a group; act inclusively within a diverse academic community; reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses; identify areas for growth in their own knowledge and practice by engaging in continuing professional development

  • Formulate an accounting and/or finance project proposal; identify the relevant academic and practitioner literature that best inform the project; identify and obtain the most appropriate data and methodologies for undertaking the project; independently carry out the project efficiently and to deadline; and effectively communicate results in a way that will persuade both expert and non-expert audiences.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2024/25

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £15,890£32,260

Students on a Student Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Fees information

UK (home) or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Find out more information about tuition fees and how to pay them.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2024/25 throughout the year.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Funding opportunities

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

The Chartered Financial Analyst Program

Turbo charge your career with the gold standard in finance credentials. Eligible students can undertake Level I of the CFA program in collaboration with Fitch Learning.

CQF Institute Membership

The CQF Institute is the fastest-growing quant finance membership organisation. Students studying on our finance suite of Masters degrees will now gain complimentary membership to the Institute.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

We use a wide range of teaching methods to suit different learning styles, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops

We'll help you develop skills of research and investigation to support your independent learning.

Teaching location

You will be based in the School for Business & Society on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in the Church Lane Building, with additional contact hours elsewhere on Campus East and Campus West.

You'll gain access to our schools' and departments' shared resources and financial databases, including:

  • Amplify Bootcamp
  • Reuters Refinitiv Workspace, including Datastream
  • Centre for Research in Security Prices (CRiSP)
  • Compustat (North America)
  • China Stock Market & Accounting Research Database (CSMAR)
  • 2iQ Global Insider Transaction Data
  • Bank Focus

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Your modules are assessed with a mixture of exams, essays, project work, tests and presentations. You'll also complete formative assignments to assist in your learning and guide you in undertaking your assignments.

Careers and skills

This course will help build your qualifications for a career in financial management or accountancy. Our graduates are developing careers in these roles worldwide. Many go on to work for one of the Big Four accounting firms: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC, and KPMG.

The skills that you will develop are in demand far beyond the financial services industry. Our alumni can be found in diverse small and medium enterprises and in public sector roles in local government, education, policing and health.

Each year, some of our students choose to continue their studies, joining the School of Business & Society doctoral programme.

Career opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Banker
  • Tax advisor
  • Audit associate
  • Investment consultant
  • Financial analyst

Transferable skills

  • Experience of software commonly used in the business environment
  • Presentation skills
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making
  • Using evidence, argument and analysis

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Undergraduate degree The typical offer is for an applicant with a 2:1 in an undergraduate degree in any subject. We would expect applicants to have studied at least one Accounting module, and one or more modules containing some statistics/maths/economics/finance/physics/engineering content.
Other qualifications and experience If you do not meet our advertised entry requirements, we may consider your application if you have a minimum of three years of relevant senior managerial-level working experience or a relevant professional qualification such as the CFA Level 1 or the ACCA
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 6.5, minimum 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components
Cambridge CEFR B2 First: 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
Oxford ELLT 7, minimum of 7 in writing and no less than 6 in all other components
Duolingo 120, minimum 120 in production and 105 in all other components
LanguageCert SELT B2 with 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert Academic 70 with a minimum of 70 in Writing and no less than 65 in all other components
KITE 459-494, with 459-494 in writing and 426-458 in all other components
Skills for English B2: Merit overall, with Merit in writing and Pass with Merit in all other components
PTE Academic 61, minimum 61 in writing and 55 in all other components
TOEFL 87, minimum 23 in writing and 21 in all other components
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.

If you haven't met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.


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