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MSc Accounting and Financial Management

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

Year of entry: 2021 (September)

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2021 (term dates)

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This course gives you access to leading figures in the fields of accounting, finance and management.

You'll study alongside academic staff with an international reputation for research. You'll build on your existing knowledge, and receive rigorous training in advanced theories of modern 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.

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Masterclasses

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.

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 role of accounting and finance in organisational management and gain a thorough grounding in accounting, finance, financial management, financial reporting, financial markets, investment and risk.

A choice of option modules in the Spring Term gives you the chance to explore an area of management or accounting in greater depth. From the Summer Term you'll focus your efforts on a 10,000-word dissertation or 8,000-word project.

Modules

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one of the following options:

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Dissertation

In the Summer Term you can choose to undertake either a Dissertation (50 credits) or a Project in Management Studies (50 credits).

Dissertation

The dissertation requires you to initiate, design, and implement a substantial research project. You'll have three to four months to complete a 10,000-word dissertation based on your original research. 

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. Recent titles include:

  • Exploring Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in the Nordic Furniture Industry through Content Analysis
  • Exploratory analysis of effects of bank regulations on bank risk and return during and after the financial crisis
  • Study of risk reporting in UK top five food and drug retail companies with content analysis
  • Why Chinese Students Study Accounting in UK and US Universities and the Relevance of Degree to Profession

You'll work under the guidance of a personal supervisor with expertise in the subject you're studying. They'll help you develop your research project, including identifying theories and methods to investigate and analyse your topic.

Project in Management Studies

This individual study module gives you the opportunity to showcase the summation of your learning throughout the year in an 8,000-word project. You'll focus on the development of professional skills and attributes through a combination of group and individual research, combining the management frameworks and theories that you have learned in earlier modules with the analysis of secondary data learned in the Research Methods module.

You'll use these research skills to develop actionable managerial implications, carrying out practice based research into your area of study. This replicates an activity that you might be expected to undertake in business practice.

In the first section, you'll focus on developing your group work skills. For the second section of independent research, you'll select concepts to focus on and combine them with appropriate methods of data analysis. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your reflexive practice and self-awareness, vital for your development as a practitioner in the international business environment.

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:

  • Analyse complex local and global business scenarios and contexts by assessing pertinent economic factors, applying advanced knowledge of contemporary accounting and financial theory and taking into account relevant ethical considerations.
  • Access and generate valid accounting and financial data by devising and applying appropriate investigative methods from a range of research paradigms.
  • Take the initiative and responsibility for planning and implementing creative solutions to identified accounting and finance management problems.
  • Inform robust business decision-making by communicating complex financial and non-financial information in a clear and accessible manner to professional audiences.
  • Independently produce focused research into significant accounting and financial management issues by deploying research tools, analysing the resulting data and synthesising the results into a detailed critical analysis.
  • Maintain high professional standards and expertise by critically reflecting on practice, experience and current research.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2021/22

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £10,960£25,240

Students on a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 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 2021/22 throughout the year.

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

We offer a number of departmental scholarships for home and overseas students.

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.

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.

Coronavirus (Covid-19): changes to courses

We've made some changes to the way our courses are delivered to minimise potential disruption from the ongoing global pandemic.

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'll be based in the York Management School on Campus East. Almost all of your teaching will take place in the Law and Management Building, or nearby on Campus East.

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 and presentations. You'll also complete formative assignments including presentations and literature reviews. You'll receive feedback on all the work you submit, helping you to understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.

Your final assessment is a 12,000-word dissertation, which makes up a third of your overall grade.

Careers and skills

This course will help build your qualifications for a career in financial management or accountancy. Our graduates are developing careers in management roles worldwide. Many go on to work for one of the 'big four': 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 York Management School doctoral programme.

Career opportunities

  • Accountancy and audit
  • Computing
  • Education
  • Finance and banking
  • Investment consultancy
  • Politics
  • Retail

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 2:1 or equivalent qualification in Finance or Accounting, or a degree with a significant proportion of Accounting/Finance elements. We will also accept 2:2 supported by relevant professional qualifications or at least one year of relevant work experience
International pre-masters programme Pre-masters from our International Pathway College
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 6.5, minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components
Duolingo 110, minimum 110 in production and 100 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've not 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.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

International applicants

Due to competition for places and to ensure we can assess all candidates fairly, this course runs multiple recruitment rounds for international students. 

Applications for UK and EU students are open throughout the year.

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