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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: 2023 (September)

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2023 (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 is. 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.

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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 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.

Modules

Core modules:

  • Finance and Investment Management
  • Statistics and Mathematics for Finance
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance and Governance
  • Financial Statement Analysis

Option modules

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

  • Advanced Financial and Management Accounting
  • Ethics and Sustainability Reporting
  • Corporate Risk Management

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.

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.

Research project

  • Independent 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

  • Derive major theorems that are applied in accounting and finance, be able to describe the assumptions and mathematics methods behind the proofs of these theorems, and communicate clearly to academic and managerial audiences the advantages and limitations of applying these theorems in specific practical contexts, also bringing behavioural finance insights into account

  • 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 2023/24

Study modeUK (home)International and EU
Full-time (1 year) £14,990£29,950

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 2023/24 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

We offer a number of subject-specific funding opportunities 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.

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 2:1 in an undergraduate degree which includes a substantial number of modules in Accounting. We also expect the undergraduate degree to contain modules in a quantitative element, to be passed with good grades. Such quantitative subjects would include: economics, mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics).
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 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 120, minimum 120 in production and 105 in all other components
LanguageCert SELT B2 with 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert IESOL B2 Communicator: Pass with 33/50 in each component
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 students are open throughout the year.

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