Duration: 1-year full time
Start date: September 2021
Apply by: 1 August 2021 (international), 1 September 2021 (UK)
Top 10 in the UK for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)
5th in the UK for graduate prospects in Accounting and Finance (The Complete University Guide 2021)
3rd in the UK for annual research income in 2015-2019 (Chartered Association of Business Schools)
Advance your accounting and finance knowledge and prepare for a successful career in financial or professional services.
On this MSc, you study complex issues in accounting and finance and consider the wider functions of accounting in society. You learn how to demonstrate critical skills in evaluating competing approaches and will become skilled at proposing solutions. This will open up a broad range of careers, including in financial institutions, management consultancies or government bodies. The course also prepares you for PhD-level study by giving you the skills you need to continue your education to the next level.
You can also choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor the course to your interests, including ethics, entrepreneurial finance, accounting in emerging economies, money and banking.
We’re proud of our strong industry links, expert academic staff who consult for leaders in business and government, and state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. We produce leading research that impacts policy and practice.
The MSc has been awarded:
A four-paper accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
11 exemptions from CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants via the Master's Gateway, an accelerated route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the globally recognised Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation.
The University of Sussex Business School is accredited by EQUIS, the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools. Accreditation ensures rigorous quality control, benchmarking against international standards and is acknowledged worldwide.
We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
"This MSc addresses the latest issues in financial theory and practice. I gained experience in decision-making and solving complex business problems."
Saad Saud Alotaibi
Accounting and Finance MSc
You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above (including an average mark of at least 57%).
Your qualification should be in a subject which has a basic coverage of accounting and finance. Candidates with degrees in economics, business or management will also be considered on a case by case basis. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.
English language requirements
IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).
English language support
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.
Admissions information for applicants
How to apply
You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.
Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.
These modules are running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.
Institutions in the Global Financial Market
Issues in Financial Reporting
Management Accounting & Control
Research Methods for Accounting and Finance
Research Dissertation (Accounting and Finance)
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.
While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.
Accountability and Ethics
Accounting in Emerging Economies
Money and Banking
Fees and scholarships
Home students: £12,450 per year for full-time students
The Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £12,450 per year for full-time students
International students: £22,500 per year for full-time students.
If you’re a self-funded international student, you’re required to pay a tuition fee deposit.
How can I fund my course?
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
Working while you study
Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study.
You’ll gain the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in financial or professional services.
This course opens up a broad range of careers, including in financial institutions, management consulting, industry or government bodies. It also provides an appropriate grounding for those who wish to pursue PhD-level studies.
"You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to advance your career, through exposure to complex issues drawn from the fields of accounting and finance.”