MSc in Accounting and Finance

University of Derby College of Business

Program Description

MSc in Accounting and Finance

University of Derby College of Business

This MSc Accounting and Finance prepares you to be operationally and strategically effective in senior finance roles in any sector, anywhere in the world.

Enhance your career prospects

We deliver thorough and inspirational training. You’ll extend your practical skills in the core areas of finance and accounting, gain a strong theoretical framework of knowledge and develop important research and analytical abilities.

The MSc offers a dual approach to learning which will help you create a CV of real interest and substance. You can start working towards your ACCA professional level papers in parallel to studying for your master's qualification, with comprehensive support and guidance from your personal tutor throughout. We even run revision classes for the ACCA papers if you decide to pursue this route.

When you’ve completed the course, you’ll be fully equipped to advance your career within an increasingly complex and global business environment.

Making it real

We link the academic content of the course to real-life business scenarios throughout. Via challenging consultancy projects, you’ll work with employers and leading professionals who will share their experiences with you and bring you up to date with latest developments in finance and accounting.

They deliver guest lectures, offer professional mentoring, give their input to assessments, and provide live case studies to bring a new dimension to your learning.

Many employers also offer our students short-term or medium-term finance-related internships, either on a paid or voluntary basis. The list of opportunities is broad. You could, for instance, make a difference to a local community organisation: our students have enjoyed internships with Derby Museum and the Citizens Advice and Law Centre in Derby.

Be inspired by our expertise

You’ll be taught by a dedicated team of professionally qualified (CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA and ICAEW) accountants who have many years of teaching, learning and assessment experience in higher education and professional accountancy programmes.

Among them are staff who have also taught on ACCA and CIMA courses so are ideally placed to help you prepare for your external professional papers. They also include active researchers whose work underpins and enriches the course.

Build your networks

The College of Business is proud of its role at the heart of the regional business community. We provide you with an academic experience that connects you to this business world, improving your networking skills and building your professional contacts.

Our MSc Accounting and Finance students have taken part in our Geldards Debate Series and our Network of Entrepreneurs events, and have attended talks by inspirational senior figures such as Sam Rush, CEO of Derby County Football Club. All these opportunities give you a broader picture of business in action.

A dynamic learning experience

Class sizes are small so you’ll enjoy plenty of guidance in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere. Because the MSc attracts students from across the world, you’ll also be able to deepen your knowledge of accounting and finance in other countries and the cultural implications of the business practice.

An exciting new addition to our facilities is the Bloomberg Trading Room where you can gain hands-on experience of trade floor activities and financial market analysis. It gives you the chance to work with data directly from the stock exchange to simulate what it’s like to work in such a fast-paced arena.

We encourage you to take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and these can lead to an additional award to show employers the breadth of your experience. Our special Futures Award for the Finance Professional enables you to build a portfolio showing what you have achieved above and beyond your studies – from networking to volunteering, from taking part in competitions to attending leadership workshops.

It’s all about demonstrating your ambition, confidence, independent thinking and professional behaviour to help you secure your ideal job and achieve greater success in your career.

Entry requirements

For the MSc you will usually need:

  • A good honours degree with an accounting background
  • If English is not your first language, you will also need IELTS 6.5

To take advantage of the dual learning offered by the MSc programme, you will need:

  • A good honours degree in Accounting which provides exemptions from the first 9 ACCA papers or to have passed ACCA F1-F9.
  • To be registered with ACCA - this will be your own responsibility.

How you'll be assessed

The MSc Accounting and Finance uses a range of assessment methods including case study evaluation, time-constrained assignments, reflective writing, research-based papers, presentations and group work.

We have also introduced assessments that will enhance your digital literacy capabilities, such as reporting via video and presenting data using infographics.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9 am and 9 pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.

Careers and employability

There is always a demand for professional accountants and the MSc Accounting and Finance will equip you to embark on a new career – or advance your existing career – in many diverse roles and sectors, anywhere in the world.

Our graduates have taken up accounting and finance careers in both public and private sector businesses, ranging from local practices to multinational accounting firms.

Among their career destinations are senior roles with PwC, HMRC, the NHS, Baker Tilly International, epm: technology group, Ashgates Accountants and Business Advisors, Bates Weston and Prime Chartered Accountants.

Our strong links with the business community have opened doors to many exciting job opportunities. Over the last two years, Rolls-Royce has recruited our graduates into their finance department on six-month contracts which have subsequently become permanent jobs.

The MSc is fully focused on helping you to realise your career ambitions. We run a series of ‘professional development’ hours that you are invited to attend to nurture your broader employability skills and help you chart your future direction.

Special sessions are devised to fill any skills gaps which students themselves identify. We have, for instance, responded to requests for extra tuition in the use of Excel. You will also strengthen your CV through the extra-curricular activities undertaken as part of the Futures Award.

Professional accounting bodies such as ACCA and CIMA visit the University to showcase the different career routes that students can explore. Our alumni often attend these sessions too, sharing their own career experiences and often highlighting current vacancies within their own organisations.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 30, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time