MSc in Finance and Accounting


Program Description

If you are going to succeed in finance, accountancy or other management disciplines, this MSc at Sheffield University Management School will give you a competitive edge.

You will learn how to interpret accounting reports and the key skills essential for financial competence – critical if you are to excel in any field of business. Whatever career you choose to pursue, these skills will equip you for the future: entrepreneurs need financial insight to evaluate opportunities effectively and deal with banks and for a successful career in either an SME or multi-national, you will need to ground your decisions within a sound financial framework.

The techniques you acquire on our MSc in Finance and Accounting will give you a set of practical skills, as well as the academic know-how.

Working as a team is a vital skill in modern professional services, so group tasks and assessments are an essential part of the course. Alongside this, we believe that self-reliance is key: our academics, professional services and careers staff work with you to ensure the School’s graduates leave with the skills you need to function independently at a professional level.

The Course

Our MSc in Finance and Accounting is taught full-time over two semesters followed by a dissertation, through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning and web-based discussion groups. Students are assessed through individual assignments, group projects, examinations and a management project.

The course begins in September and lasts over a full 12 months. Students who successfully complete the first semester but do not proceed receive the PG Certificate. Those who pass both semesters’ modules but do not complete the management project receive the Diploma.


Core modules:

  • Quantitative Methods for Finance and Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Research Methods for Finance and Accounting
  • Comparative Finance and Financial Services
  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Issues in Finance
  • International Finance
  • Risk and Uncertainty
  • Managment Accounting
  • Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis
  • Emerging Market Finance
  • Philosophical Perspective on Accounting, Financial Management and Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Portfolio Management and Investment

The Candidate

This programme is designed to enhance graduate career prospects in a wide range of accounting and finance roles, so you will be interested in learning from a corporate perspective which reflects the real-world business environment, focusing on the applied skills and expertise sought by modern offices. You are aiming to work at a senior level in corporate finance, asset management, financial services or accounting.

You will have a 2:1 honours degree, or an approved professional qualification. For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 with 6 in each part, or equivalent.

The School

Sheffield University Management School is proud to be in the top one percent of business schools in the world thanks to a prestigious Triple Crown accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB). The School’s spectacular, architect-designed building is situated in leafy Broomhill, just 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre and 15 minutes’ drive from the Peak District, providing a very high quality of life for you.

We are research-led, dynamic and progressive. The School endeavours for every graduate to be work-ready in both theory and practice. Our world-class academics and renowned degrees and qualifications work very hard to ensure this.

A dedicated careers service is also on hand to support students and put you in touch with organisations. The employability hub acts as a key interface between management students and the external world. It is a dedicated service to help you to access employability support, skills development and opportunities in the following areas; postgraduate projects, internships, postgraduate international summer schools, professional body associations and jobs.

The school’s spectacular, custom-designed building is situated close to the city centre and a short drive from the Peak District, offering you a high quality of life.


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Last updated Aug 2018

About the School

The University of Sheffield is a truly international environment with nearly 25,000 students from 117 countries. With a history stretching back to 1879, it is one of the UK’s leading universities and, ... Read More

The University of Sheffield is a truly international environment with nearly 25,000 students from 117 countries. With a history stretching back to 1879, it is one of the UK’s leading universities and, as part of the Russell Group, is renowned for its research and teaching excellence. Read less