MSc in International Accounting and Finance


Program Description


The aim of this programme is to enhance the research and employment potential of students who seek to specialise in international accounting and finance. It is particularly suitable for those wishing to develop an academic career in research. It is also suitable for those in pursuit of a professional career in this area, or for those already established in such a career who wish to extend their skills and familiarity with the latest themes of research in the areas of international accounting and finance.

The core of the programme is the stream on International Accounting, which consists of three courses taken over semesters 1 and 2. These classes seek to provide an international perspective on the study of accounting so that students can develop an understanding of the reasons for national differences, the tendencies towards harmonisation and the problems of multinational companies. This is done within the context of supporting classes in accounting theory and research methodology.

Course content

Students take six core courses and two additional courses from a list of options, as shown below. Satisfactory completion of these courses will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

Students will study the following themes:

  • International Accounting Standards
  • Financial Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • International Accounting Theory
  • International Managerial Accounting
  • Research Methods
  • Research in Finance
  • Emerging Financial Markets
  • Islamic Accounting and Reporting

Research project

In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the Master's qualification undertake a research project and dissertation.


  • Suitable for those who seek to develop an academic career in research or proceed to PhD studies.
  • Suitable for those who wish to extend their skillset and sharpen their understanding of international accounting and finance.
  • Accountants who wish to develop a career in the financial services sector as a financial analyst.
  • Graduate career prospects also include managerial positions within multinational companies, financial institutions, banks, government and public sector institutions, business consultancies and other business services.
  • Graduates can go on to train as professional accountants.

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one-year full-time study in English will be required.

Application deadline

Our Dubai Campus operates a rolling year-round admissions process: as soon as one intake has closed we begin accepting applications for the next one. It is also possible for you to defer your start date for up to a year.

Most students apply 6–10 months in advance of their chosen intake. We can accept applications up until 3 weeks before the start of each intake but you should note that a late application will almost certainly mean a delay in the provision of essential administrative services, such as your student matriculation card (without which you won't be able to access the library or online services).

Last updated Sep 2019

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Pioneering British education in Dubai, with highly acclaimed degree programmes that meet the specific demands of local business and industry.

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