MSc in International Accounting and Finance

London South Bank University

Program Description

MSc in International Accounting and Finance

London South Bank University

Accounting and Finance professionals have central roles in all types and sizes of organizations whether in the UK or abroad. This programme is likely to be of interest to current or intending finance or accounting professionals wishing to gain an academic qualification in both domestic and international financial operations.

The course offers a specialist pathway in accounting (linked to the ACCA Fundamentals papers), but also provides you with the opportunity to select modules in the areas of finance and strategy. This programme focuses on accounting and finance matters within an international context, addressing current challenges and issues faced by businesses and companies around the world.

You'll be provided with analytical and business-led tools that combine academic study with a pragmatic and well-structured finance content for decision making (including the use of databases such as Bloomberg and Thompson One-Banker). The course also includes training in specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).

You'll take part in a residential weekend, exchanging experiences and discussing current events and specific problems affecting the accountancy and finance fields, with academics and a visiting practitioner.

You'll benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities including "Academic skills for Finance, Accounting and Governance" and Research Techniques, a range of Bloomberg Aptitude Tests, specialist visitor speakers, and expert symposiums and conferences.

There may be a possibility to undertake an optional work placement to enhance your employability skills and professional experience (subject to validation).

ACCA and CIMA exemptions

ACCA exemptions

On completion of the course, you will be on a fast track to becoming ACCA qualified, and exempt from the following ACCA modules:

F1 - Accountant in Business

F2 - Management Accounting

F3 - Financial Accounting

F4 - Corporate and Business Law

With the completion of these specific LSBU modules, you will get the following further ACCA module exemptions:

LSBU module ACCA module exemption
Management Accounting (BAF-7-MAC) F5 - Performance Management
Financial Reporting (BAF-7-FRE) F7 - Financial Reporting
Audit Risk (BAF-7-AUR) F8 - Audit and Assurance
Corporate Financial Management (BAF-7-CFM) F9 - Financial Management

CIMA exemptions

On completion of the course, you will be eligible for the Master’s gateway route. The Master’s gateway route is an accelerated entry route to the CIMA Professional Qualification and the individuals are required to take the CIMA Gateway Exam and get all 11 exemptions from certificate, operational and management level exams after successfully passing the CIMA Gateway Exam.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Part-time 30 months January; September Southwark Campus
Full-time (with internship) 19 months January; September Southwark Campus
Full-time 15 months January; September Southwark Campus


All modules are assessed by a mix of coursework, individual and group presentations and written exams. A typically taught module involves a total of 200 study hours (52 contact hours and 148 group and private study hours). The use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker are embedded within modules.

Semester 1

  • Financial Reporting
  • Theories & Issues in Accounting and Finance

Optional modules

  • Business Analysis
  • Empirical finance
  • International financial markets
  • Management Accounting

Semester 2

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Research Design & Methods

Optional modules

  • Audit Risk
  • Governance, Risk & Ethics
  • Institutional Fund Management
  • International Banking
  • Derivatives and Risk Management

Strategic Modules

  • Placement
  • Applied Dissertation
  • Dissertation


Graduates who possess a combination of an LSBU Masters degree and a professional accounting qualification are likely to be highly employable in senior positions in accounting and finance, not only in the UK but throughout the world. Excellent career opportunities exist in accounting and finance. Recent graduates have secured positions in accounting firms, industry, banking, finance, and commerce.

Past employability skills events held by the Department include:

"My Employability event"

  • My dream job
  • Preparing CVs and cover letters
  • Using databases to research the company
  • IT qualifications for your CV
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Managing expectations
  • Internships

ACCA and CIMA exemptions

On completing this course, you will be on a fast track to becoming ACCA qualified, and exempt from the following exams:

  • F1 - Accountant in Business
  • F2 - Management Accounting
  • F3 - Financial Accounting
  • F4 - Corporate and Business Law

With the completion of the modules:

  • F5 Performance Management, Management Accounting (BAF-7-MAC)
  • F8 Audit and Assurance, Audit Risk (BAF-7-AUR)
  • F9 Financial Management, Corporate Financial Management (BAF-7-CFM)

CIMA Exemptions:

Graduates are eligible for the master’s gateway route or direct entry to the operational level objective tests


  • BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance, and Business Law

Academic progression

This masters degree also prepares you for research and further study in this area which can lead to a Ph.D. qualification.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


In addition to academic rigor, the Masters is highly oriented to support your professional development.

There may be a possibility of an optional placement in a relevant business area to enable you to enhance your employability skills and apply accounting and finance theory to contemporary business practices.

If you take part in a placement, the dissertation may be linked to your placement experience. A placement is not currently offered in the part-time mode.


Specialist industry software prepares our students with the digital skills that employers' value. Students on our programmes have access to Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, NVivo, and SPSS.

Teaching and learning

Lectures cover concepts which underpin and facilitate informed participative approaches to learning. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student-led discussion facilitate more active modes of learning. You'll also benefit from excellent learning materials and small class sizes and receive training in the use of Bloomberg and Thomson-One Banker, and specialist software (SPSS and N-Vivo).

Assessment is by written coursework and exams. Lecturers offer a rich profile of academic and professional qualifications backed by professional teaching and/or research experience. An academic is appointed as your Dissertation/Business Project Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation/report.

Entry requirements

  • A 2.1 degree in any subject from the UK or Bachelors degree equivalent to a UK Second Class Upper Division; or
  • A 2.2 honors degree in a relevant subject area; or
  • Other qualifications plus demonstrably relevant business experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Accreditation of Prior Learning:

Required English language skills to undertake this programme IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) 6.5 or equivalent.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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15 - 30 months
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8,700 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £8700; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £3866.67; International fee: £5833.33
United Kingdom - London, England
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