Finance and Accounting MSc / PGDip

This postgraduate course is accredited by the University of Birmingham. 

This degree is subject to approval and validation

Overview (NV)

MSc / PGDip

Course length MSc
1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Course length PGDip
1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
Course length PGCert
6 months full-time / 1 year part-time
Fees (Home/EU)
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Fees (International)
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Our Finance and Accounting course is ideal for you if you are thinking of changing career or want to further develop your skills and knowledge having previously studied a different discipline. You will gain the skills you need to be a strong decision maker in an increasingly complex global financial environment, and develop the ability to deal with accounting and finance-related challenges facing local and international organisations.

The experiential approach used in the delivery of our course encourages you to take on opportunities to engage with real-world business problems throughout your studies. Working with ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, the course is designed to ensure you are highly skilled upon graduating and enables you to apply for exemptions from professional exams.

IT expertise, software skills and entrepreneurship are essential in an increasingly competitive market. Working closely with industry and professional practitioners, you will be exposed to the latest technology and become familiar with the digital tools used in the industry. You also have the opportunity to learn within a live environment in our new state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite powered by the Infront Professional Terminal, which combines real-time global market data, news, analytics and electronic trading in one intuitive platform, putting financial markets at your fingertips. We also have an in-house resident trader who will bring your learning to life and enhance your practical skills.

Our course will also enable you to gain international entrepreneurship and finance experience, generously offered by the University, with trips to Europe or the Middle East. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work on live consultancy cases with local and international clients.

Why should I choose this course?

  • Our Financial Trading Suite will support the development of your skills in professional trading
  • You will gain international entrepreneurship and finance experience, generously offered by the University, with trips to the US, Europe or the Middle East
  • You will have the opportunity to work on live consultancy cases with local and international clients, for example, Fracino (UK), Hayward Tyler (UK), Avingtrans Plc, Nysora (Belgium), Alcaplast (Czech Republic), Disneyland Paris (France), France Volontaires (France), ADP Paris Airport (France) and PRIME (Israel)
  • Close links with employers such as NatWest, Santander and accounting firms who have also been involved in the design and delivery of the course
  • For your final project, you can research a topic that interests you and that is relevant to your intended future employment

Accreditations and Endorsements

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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Modules are delivered as a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, one-to-one tutorials, group projects and self-directed study. You are expected to participate and contribute to each session. Canvas is used as a virtual learning environment to support your study. You will also be expected to engage with independent reading and research to ensure an interactive and personalised learning experience.

Some guest lectures are delivered by professionals in various industries to validate the relevance of taught materials to real business problems. Some modules may be offered as a block format delivery to ensure that the industry expertise of our guest lecturers is effectively shared.

Assessments are a mixture of exams and coursework including presentations, case studies, online debates, assessed seminars, executive reports and numerical computations. The Bloomberg trading room is used in teaching and assessment to give you the best possible practical learning experience.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements


  • MA/MSc - A grade classification of 2:2 is required or international equivalent
  • PGDip - A grade classification of third-class is required or international equivalent
  • A subject related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution
  • Applicant should have studied in a closely-related discipline that will enable you to meet the academic rigour of the course and understand the finance and accounting modules
  • GCSE maths - Grade A*-C or 9-4, or equivalent Level 2 qualification


  • We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to UCB.
  • To apply, you must have 5 years of relevant managerial work experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing.
  • A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered.

EU/international students:

If your degree is not related and you do not have relevant managerial work experience please contact admissions, so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis before you apply.

If you have any queries, please email: 

Modules (NV)


Strategic Management Accounting Strategic Financial Management Auditing Theory and Practice Data Analysis for Management Taxation
Optional Modules (choose 1):
Risk and Strategic Enterprise Management International Financial Reporting Financial Information Systems Business Consultancy Project
  Please note
The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placements (NV)

Work placements

Opportunities are available for professional work experience (internships, voluntary work, short placements) and can be arranged through our hired@UCB service. Exposure to industry is also achieved via live module assessments, working in collaboration with our industry partners, guest lecturer sessions, site and residential trips and working in our Financial Trading Suite.

Employability (NV)


Graduating with this course will enable you to work in any organisation, covering roles such as a financial analyst, payroll outsourcer, company secretary, forensic accountant and stockbroker. 

Your degree would also be useful for the following roles:

  • Actuary
  • Business development manager
  • Data analyst
  • Economist
  • Licensed conveyancer
  • Management consultant
  • Mortgage adviser
  • Purchasing manager
  • Retail banker
  • Tax adviser
  • Financial consultant


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills. 

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, in newly refurbished facilities, the hired team comprises of specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of: 

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency 

Find out more about hired@UCB services.