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£100k invested in our financial trading suite, exposing you to sector-leading facilities

11 exemptions from professional exams

Are you fascinated by today’s complex global financial environment? Thinking of changing career, or just want to develop your skills and knowledge for the finance sector? Our Finance and Accounting postgraduate course will help mould you into a strong decision maker, able to deal with the accounting and finance-related challenges facing local and international organisations in the modern world.

Our Finance and Accounting course encourages you to engage with real-world business problems throughout your studies. Working closely with professional practitioners, you will be exposed to the latest technology and become familiar with the essential digital tools used in the industry. You will also have the opportunity to learn within a live environment in our state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite, one of the biggest among all UK universities and the first to be powered by Infront Professional Terminal.

Working with the likes of ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, this course is designed to ensure you are highly skilled upon graduation and enables you to apply for exemptions from professional exams. Our master's in accounting in finance is accredited by CIMA and includes 11 exemptions from the CIMA qualification, while you will also be able to apply for the CIMA Gateway examination.

Why should I choose this course?

  • EXCELLENT FACILITIES – Our brand new Financial Trading Suite supports the develop of your skills in professional trading
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Put your skills into practice working on live client cases with local and international businesses
  • IN-DEPTH RESEARCH – Study a topic that interests you and is relevant to your career ambitions for your final research project
  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – We have close links with industry employers while completing our course will allow you to apply for a range of exemptions from professional exams, including 11 CIMA exemptions

Our facilities

Students on our accounting and finance courses at University College Birmingham enjoy a wealth of practical learning opportunities in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite on campus, while we also provide a range of support services for student entrepreneurs through our Enterprise Hive.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

Corporate Finance for Managers

This module introduces the main techniques used by the financial management team of an organisation to maximise profitability, growth and the value of the organisation. Learners will study the methods of investment project appraisals (NPV and IRR), working capital management and how such companies choose different financing options in order to increase the wealth of the shareholders. You will appreciate the way capital structure is formed within the firm and how it may affect the cost of capital, dividend policy and the value of an organisation.

Data Analysis for Management

This module uniquely combines business statistics with financial modelling techniques. As the world becomes ever more data-driven, analytical skills are in high demand but very short supply. Data Analysis for Management equips you with the analytical skills to meet the current and future needs of any industry by using data for gaining business insights, predicting future trends and decision-making. Aside from providing theoretical knowledge and practical skills to understand, interpret and communicate data, this module also offers a hands-on, scenario-focused and practical approach to learning financial modelling. The module will allow you to develop your beginner-to-intermediate knowledge of spreadsheet modelling to a more advanced level. Learners will at the end of the course be able to build a relational data source, integrate data from multiple tables and transform them into meaningful results for decision making.

Financial Accounting and Reporting

This module aims to provide an overview of financial accounting and the different types of accounting information. The module discusses how to distinguish between management and financial accounting and the financial statements in which accounting information is presented. The module covers the principles of double-entry book-keeping including year-end adjustments and how to prepare basic financial statements for different business entities. It develops students' knowledge and understanding of financial accounting principles and techniques to record and present financial information. It also provides skills which are required to effectively analyse and interpret financial statements for stakeholders .

Financial Markets and Institutions

Over the last 25 years, the world of the financial industry has experienced a very dynamic development which has been characterised by financial innovation, technological enhancement, market failures and stringent regulations. This module would provide comprehensive understanding of the finance theories and concepts operating within the financial markets and institutions. In addition, the recent trends within the financial markets, the financial crisis and the regulatory responses would be covered. The purpose of this module is to give students the knowledge and understanding of the way financial markets function in terms of the different categories of participants, their role in the financial system and their interaction. As the economic and competitive environments change, the study of Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions is inevitable at Post-Graduate finance education.

Governance and Ethics

This module aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the concepts, theoretical perspectives and mechanisms of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. It allows you to understand the impact of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility on the firm's performance and investment decisions. The module evaluates governance structures and responsibilities and enables to exercise judgement in utilising and reviewing ethical rules and concepts for business.

Management Accounting for Decision Making

The module aims to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of students in appraising management accounting techniques in decision making. The module introduces the theory and practice of management accounting before examining the key management accounting tools for decision making techniques used for planning and controlling costs. These techniques include preparation and use of budgets, standard costing and variance analysis. The syllabus ends with an exploration of issues relating to performance measurement and monitoring of business processes in the context of organisational strategy.

Masters Research Project

This module introduces students to the disciplines and techniques required for critical appraisal of complex data and industry practice; creating research designs and accompanying research techniques; building theoretical frameworks, and the scheduling and execution of a research project. The module will develop students' skills and expertise in the essential research tools they will need for both successful Postgraduate study and as leaders in their chosen service industry sector.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements


  • MSc Finance and Accounting – A grade classification of 2:2 is required, or international equivalent.
  • PGDip Finance and Accounting – A grade classification of third class is required, or international equivalent.
  • A subject-related UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution.
  • You 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 University College Birmingham.
  • 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

For academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.


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Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.


Learning strategies include:

  • Lectures (including guest lectures)
  • Small group seminars
  • Workshops
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Group projects
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Self-directed study

You will also be expected to engage with independent reading and research.


Assessment formats include:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework (including presentations, case studies, online debates, assessed seminars, executive reports and numerical computations)

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

Additional qualifications and training

Our MSc in Finance and Accounting is accredited by CIMA and includes 11 exemptions from the CIMA qualification, while you will also be able to apply for the CIMA Gateway examination.


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Work placements


Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our Finance and Accounting master’s course offers a range of opportunities for you to gain work experience which is critical in the sector. There are also additional opportunities including recommendation for industry-supported mentoring schemes to guide you through your future career.

This course is ideal if you are thinking about a change in career and has been
designed in consultation with high profile industry practitioners and professional bodies. Our Financial Trading suite, among the largest in the country, will develop your practical financial skills, as well as enhance your digital skills.

Dilshad Sheikh CMgr CCMI Dean of the Business School

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Mortgage adviser

Average Salary: £52,500

Chartered management accountant

Average Salary: £32,000

Financial risk analyst

Average Salary: £36,500

Retail banker

Average Salary: £30,500

Data analyst

Average Salary: £32,500

Purchasing manager

Average Salary: £28,000


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