University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MSc Accounting and Finance


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Accounting and Finance

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This taught programme is research-led and will draw heavily on academic literature as a means to enhance your ability to critically analyse technical aspects of accounting and finance practice and governance. In the first term you will explore contemporary issues in the accounting and finance research literatures and develop key skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods that support these. This will prepare you for the more specialist elective units taught in the second term. The final part of the MSc is a research-based dissertation. For those planning on undertaking a PhD, either at Bristol or elsewhere, this dissertation represents an important bridge between taught and advanced research studies.

This programme is for students who have an upper second-class degree in accounting and/or finance. Students with a finance degree are required to have studied accounting to an appropriate level.

Programme structure

Teaching Block 1 (All units compulsory)

  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance and Investment
  • Research Design and Qualitative Research Methods in Accounting and Finance

Teaching Block 2 (Optional units: choose four)

  • Accountability and Accounting for Sustainability
  • Accounting and Capital Markets
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Empirical Finance
  • Management Accounting

Each of the units is worth 15 credits. You will also complete a research-based dissertation worth 60 credits.

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.


The final part of the MSc is a research-based dissertation. This involves identifying and analysing a research question in finance under the guidance of a member of staff. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to explore an original problem, source and process the relevant financial data, analyse that data and learn to draw appropriate conclusions. The results are presented in a final report of up to 15,000 words.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 21,400 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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