Postgraduate MSc

Accounting and Finance

Salford Business School

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Course

One year

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2024

Introduction

In a nutshell

International applicants: please check the international intakes page for the latest information and application dates.

The ability to understand and control the finances of a business are essential to an organisation’s success; good accountancy skills and financial management experience are highly sought after and provide the basis for a rewarding career.

Designed for graduates looking to start work, professionals aspiring to develop their career or those preparing to study for the exams of the professional bodies, this Accounting and Finance postgraduate degree is highly practical and future facing.  The Master’s programme covers a variety of operational and functional concepts and practices as well as the technology that supports them.  You will also look closely at how these aspects integrate with the management of global organisations. 

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). When you successfully complete the course and pass the CIMA case study exam, you can claim exemptions from 11 CIMA exams (leaving 4 to complete). The programme is also accredited by EFMD, the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement and accreditation of business programmes. These accreditations are your assurance of the quality of the course.

Why Salford Business School?

Situated at the heart of Greater Manchester's business, finance and digital sector, Salford Business School is perfectly placed as a dynamic hub for the development and exchange of knowledge.

We combine cutting-edge learning with strong industry connections, preparing you to lead change in the fast-paced world of business and management.

Find out more about our school and community

To find out more, register for one of our Postgraduate Open Days or learn more about our master's courses in business, finance and law.

You will:

  • Study a practically-focussed course, learning from industry experts
  • Work with the appropriate tools of analysis to understand the basic mechanics of banks’ financial instruments
  • Develop your knowledge and technical skills of financial reporting
  • Examine the most important issues in corporate finance
  • Learn advanced management accounting techniques for decision-making
  • Follow your own areas of interest from a choice of optional modules
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

Course accreditations

This is for you if...

1.

You have a degree in accounting, finance or similar and want to consolidate your knowledge and skills before entering the profession

2.

You work in accounting/finance and are looking to progress into a senior management role

3.

You are looking to expand your knowledge prior to setting out on the path of professional exams

Course details

All about the course

The course is delivered across two semesters of 13 weeks each, with semester three dedicated to your dissertation. In semesters one and two, you will have 11 hours of teaching each week. This is made up of eight hours in class for your main modules plus two hours for Research Skills and one hour of Supporting Student Success. 

In addition, you will undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

The dissertation module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree. This research dissertation gives you the opportunity to put your learning into practice and enhance your professional experience. You will be allocated a supervisor who will mentor you through the dissertation.

Semester one

Financial Accounting and Reporting

This module will develop your knowledge and technical skills of financial reporting to new levels. You will get the skills needed to confidently voice the language of business and clarify reports to a wide variety of stakeholders. You will learn to make strategic business reporting decisions within the corporate environment; to test concepts, theories, principles; and crucially to apply this knowledge to real life scenarios.

You will be studying in an ethical environment so will apply your professional judgment and ethical principles to ethical dilemmas and discuss the consequences of unethical behaviour. You will be encouraged to draw upon and share their diverse cultural and managerial experiences.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Small group learning sets will be used as the basis for problem-based learning scenarios designed to include case studies, class-based activities, research articles and web-based materials
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

25%        Data analysis project
75%        Exam

 

Corporate Finance

The primary goal of this module is to provide an integrated overview of the most important issues in corporate finance from the point of view of a manager of a non-financial corporation in today's competitive environment.  It provides a starting point for a successful career in finance.

During your studies, you will examine a range of topics including corporate organisation and governance; risk and return; corporate restructuring; and mergers and acquisitions. Your learning will be based on corporate financial management strategies in an international world.

You will be encouraged to draw upon and share your own cultural and managerial experiences.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Small group learning sets will be used as the basis for problem-based learning scenarios designed to include case studies, class-based activities, research articles and web-based materials
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

25%        Group case study report
75%        Exam

Semester two

Management Accounting

The module will equip you with advanced management accounting techniques for decision-making, planning, control and performance measurements.  The concept of costs is discussed and how different costing systems can be used for different purposes with implications on decision-making, calculating full-production cost, price setting and budgeting.  You will also look at account and control for inventory based on different methods.  The importance of performance measurement and how this can be implemented is discussed.  This module also equips you with capital investment appraisal methods with particular focus on environmental implications.

Teaching:

  • Lectures to introduce methods and techniques
  • Seminars to develop and extend learning
  • Student-led discussion of study material and solutions to exercises and case studies
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

25%        Technical case study
75%        Exam

You will then choose one of the following four elective modules.

Corporate Governance and Ethics

The global financial crisis that started in 2007 increased the urgency of the search for a better ethical framework and governance for business. An increase in the range, significance and impact of corporate social and environmental initiatives in recent years suggests the growing materiality of a more ethically informed approach. There are increasing indications of large corporations taking their ethics and corporate governance responsibilities more seriously, and of these issues becoming more critical in the business agenda.

This module will thus give you the opportunity to explore issues in corporate governance and ethics and the important role of the board of directors in improving governance and in embedding a more ethical approach in organisations.

Teaching:

  • Lectures to communicate key knowledge of corporate governance concepts
  • Seminars to explore and apply this knowledge to real corporate governance contexts.
  • Case studies, practical exercises, ethics vignettes and guest speakers and/ or study visits
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

100%        Individual essay

FinTech

This module looks at the latest developments in the area of Financial Technology. It starts by discussing the nature of blockchains and the innovation in financial services that are likely to take place in the coming years. It then examines the importance of modern cryptography and explores cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoins and how they are mined. This module makes use of real-world examples of how FinTech is already having an impact on the way the financial services are affected. Finally, it looks at examples of how different countries have reacted to the use of cryptocurrencies through government press releases.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Small group learning sets will be used as the basis for problem-based learning scenarios designed to include case studies, class-based activities, research articles and web-based materials
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

100%      Individual report

International Finance

The module will enable you to devise ways of protecting a business from international risk. This will firstly include an understanding of the importance of exchange rates in assessing international interest and inflation rates and their effect on international trade; secondly, the role of derivative instruments and their application to hedging strategies to insure against excessive price volatility including the use of options, futures and swaps; thirdly, international risk reduction through structuring a business, invoicing policy and cash management. Finally, the module examines macro issues including crises, country risk analysis, theories of international trade and the balance of payments.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Small group learning sets will be used as the basis for problem-based learning scenarios designed to include case studies, class-based activities, research articles and web-based materials
  • Guided personal study supported by associated reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

100%      Data analysis report

Banking and Financial Regulation

Banks play a major part in funding companies and by extension in economic development. Their increasing importance has led to regulation on an international level that affects all banking operations both large and small throughout the world. These major developments over the last 20 years make banking a fundamental part of understanding finance and the nature of the regulatory regime. You will have the opportunity to evaluate the performance of a bank as well as to analyse loan data and assess loan products. This allows you to appreciate the problems of lending, issues that are fundamental to all businesses.

You will look at the macro banking environment, study bank regulation and analysis, consider how bank management helps you to manage risk and learn about current issues in banking such as money laundering and internet banking.

Teaching:

  • Interactive lectures and seminars
  • Student activities and discussions
  • Guided personal study supported by additional reading list, lecture notes and relevant research articles

Assessments:

100%      Individual assessment

Semester three:

Dissertation

This module aims to enable you to evaluate research methodologies, develop critiques, interpret knowledge and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses. To develop in your qualities and transferable skills required for employment or further research e.g. initiative, conceptual, and analytical thinking competencies, as well independence and interpersonal awareness in complex and unfamiliar situations. This module will cover both qualitative and quantitative research methods. 

In the first two trimesters, you will attend weekly classes to develop your qualitative and quantitative research skills. In the final trimester, you will undertake research on a topic of your choice using the skills and knowledge learned during the programme. You will be supported by a subject specialist.

Assessments:

Final dissertation - 12,000-15,000 words

Placement

The Placement is your opportunity to consolidate your learning by engaging with key theories and concepts associated with your programme of study to produce written work that demonstrates your depth of knowledge and originality in approach and content

In the first two trimesters, you will attend weekly classes to develop your qualitative and quantitative research skills. In the final trimester, you will complete a six-month paid placement with a client on a project relevant to the programme of study. At the end of the placement, you will submit a reflective report on the application of your skills within the placement.

Final dissertation - 10,000-12,000 words

Internship

The Internship is your opportunity to consolidate your learning by engaging with key theories and concepts associated with your programme of study to produce written work that demonstrates your depth of knowledge and originality in approach and content

In the first two trimesters, you will attend weekly classes to develop your qualitative and quantitative research skills. In the final trimester, you will complete a three-month internship (paid or unpaid) with a client on a project relevant to your programme of study. At the end of the internship, you will submit a reflective report on the application of your skills within the internship.

Final dissertation - 10,000-12,000 words

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

The teaching on all our postgraduate programmes is based on the following principles:

  • Developing the leader/manager of the future
  • Professional competence
  • Global thinking
  • Ethical, responsible and sustainable practice.

We use a wide range of approaches to teaching to help you learn. Typically a module will include a mixture of activities: generally based around interactive lectures, dealing with a number of specific topics. The tutor introduces and explains key concepts and learning points, which are consolidated by class discussion and case study analysis to help your understanding and to prepare for assessment. You will be encouraged to offer examples from your own experience of work.

In addition, you will get an outline syllabus content and associated reading list at the start of the module which will be the basis for your self-directed study.

An important principle of the learning and teaching strategy is to develop you as a reflective practitioner able to understand your own motivations and abilities.

ASSESSMENT

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, and group reports. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

SUPPORT AND MENTORING

Taking the leap from undergraduate study? Returning after a study break? Joining us as an international student? Whatever your circumstance, we’re committed to supporting you throughout your studies. Learn more about support for postgraduate students.

WHY CHOOSE SALFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL?

Situated at the heart of Greater Manchester's £5 billion-pound business, finance and digital sector, Salford Business School stands as a dynamic hub for the development and exchange of knowledge. We combine cutting-edge learning with strong industry connections, preparing you to lead change in the fast-paced world of business and management. 

Our expert-led and industry-informed programmes provide highly practical teaching enriched with real-world learning opportunities. Most of our programmes offer various work placements locally, nationally, and internationally, allowing you to practice and develop your learning. 

Throughout your journey, we will equip you for a fulfilling life and professional career, fostering curiosity, adaptability, and confidence to tackle 21st-century challenges. 

Business: Science or art?

Our postgraduate degree award is a Masters of Science (MSc), reflecting our commitment to data-driven, evidence-based business decisions, even in innovative and creative endeavours. 

At the beating heart of it

You will study at our green Peel Park campus, just a short five-minute journey from central Manchester with close transport links, and our state-of-the-art campus at MediaCity is just a short bus ride away. 

Our dedicated student hub on the sixth floor of the Maxwell Building provides areas for collaborative and independent study and break-out spaces. Additionally, here you can find our in-school progression and careers teams to support your journey. 

Getting here

Our campuses are easily accessible, with Salford Crescent train station at the centre of our Peel Park campus. Whether travelling to us by bus, rail, bike, car, or plane, our campus is easily reached from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and beyond. For international students, Manchester Airport is a short ride away and offers regular flights from London and many international airports. 

Dedicated support

Starting or continuing to study at university is a big decision, and we are committed to supporting you throughout your time with us. 

Our in-school Student Progression Assistants address programme and workload matters, whilst the Careers and Employability team, along with in-school advisors, offers personalised career support. The Library provides diverse learning support beyond your course, and for non-course matters, our university-wide support service, askUS, assist with topics from financial management to wellbeing. 

If entrepreneurship appeals to you, Launch @Salford, our start-up incubator, offers expert insight and support. Additionally, our Business School's Postgraduate Mentoring Scheme connects new master's students with existing ones, providing valuable guidance during your transition. 

These integrated support methods aim to help you seamlessly transition into your postgraduate course and ensure success during your time with us. 

A global community

Salford Business School is home to a diverse global student-staff community. Our teaching team consists of active researchers, academics, and industry experts who offer the latest in theory, research, and industry expertise. 

Furthermore, our diverse student community brings together individuals from various backgrounds and experiences, providing you with a well-rounded perspective, knowledge, and friendships that will shape you into a future leader and global citizen. This equips you to thrive in life and your career, instilling curiosity, adaptability, and confidence to confront the digital, ethical, and sustainability challenges of the 21st century. 

Programme Leader

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

This is an advanced degree in accounting and finance and can lead you to a wide range of career opportunities and roles, such as finance director, new business development manager, treasury manager, financial controller and financial planning manager. It also provides a thorough preparation for academic research in finance and corporate finance.

On successfully finishing this programme, you will be equipped with the skills and understanding necessary to effectively and efficiently perform tasks in a managerial or consulting role. As well as your academic learning, you will develop your ability to work well in teams and independently, to evaluate critically, think creatively and communicate effectively with respect to issues in the industry; and to recognise good practice in the analysis, planning and management of international banking and finance products and services. You'll also develop an advanced level of understanding of research methods and their application to a wide range of real-world problems.

A taste of what you could become

A professional accountant

A finance director

A financial planning manager

A compliance expert

And more

Career Links

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focused education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience. Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want. The Industry Collaboration Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

This programme is designed for graduates with an academic background in accounting, finance or economics. Alternatively, sufficient and suitable work experience within accounting or finance will also be considered. 

The course is designed for those aspiring to work within accounting and finance and exposes you to a variety of operational and functional concepts and practices. This supports you to gain a greater appreciation of the operational, functional and global aspects of accounting and finance. 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.

Find out about dedicated support for international applicants.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

A minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in accounting, finance or similar subject. A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted, either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

International Students

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £8,550.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £16,560.00per year
Part-time 2024/25 £1,425 per 30 credit module
Full-time home 2025/26 £8,550.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £16,560.00per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. For more information please see our funding section.

International applicants 

If you are applying from overseas and are accepted onto the programme with placement, there will be additional costs associated with visa extensions. These include:

  1. Extending your student visa fee (visit gov.uk for more information). Please note, this is in addition to your original student visa fee.
  2. Tier 4 biometrics enrolment fee.
  3. Immigration Health Surcharge 12 month fee (visit gov.uk for more information).

Visit Immigration and Visa FAQ and read the section on extending your Tier 4 visa for further information.

International scholarships

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships.

Apply now

All set? Let's apply

Still have some questions? Contact us:

By email: enquiries@salford.ac.uk
By phone: +44 (0)161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

September 2024

January 2025

September 2025