MSc (Fast-track) Accounting, Finance and Regulation

Available as a One Year Masters or a Two Year (with Professional Practice) Masters.

Today’s global, technology-driven and increasingly competitive financial market is almost unrecognisable from that of five years ago. Finance executives and specialists are required to apply the same in-depth knowledge and adept skill to an ever growing, far reaching number of products, regulations and technologies.

While new technologies continue to emerge and rules and regulations change, now more than ever, a digitally-focused, more confident skillset is needed. The MSc Accounting, Finance and Regulation from Glasgow Caledonian University provides you with the confidence and insight to take your existing skills further in your organisation or through further academic study.

Fast track option available

Complete the MSc in just eight months when you already hold a professional qualification. A full professional qualification from any accountancy body in the world that is recognised by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) provides you with 90 credits towards the MSc. Join us in January on a fast track route that takes just eight months to complete and comprises of two subject specific modules; Strategic Financial Management and Financial Risk Modelling, and the Masters Research Project.

As part of a specialist, international student community you will explore all aspects of the most up to date financial landscape, and develop the confidence and experience needed to make real impact across a range of leadership, entrepreneurial and global issues.

  • International Financial Reporting and Regulation
  • International Financial Management
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Strategic Financial Management*
  • Contemporary Issues in Management Accounting
  • Financial Risk Modelling*
  • Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership
  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Masters Research Project*

*These modules are included in the fast-track route

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date



MSc (Fast-track)
Full Time
8 Months
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
2 Years
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
16 Months
18 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
2 Years
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Full Time
1 Year
14 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc (Fast-track) Full Time 8 Months 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 2 Years 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 16 Months 18 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 2 Years 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 1 Year 14 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Typical entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in a related subject such as accountancy, finance, business administration, economics, management, mathematics, statistics, actuarial studies or engineering. 

Fast track option available with qualifications recognised by the International Federation of Accountants.

English language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

Entry options for international applicants

If you are an international applicant and do not meet the academic requirements above you may be eligible for an International Graduate Diploma or Pre-sessional pre-masters programme at INTO Glasgow. Based in our Glasgow campus, successful completion of an INTO course with the required grades provides you with a guaranteed conditional offer of a place on this degree.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU: £6,000
International: £13,500

Tuition fees 2019/20

Home: £5,500
RUK: £5,500
EU: £5,500
International: £12,980

Fast-track tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £3,000
RUK: £3,000
EU: £3,000
International: £6,750

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

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A Santander fee scholarship of £5,000 is available to study a full-time Masters level programme at GCU. Find out more.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 11 September 2020 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.

Find out more about international life at GCU.


International Financial Management

Explore the theories and operations of international financial and currency markets, in the context of financial management of a multinational company. You will study the critical examination of advanced theories in international financial management, the structure of international capital markets, operations of international currency and money markets, and the extra operational risks that arise as a result of operating in international markets.

International Financial Reporting and Regulation

Evaluate the international standard setting process, including the work of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). You will examine the main financial statements and selected elements of international accounting standards relating to assets and liabilities. New developments in international financial reporting will be discussed throughout.

Contemporary Issues in Management Accounting

The aim of this module is to equip you with a set of concepts, analytical and practical tools by examining and introducing emerging topics in management accounting and focussing on conceptual and practice based insights. The module incorporates both a theoretical and practical understanding of real world issues, from a UK and international perspective, to enable you to apply this knowledge in your future career.

Strategic Financial Management*

Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to process financial information during decision making, emphasising the identification and critical analysis of relevant issues. Recent developments and current theories in the field will be discussed and you will be able to critically analyse and evaluate the practical implications.

Financial Risk Modelling*

Explore a combination of enterprise and financial risk modelling using both Excel and @Risk software programs to develop risk management models. You will be exposed to the measurement and modelling of the industry accepted categorisation of risks, and focus on issues relating to how losses can arise in any business decision and the methods of managing and controlling those losses.

Financial Services Regulation

Critically assess the operation of financial regulators and regulations. You will examine theoretical approaches to regulations, regulatory structures, and the role of both the regulator and the regulated while also focusing on regulation in practice, both in the UK and internationally. Additionally you will study banking regulation, the conduct of business regulation, and the importance of risk as a driver of both regulation and regulators.

Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership

By examining the private, public and social enterprise sectors, you will be equipped with a set of analytical tools and concepts to drive responsible decision-making, whilst highlighting the difference between compliance and ethically driven behaviours. You will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of real world issues, from a UK and global perspective, and learn from the PRME related principles and the Common Good attributes which are central to this module.

Applied Professional Practice

Following on from the knowledge you have gained in Ethics, Governance and Responsible Leadership and with a focus on self-reflection, in this module you will develop your professional competence by undertaking a professional engagement activity. The link between these two core modules reinforces the significance of ethical and responsible decision making and leadership within your future career.

Masters Research Project*

The final element of the programme is the Masters Research Project which provides you with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research. You will apply methods and theories that are commonly used within the field of Accounting, Finance and Regulation and with the support of internationally published literature demonstrate best practice in this field.

*These modules are included in the fast-track route

Informed by current academic research and leading industry professional practice, the programme has been designed to enable you to demonstrate the intellectual, professional and transferable skills that employers are in need of. These are assessed through a combination of exam and coursework, supported by ongoing virtual learning facilities, peer support and workshop and seminar led teaching.

A balance of individual essays, case studies, facilitation and participation in seminars, individual and group reports (including individual reflective reports), presentations, exams, blogs and dissertation assessments has been created to ensure academic rigour in relation to knowledge and intellectual ability as well as the development of professional and transferrable skills.

Through the MSc Accounting, Finance and Regulation you will experience deeper professional engagement with, and academic knowledge of, the key challenges facing the financial sector. Students come from all over the world to study at Glasgow Caledonian University and graduates take the skills and confidence developed here back to their respective countries and employers to help embed new practice and use of new technologies in their chosen specialism. Others go on to further PhD study using the academic knowledge that they’ve gained through the masters experience.