MSc Accounting and Finance

Our MSc Accounting and Finance draws on the expertise of accomplished academics and experienced practitioners in the field. Their knowledge is cutting-edge - and yours will be, too.

Gain a global outlook, explore the latest industry developments and analyse the challenges facing international organisations today.

Taking cues from industry professionals, the curriculum is pragmatic and career-focused. You'll visit companies, connect with industry leaders and learn from masterclasses taught by experts.

We know the world is more complex, more challenging, more deeply interconnected than ever before. We're committed to equipping you with a practical, relevant skillset to succeed now and in the future - and contribute to the common good wherever you go.

Your career

Maybe you'll pursue a career as a professional accountant. Maybe you simply wish to expand your understanding of accounting processes to boost your career prospects as manager or leader.

Our graduates are responsible leaders who rise to whatever challenges they face. Thanks to their strong professional skills and foundation in the latest developments in the field, graduates of the MSc Accounting and Finance are competitive candidates for accounting and finance jobs in the UK and across the world, working in both the public and private sectors.

Strategic Financial Management

By evaluating the contemporary issues relating to financial reporting, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of divisional performance measurement,strategic management accounting, project management, financial statement analysis and financial risk and control.

Contemporary Issues in Management Accounting

As well as understanding the historical perspectives of management accounting,the programme analyses modern management accounting practices,accounting information in decision making and performance evaluation and control.

International Financial Management

Topics relating to international financial and currency markets include the critical examination of advanced theories in international financial management. This module will concentrate on examining a variety of international markets.

International Financial Reporting

Explores the guidelines set by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). You will examine the main financial statements and elements of international accounting standards relating to assets and liabilities, and also analyse new developments in international financial reporting.

Ethics and Corporate Governance

This module explores the key issues incorporate governance and the extent to which the arrangements currently in place secure corporate accountability.

Personal and Professional Development

Enables you to identify, understand,develop and articulate your personal abilities in the context of your future career aspirations.

Research Methods

Develops advanced skills related to a range of research methods needed for academic and practical research at Masters level.


The final element of the programme is the dissertation, which provides students with an opportunity to design and undertake a piece of original research in a selective area of accounting and finance.

Assessment methods

The use of research based teaching materials and methods; lectures; student and tutor led seminars; case studies;individual and group presentations;problem based learning scenarios; individual and group exercises and projects; self assessment exercises and workshops; self directed and directed learning; videos.

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

  • 2017/18


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
16 Months
22 Jan 2018
GCU Glasgow
MSc (Fast-track)
Full Time
8 Months
22 Jan 2018
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 16 Months 22 Jan 2018 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc (Fast-track) Full Time 8 Months 22 Jan 2018 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 financial management, actuarial studies, economics, finance, mathematics, statistics, accounting, or an accountancy or finance-related subject.

Entry to Fast-track programme

Holders of final professional examinations of an International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) recognised body are eligible to apply for the fast-track route.

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

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

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

View fees for entry January 2018 

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.

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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.

View our Postgraduate scholarships.

View our January 2018 scholarships.

For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 22 January 2018 and 14 September 2018 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.

We are committed to equipping our graduates to meet the challenges of an increasingly globalised, knowledge-based economy, ensuring they are best placed to achieve employment. Students benefit from a mix of industry visits and masterclasses, relevant to the programme.

Postgraduate Scholarships

Help fund your studies with a postgraduate scholarship from GCU. Discounts, bursaries, and scholarships available.