International Accounting and Finance MSc

This programme, accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), aims to give you a deep knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature that provides the background to understanding changes and innovations in accounting and finance and equip you with a range of skills that can be used to solve real-world problems.


Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start date: September


Quick links: Why study this course | Modules | Fees and Funding |
Entry RequirementsHow to apply

Professor Ron Hodges discusses studying an accounting and finance degree, and the academics that teach and undertake research within the department.

The International Accounting and Finance MSc, on offer since the 1960s, encompasses accounting in its international, public and private contexts, corporate financial management, private sector investment and foreign exchange markets.

It aims to give you a deep knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature that provides the background to understanding changes and innovations in accounting and finance, where you will also acquire a range of skills that can be used to solve real-world problems.

This programme is only available for those who have a strong background in both accounting and finance; please see the entry requirements below.

When you apply for this MSc you must upload a transcript showing modules studied and mark achieved to date. If you have not yet completed your Bachelor’s degree, please ensure that you also upload a transcript or an official document which shows the modules you are studying in your final year, and any marks achieved so far.

For those without an accounting and finance background, but who have studied some quantitative subjects, please see our MSc Investments MSc and MSc Financial Management programmes.

For information about taught programmes in the fields of Banking and Finance, please see the Department of Economics postgraduate programmes.

Why study this course

Accedited by ACCA

acca-overlayThe MSc International Accounting and Finance Programme is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which means you will be awarded exemptions from certain papers of the ACCA examinations upon successful completion of the programme. Find out more about ACCA exemptions.

Strong industry links

We enjoy active and close links with industry and the financial community. Many of our programmes have input from organisations such as GE, Biersdorf and Accenture. Companies such as HSBC, BP, Unilever and Deloitte visit the School to run workshops and business games, ensuring that you have the opportunity to put the theory you have learned into practice. Particular programmes also offer the ability to obtain first-hand experience in the form of either work placements abroad or UK based consultancy projects with companies such as Jaguar, Aston Villa Football Club and Cadbury.

Excellent career prospects

Students have gone on to work in a wide range of industries, in organisations such as Accenture, Deloitte, PWC, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Arcadia Group, CiscoSystems, Nissan, Ford, BP, Cadbury, P&G, and a whole host of smaller companies and public sector organisations.

Global community

We believe that the global nature of business makes it essential that our students and academics understand business from different international perspectives. Our programmes currently include students from over 60 countries, so you will also have the opportunity to make friends and study with many nationalities. We have numerous international links and have been involved in projects in countries which include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Mauritius, Singapore and Thailand.


Fees and funding


  • £8,010 (UK/EU)
  • £16,525 (overseas)

Please check with the School for the latest fees information, learn more about fees and funding.

Business School Scholarships may be available, find out more about our scholarships.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government; find out more.

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent. The degree must be in a relevant subject and applicants must have studied and achieved a mark equivalent to a 2.1 at Bachelor’s level in Basic Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Corporate Finance and Financial Management (or equivalent) modules. In addition, applicants should have studied the majority of Audit, Tax, Management/Cost Accounting, and Financial Statement Analysis modules at Bachelor’s level.

For those not qualified for direct entry to the one-year MSc programmes, a preliminary year may be available (see MSc programmes – flexible route).

For those without a suitable background for MSc International Accounting & Finance, our MSc International Business programme may be of interest.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements 

Standard English language requirements apply

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Learning and teaching

A general guide to postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham, featuring students speaking about the postgraduate experience.

Birmingham Business School was the first business school in the country and has built on its reputation ever since to ensure that you get the best learning and teaching experience.

This programme consists of six modules, including compulsory ones on Financial Accounting Theory and Policy and Theory of Financial Management. You can also choose from a wide range of options and must submit a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Taught modules contribute towards two thirds of your final assessment and your dissertation contributes the other third. Modules are assessed using written examinations and coursework. Coursework can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Group presentations
  • Practical assignments
  • Group based coursework

Learning and study settings

You’ll find the Accounting and Finance department at Birmingham located in University House, which is set in landscaped gardens and the multi-million pound home to Birmingham Business School.

The Business School is equipped with the latest facilities and technology to ensure your studies are inspired by their surroundings. 

Click and drag in the image above to take a virtual tour of one of our lecture theatres.


Careers in Business

As a postgraduate at Birmingham Business School you will have access to our specialist careers service, Careers in Business. This service is only available to postgraduates and provides support with job applications and interviews, job seeking and skills development.

Services include:

  • Individual appointments to review your CV or application form, discuss your career plans and provide advice about job seeking
  • Workshops to help you develop the skills that multinational employers look for
  • Events and exercises to help you get through the graduate selection process include practice interview sessions and a mock assessment centre
  • Opportunities to interact with employers and recruiters at sector specific events such as Careers in Banking and Careers in Consulting.

Postgraduates can also access Employer presentations and Career Fairs organised by the University’s central service, Careers Network.

Please get in touch if you have any questions before starting your programme and would like to speak to a Careers Consultant;

students careers fair

Professional accreditation

acca-overlayMSc International Accounting and Finance is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

This means that you will be awarded exemptions from certain papers of the ACCA exemptions upon successful completion of the programme.