Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Accounting and Finance
This specialised 'conversion' programme is designed specifically to enhance employment prospects. It assumes little or no business knowledge at undergraduate level and helps graduates from any discipline break into this highly skilled profession

Key Facts

Study Mode
Full-time (12 months)
Entry Date
Learning Mode
On-campus Learning

Programme Details

This established programme has enabled many students to progress into an accounting or finance career.

This programme gives students the opportunity to take a professional qualification within the course, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The intention is that, along with the MSc, this will both prepare students for a financial role within a company and show potential employers that the student not only has theoretical, but also practical professional knowledge.

Those students who do not wish to take the IFRS certificate have an alternative research-based programme whilst their colleagues are working on the IFRS material.

We are currently negotiating potential accreditation from a number of accounting bodies including ACCA, CIMA, IAI and ICAEW.

The academic programme is up-to-date and provides a high level of understanding of both theoretical and numerical material. The university has market-leading financial databases (the Thomson-Reuters Eikon suite) to support both the teaching and the individual study of students.  Online product certification using this database can be achieved during the course of the programme which will put any student in an advantageous position with potential employers, as they are already trained and certified. All students finish their programme with a dissertation, giving them the opportunity to show their ability to address and answer a research issue under the supervision of academic staff.

Why Study this Programme?

  • Excellence with relevance
  • A full 'conversion' programme open to students with little or no previous background in accounting or finance
  • Gain an essential understanding of the principles underlying current thinking in accounting and finance
  • Study with a highly practical approach to learning, for real world finance experience
  • Earn top accounting credentials to accelerate your career, from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).
  • Experience world leading facilities - access to the UK's first University trading room with Thomson-Reuters Eikon to support in-depth understanding of finance in practice
  • Connect with financial institutions and practitioners
  • Build your business network on a global scale whilst you’re with us - we attract students from over 15 nationalities onto the programme
  • Develop a well-rounded skillset – gain the tools to succeed in your job search, as well as the communication and professional skills that finance recruiters are looking for
  • Access top-tier global recruiters. Students benefit from employer-led skills sessions from the big 4 global firms - Deloitte, KMPG, PwC and Ernst & Young - to explore how to stand out at an interview or assessment centre.


Industry certification from one of the most prestigious accounting bodies in the world, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). This Master's comes complete with a professional module, the International Financial Reporting Standards Certificate. IFRS is used by the majority of countries around the world.

“Accounting students with IFRS education, experience or knowledge should highlight it at the top of their CV. It shows you as current on trends and standards.”


Bringing together faculty interests, knowledge, experiences and a strong commitment to graduate employability prospects, the programme consists of eight modules and a dissertation/project which is designed to enable you to prosper in what is a complex and competitive and continually changing market place or to prepare for further study if that is your career aim.

Our Experts

Contact Information

Clare McIntyre, Recruitment & Admissions Co-ordinator 

Graduate Business School

email: or tel: + 44 (0) 1224 273235


Semester One

  • Issues in Corporate Finance
  • Economics Analysis
  • Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods

Semester Two

  • Financial Analysis and International Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Portfolio Analysis and Management
  • Professional Accounting (IFRS study and exam) or Studies in Accounting (academic-led research skills course).

Summer Term

  • Dissertation


Our programme employs a variety of assessment methods which are designed to assess knowledge, competencies and skills that are required in the modern financial world. This means you will be required to prepare reports, group and individual presentation etc as well as traditional exams and academic essays.


Teaching includes traditional methods as well as computer lab based time and other up-to-date teaching and learning styles.


This programme has been designed to prepare you for a successful career in a wide range of accounting and finance–related roles – training as an auditor, working for a company within their accounting function or in a variety of other financial roles. Alternatively, if you choose not to take the professional accounting (IFRS) module, the course can lead to further academic study.   

A profile of one of our previous year's students can be seen at:


The minimum requirement is a good first degree (equivalent to a British second-class Honours degree) or above in any discipline. For more detailed information on entry requirements, please contact

References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector.  

Please note, students who accept an offer of a place will be asked to pay a deposit to secure their place. This deposit is later deducted from the tuition fees payable at registration. See for further details.

English Requirements

  • IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
  • IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 in writing, 5.5 other elements (or equivalent PTE).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


For further information on tuition fees please visit


All applicants will be considered for Graduate Business School and Kings College Scholarships.  See:

Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.  More Information can be found here.


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Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
The Hub
King's College

Tel: +44 (0)1224 272090 / +44 (0)1224 272091
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272576

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