Become a Top Earner Before You Graduate
Earn top accounting credentials from the ICAEW before you graduate
The Accounting and Finance MSc sets you on a path for a rewarding career in this highly skilled profession, whether you’ve recently graduated or are already working. With this specialised one-year conversion programme you don’t need previous experience in this area to gain the skills to advance a career in the financial and accounting sector.
A career in accounting and finance requires an in-depth understanding of both the theory and practical knowledge of accounting and finance. With this industry-focused programme, you’ll master a wide range of financial tools and acquire a solid foundation of key accounting and finance topics, while developing the necessary skills for management roles. The programme will thoroughly prepare you for a successful career across a variety of potential accountancy and financial roles and industries.
Led by renowned academics and top industry practitioners, you’ll gain access to the latest accounting and finance research, software and techniques. The Business School’s strong links with financial institutions, recruiters and practitioners ensures a focus on tangible, marketable employability skills, relevant to the real accounting and financial world. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with industry throughout the programme, including working on live projects with prestigious companies. We also run workshops with visiting industry specialists from companies such as Deloitte, KMPG, PwC and EY.
We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.
The University of Aberdeen provides an 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.
Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.
You’ll enjoy access to first-rate academic facilities, including our virtual finance lab, powered by Bloomberg. This virtual trading room gives you access to the same professional tools used by major international financial services companies. You’ll attend a variety of stimulating lectures, seminars and tutorials, with your skills and competency assessed by a mix of presentations, traditional exams, essays and a dissertation.
The programme assesses the competency and skills that you will need in the accounting and financial world in a number of ways. You will give individual and group presentations, prepare reports, sit assessments, write academic essays and complete the dissertation over the summer period.
You’ll leave this highly practical, industry-focused course with real-world finance experience – as well as recognised certification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). Our Professional Accounting module comes complete with the International Reporting Standards Certificate, IFRS, used by most countries around the world. You’ll also be exempt from the first four courses in the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) syllabus. You will:
• Gain an essential understanding of current thinking in accounting and finance
• Experience world-leading facilities with access to our virtual finance lab
• Connect with financial institutions and leading industry practitioners
• Develop a well-rounded skillset for careers in accounting and finance
• Build your business network and access top-tier recruiters around the world
The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.
This programme is open to graduates from any discipline and does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level.
Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or a degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth).
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To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:
OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0
OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21
OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59
Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:
OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169
You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.
Having a recognised accountancy qualification opens many career doors, with a higher percentage of company board members holding an accountancy qualification than any other kind of postgraduate qualification. You could progress to hold roles such as Accountant, Auditor or Financial Manager in prestigious firms around the world.
Our Academics come from the commercial world as well as Academia and we are constantly engaging with industry. Our business connections mean we provide opportunities to network with, present to, brainstorm with and do work for industry, including;
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 course, 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.”
Recognition from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) allows students exemption from the first four modules in the ACCA syllabus.
Earn top accounting credentials from the ICAEW before you graduate
The course has been a great challenge and a fantastic opportunity to expand my understanding, not only of my chosen subject area, but also of current developments in global business. Overall, the quality of learning and teaching is outstanding.
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