Finance, Accounting and Management
Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Management & Law
A one-year, full-time Master's degree designed to produce fully rounded managers with an emphasis on finance. You’ll focus on how a business creates and measures value, and how to approach accounting and finance from a strategic perspective.
The programme combines finance and accounting with a detailed examination of other disciplines required for the management of organisations. This also allows you to consider financial decision making from multiple perspectives.
Key elements include:
- business economics
- operations management
- strategic accounting and financial management
- international business
- marketing planning and strategy
You’ll benefit from facilities such as the Bradford Trading Room, which provides access to real-life market trading data provided by Bloomberg Professional. This will give you a feel for real investment decisions made in industry, and how to deal responsibly with financial and economic market data.
As you will study and gain skills in all areas of business, you’ll have a broad range of career paths open to you on graduation.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools (less than 1% in the world) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accredit this programme. This means that, by successfully completing your degree, you are eligible for exemptions from some ACCA fundamental level examinations.
The School of Management has been an international leader in education, research and knowledge transfer for more than 50 years. We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools in the world (less than 1%) to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown”.
We offer excellent facilities, a highly trained, professional faculty, and comprehensive support services. You will be taught by staff who are pushing the boundaries of subject knowledge and application through research and professional innovation. This means that the teaching you receive reflects the latest thinking in the subject.
The MSc Finance, Accounting and Management offers a flexible pathway programme, providing a multidisciplinary learning experience, and opportunities for switching to other management programmes if you would like to alter the focus of your studies. This gives you an enriched learning experience and the opportunity to tailor your learning to your career aspirations.
We have a well-established international alumni network, giving you access to first-hand information from established industry professionals.
About our students
Find out about our MSc student cohort, broken down by nationality, age, and the level of award achieved.
- University of Bradford School of Management is ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Financial Times MSc in Management 2016
You must have a degree at UK 2:2 or equivalent (not necessarily in business and management) from an approved university. Exceptional candidates without a first degree but with appropriate professional qualifications (e.g. ACCA) and work experience may be admitted on their merits.
English language requirements:
If we need evidence of your proficiency in English, you will be required to achieve the following minimum scores in one of these recognised tests:
IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5; or Internet-based TOEFL: 94 overall, with minimum scores of Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); or PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic): 60 overall, with no sub-test less than 51.
Candidates who are not citizens of the European Union will also be subject to further requirements imposed by the government for the issue of a student visa. Please check the UK Home Office website for the most up-to-date information, as these requirements are subject to change.
Pre-sessional English Language Courses
The Pre-Master's English Course is designed for students who have received a conditional offer but need to improve their English to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants with a current IELTS of 6.0 (with no sub-tests less than 5.0) are eligible to join the course.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
The Master’s degree in Finance, Accounting and Management is built on a foundation of general management modules These represent stage one of the programme, at the end of which you will have gained a thorough grounding in the theories and practices of the core functions of a modern business/organisation.
In stage two you will take three additional compulsory modules: Strategic Accounting; Strategic Financial Management; and Research Methods. You will also be able to choose three further 10 credit modules.
On conclusion of stage 2 you will have formed a significant understanding of the tools, frameworks and policies that can be used to make and implement ethical decisions and enhance sustainable performance in business, particularly related to finance and accounting, as well as management in general.
In the Strategic Accounting module you examine the financial aspects of key strategic issues in management and the current issues in accounting. Strategic Financial Management consolidates and develops knowledge of financial decision-making and promotes an understanding of how capital markets operate, how companies are valued and how markets shape the financial manager`s operating context. There are two specific modules in the optional list that are highly recommended if you wish to further develop your specialisation in accounting and finance. The Contemporary Issues in Accounting & Finance and International Finance complete the portfolio of subjects you need to study to be proficient in the micro-disciplines within the field of Finance and Accounting.
The Research Methods module will provide you with research training in the methods, tools and techniques of business research and project management to assist you with stage 3 of the programme. This stage requires you to undertake a personal research project assessed by dissertation, which is an extended piece of written work involving an original and in-depth investigation of a programme-specific issue. Examples of recent dissertations covered include: incentive schemes and corporate performance; export marketing and corporate performance; environmental accounting in industrialised countries; the impact of Basel II on European small and medium-sized enterprises, etc.; wherever possible projects will be undertaken within a company.
At the end of this element of the programme you will have demonstrated the ability to conduct research into practical business problems and will have the skills and knowledge to be able to operate effectively in a broad range of contemporary business environments.
Learning activities and assessment
The programme is summatively assessed by a mixture of written examinations, assessed coursework, case studies, group projects and multimedia presentations.
Assessment is integrated with learning and teaching to support and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for individual modules and the programme as a whole. Emphasis is placed on the feedback function of formative assessment as part of the learning, teaching and assessment strategy as a whole.
As a student at University of Bradford School of Management, you'll have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our European partner institutions. This gives you international experience, and opportunities to network with students from other leading business schools.
Students have an opportunity to broaden their international experience by taking part in study tours embedded alongside our programmes throughout the year. These tours are provided by the Faculty where all expenses are covered. Previous tours have included trips to Bahrain (Ahlia University) and Qatar (Qatar University).
These tours help our students to gain knowledge about international business and entrepreneurship, as well as providing opportunities to practice and develop communication and interpersonal skills. Students are given a hands-on opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class, all whilst becoming more aware of diverse cultures and strengthening international relationships.
Students take part in a dynamic mix of both theory and practice-related activities including: interactive problem-solving workshops, company visits, talks by guest speakers (from the public and private sector), cultural visits, and social activities
Career support and prospects
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
- Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
- Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
- Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
The programme is designed for students interested in a career in finance and general management, with our graduates well represented in nearly all functional areas of finance, and in a wide variety of organisations including financial services, consulting, industry and public sector.
The sectors and jobs that our MSc students achieve upon graduation vary depending on their previous experience and pathway taken. In terms of looking at career progression it is useful to consider where alumni are three years after graduation. Looking at the data derived from the School’s continued ranking in the Financial Times Master’s in Management Rankings, alumni continue to operate in a variety of sectors and that three years after graduation on average 25% of them are in senior manager roles and 20% in junior management positions
You'll be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.
Module leaders and tutors are accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management and Law, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations) as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area
These are in addition to the wide range of students support that are offered by the University of Bradford at the City Campus.
The strong research culture of our management faculty informs the teaching and learning of our students.
Our academic staff used their research to inform their teaching, while our strong industry networks provide the avenue for real-world application of this knowledge.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £10,000
- International: £14,950
Fees may be paid in full at enrolment, benefiting from a fee discount, or paid by instalments.
International applicants who pay their deposit of £2,000 before 31 January will receive a £1,000 discount, or £750 discount if the deposit is paid before 30 April, or a £500 discount if paid before 31 July.
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
You may be eligible for one of the following scholarships - please follow the links to find out more:
- Ma Kam Ning Scholarship
There are a number of other scholarships available to postgraduate taught students at the University of Bradford. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more information.
You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.
How do I find out more?
Steps to Postgraduate Study
Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).
How to apply
The easiest way to apply is online.
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 – July 2018 start dates)
- Apply for 2018/19 courses (September 2018 – July 2019 start dates)
This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.
If you are unable to apply online, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a paper application form.
We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:
- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.
You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.
If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.
They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.
Further information is available on our International Office website.
Download the programme specification for Finance, Accounting and Management
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.