Accounting & Finance

Do you want to be able to speak "the language of business" and understand financial decision making and financial institutions? Do you want to be taught and supervised by leading academics whilst gaining exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional examinations?

Accounting is the process of summarising, analysing and reporting financial transactions to permit informed judgements and decisions by users of the information.

Finance looks at how company managers and investors make financial decisions, how they manage their risk and how financial markets function.

The MSc in Accounting and Finance provides students with an understanding of both the theoretical framework and practical skills necessary to work in the global financial environment.

Accounting and Finance highlights
Queen's Management School is ranked 2nd against UK Business Schools in the Russell Group (National Student Survey)

Professional Accreditations
•The programme is accredited by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the global body for professional accountants. Students will be exempt from exams F1 (Accountant in Business), F2 (Management Accounting), F3 (Financial Accounting), F4 (Corporate and Business Law), F5 (Performance Management) F7 (Financial Reporting) and F9 (Financial Management).
•Students have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals who regularly deliver guest lectures and have the opportunity to network afterwards.

Professional Exemptions
•From 2018: CIMA accelerated route will allow students to take the CIMA master's gateway assessment on completion of the MSc Programme. Exemptions are recognised for: • CIMA Certificate level BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law • CIMA Operational level P1 Management Accounting • CIMA Management level P2 Advanced Management Accounting F2 Advanced Financial Reporting Students who do not wish to take the gateway route are eligible for exemptions from the certificate level and will enter directly into the operational level objective tests of the CIMA professional qualification.

World Class Facilities
•The Corporate Finance module is taught in the Trading Room. Students have access to Bloomberg software, a market leader in financial news, data and analytics, which is used by many financial institutions.
•Students may wish to join the Trading and Investment Club, a student run organisation which aims to educate its members on trading and investing through guest speakers, competitions and educational seminars. The Student Managed Fund, which uses real money, gives students the opportunity to be part of an investment management process.

Student Experience
•Students will use and have access to software such as Stata, Excel, Matlab, and databases such as Thomson one banker, DataStream and Bloomberg.

Course Details
The programme offers the opportunity to pursue appropriately advanced studies in both accounting and finance, equipping the students for careers in financial institutions, management consulting, industry or government bodies.

The modules included in the programme aim to develop capacities of critical assessment of literature and methods, and the ability to communicate, orally and in writing, on topics in accounting and finance.

They provide a stimulating suite of learning activities that introduce students to contemporary theories and practice.

The development of transferable skills will shape the teaching and learning on the programme. The successful completion of coursework, for instance, will require students to gather information from a range of sources, as well as select and assimilate the relevant knowledge and complete tasks within deadlines.

You will also acquire the ability to write projects and an MSc dissertation, which aims at developing the skills of reading and summarising academic articles. The students will be able to analyse financial statements, apply investment strategies and understand the role of accounting in both profit and not-for-profit organisations.

The contents provided during the programme will also be useful to those who wish to pursue PhD studies in accounting and finance.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (Accounting or Finance based) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Exceptional applicants with degrees in Engineering, Mathematics, Management, Economics or other relevant subjects can also be considered. All applicants must have sufficient relevant knowledge of and/or experience in basic Accounting.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


1 year, full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
This Masters programme provides the basis for both profession- and research-orientated careers, as well as skills and knowledge required to progress into management careers in the accounting and financial services. It opens a wide range of career opportunities in banking, accounting and auditing, government, corporate finance, investment analysis and academia.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Prof Mariannunziata Liguori 
Programme Director
Queen's Management School

Subjects taught

Semester 1 (CATS)
Financial Management (20)
Corporate Finance (15)
International Financial Accounting and Reporting (20)

Semester 2 (CATS)
Accounting and Performance Management in Public-Sector and Not-For-Profit Organisations (15)
Management Accounting and Control (15)
Research Methods and Techniques (20)
Plus choice of one from:
Derivatives (15) or
International Finance (15)

Semester 3 (CATS)
Route 1 (60)
Traditional Dissertation (100%)

Route 2 (60)
Auditing and Accountability (25%)
Ethics and Governance (25%)
Critical literature review (50%)

Assessment method

Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
A variety of methods, including individual and group work, presentations, case studies, class tests and dissertation will be used. Both summative and formative assessment methods are adopted throughout all modules, which span from practical computer based work, to class tests, group and individual presentations and academic essays.

Application date

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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