Overview and entry requirements
MSc Accounting and Finance is for recent graduates with first degrees in accounting, finance, accounting and finance, management, economics, sociology, political science and other social science subjects.
The programme is designed to provide a career entry opportunity for full-time students as well as a career development opportunity for accountants, auditors, practicing managers, business consultants and finance experts from various backgrounds, to enhance and develop their accounting and finance skills.
Recent financial crises induced by various accounting scandals necessitate the qualitative training of highly skilled accounting/finance experts for the sustainability of today’s modern business. The programme aims to balance theoretical analysis with practical application to develop a critical and questioning approach to the conceptual underpinnings of accounting and finance.
See School of Finance and Management
Why study MSc Accounting and Finance at SOAS
We are 5th in UK for graduate employability (Guardian League Tables 2021).
Students will gain the knowledge and skills required to meet the expectations/requirements of modern businesses in dealing with accounting/finance issues. The programme can also serve as a springboard into other careers e.g. management consultancy.
This programme is accredited by CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants where you are eligible for the CIMA Masters Gateway – a fast track route for masters in accounting students where you enter CIMA at the Management Case Study bypassing eleven exams. Find out more about this entry route
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- We will consider all applications with 2:ii (or international equivalent) or higher. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application including supporting statement and references.
- 1 year full-time
Students must take 180 credits. These are composed of 120 taught credits comprising core and optional modules and a 60 credit dissertation.
Not all optional modules are offered every year; please check your preferences with the Programme Convenor. Also note that where 15 credit modules are selected, these should be balanced between term 1 and term 2.
Optional Elective Modules
Students should choose one 15 credit module from List A and one 15 credit module from List B.
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching & Learning
Masters programmes (with the exception of two-year full-time MAs) consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.
As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study such as reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. Also included is class time, for example lectures, seminars and other classes.
At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar every week, but this does vary. More information can be found on individual module pages.
Find out more on our approaches to teaching and learning
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Graduates from the School of Finance and Management leave SOAS with a coherent and solid knowledge of management and finance, with skills in statistics and computing, critical reasoning and analytical thinking.
Recent Finance and Management graduates have been hired by:
- Christian Aid
- Dagong Global
- Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Elbus Group
- Financial Times
- FM Capital Partners
- HM Treasury
- Houlihan Lokey
- Huaxia Bank, China
- IDB (Islamic Development Bank)
- J.P. Morgan Asset Management
- Lloyds Banking Group
- University of Oxford
- White & Case LLP
- World Food Programme
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A Student's Perspective
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