Our MSc Accounting and Finance has been created for professionals who are looking for a different style of degree study. Breaking away from the traditional, this course is an innovative exploration into real world business, enriched by the inclusion of contemporary debate and trends in accounting and finance.
To support your employability and career progression in today’s fintech sector, this accounting and finance master’s will greatly develop your skills in digital analysis and data handling. On the course, you’ll source, examine, and analyse live data sets from real world business cases and then apply contemporary accounting and finance principles - developing your own solutions to the strategic challenges posed.
The course also explores new technologies such as blockchain, fintech services, cloud computing, and distributed ledgers, helping you refine your skillset and set yourself up for careers in a wide selection of accounting and finance roles. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to evaluate the impact that accounting and finance has on strategic planning, preparing to contribute to large strategic projects such as mergers and acquisitions, pricing, capital expenditure, and investment.
If you’re a part-qualified accountant with existing qualifications from the ACCA, CIMA, or ICAEW, our master’s in finance and accounting is available with up to six possible module exemptions. This gives you a fast-track route to a Master of Science qualification, and with considerably reduced tuition fees.
You will study six core modules, which provide you with strategic and contemporary knowledge of accounting and finance practise. Each module has been designed to help you better understand and implement accounting in business strategy and to develop and support your entrepreneurial outlook.
The final Financial Management Project gives you an opportunity to learn more about innovative technology in accounting and finance, such as blockchain, fintech, cloud computing, and distributed ledgers. By studying the latest technologies, you’ll gain skills and knowledge that are essential for a successful career in today’s accounting and finance sector.
"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."
Our assessment strategy centres on a strong alignment with real world strategic accounting and finance situations. It embraces a range of assessment models including work related products, presentations, negotiated assessments, and report writing.
Our assessments have also been designed to replicate the real world. Rather than traditional exams, you will complete a variety of reports, presentations, and time-constrained assignments which align closely to how you will work in the industry. These assessment tools are there to prepare you for the real world, in a safe environment where you will receive meaningful feedback to further improve the application of your studies to your career.
Additionally, the MSc Accounting and Finance culminates with the submission of a Financial Management Project, where you will bring together the knowledge, skills, and attributes you have gained across all of your course modules.
At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.
To be eligible for the MSc Accounting and Finance, we need to see that you have:
Part-qualified accountants with completed exams from the ACCA, CIMA, or ICAEW may be eligible for module exemptions on this course, while still receiving our full Master of Science award upon graduation.
As well as reducing the time required to complete the course and achieve your MSc Accounting and Finance award, this can also significantly reduce the cost of your course depending on the number of exemptions you are eligible for.
We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
Hassaan studied accounting and finance at the University of Kent, followed by an MSc and PhD in Finance from Durham University. Prior to joining Arden, Hassaan was associate dean at Global Banking School, looking after the finance and business management degree courses. He was director of programmes at BPP University where he was responsible for degree programmes in finance and applied management as well as professional courses and degree apprenticeships in accountancy.
Our MSc Accounting and Finance will help you apply a strategic focus to problem solving and decision-making. Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged think creatively, supported by the inclusion of contemporary debate around trends in accounting and finance that permeates your course modules. This means you’ll graduate with the confidence to address workplace issues in innovative ways.
The MSc Accounting and Finance gives you a broad understanding of contemporary accounting and finance principles and issues. Importantly, the course examines how to act with integrity within the industry, through having an awareness of current ethics and themes with corporate social responsibility. Whilst studying this course, you will also:
Your MSc Accounting and Finance qualification will give you access to a range of careers within finance and accounting. Here are just a few of the roles graduates may want to explore further:
The course will also give you the skills and knowledge required to become a fully qualified member of a recognised finance and accounting professional body after graduation.
Our MSc Accounting and Finance course is approved by ACCA and CIMA. We’ve mapped out our modules against the largest professional accounting bodies: the ACCA, CIMA, and ICAEW. This ensures that your course content will readily prepare you to pass your accounting qualifications. The course is fully aligned to the Strategic Professional Level syllabus of the ACCA qualification, you can earn 120 credits towards your MSc Accounting and Finance, as well as progressing towards ACCA membership by sitting ACCA Strategic exams alongside your Arden assessments. Also, if you are an already qualified accountant, you can gain direct entry to our MSc Accounting and Finance Yop-up course
Arden University’s Faculty of Business is an esteemed member institution of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers who share a commitment for responsible management practices and lifelong learning. Membership with the BGA means that Arden University will support its students’ professional growth, allowing them to contribute to an international network in which ‘Leaders Never Stop Learning’.
Additionally, CIMA's 'Gateway' route gives our MSc Accounting and Finance graduates the opportunity to sit one paper which combines their Management level papers P2, F2 and E2. If you complete this successfully, you'll also be exempt from all of CIMA's Operational level and Certificate level papers. The Gateway is a fast-track route where you enter CIMA at the Management Case Study bypassing 11 exams.
We have partnered with Bloomberg to provide our students access to the Bloomberg Financial Markets Platform, an industry leading and cutting-edge financial tool. Through this, you will be able to interact with financial markets in real-time, giving you insight into what it’s really like to work in finance and allowing you to gain valuable employability skills in a safe environment.
You will also have access to Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC) – an industry leading course. BMC is a self-paced e-learning course that provides an interactive introduction to the financial markets. The course is available to you for free for the duration of your degree, and a year after graduation.