MSc Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance



Study level
Part time
1 year+
Faculty of Business

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You decide how and where to study
We offer a wide range of flexible undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in both our online and blended study modes.
Full support both online and on-site
We're also proud to offer non-standard entry, meaning your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account when assessing your application.
Strong focus on employability
You will gain in-depth subject knowledge and transferable skills that employers from a huge range of industries will value. Many of our courses at Arden are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the UK.

Course Overview

Our MSc Accounting and Finance has been created for graduates and professionals 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. This degree is also ideal for graduates and professionals from other business areas who would like to add accounting and finance knowledge to their skill set or advance their future career prospects by adding this highly respected master’s qualification to their CVs. 

To support your employability and career progression in today’s fintech sector, this accounting and finance master’s will greatly develop your accounting and financial management skills by leveraging digital analysis and data handling. On the course, you’ll source, examine, and analyse live data sets from real-world business cases using industry-standard tools 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 the industry 4.0 business environment, blockchain, fintech services, and distributed ledgers, helping you refine your skill set 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 have on strategic planning, preparing you to contribute to large strategic projects such as mergers and acquisitions, pricing, capital expenditure, and investment.

If you have previous accountancy 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 with considerably reduced tuition fees.

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This course is accredited by the Business Graduates Association, an international quality assurance body of world-leading education providers. 

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Course details and modules

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. 

Adrian Williams

"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."

Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)


  • Managing Within a Competitive Environment 
  • Analysing Business and Financial Performance
  • Analysing Financial Statements
  • Accountability, Governance and Assurance
  • Global Issues in Taxation and Fiscal policy
  • Managing Strategic Finance and Risk 
  • Financial Management Project 

How do we assess you?

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.

Study options

This course is currently available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide.

Toby Bradley

It’s a great way to study if you’re looking for flexibility. It was challenging to balance a full-time job with my degree but once I was in a routine, it was much easier to manage everything. Online learning has actually helped me become very good with time management and given me the ability to prioritise tasks.

Toby Bradley
BA (Hons) Business & Accountancy

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying your MSc Accounting and Finance with Arden gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and access to our Library Portal. The portal includes an extensive digital library including thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and academic and industry databases which you can use to research your assignments and projects. All of these materials are provided to you free of charge, and contain all the research information you’ll need to complete your degree with us.

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy.

Studying online with Arden University doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning.

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Entry requirements

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.


Standard entry criteria

To be eligible for our MSc Accounting and Finance degree, you should usually have: 

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent, or degree apprenticeship in a business-related field, although other degree subjects may be considered eligible (with some prior subject knowledge of accounting and finance). 

For holders of professional qualifications:

  • You are also invited to apply if you hold any of the following professional qualifications: completed ACCA F1-F9 papers; CIMA Certificate, Operational and Management Level Papers; Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) Fellowship; ICAEW Certificate and Professional Level Papers; AAT Full membership; other full membership of relevant professional qualifications such as CIM, CMI.

Non-standard entry criteria

We welcome applications from applicants who can demonstrate appropriate work experience. In such cases, at least 5 years of work experience is required for consideration, ideally within a business-related discipline (not limited to accounting and finance). Membership in a professional body is also desirable, but not essential.

English language requirements

For students whose first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) or TOEFL iBT 80 or a recognised equivalent qualification is required. 

Before you start studying

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.

Course fees and funding

Funding and Scholarships

The Arden University Postgraduate Merit Scholarship offers UK Online Learning students with a 2.1 undergraduate degree or higher £2,000 off our postgraduate tuition fees. You can also apply for up to £12,167 funding from Student Finance England fund your studies.  

If you’re an international student, we have a number of Regional Offers that can help you save money on your tuition fees.

Refer a Friend

When you help a friend or family member to study with Arden through our Refer a Friend programme, both you and the person you refer will receive a £500 Amazon e-voucher or £500 tuition fee credit.

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Meet the faculty

Dr Hassaan Khan

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.

Dr Hassaan Khan
Head of School - Digital Finance

Career prospects

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.

What will I gain from this degree?

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:

  • Critically apply accounting and finance theories and principles in strategic and operational business environments
  • Develop skills in data analysis, diagnostics, and research
  • Evaluate relevant accounting and finance theory and practice
  • Evaluate new developments in accounting and finance theory and practice
  • Evaluate the challenges presented by new developments in accounting and finance theory and practice

What can I do after Arden University?

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:

  • Asset Manager
  • Inventory Management
  • Business Planner
  • Business Manager
  • Technology Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Blockchain Designer
  • Careers in Fintech

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. 

Industry skills

CIMA approved

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. Also, if you are an already qualified accountant, you can gain direct entry to our MSc Accounting and Finance Top-up course

ACCA approved

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.

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

The BGA is a membership and quality assurance body. As a member, Arden University have signed up to the BGA Charter, committing their institution to responsible management practices and lifelong learning, positively impacting their students, communities, and the economy. This shows our students that we are demonstrating responsible management ourselves, as well as it being a central theme that runs through our own courses.

As Arden University is a member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), students will receive complementary BGA student and graduate membership. Through this membership, current students will have access to the BGA Career Development Centre, packed with interactive tools, e-learning content, partner discounts and the latest job opportunities. This is a lifetime access, which means students will continue to have access to these services even after they graduate.

CIMA Gateway

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.


Bureau van Dijk (an affiliate of Moody's Analytics)

You’ll have access to Bureau van Dijk throughout your studies. Bureau van Dijk is a leading publisher of business information specialising in private company data combined with software for research and analysis. It’s the world’s most powerful comparable data resource on private companies, with information on more than 400 million companies across the globe and 41 million of these including detailed financial information.

Through this, you’ll be able to gain a holistic overview of different companies and how data can be used for better decision-making and increased efficiency. You can use the database to explore areas such as credit risk, compliance and financial crime, corporate finance, business development and strategy, and much more.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) membership.

Arden University is a member of the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a global association of leaders in education and business dedicated to supporting and advancing quality business education worldwide.

This membership reflects the fact that Arden University has successfully matched the high standards required by the AACSB, and enables the sharing of ideas and the exchange best practises between global business schools. Membership also gives our faculty members access to in-depth data and research to support the development of our courses and teaching methods, ensuring that we are able to provide you with the best possible university experience.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.