School of Economics and Finance

Accounting and Finance

MSc ( 1 year Full-time )


This programme offers a contemporary and specialised approach to accountancy and finance, focussing on the exploration of key practical, theoretical and empirical issues. It is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the financial services industry, professional accountancy, banking and finance or management. It also provides a thorough preparation for academic research.
The worlds of accountancy and finance are always changing due to the changing legal framework the financial sector operates in. If you want to work in this area, this course will provide the theoretical framework and latest information.
This programme will:

  • Allow you to acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of key theories, approaches and issues in the fields of accounting and finance
  • Enhance your career prospects with an understanding of the complexity of policies and practices in accounting and finance and their similarities and differences in different jurisdictions
  • Update your knowledge of the latest developments in accountancy and reporting required by local, national and European government.

Why study your MSc in Accounting and Finance at Queen Mary?

The programme brings together two highly-respected Schools of Queen Mary University of London. The School of Business and Management is rapidly building a strong reputation for a distinctive approach, in particular the focus on the inter-disciplinary nature of business and management.

The School of Economics and Finance is one of the top Economics schools in the country, with particular expertise in economic theory, econometrics and finance, and applied economics. We have published research in virtually all the top economics journals. In the REF 2014, the School of Economics and Finance was ranked among the top ten in the country for research power.

  • You will also receive tuition from visiting 'practitioner' professors, who are City professionals and able to apply theory to real world scenarios
  • There are an unparalleled set of optional additional modules focussed on applied topics such as portfolio management, computational finance and electronic trading-designed to equip students with the key technical skills employers look for
  • The School of Economics and Finance runs the MSc Investment Club which will enable you to gain hands-on experience in trading and portfolio analysis. The investment club operates as a micro-fund and provides you with the chance to familiarise yourself with the financial world.


Our PGT students will have swipe card access to the Innovation Pod, Think Pod, and the QUBE Mac Suite; all located on the Third floor of the Bancroft Building.  The Think Pod is an interactive collaboration space with presentation, recording and video conferencing facilities. The Innovation Pod provides workspaces for individual learning. The QUBE Mac Suite is a workspace for student entrepreneurs providing 27-inch iMac computers with state-of- the art media creation and editing software.

You will have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

You will have also have access to facilities and equipment, including:

  • Applied analysis software
  • Subscription to Datastream
  • Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) which includes Bankscope and CRSP
  • Data analysis simulation software
  • Bloomberg subscription
  • Macrobond - data charting and analytical application
  • Two school computer labs
  • 70 PCs and designated printers
  • Postgraduate micro-lab (running specialised econometrics software)


The MSc in Accounting and Finance is currently available for one-year full-time study.

There are taught modules spread over two semesters, followed by a dissertation (word count is dependent on which school the dissertation is taken with). There are also pre-sessional modules in maths and statistics, providing a good opportunity for you to refresh your knowledge of these areas.

Please note that your pattern of study will vary depending on your module choices.

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory.

Semester 1

Compulsory modules:

Each module is worth 15 credits

  • Investment Management (ECOM050)
  • Principles of Corporate Finance (ECOM144)
  • Financial Reporting (BUSM054)
  • Practical Valuation Compulsory (BUSM118)
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance (ECOM053)
  • Pre-Sessional Support Classes for Maths and Statistics (ungraded) -non-credit bearing

Elective module:

  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178) - non-credit bearing

Semester 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Corporate Governance (BUSM060)
  • Advanced Management Accounting (BUSM067)

Elective modules:

  • Financial Derivatives (ECOM026)
  • Risk Management for Banking (ECOM055)
  • Asset Management (ECOM057)
  • International Accounting (BUSM059)
  • International Finance (BUSM115)
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting (BUSM061)
  • Behavioural Finance and Decision Making (BUSM085)
  • Accounting and Value Management (BUSM071)
  • Public Financial Management and Accounting (BUSM076)
  • Empirical Finance (ECOM146)
  • Research Methods for Accounting (BUSM143)
  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178) - non-credit bearing

Semester 3

Core modules:

SBM Students

  • Dissertation (BUSM066) - Students undertaking their dissertation with the School of Business and Management have to study this in conjunction with module: Research Methods for Accounting (BUSM143) ( Both modules are worth 60 credits in total); and choose one elective module from the semester 2 list. 

SEF Students 

  • Dissertation (ECOM107) - Students undertaking their dissertation with the School of Economics and Finance CANNOT take BUSM143 Research Methods for Accounting in Semester 2).  They must choose two 15 credit elective modules from the semester 2 list.

(A core module must be taken and passed. A compulsory module must be taken.)

NoteThe modules are correct at the time of reading.  Information based upon modules offered during the 2018/19 academic year.  However, we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

For more information:

Visit the School of Economics and Finance website or the School of Business and Management website.

Entry requirements

You should have at least a good upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in Accountancy, Finance, Economics or other business-related subject. Some background in quantitative subjects is advisable. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency - 7 (6 in writing) IELTS or TOEFL equivalent is required.

Students will attend intensive pre-sessional classes in mathematics and statistics in September.

Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet our minimum English language requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements, it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme at Queen Mary's Mile End Campus in London.


For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)20 7882 5533 or email


For detailed country-specific entry requirements please visit the international section of our website.

Learning and teaching

Learning and Teaching:

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study:

For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and interaction with the Virtual Learning Environment. A wide range of assessment techniques are used, including coursework, examinations and a dissertation. Coursework may take the form of an individual and/or group assignment, individual and/or group presentations or invigilated tests. Examinations take place in May or early June. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.


You will also be assessed on a supervised dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £12,950
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £24,950
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717