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Most people probably think that research in accounting and finance is "all about numbers", but that really couldn't be further from the truth! Indeed, there is much more to accounting and finance research. This course allows students the opportunity to study the advanced aspects of accounting or finance with staff that have a sound knowledge of the technical aspects of their subjects.

Status: If you need a visa to study in the UK - for entry Sept 2014, apply before 18th July 2014, and for entry Jan 2015, apply by 14th Nov 2014.

Why study MRes Accounting and Finance at Dundee?

We would be delighted to hear from potential new collaborators in research. All of our academic staff engage in high-quality research that is disseminated through various channels, and which has a significant influence on what, and how, we then teach our students

Several of our staff have written critically about the role of accounting and finance practices from the perspective of ethics and global sustainability. Others have explored how accounting is intertwined with political and cultural tensions as organisations attempt to implement new business structures and practices. Others have explored which elements of Western markets might (not) be suitable for adoption and promotion in developing and emerging economies.

What's so good about MRes Accounting and Finance at Dundee?

Our priority is to sustain long-term research excellence, and ensure that our research today continues to influence the practices of tomorrow. Dundee is often referred to as the "City of Discovery", after Scott's ship that was built in and is now permanently berthed here. The "discovery" spirit is one that runs through our School, and new collaborating partnerships will augment our drive for future accounting and finance-related discoveries.

The list of past, future and potential research interests amongst our staff is long, and we continually endeavour to pass on our new findings via internationally-rated publications, and through what we teach our students.

Introduction to the School of Business

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Who should study this course?

Overall, this programme is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in Accounting and/or Finance but who want to study the subject in greater depth. The programme is also suitable for those who wish to proceed to a PhD in accounting and finance. When you apply, you should detail your proposed research topic in your personal statement on the application form.

The programme does not offer exemptions from professional accounting examinations.

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Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by Accounting & Finance staff in the School of Business.

The start date is September each year, and lasts for 12 months.

How you will be taught

Our programmes are delivered using a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and hands-on computer labs. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework (for example, an essay), computer labs, projects based on group assignments and exams.

What you will study

This programme involves seven months of taught modules including Research Methods, Quantitative Methods and three module options.

The options will depend on the proposed area of research that the student wishes to pursue and will be primarily literature based.

Once these modules are successfully completed, you will write a dissertation if continuing to the MRes, otherwise you can leave with a Postgraduate Diploma.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination coursework, examinations and dissertation.


Our master's degrees provide an education emphasising analytical, decision-making and communication skills. These skills are needed in organisations of all types and sizes – both in the UK and internationally.

Your career is important to us and the practical relevance of our degrees is kept under careful review. We liaise with employers and the university careers service to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the graduate employment market.

Our graduates are to be found working all over the world in a variety of interesting and challenging jobs. Many are employed by large multi-national firms or with smaller firms in the UK including manufacturing companies and financial institutions – some as managers in specialist positions and some as accountants; some operate in the public sector, while others are running their own businesses.

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Entry Requirements

A relevant degree in accounting and/or finance.

EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

Fees and Funding

Academic Year Home/EU Overseas
2013-14 £4,500 £10,000
2014-15 £5,000 £11,000

Sources of Funding

Information about the School of Business scholarships can be found on the School of Business scholarships webpage.

Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

How to Apply

Apply online via UKPASS, in your personal statement on the UKPASS form, you must detail your proposed research topic.

You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.


Dr Theresa Dunne

School of Business
University of Dundee

Telephone: 01382 385174 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 385174 (from outside the UK)

Fax: 01382 388421 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 388421 (from outside the UK)


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Postgraduate Admissions
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University of Dundee

Telephone: 01382 384 384 (from the UK)
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