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Accounting, Management and Strategy


Tomorrow's management accountants and management consultants will be at the hub of both day-to-day and strategic organisational life - as dynamic partners to other business managers, and as leaders of change management projects, systems design, strategy formulation and much more.

This course replaces MSc Strategic Management.

Why study Accounting, Management and Strategy?

Our MSc in Accounting, Management and Strategy is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to embark on various business-related career alternatives.

As leading-edge research suggests, a broad knowledge of strategic management issues will, in the future, be essential in all medium and large organisations. Financial and non-financial management is no longer only for accountants, but is an important requirement amongst managers across all business functions. This programme offers students with an excellent platform, post-graduation, to enter the fast-changing worlds of management accountants, management consultants and global business managers.

Our course:

  • is informed by the latest, and leading-edge, research in the relevant discipline areas,
  • provides leading-edge insight into the roles and skills requirements for tomorrow's management accountants, consultants and global business managers,
  • contains an infusion of organisational case studies relating to (changing) financial management and management accounting practice, incorporating group discussions and presentations,
  • features graduate professionalism and employability.

What's so good about Accounting, Management and Strategy at Dundee?

The MSc in Accounting, Management and Strategy encapsulates many important aspects of the remit of today's management accountants, management consultants and business managers – which could include (but is by no means restricted to): strategy, change management, corporate governance.

The modules you study encourage you to think analytically and critically about the ways in which modern businesses organisations create and use information, in both operational and strategic contexts.

An additional aim, specifically for overseas students, is to provide educational and cultural experiences which are unique to the UK; indeed a great deal of this uniqueness can also be attributed to Scotland and even Dundee.

Who should study this course?

It offers students who already have a sound background in accounting and/or business, the opportunity to pursue more advanced studies in the Strategic Management field, viewed from an accounting perspective.  It is particularly  suited to those students wishing to pursue a career as a management accountant or management consultant within business organisations.

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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

The degrees are taught full-time for a period of twelve months, starting in September each year. Modules are taught using a variety of teaching methods such as lectures, workshops, groupwork and student presentations. 

What you will study

This programme runs for 12 months from September to August, and comprises five compulsory modules plus a dissertation:

  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Marketing, Management and Strategy
  • Performance Measurement and Reporting
  • Dissertation 

How you will be assessed

Semester 1 modules are examined in December.

Modules taught in Semester 2 are examined by the end of April/early May.

At this point, students will be directed, by their supervisor, to begin the dissertation phase of the degree (although they will be encouraged to begin thinking about their research topics in Semester 2).

The dissertation should take students around four months to complete with final drafts being submitted in late August/early September


Students will be equipped with the necessary skills to embark on various business-related careers. Those with an accounting and/or finance background will be able to pursue such exciting and fast-changing careers as management accountancy or management consultancy within business organisations. Others will be able to pursue a more general managerial career with increased financial and commercial astuteness, as well as nurture a global business perspective.

The School of Business has excellent employment records for its students (and an impressive Alumni), and this new Masters-level programme is intended to continue this pattern of success and enable students to embark on fulfilling and rewarding careers. In this regard, the structure of the degree, with an emphasis on developing both technical and generic (soft) skills, in the context of a fast-changing business environment, will stand students in good stead.

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Entry Requirements

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

An undergraduate honours degree or a relevant professional qualification.

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 and Foundation Programme(s) which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively. 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 to 1.5 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

Fees and Funding

Academic Year Home/EU Overseas
2013-14 £4,500 £11,000
2014-15 £5,000 £12,500

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

Dr Elizabeth Monk

School of Business
University of Dundee

Telephone: 01382 384789 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384789 (from outside the UK)

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


Admissions Contact

Postgraduate Admissions
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University of Dundee

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