• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Business
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Ready to take your accounting or finance degree to the next level? Develop your specialist knowledge at the highly-ranked University of Dundee

If you’re looking to build on the foundation of your accounting or finance degree this is an ideal choice. This University of Dundee course will help you understand practical accounting and finance disciplines in a global context. It’s also an excellent starting point if you want to progress your academic career.

In particular it is designed so you can:

  • Critically evaluate research in accounting and finance
  • Appreciate the links between different aspects of accounting and finance, e.g. financial accounting and reporting, financial management, management accounting and corporate governance
  • Understand key social science research methods
  • Apply a range of research methods to examine a specialist area of accounting and finance
  • Communicate complex and specialised issues clearly and concisely
  • Work intensively on a research-based dissertation

Throughout your studies, we want you to understand the power and limitations of accountancy and financial techniques and how they can help society to function. You’ll be examining the way in which large corporations use their funds to generate income and wealth in an increasingly globalised accounting and reporting environment.

The course emphasises the role played by capital markets both in the UK and overseas in this wealth creation process and highlights their importance in the global economy.

Dundee is among the fastest risers in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings and has also been rated the best in Scotland by some of the most influential higher education surveys.

We welcome students from the UK and elsewhere to our stimulating, supportive, friendly and well-organised campus. This commitment was recognised by our rating of ‘Excellent’ by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. All accountancy staff, including professors, are active as teachers and researchers. You’ll be learning from a team who routinely push back the boundaries of knowledge in their subject area.

The city environment and the service from the School is wonderful and the people here are very kind. 


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This course runs for 12 months from September to August. The course is academically rigorous, drawing on current strategy, change management, corporate governance and accounting theory. It is practically relevant, helping you apply knowledge and develop generally transferable skills such as problem solving, team-working and collaboration.

How you will be taught

Our degrees are taught using a variety of methods including lectures; seminars; workshops; tutorials; projects and hands-on computer labs.

How you will be assessed

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

Course content

This course involves seven months of taught modules including Research Methods, Quantitative Methods, Contemporary Accounting Issues and Corporate Governance. It comprises three compulsory modules including a dissertation, and four module choices. The syllabus is designed to give students the platform to progress from a Diploma to a Masters via a dissertation.

The programme is also suitable for those who wish to progress to a PhD in Accounting and Finance.

Core modules:

  • Research Methods & Methodology (BU52001)
  • Quantitative Methods (BU52002)*
  • Dissertation (BU52010)

*Econometrics for Finance (BU52011) may, at the request of the student and with the approval of the Programme Director, be substituted for this module

Plus at least one Accounting module from:

  • Contemporary Accounting Issues (BU52004)
  • International Accounting & Financial Reporting (BU52005)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (BU52013)

Plus at least one Finance module from:

  • Global Risk Analysis (BU52006)
  • Corporate Finance (BU51002)
  • Emerging Financial Markets & Investments (BU52012)

Plus two modules – either from Accounting, Finance or from modules currently running in the School. These typically include:

  • Corporate Governance (BU51001)
  • International Banking (BU51011)
  • Performance Management & Reporting (BU51006)
  • Current Issues in Banking & Finance (BU51012)
  • Principles of Marketing Practice (BU51015)
  • Human Resource Management Strategies (BU51018)
  • International Human Resource Management (BU52021)
  • Experience Design (BU51017)

Our master’s courses prepare you for a successful career, wherever in the world you plan to work. Employers expect their postgraduate recruits to have advanced technical and communication skills, to be confident team-workers, independent researchers, good project-managers and be at the leading edge of their specialism. Our degrees are designed to respond to these demands.

Our graduates are working all over the world. Many are employed by large multi-national firms.  A number are with smaller UK firms including manufacturing companies and financial institutions. Some work as managers  and accountants in specialist positions while others hold posts in the public sector or run their own businesses. A number have also gone on to further study (e.g. PhD) in the UK and elsewhere, with graduates employed in universities all over the world.

You’ll be able to make use of the University's dedicated careers service to help you to confidently present yourself to the world's top employers.

Year of Entry: 2016

A relevant degree in accounting and/or finance.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £5,500 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £5,500 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study
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Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £5,950 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £5,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study
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You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowAccounting & Finance MScP040211

Course Contact

Gwen Hannah
Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 385147

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