MSc Accounting and Finance

MSc Accounting and Finance at Winchester is designed for students aiming to embark on a career in accounting and finance, and for qualified accounting professionals who wish to update and enhance their expertise in the fields of accounting and finance via a fast-track route.

MSc Accounting and Finance at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

This course is open to people interested in pursuing a career in finance and accounting. Normally a first or second-class Honours degree. Candidates who have achieved full membership of a professional accountancy body (for example, ACCA, AIA, CIMA, CIPFA, ICAEW, ICAS or international equivalent) may be eligible for entry with advanced standing (fast-track route). Students on the fast-track route take fewer modules (see indicative list to the right), alongside students on the full-time/part-time routes.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start dates: September 

Teaching takes place: Daytime, on weekdays

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry

September 2018 Entry Full-time | £6,900
September 2018 Entry Part-time | £3,450 p/a

Total Cost | £6,900

International Students

2018 Entry

September 2018 Entry Full-time | £12,950
September 2018 Entry Part-time | £6,475 p/a

Total Cost | £12,950

Additional costs:


  • Printing and binding: The cost of printing and binding the dissertations will need to be covered by the student. Cost £10-20. 


  • Core texts: It is recommended that students purchase the latest editions of all of the core textbooks. Many of these texts relate to extensive online material for which you require an access code supplied with the textbook.Cost approximately £350.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here


The programme aims to create a firm grounding in the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for accounting and finance at a strategic and management level, and explores the current and emerging theories, techniques and practices within these fields. Students are encouraged to engage with academic literature, case studies and each other by reflecting on their own managerial and business experiences. Built upon the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the concept of responsible management is a theme which runs throughout the programme.

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy
  • Academic Development and Research
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance
  • Dissertation

Optional modules include:

  • Global Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Business Consulting
  • Management Control Systems
  • Corporate Governance
  • Investment Appraisal
  • Advanced Financial Analysis

Fast-track route

For professionally qualified accountants joining the fast-track route with advanced standing, the following modules are studied:

  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

All modules develop an independent learning culture and provide a challenging learning experience for students. They are characterised by innovative, student-centred teaching and learning which develops students' intellectual skills of analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation. The programme is delivered in a small class size setting allowing students to capitalise on their current and/or prior experience on an individual basis. The integration of theory and practice is important and this is achieved through an innovative blend of simulations and case studies.

Programme Leader


A variety of methods for assessment are used in order to improve the quality of learning and give students a greater opportunity to demonstrate their true potential. Timely, relevant and helpful feedback is paramount to the assessment process and it aims to foster motivation by identifying strengths and areas for improvement. This also develops the student's capacity for reflection and self-assessment.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

The programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in accountancy and finance within the private and public sectors. Job opportunities include accounting and finance executives, financial advisers and planners, fund managers, investment analysts and stock brokers.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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