You will explore and apply principles and ideas within accounting and finance scenarios to understand and resolve issues in financial reporting and financial management within an organisation.
The programme uses Icarus, an award-winning simulation developed by UCL School of Management academics, as an experiential learning tool in the Capstone project to analyse and explore a wide range of strategic challenges including pricing, infrastructure investment, and human resource matters.
There is no assumption that you have taken a finance/accounting degree at bachelor’s level. Each module involving quantitative elements ‘starts from scratch’.
This programme is currently not supported by any Recognised Teaching Centres. Check this page for further updates.
The programme is delivered online and there is no requirement to come to the UK as part of your studies. Our flexible online programme allows you to work around your own schedule and leads to a globally-recognised qualification.
When you register, we will give you access to the Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources including:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers online learning support, access to the student café and discussion areas, and other study materials.
- Module subject guides for each module studied; these introduce and develop the topics.
- The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library. All registered students have free access to the University of London’s Online Library.
- Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.
All students receive tutor support and feedback while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.
Web-supported learning: if you register for a module as a web-supported learner, you join an online tutor group. If you register in this way, you pay the web supported learner fee.
Teaching centre supported learning: if you enrol for a module with a local teaching centre, you receive face-to-face tuition. If you enrol for tuition with a teaching centre, you pay the institution-supported fee to the University plus an additional tuition fee to the teaching centre.
All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.
The flexible approach to learning allows students to complete the MSc in a minimum of one and a half years (subject to module availability) to a maximum of five years.
You can study at your own pace, either part-time or full-time, adjusting the intensity of learning to suit your needs, however assessment deadlines will need to be adhered to.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.
You will have access to support through:
- The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
- TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.
- Student Relationship Managers - a team of Student Relationship Managers (SRMs) are here to support and advise you throughout your studies. They aim to ensure that you are fully up-to-date with important and useful information about how best to complete your studies.
Each module is run over a 10-week block, with the exception of the Capstone project which is run over two sequential 10-week blocks.
The following modules are assessed by two assessments: a mid-term online test (25%) and an end of term coursework assessment (75%):
- Financial Accounting Frameworks (FAF)
- Management Accounting Frameworks (MAF)
- Financial Management Essentials (FME)
- Advanced Financial Analysis (AFA)
- Advanced Management Accounting (AMA)
The following modules are assessed by one coursework assessment (100%):
- Global Issues in Finance and Accounting (GIFA)
- Corporate Governance, Audit and Assurance (CGAA)
- Analysing Risk for Decision Making (ARDM)
- Issues in Investment Management (IIM)
- Capital Markets and Global Perspectives (CMGP)
The Capstone project is assessed by two assessments: a research proposal (30%) and a project (70%).
Where a module has more than one element of assessment, the overall grade awarded will be based on both elements of assessment. Students will be required to pass the module with a weighted average of 50%.
All coursework items are submitted through the VLE.