MSc Finance and Accounting

A specialist programme, designed to prepare recent graduates for careers in the finance industry.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2018
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
MSc Finance and Accounting at Imperial College Business School

This course is now closed to applications for 2018 entry.

Overview

Our accredited MSc in Finance and Accounting is ideal for students looking to pursue careers in the finance industry, such as investment banking and professional services.

This one-year full-time programme provides a thorough grounding in the theory of finance and an understanding of the practical elements of the finance and accounting industry. You’ll gain a foundation and an understanding of the more practical aspects of designing a strategy and managing the finances and risk of a business.

Study programme

Before the course begins you are expected to complete pre-study and foundation modules online. These are designed to provide you with a basic knowledge of areas later covered throughout the academic year and introduce you to the modern tools of finance.

The taught element of the programme starts in September and you study the core modules throughout the autumn and spring terms. Each student also takes elective modules which are taught in the spring and summer terms. The elective modules allow you to tailor your learning to meet your career ambitions and match your interests. Your choice of electives includes two international options which allow you to experience finance in a different economy

In the spring and summer terms, you will choose between undertaking two types of projects and will work on the project in the summer term and summer vacation period. Students who choose the Applied Project submit 3,000 words and a short presentation. Students who choose the Research Project produce an original piece of work around 10,000 words. Students who complete a Research Project will be required to take one less elective. The Research Project is particularly suited to those students wanting to do a PhD after their MSc programme.

Careers

Our graduates are well prepared for jobs in the finance industry, such as investment banking, asset management and consultancy. Graduates have pursued careers in the UK, Europe and further afield, with employers including Deloitte, HSBC and J.P. Morgan.

Professional accreditation

We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation:

We have also been recognised for our work in tackling gender inequality in higher education with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Our MSc in Finance and Accounting is accredited by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Degrees professionally accredited by ACCA and CIMA are ideal for students looking for roles in the financial industry, such as investment banking and professional services.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Accounting and Valuation
  • Accounting Primer
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Application of R for Finance
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Applied Project
  • Applied Project (work based)
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Financial Management & Strategy
  • Ethics and Professional Standards in Finance
  • Finance Careers Primer
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Modelling
  • Fundamentals of Derivatives
  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Markets and Securities
  • Research Project
  • The Finance Industry

Non-assessed modules

You complete the following modules but will not be assessed.

  • Career & Professional Development
  • Induction
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Mathematics
  • Plagiarism Awareness Module
  • Study Skills

Optional modules

You can choose 3 or 4 optional modules depending on whether you choose a Research Project or Applied Project.

  • Advanced Company Valuation
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Statistics
  • Banks, Regulation and Monetary Policy
  • Corporate Law and Corporate Tax Strategy
  • Corporate Strategy and Dynamic Competition
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Financial Crises andRegulation
  • Insurance
  • International Finance
  • Law and Capital Market Dealing
  • Macroeconomics and Finance for Practitioners (International Elective)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Structured Credit and
  • Topics in Fintech Innovation

Project

You chose from two types of research projects to complete.

  • Applied Project - if you choose this option, you will also complete an additional elective. The report is around 3,000 words. If you have secured a work placement, you will be able to link your project to the area of finance of the employer organisation.
  • Research Project - the Research Project is ideal if you wish to follow an academic career and apply to a PhD programme. The report should be around 10,000 words.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Case studies
  • Equipment/technique demonstrations (e.g. Bloomberg, Datastream)
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises
  • Interactive content including video and module quizzes
  • Lectures
  • On-line discussion forums
  • On-line lecture materials
  • Practical classes
  • Pre-programme on-line modules
  • Seminars
  • Work Placement Opportunity
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case Studies
  • Continuous assessments
  • Essays
  • Formal Presentations
  • Multiple Choice Tests
  • Participation
  • Reports
  • Written Examinations/Tests

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is normally at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in quantitative subjects, such as Finance, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering, Science or Business

Additionally, you are expected to have a well-researched career plan with clear short and long-term goals.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College. There is further detail available from the Business School website.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Non-academic requirements

When selecting candidates, the Business School uses a range of non-academic criteria to assess students, including future potential and the commitment which students will bring to the programme.

How to apply

All applications for postgraduate taught degrees are made online via Apply.Imperial.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

Admissions

Making an application

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

All of the Business School taught postgraduate programmes require payment of an application processing fee before an application can be submitted. Details of the cost can be found on the Business School website.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Read more about scholarships specific to this degree on the Business School website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£33,500

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£33,500

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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