• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Duration:

    2 years part-time or 1 year full-time

  • Attendance:

    1-2 evenings a week part-time; 2-3 evenings a week full-time.

    October to July (3 terms)

  • Location:

    Central London

  • Professional bodies that recognise this course:

    This programme is part of the CFA university recognition programme and has a limited number of CFA scholarships available.

Programme overview

This is a generalist MSc and will be relevant to those who wish to pursue a career in accounting and those who require a thorough knowledge of accounting as budget holders. We seek students from different areas in business/management, accounting and finance, or those with a quantitative background.

We take a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to the subject, which offers you an innovative way of learning about topics that cannot be pigeonholed into one particular area. Because our students come from such a variety of backgrounds and range in age and experience, you will find our class discussions a stimulating arena in which to explore new ideas and topics.

Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, the Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers as well as enthusiastic teachers, and regularly publish cutting-edge articles in the world's leading journals.

We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.

We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time in our department and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

How to apply

Application deadlines and interviews

Apply as early as possible, but no later than September.

Online application

Accounting and Financial Management (MSc) (Part-time)

Accounting and Financial Management (MSc) (Full-time)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Provides a thorough understanding of the key areas of accounting and financial management for non-accounting graduates.
  • On completion, you will be able to understand, apply and critically assess a wide range of accounting and financial theories.
  • You will learn and apply the relevant techniques in each subject area.
  • Strong emphasis is placed on analysis and interpretation using case study and live company analysis.
  • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your programme of study and modules are available. You will also have access to the Birkbeck Library and e-Library where you can obtain books and journal articles that are required for your studies.

Entry requirements

Normally at least a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university or a non-UK equivalent; other qualifications will be considered.

A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College.

Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 10450 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7975 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 15950 pa

Payment and Fees Discounts

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

Funding and Financial Support

Finishing your undergraduate degree this year? Current Birkbeck students are eligible for a £10,000 scholarship to fund a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015-2016.

This programme is part of the CFA university recognition programme and has a limited number of CFA scholarships available.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue careers in accounting, finance, or management. Possible professions include licensed conveyancer, management consultant, tax adviser, or economist. This degree may also be useful in becoming an accounting technician, chartered certified accountant, or chartered public finance accountant.

Find out more about these professions.

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Lectures followed by seminars to help you apply the topics covered. Seminars will include discussion, worked examples and exercises, case studies and student presentations. There will be a range of guest speakers from industry.

You will receive expert research supervision in the preparation of your dissertation.

Assessment

Short tests, written examinations, coursework, group work and poster sessions. Minimum pass mark of 50%.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent

Read about Birkbeck research offering insights and expertise to inform business, contribute to economic success and develop ground-breaking technologies.

Further study opportunities

If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Management and MPhil/PhD in Economics.

Progress to a PhD will normally be dependent on gaining at least a merit grade in the Master's programme. It will also be dependent on a member of the teaching staff agreeing to act as principal supervisor for your PhD research.

Further details

We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.