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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 15.1k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    MSc International Accounting and Finance provides an opportunity for students who wish to pursue a career in accountancy or corporate finance.

    The course will combine academic theory and practical application to enable you to develop an understanding of the importance and international impact of accounting information on business performance, stock markets and corporate finance. It is also designed to maximise opportunities to go on to gain professional qualifications in accounting and finance.

    You will study financial and management accounting and corporate finance, with an emphasis on their contribution to the strategic development of organisations and application to real-world examples and case studies. You will also cover contemporary global issues in accountancy and finance. The final project will give you an opportunity to carry out more in-depth study in an area of your choice and develop important skills to enhance employability.

    Why Solent?

    Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time as a student here, and maximising your opportunities for a challenging future career. This course has been designed to equip you with an understanding of the contribution of accounting and finance to business in an international context.

    You will be taught by lecturers with both professional qualifications and industry experience, in addition to academic and teaching qualifications, which enables them to effectively fuse academic theory with practical application to enrich the student experience and give you an excellent understanding of the relevance of your studies to the ‘real world’.

    The accountancy, finance and economics subject group has significant experience of delivering postgraduate, professional accountancy and finance units on courses such as the MBA and the ACCA. The tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible, and have professional qualifications and industry experience in addition to their academic and teaching qualifications.

    Career potential

    The MSc International Accounting and Finance will provide a foundation for anyone wishing to pursue a career in accountancy or corporate finance. It has been specifically designed to be a stepping stone to professional qualifications in accounting.

    Suitable roles for graduates of this course include:

    • Auditing
    • Financial accounting
    • Management accounting
    • Financial management
    • Tax
    • Corporate finance
    • Consultancy.

    Links with industry

    All members of the course team have professional qualifications (chartered accountant, chartered management accountant or chartered certified accountant) and connections with the various professional bodies of which they are members.

    The course team runs two employability weeks for students interested in careers in accounting and finance, with visiting speakers from over a dozen individuals and organisations.

    Students will be encouraged to enter various business competitions and challenges, and attend industry events.

    Transferable skills

    In-class activities and assessments, and in particular the contemporary, real-world project, will help you to develop business awareness and skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and communication.

    Further study

    The course provides a foundation for further study for professional accounting qualifications.


    • Risk, Governance and Ethics
    • Financial Strategy
    • Financial Aspects of Decisions (Strategic Management Accounting)
    • Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Economics
    • Corporate Financial Reporting
    • Strategy and Performance
    • Audit and Assurance
    • Project.

    Plus one of the following options:

    • Taxation
    • Finance in Context
    • Current Issues in International Accounting and Finance
    • Financial Risk Management.

    (Our courses are regularly reviewed so the final module list may be slightly different from the one shown here.)

    Teaching, learning and assessment

    The course is taught through a variety of lectures, seminars and workshops which will guide your individual learning. You learn through taught sessions and independent study, with good access to support from tutors. You will have personal supervision for the project.


    The course is assessed through individual coursework, with a variety of portfolios, written work, presentations, exams and the final project.

    Web-based learning

    The university’s virtual learning environment is an integral part of the learning and teaching of the MSc course. It is used for course content, case studies, access to additional study resources and interaction with peers and tutors.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    2:2 in related subject – accountancy or business (with substantial accounting and finance units studied). English language requirementsApplicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:IELTS minimum 6.5 (6.0 in writing)TOEFL IBT 92 (22 in writing)PTE Academic 61 (56 in writing)or equivalent.Qualifications are checked before enrolment and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies, when coming to study at the university. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    National Scholarship Programme

    The primary purpose of our National Scholarship Programme is to benefit individual students that come from disadvantaged backgrounds as they enter higher education. This scheme is available to new home and EU under graduate students starting a programme of study with us in 2014-15, who have no previous experience of studying for an undergraduate award and whose tuition fees are over £6,000 for the year. To be eligible to be considered for a National Scholarship, applicants will need to meet both the Government national eligibility criteria and the additional University eligibility criteria, as detailed below.
    Government national eligibility criteria:

    • Students will need to have a declared household income of £25,000 or less.

    University eligibility criteria will include one or more of the following:

    • Enrolment on an undergraduate degree programme, foundation level of an undergraduate degree programme, HNC or other equivalent course
    • Home address (this is your address prior to joining university) within a low participation neighbourhood
    • Being in the care of a local authority for a minimum of 52 consecutive weeks immediately prior to beginning a programme of study at the University, and aged 24 or under.

    Please see further information about the National Scholarship Programme here:

    High Performance Academy Scholarship

    Sport Solent and Southampton Solent University have developed the High Performance Academy (HPA) to help students who are studying at the University, whilst competing on the national and international stage. The programme provides financial and mentoring support to assist athletes in reaching their sporting potential whilst pursuing higher education.
    Minimum requirements for entry on the Sport Solent High Performance Academy
    Full-time or part-time undergraduate, or post-graduate student
    Applicants must have an outstanding ability in a particular sport
    Applicants must compete at a semi-professional level or show strong evidence of the potential to do so
    The High Performance Academy programme offers different levels of support to student athletes based on their sporting talent and potential. There are three categories that a successful applicant can fall under:

    • Performance squad
    • Development squad
    • High Performance squad

    How to apply

    To apply, please fill out the application form below and email it back to the High Performance Academy

    Scholarships for oversears students

    International Scholarships Scheme 2014
    We are pleased to offer some scholarships to students applying from overseas.
    Who can apply?

    You can apply if:
    you are applying for a full-time course at Southampton Solent University for 2014 entry, and
    you are from one of the following areas: Africa, Bangladesh, Japan, North and South America, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Turkey and you are not currently studying or residing in the UK, and you are a self-funded, full fee student (not applicable to Erasmus/Study Abroad students).

    How do I apply?

    Simply complete the Overseas Scholarships Application form and return it to our International Office, once you have received an offer from us.

    The scholarship form is accessible at:

    What will happen next?

    You will need to accept our unconditional offer and pay the required deposit.
    We will then send you the Scholarship Award of £1,000 towards your tuition fee payment for your first year of study.

    Sport Scholarships

    Sport Solent continues to provide and support top level athletes that strive for academic success alongside their sporting careers. Southampton Solent University offers the opportunity for selected athletes to access a sporting scholarship in many disciplines.
    Please note: the Sport Solent scholarship is available for athletes who excel in basketball and cricket.
    If you compete at a national and/or international level in another sport, and want to get financial support and mentoring from Southampton Solent University, you can apply for the High Performance Academy|.
    The Sport Solent scholarship
    Academic fees are covered at 100% or 50% by the university for each successful applicant:
    Scholarship fees Undergraduate Postgraduate
    Year 1: 100% Year 1: 100%
    Year 2: 50% Year 2: 50%
    Year 3: 50% N/A

    • Personal mentor
    • One-to-one strength and conditioning training
    • Free use of Sport Solent facilities
    • Free membership to Team Solent sports clubs, providing sports insurance
    • High performance support workshops and lectures
    • Additional funding to compete in international sporting events
    • Flexible timetables
    • Physiotherapy treatments.

    To apply

    Applicants must fill out the registration form and email to The registration form can be accessible through the link below:

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