MSc Accounting

We are no longer accepting applications to study at our London campus.

If you were interested in this programme, you may wish to study the Finance and Investment Management MSc available at our Liverpool campus.

DURATION: 12 months

This programme offers you the opportunity to attain a postgraduate degree from a Russell Group university and simultaneously gain exemptions (credit for prior learning) from examinations for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), paid for by the University. Completion of the programme also offers the maximum exemptions awarded by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) on payment by the student to ACCA of the appropriate fee.

Thorough and stimulating, this degree programme includes specialist coverage of a range of topic areas within the disciplines of accounting and finance, including corporate reporting, auditing and assurance, taxation, finance, business strategy, business management and professional ethics.

You will develop quantitative and qualitative skills to enable you to make realistic business recommendations and solve problems in complex scenarios. Business awareness will need to be demonstrated at strategic, operating and transactional levels, and will include issues of sustainability.

The use of technical knowledge and professional judgement will be required to analyse data from multiple sources in order to evaluate alternatives, and determine appropriate solutions.

ICAEW study manuals and question banks and IFRS, audit and tax open books from the reading list for each module are also included in the programme fee.

The University of Liverpool has one of the largest professionally qualified Accounting and Finance academic departments in the UK.  As such, we are able to offer different Master programmes in Accounting, each with its own unique benefits. View a comparison table of the programmes here. 


Programme Structure

You will build your understanding of the principles, techniques and applications of accounting and finance through the development of technical knowledge and business skills including problem solving, professional judgement, communication and advice through:

  • Intensive full day lectures
  • Days for self-study and reflection
  • Significant electronic learning resources
  • Regular formative assessment and feedback.


The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is a professional membership organisation, supporting over 150,000 chartered accountants around the world. Through technical knowledge, skills and expertise, it provides insight and leadership to the global accountancy and finance profession.

As a student on the programme you will be enrolled as a student member of the ICAEW, giving you access to online resources that include company information, country and sector data, economic forecasts and eBooks.

ICAEW is a prestigious globally respected professional accountancy body. Membership of a professional body is necessary to work as an accountant or auditor in the UK and in many countries. ICAEW is a world leader in shaping the accounting profession through its high quality exams, economic analysis, input to governmental policies, ethical standards and support for members.

Successful completion of our programme provides exemptions/ passes from all Certificate papers and Professional Level papers, and we prepare eligible students (those that gain ICAEW credit for prior learning for all Semester 1 exams) to sit two Advanced Level papers (for which exemptions are not available), Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management.

Why University of Liverpool Management School?
Learning to make a difference

Students studying MSc Accounting benefit from belonging to the University of Liverpool Management School, whilst being based at the London campus.

The University of Liverpool Management School works with today's leaders in business and management to prepare its students to be the leaders of the future. The school's mission is 'Learning to make a difference' and there is a fundamental belief that the purpose of the School's research and teaching is to develop students who are not only good managers, but individuals who are truly committed to making a difference. We hope that our students will use the knowledge and skills they gain here in their future roles to help solve some of the most endemic problems individuals, enterprises and communities face.

AACSB-Accredited - the University of Liverpool Management School is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be AACSB Accredited, which represents the highest achievement for an educational institution and its college of business. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation.