Accounting and Finance MSc

1. Overview

The MSc Accounting & Finance degree provides industry relevant accounting and finance skills.

This Masters in Accounting and Finance will provide you with the knowledge, skills and independent thinking abilities which are essential for developing a career in the accounting sector, within banking and financial institutions, or in the field of corporate finance.  Given the nature of modern business, this MSc may also be useful to graduates seeking to develop a career in general management or management consultancy.

The course is a conversion Master’s course for graduates who have completed a first degree in any field of study and who now wish to develop a career in accounting. It aims to produce independent thinkers who are able to deal with the complexity of the accounting and finance challenges facing organisations, either domestically or internationally. It is studied full-time over one year and degree completion will result in exemptions from examination papers F1-F4 of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

2. What you will study

The course is a "conversion" masters which assumes no prior knowledge of accounting or finance. It involves one year of full-time study, over three semesters with study normally commencing in the third week of September. The MSc stage is completed the following September with the submission of a Masters dissertation.

The modules provide an important core content developing a range of accounting, financial and quantitative theory and practical skills for application in the general corporate financial environment.

Semester 1

Exit award: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) Accounting and Finance 

Semester 2

Exit award: Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) Accounting and Finance

Semester 3

  • Capstone
    The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Masters level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed thereby enhancing your employment portfolio and setting you apart from other graduates in your field.

Award: Masters (MSc) Accounting and Finance

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information. 

3. How you will learn

Full-time Study

In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving access to discussion forums with fellow students and faculty, e-book resources, financial databases and investment simulations and to other learning materials e.g. videos.


Our teaching staff are drawn from a range of pure research and commercial business backgrounds. Several are members of the UK Accounting Institutes and nationally recognised for their participation at senior level in bodies such as the Expert Review Group of CIMA.  Research plays a vital role in underpinning all levels of teaching and the curriculum. Our students are made aware of the research being undertaken through access to published output and invitation to research seminars. Students have the opportunity to have their dissertation supervised by an active researcher.

Aberdeen Business School has excellent industry links and specialist speakers from industry* are a regular feature on the course delivering presentations in areas such Fund Management, Investment Banking and Treasury  Additionally, by undertaking a degree at Aberdeen Business School you will also be part of an active social group and the department plans frequent trips and events to enhance the student experience.

* Companies such as Exxon Mobil and Aberdeen Asset Management have provided guest speakers.

4. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

The MSc Accounting and Finance is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Association of International Accountants (AIA).

6. Student Funding

Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships and funding are available to eligible students at Robert Gordon University, further information via our scholarship pages.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

UK/EU Students

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

  • £12,100 entire course

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students

  • £4,640 entire course

International Students

  • £11,740 entire course

For Academic Year 2016/2017

UK/EU Students

  • £3,400 entire course

International Students

  • £11,400 entire course

For Academic Year 2015/2016

UK/EU Students

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

  • £12,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2014/2015

UK/EU Students

  • £4,500 entire course

International Students

  • £12,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

UK/EU Students

  • £4000 entire course

International Students

  • £10,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

UK/EU Students

  • £3,400 entire course

International Students

  • £9,600 entire course


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Information for Postgraduate Applicants

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

A degree from Robert Gordon University is confirmation to a future employer that a graduate will possess the blend of learning, skills and experience that they are looking for. The MSc Accounting & Finance will deliver graduates who can make an immediate valuable and effective contribution to their employer's business, allowing them to undertake careers in:

  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • General Management
  • Financial Accounting

Robert Gordon University has won awards as a top university for graduate employment with consistently high rankings. It is the top modern University in the UK and the only modern university to appear in the top 50 of all UK universities. See The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2012 (subscription applies). The university also saw its position in the UK university student satisfaction rankings rise in the Guardian University Guide 2013.

The University supports career development and offers online and offline advice and services through GRAD LINK, the university Careers Advisory Service.

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Course Length

1 year

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Aberdeen Business School
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ACCA The Association of International Accountants (AIA)
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