About the course

Course and module structure

Hertfordshire’s MSc Accounting and Financial Management is all about developing the knowledge you need to interpret and use financial information, so you can make informed, intelligent business decisions.

If you don’t have a background in accounting and finance, it will help you build the skills you need to move into this sector and shape a career in business, banking or financial management. If you’ve already studied or worked in accountancy or finance, this Master’s course is an outstanding opportunity to explore your subject in greater depth – and from diverse new perspectives.

Studying as a postgraduate here at Hertfordshire, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a body of the latest academic knowledge, learning how to apply it in a managerial context. Exploring its concepts and applications will help you develop higher-level analytical skills, enabling you to critically examine business challenges from an accounting and finance perspective.

While completing this Master’s course won’t give you exemptions from professional accounting exams, it will give you an excellent postgraduate-level understanding of your subject and a firm foundation for further development.

Hertfordshire Business School has close relationships with a whole range of accounting and finance professional bodies, which means our postgraduate teaching – and your learning – is informed by the latest industry best practice. We also collaborate with leading organisations from both the public and private sector, bringing fascinating real-world insights into all of our courses. 

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Accounting and Financial Management
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Accounting and Financial Management

Why choose this course?

  • This professional Master’s enables you to build hugely valuable decision-making strategies, making you a valuable asset to any organisation.
  • As well as developing strong academic knowledge, you’ll be exposed to real-world situations which underpin and apply what you’ve learnt.
  • With accounting and finance experts sought after across every sector, this Master’s course opens up incredibly diverse career possibilities.
  • Hertfordshire’s excellent student / lecturer ratio means you’ll benefit from inspiring teaching, expert insights and all the support you need.
  • With access to outstanding learning resources, 24 hours a day, you can access the very latest thinking and maximise your learning.

Key staff

Dr Edna Stan-Maduka
Programme Leader

Ms Emma Elkington
Subject Group Head (Accounting)

Ms Jane Fletcher
Subject Group Head (Finance)

Course details


Most of our Master’s students go on to careers in banking, accounting firms or public service organisations like the NHS, either as an accountant or in other financial management roles. However, the uniqueness of the Hertfordshire course means that when you leave us you’ll be equipped to go into a hugely diverse range of businesses seeking decision-making, accounting or finance expertise.

You can also choose to continue your postgraduate studies by working towards professional accounting and finance qualifications or progressing to a PhD.

Teaching methods

We offer a varied programme of teaching that includes facilitated seminars, practical workshops, web-based learning, case study analysis and traditional lectures. We also provide sessions by visiting staff, practitioners and consultants to give a varied perspective of the topics covered.

You will be assessed through a variety of coursework including presentations, reports and projects. You will also be required to complete a dissertation and will be supported by a dissertation supervisor.

Work Placement

A work placement isn’t a requirement on this postgraduate course, but real-world experience is always incredibly valuable and if you’d like the opportunity to apply your skills you can choose our 60-credit Applied Project module. This option gives you the chance to conduct a live project within a business, getting hands-on experience of financial decision making.


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Finance for Business Decisions 30 Credits Compulsory
    Emerging Issues in Accounting and Finance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Project for MSc AFM 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    An honours degree (at least 2:2) in any subject area or relevant professional qualification combined with managerial experience. Other academic qualifications such as HNDs will be considered on a case by case basis where they are combined with managerial level experience. Managerial experience to be considered must be more than ten years in accounting or finance management role.

    All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency.

    The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
    - GCSE English language grade A-C
    - IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
    Other English language tests are accepted. 
    Please contact the International Office for details.

    If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 2 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202125/09/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students