University College Birmingham: Finance and Accounting

InstitutionUniversity College Birmingham View institution profile
Department Business School - MA/MSc/PGDip
Study type Taught


Course snapshot

If you aspire to a career within today's increasingly complex global financial environment, UCB's Finance and Accounting MSc/PGDip course will give you the skills you need to become a strong decision-maker, capable of dealing with accounting and finance-related challenges facing local and international organisations. Accredited by the University of Birmingham - one of the world's leading academic institutions - our course gives you the opportunity to engage with real-world business problems and develop your practical skills in our new state-of-the-art Financial Trading Suite. Our course is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), enabling you to apply for a range of exemptions on completion.

Who’s the course for?

This course is ideal if you are thinking of changing career or want to further develop your skills and knowledge having previously studied a different discipline. You will be interested in careers such as financial analyst, company secretary or stockbroker.

Why should I study the course?

  • EXCELLENT FACILITIES – Our brand new Financial Trading Suite supports the develop of your skills in professional trading

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Put your skills into practice working on live client cases with local and international businesses

  • IN-DEPTH RESEARCH – Study a topic that interests you and is relevant to your career ambitions for your final research project

  • INDUSTRY APPROVED – We have close links with industry employers while completing our course will allow you to apply for a range of exemptions from professional exams, including 11 CIMA exemptions

Great. Tell me some more

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to apply for exemptions from a number of professional exams. Our course is accredited by CIMA and includes 11 exemptions from the CIMA qualification, while you will also be able to apply for the CIMA Gateway examination.

UCB's Financial Trading Suite is one of the largest among all UK universities and will provide you with practical training opportunities to support your studies. Featuring 21 workstations, two large wall screens and a scrolling ticker providing real-time global market information, it is also the first university trading suite in the country to be powered by Infront Professional Terminal.

What skills will I gain?

You will develop the ability to deal with finance and accounting challenges within a range of organisations and learn how to make strong decisions within the modern day financial environment.

You will be exposed to the latest technology and become familiar with the latest digital tools used in the industry.

Through your final project, you will gain in-depth knowledge of a subject relevant to your chosen career, as well as developing and demonstrating your ability to conduct high-level research.

What about the future?

Graduating with this course will enable you to work in any organisation, covering roles such as a financial analyst, payroll outsourcer, company secretary, forensic accountant and stockbroker.

Your degree would also be useful for the following roles:

  • Corporate finance

  • Data analyst

  • Management accountant

  • Mortgage adviser

  • Purchasing manager

  • Retail banker

  • Financial accountant

  • Financial risk management


Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

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Accredited by the University of Birmingham
Studying a master’s degree at University College Birmingham, you can really tailor your course to your chosen career and make an immediate impact when you graduate. And the vast majority of its MA and MSc degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham, ranked fifth by the Complete University Guide for graduate prospects. 

Its postgraduate degrees are highly-specialised, whether you are looking to go into management in the field of aviation, accounting, business and enterprise, tourism, marketing or culinary arts, lead the way in education, work on prosthetics in film …

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