Economics, Accounting and Finance (MSc)

This programme aims to take graduate students with only limited knowledge of economics, accounting and/or finance and provide them with an understanding of the key concepts and current issues in the field.

You will read and assess the current literature in the main fields of economics, accounting and finance and form independent, informed judgements about it. You will then plan and embark on a programme of independent research (under appropriate supervision), undertaking a thorough literature review in a prescribed topic area or analysing economic, accounting or financial data and relating the results to theory.

Core units

  • Economics for Finance and Management
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Financial Reporting
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics, Finance and Management

Optional units

Optional units can vary from year to year, but may include the following economics, accounting and finance options.

  • Economics options – select two from:
    • Growth, Trade and Structural Change
    • Industrial and Managerial Economics
    • International Business
    • Introduction to Business and Economic Forecasting
    • Law and Economics
    • Personnel Economics
  • Accounting options – select one from:
    • Accounting Theory, Scandals and Standards
    • Applied Empirical Accounting and Finance
    • Auditing and Assurance Services
    • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
    • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Finance options – select one from:
    • Advanced Financial Reporting
    • Corporate Finance
    • Financial Markets and Investment
    • International Finance

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.


The final part of the MSc is a project-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words. A choice of dissertation subject areas is provided and you choose your specific topic from one of these broader areas. Many of the dissertations are literature-based and you will be expected to acquire and use literature search skills for a range of electronic and traditional sources.

A first or good upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) that demonstrates mathematical ability.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

The programme will provide you with a sound basis for a future career in a wide range of fields, including economics, accounting, finance, public service and teaching. You will also develop a range of transferable skills that will be valuable for employment in any sector.

Full-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

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