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Dr Peter Hill
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Progress towards a successful career within the world of accounting and finance with a degree that will set you up to work around the world.

Why study International Finance and Accounting?

A Master's degree in International Finance and Accounting will provide you with a broad skillset and support you in furthering your career within the profession. This course reflects the current world business climate to provide you with skills that are transferable across national boundaries.

You'll receive support from business professionals as you learn about finance and investment. This will provide you with opportunities to engage with the real world of finance, investment and accounting.

Guest speakers will attend module lectures throughout the degree. This includes the former Chief Economist at Lloyds TSB, who will teach on the 'Economics and International Finance' module.

This International Finance and Accounting degree does not require you to have studied a similar degree at the undergraduate level. Individuals with any degree background are welcome to apply.

If you have appropriate work experience, but haven't achieved the required academic qualifications, we may still accept you onto the course provided you pass an interview.

Why St Mary's?

You'll also be able to select a work placement module as part of the degree. For this module you'll work as part of an organisation within the accounting and finance industry, providing you with invaluable professional work experience within the industry.

The degree will provide you with key business skills such as finance, investment and accounting. Our team of professional academics will support you as you learn and develop your skills with a focus on finance and accounting at an international level.

As part of the International Finance and Accounting degree you will benefit from:

  • A team of research-active academics who are experts in their field of accounting and finance
  • Enhancing your CV or resume with a work placement that will give you vital experience in a professional organisation
  • An internationally diverse community of students and academics you can use to build your network as you study
  • Smaller teaching groups that will provide you with personalised support
  • Guest speakers - organised through our strong network of business contacts - will share their professional expertise with you
  • An annual Careers Fair in which you'll be able to meet representatives from various companies

Key facts

  • Taught by professionals who have excelled in their professions, including the former Chief Economist at Lloyds TSB
  • Fantastic networking opportunities
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus, located a 30-minute train journey from Central London
Please note: this programme is subject to validation.

Course content

The degree is designed to provide you with the knowledge of international business with a core focus on finance and accounting.

You will learn to understand and apply both financial and management accounting techniques in a business context, and acquire a critical understanding of methods required to undertake practical research in the areas of finance and accounting.

You'll be given the opportunity to illustrate your acquired knowledge in organisations during a work placement. This will build on your understanding of finance and accounting within a practical environment.


  • Fundamental Principles of Business, Management and Finance Core (For Non-Business Graduates)
  • International Finance and Accounting Core
  • Applied Research Skills Core
  • Research/Consultancy Project Core
  • Investment Markets and Investment Decision Making Core
  • Principles and Practice of Financial Accounting Core
  • Principles and Practice of Management Accounting, Auditing and Corporate Governance Core
  • Digital Business Optional (Unavailable for Non-Business Graduates)
  • Economics and International Finance Optional
  • Finance, Investment or Accountancy in Practice (Industry Experience) Optional
  • Negotiation and Communications Skills in Business and Management Optional
  • Charity Finance and Investment Optional
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

A Master's degree in International Finance and Accounting will provide you with an excellent academic qualification to pursue a career in finance and accounting.

On completing the degree, you will possess the skills, knowledge and understanding required by global businesses within the finance and accounting industry.

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The programme is taught by our excellent academic team alongside guest speakers from within the industry. Teaching will be delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

As a postgraduate student, you will be expected to conduct your own independent research and take advantage of the resources provided to you, including our extensive range of online resources.

Assessment methods

Individual modules are assessed separately and will contribute towards your final Master's degree mark.

Assessments will take the form of both individual and group work. This may include reports, exams, time-constrained coursework, oral presentations and consultancy projects.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: £13,650

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


For guidance about financing your studies, including information about government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact

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