8 months
8500 GBP/full
4500 GBP/full
Tuition fee
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This Professional Accounting and Finance course from Aston University aims to meet the needs of exam qualified home professionals, with relevant employment experience, who wish to acquire a masters degree and specialist research skills in order to leverage their accounting knowledge and experience so that they may progress in their chosen careers.

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Learning, teaching and assessment

We are recognised for the quality of our teaching and research with 100 per cent of our business research achieving the highest rankings in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

You will be taught various philosophies and theories of research in accounting and finance but this is far from a passive, theory-heavy course. What makes us stand out is our focus on providing you with the practical skills and supervision to help you make your own piece of rigorous research.

We’ll give you hands-on activities where you can develop your research skills. Our innovative online learning platform will also support you with your studies. It has all the digital resources you will need when planning, drafting and writing up your research methods coursework, your research proposal and dissertation, including lecture/tutorial slides, access to e-books on research methods and accounting and finance, and online journals, as well as video recordings of teaching.

How will this Professional Accounting and Finance course from Aston University help my career?

You’ll be taught by our exceptional research and teaching staff. They have a range of experience and expertise, and include qualified accountants who have worked for prestigious global companies and the ‘Big 4’ as well as leading academics who are at the forefront of research in the field of accounting and finance. This means you will benefit from complementary perspectives and insights that will help you carry out well-informed rigorous research.

We use an innovative and engaging range of teaching methods. Lectures, tutorials, group work and case studies will introduce you to the latest research thinking in this field and give you the opportunity to critically consider its application in real-life business situations. These opportunities will enable you to learn about current practices and challenges in accounting and business finance research.

Programme Structure

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Formulate viable research questions pertaining to different research approaches that are currently used in accounting and finance research.
  • Critically examine the relationship between theory and evidence in the context of a particular research project that follows one of these approaches.
  • Demonstrate the applicability of various concepts of research quality in research papers.
  • Construct your own research design for a research project in accounting and finance, given your preferred approach to research

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 8 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Minimum entry requirement is a completed level 7 professional accounting qualification from a Recognised Body.

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW)
  • A member body of Chartered Accountants Worldwide
  • The Global Accounting Alliance
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA/AICPA)
  • Another top tier nationally recognized accounting professional body.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8500 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8500 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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