MSc International Accounting and Finance

Study on our ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) accredited Masters course and kick-start your career as a successful finance professional.

International Accounting and Finance

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date February
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules



ACCA accredited programme      Association of Chartered Certified Accountants logo

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Accounting and finance roles have increasingly taken on an international dimension. With growing globalisation and the convergence of international accounting practices, this course meets the business world’s demand for graduates who are educated to Masters level in International Accounting and Finance.

The course provides specialised training in international accounting and finance, and helps you develop the reporting and analysis skills needed by worldwide organisations. It also enables you to gain an appreciation of international investment issues from a range of perspectives.

By the end of the course you’ll be able to offer employers an understanding of international reporting standards which have an increasing global relevance, along with an advanced awareness of international financial markets.


The MSc International Accounting and Finance has recently been reaccredited by the global accounting body, ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), underlining our close relationships with the profession.

This accreditation gives graduates automatic exemption from four of their papers, (Accountant in Business, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Corporate and Business Law) with a fifth and sixth (Financial Management and Financial Reporting) possible based on the spring semester options you choose.

Some of the MSc modules also cover elements of the learning outcomes from all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme, helping you progress towards CFA Charterholder status.

Student Managed Investment Fund

Our students have established a Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), with support of our academics within the Accounting and Finance Division. The SMIF allows you to gain practical experience of managing investments with real money. A student-led project, it will help you to enhance your employability before you graduate – giving you exceptional practical understanding of theoretical aspects of investment valuation. Find out more about the Student Managed Investment Fund, the regular guest speakers and how you can get involved at the SMIF website.

Gain real-life experience at Amplify Trading Boot Camp

The course includes an innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by our partner Amplify. The boot camp won the CFA Institute’s Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) Award in 2015. You’ll trade futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). By letting you trade in real time, but with virtual money, the boot camp bridges the gap between an academic understanding of financial markets and how they function in practice.

Find out more about the Amplify Trading Boot Camp.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

Top reasons to study with us

Preparing Business Leaders of the Future

Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond text books and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. Find out more about Flying Start.

Coming to study in the UK?

Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study. Take a look at the Prepare for Success website to get more information.

The MSc International Accounting and Finance is accredited by ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the global accounting body.

This accreditation gives graduates automatic exemption from four of their papers, (Accountant in Business, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Corporate and Business Law) with a fifth and sixth (Financial Management and Financial Reporting) possible based on the spring semester options you choose.

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact, according to REF 2014. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five.

64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour. We were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.

What our students said

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Anh Le Ngu Ngo
MSc International Accounting and Finance
I am very thankful to the support staff here at Stirling. It has been a huge help having someone listen to me and help me, especially when I am a thousand miles away from home.
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Su Yanding
MSc International Accounting and Finance
During my studies I gained professional knowledge and was lucky enough to meet many good teachers who taught me a lot. I also benefited from participating in the Amplify Trading Boot Camp experience as well as research areas such as global macro analysis, technical analysis and basic analysis of behavioural economics.
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Konstantinos Lamprogiorgos
MSc International Accounting and Finance
The MSc International Accounting and Finance was very intensive and furnished me with the knowledge I was seeking. One of the great aspects of the course was being able to participate in the Amplify Trading Bootcamp which gave me valuable practical experience of financial markets
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