• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Every organisation needs accurate financial information in order to survive and to make decisions about future growth. Our Accounting and Finance Integrated Masters course, will equip you with the knowledge and skills that you need to secure senior positions in the accounting and finance industries.

Demand for qualified specialists in accounting and finance has always exceeded supply. The integrated programme will help you develop a wide range of skills that are easily transferrable, such as: critical thinking, analytical problem solving, working in teams, researching, synthesising and communicating information.

At Bucks you’ll have practical experience of industry-standard methods, tools and data; set in a national context and taught by experienced staff. You’ll also participate in intensive live briefs on some of the modules aiming to demonstrate the highly practical aspect to it.

On completion of this course you’ll be well-equipped to progress to the next stage in your career within a business function or continue your studies to specialise your career eg as a chartered accountant.

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider this course:

Professional accreditations and exemptions

At Bucks we want you to get the most out of your time with us. Studying a course with a professional accreditation gives you the opportunity to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body.

The following professional bodies currently accredit this degree:


Experienced Lectures

Our lecturers have extensive industry and academic experience. They’ll help you mix theory with practice, informing your teaching with their knowledge. We attract many guest speakers, including former students who share their business acumen. You’ll have the chance to be guided through real briefs, watching the accounts of a real business evolve and shift. We always make sure that you’ll always know about the latest trends in the world of business.

Interactive learning experience

We provide you with real-world contextualisation and engagement, for example, you’ll have a variety of visiting lecturers, guest speakers from professional bodies, live briefs, work-relevant projects and external visits.

As a Placement Plus University, you’ll be exposed to a variety of challenges, all designed to help you learn and apply relevant knowledge, concepts and skills, whilst developing those key competencies and characteristics needed to be successful in both education and employment.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


Throughout the course you’ll learn about financial and management accounting and the business and regulatory environment in which businesses operate. You’ll also learn about financial management and the role of the financial markets and key financial institutions.

To ensure that you are work ready and commercially aware, all modules have been developed to provide you with up-to-date and relevant knowledge of accounting, finance and research methods,

As you progress, you’ll be given the opportunity to become more effective and creative when solving problems, as well as analysing scenarios with a view to being able to advise individuals

During the second and later years of the course, there will be more flexible learning opportunities that will enable you to specialise in particular subject areas, as well as allowing you to tailor your course to a specific career aim or professional body.

A major part of this course involves developing relevant practical skills to prepare you for employment. For example, you’ll learn how to:

  • use accounting software such as  Sage Line 50 to create accounting records and prepare financial statements from records of prime entry.
  • produce a variety of accounting documents including reports and letters
  • compare and contrast manual and computerised accounting methods.

Support towards your ACCA qualification

When you study with us, you'll be one of 527,000 ambitious students all working towards the same goal. Then once you qualify, you'll join more than 219,000 fully qualified professionals around the world - opening up even more opportunities to connect, progress and make an impact. ACCA is the largest and fastest growing professional accountancy body in the world.

At Bucks, we help you work towards your ACCA or CIMA professional qualification. After graduating, you’ll be able to apply for exemption from all nine ACCA papers at the fundamental level. You’ll only have to pass four papers at the professional level to become ACCA affiliates. We also have some CIMA exemptions.

You also need three years experience if you want to join the ACCA. We can help you find that experience during your studies if you wish.

The nine ACCA papers that Bucks graduates on the Accounting and Finance degree are exempt from include the following:

  • F1 - Accountant in Business
  • F2 - Management Accounting
  • F3 - Financial Accounting
  • F4 - Corporate and Business Law
  • F5 - Performance Management
  • F6 - UK Taxation
  • F7 - Financial Reporting
  • F8 - Audit and Assurance Services
  • F9 - Financial Management.

Transcripts must be provided by students to confirm the award of membership/exemptions.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80-104 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Accountant in Business Organisations
  • Financial Accounting
  • Graduate Challenge
  • Global Business Environment
  • Management Accounting
  • Computerised Accounting
  • Career Viewpoint
  • Data Insights for Business Decisions

Year 2 Modules

  • Business Consulting
  • Consultancy in Practice
  • International Auditing
  • Contemporary Business Economics
  • Financial Reporting (I)
  • Corporate Business Law
  • Introduction to UK Taxation
  • Financial Management

Year 3 Modules

  • Research Methods
  • International Finance
  • Strategic Agility
  • UK Taxation
  • Financial Reporting (II)
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics
  • Consultancy Project

Year 4 Modules

  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • International Management of Finance
  • International Trade and Competition
  • Dissertation
  • International Auditing


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

Most Accounting and Finance graduates choose employment that enables further study with a view to obtaining a full professional qualification and a career in accounting and/or finance. This course is designed to help you apply for registration with the professional bodies in accounting and finance.

We work closely with the professional bodies and regional employers to ensure our students can maximise any opportunity to benefit from: networking sessions and seminars delivered by professional bodies; events run by regional employers. such as Santander, Sky, JP Morgan, CAA, Equitable Life and many more.

You could also use your degree (and the more general business and personal skills you’ll have developed) as a foundation for a career in general management in a wide range of organisations. Many students will go on to study for professional accountancy qualifications offered by bodies such as ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA or IFA. Your degree should enable you to gain a number of exemptions from their examination requirements.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

Graduates from our business degrees gain crucial skills that are highly valuable to employers – analytical and critical thinking, creative approaches to problem solving, numeracy and confidence in interpreting and applying business data, and the ability to allocate resources and undertake projects.

Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career, ensuring that you leave Bucks as a 'work-ready' graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising.

We encourage you to undertake relevant work experience, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work environment. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.