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MSc Law and Accounting

About the MSc programme

This programme draws on the resources of the Department of Law| and Department of Accounting| and is intended for graduates with a good undergraduate degree in law or accounting or a degree which contains elements of law or accounting. Some management, business and economics degrees may also be accepted.

The programme is designed for students who have studied or worked in legal, accounting or related fields.

Programme details

You take courses to the value of four full units – one full unit  core compulsory interdisciplinary course, courses to the value of one full unit each in law and accounting (the choice depending on your specialist background), and  one further full unit option. 

Teaching for the compulsory course and law courses will be primarily through seminars. Teaching in the accounting courses will normally be by a combination of lectures and classes or seminars.

The compulsory core course is examined by an interdisciplinary long essay and a two-hour examination. The other courses are examined mainly by  examination  but students should check requirements for individual courses. 

Compulsory courses

  • Corporate Accountability: Topics in Legal and Accounting Regulation acquaints students with the central issues faced by law and accounting in relation to problems of corporate accountability and regulation. It is interdisciplinary in focus, and provides students from varying backgrounds with new perspectives.
  • Either Financial Reporting in Capital Markets (for those with a background in accounting) is intended to enhance the student's ability to relate economic events to financial statements and disclosures. It also seeks to aid in developing a coordinated set of concepts and principles to serve as a framework for analysing a wide variety of financial reporting issues or Management Accounting and Financial Accounting: Decisions, Control, Reporting and Disclosure provides students with an introduction to both management and financial accounting. The financial accounting component highlights aspects of reporting that are important to users of financial information. The management accounting component explores issues of accounting information and cost management.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates go on to careers in a number of roles such as: senior associates, traders, banking analysts, regulatory accountants, auditors, consultants and forensic accountants.


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Application code: MN34 (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2012: 27/241

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in law, accounting, management, business or economics (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Law score (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: £19,176

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions. Apply early, however, as places will fill up quickly

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