Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years, Part-time: 4 to 8 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

128 (September 2020 entry)

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Derby Campus

Course description

Top10Accounting and Finance at Derby ranked Top 10**The Guardian University Guide 2020
96%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance and MAccFin**National Student Survey 2019
Top10Accounting and Finance at Derby ranked 9th for Teaching Quality**Times/Sunday Times 2019 University Guide

The MAccFin Accounting and Finance course is over four years. The first two years contribute undergraduate study, the third year is a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and the final fourth year enables you to progress to a full set of postgraduate modules. The outcome is a masters degree in Accounting and Finance. 

If you are taking the full-time route you can choose to take an optional placement year after your second year (in the UK or overseas).

The course provides you with opportunities to apply for relevant accounting and finance internships with regional employers. For many of you this can mean four summer internships which equates to one year’s work experience. This enables you to apply what you are learning in practice and builds up invaluable experience on your CV.

We’ve designed the MAccFin Accounting and Finance course to ensure that, if you select the relevant module pathway, you’ll be eligible to apply for exemptions offered by ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and AIA – which means you can achieve membership of your professional body quicker and accelerate your career progression.


My course has enabled me to develop as a person and improve my self-confidence. Even though I did not have any experience in finance, with my degree and skills gained at Derby, I have managed to secure a job in finance at Rolls Royce.

Sumanpreet Kaur
MAccFin Accounting and Finance Integrated Masters

What you will study

To complete the MAccFin Accounting and Finance, you'll study modules such as: 

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Market Economics and Key Mathematical Concepts
  • Academic Skills for Accounting, Finance and Business Economics
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Law for Accounting
  • Introduction to Operations Management & IT (only for full time route)
  • Financial Accounting
  • Professional Development for Accounting and Finance Graduates
  • Financial Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Business Tax
  • Audit and Assurance 

You can choose to take a placement year between stage two and three

  • Management Accounting and Performance Evaluation
  • Financial Strategy
  • Market Analysis 

Choose one option module from:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • International Finance

Choose one option module from:

  • Contemporary Reporting Issues
  • Personal Taxation
  • Developing Employability from the Placement Experience (only available to placement students)

Choose one option module from:

  • Investing and Financial Market Behaviour
  • Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Strategic Business Leader
  • Business Project (year through independent study)

You’ll also choose two options from modules including Advanced Audit and Assurance, Advanced Financial Management, Advanced Taxation and Advanced Performance Management. All optional modules will run subject to numbers.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Undergraduate level

The assessments are a combination of examination and coursework, typically with a 30/70% split. The coursework element varies across the years and the modules to include assessments types such as: writing a literature review paper, case study analysis, presentations, live debates, in-class tests, reflective summaries and examinations.

Postgraduate level

The accounting and finance modules are assessed with real live business issues in mind. For example: the Corporate Reporting module links its assessment to how the new Financial Reporting Standards would impact SME’s. Other examples include writing a tender bid for an audit contract. The modules aim to reflect real life issues so that you are work ready and commercially aware. Outstanding outputs from any level can be put forward for publication in the in-house journal “Critical Perspectives in Management”.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualitications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply


UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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The MAccFin Accounting and Finance integrated masters programme offers you complete flexibility and consolidated funding to support your studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This will provide you with a competitive edge for when you enter the graduate job market, enabling you to compete with conviction and a much broader academic and technical skill set.

We work closely with the professional bodies and regional employers to ensure our students can maximise any opportunity to benefit from: networking sessions delivered by professional bodies; events run by regional employers; short – medium internships both paid and voluntary.

A number of our students have undertaken work experience, placements and full time employment in organisations such as Porsche, Xerox, Russell Hotel, Jaguar, Smith Cooper, Rolls Royce, PWC and many more.

We’ve designed the MAccFin Accounting and Finance to ensure that, if you select the relevant module pathway, you’ll be eligible to apply for all 9 of the maximum exemptions offered by ACCA and apply for a range of exemptions offered by CIMA, IFA, CIPFA and AIA – which means you can achieve membership of your professional body quicker and accelerate your career progression

Ensuring you're 'work-ready'

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a 'work-ready' graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. 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.

Parminder Johal

Parminder Johal
Programme leader

As Head of Accounting, Parminder Johal leads a team of passionate and dedicated professionals. Parminder is a professionally qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA). Parminder previously worked in industry as a senior financial analyst for BT plc.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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