Finance & Accounting
Become a leader in the financial sector.
Learn from our globally respected Department of Finance faculty, leaders in their field
ACCA and CIMA accredited, a head start to your career
97% of our class of 2022 were employed within three months of graduating
Course key facts
Minimum entry standard
First or 2:1 in a quantitative subject such as Finance, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Business
Prepare yourself for a career in financial or professional services with MSc Finance & Accounting, a one-year, full-time programme accredited by both ACCA and CIMA.
You will gain a strong theoretical grounding and learn from some of the world's best research in corporate finance. Highly applied, the programme will bolster you to find solutions to real-world business and valuation challenges in mergers & acquisitions, private equity and real estate. Many lectures are delivered by highly regarded practitioners, and you will have the option to attend programming workshops, complete an Applied Project, or take part in a work placement.
Tailor your learning with our wide range of cutting-edge electives, enabling you to align your studies with your career aspirations.
You'll get the opportunity to meet and network with leading global organisations, thanks to our London location and ongoing relationships with major employers in the finance sector.
This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.
Find out more about potential course changes.
Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.
Before the programme begins you will complete pre-study modules delivered through The Hub, Imperial College Business School’s online learning environment.
These modules will be available to students who have accepted an offer of admission from July onwards, and are designed to give you a basic knowledge of areas which will be covered by the programme throughout the academic year.
You will study one foundation module in September that introduces the tools of modern finance and enhances your career development skills.
- Foundations in Finance & Accounting
Core modules build rapidly on previous experience while introducing new and challenging disciplines.
- Advanced Corporate Finance
- Applied Econometrics
- Corporate Finance
- Ethics and Professional Standards in Finance (Online Module)
- Financial Accounting
- Fundamentals of Derivatives
- Investments and Portfolio Management
- Management Accounting
Electives allow you to personalise your programme to match your own interests. You will take either three (if you do the Research Project) or four (if you do the Applied Project) from the elective modules.
All students will be required to take at least one key elective.
- Banks, Regulation and Monetary Policy
- Contemporary Financial Accounting
- Corporate Dealmaking
- Corporate Governance and Stewardship
- Corporate Law and Corporate Tax Strategy
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Real Estate Investment, Finance and Private Equity
- Advanced Company Valuation
- Advanced Financial Statistics
- Blockchain and Applications
- Climate Finance
- Corporate Finance for Practitioners (International Elective)
- Enterprise Risk Management
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Innovation and Strategy in Fintech
- International Finance
- Private Equity and Venture Capital
- Structured Credit and Equity Products
- Sustainable Investment
- Wealth Management and Alternative Investments
In the spring and summer terms, you will choose between undertaking two types of projects, in order to develop specialist skills and subject knowledge to benefit your future career.
You can either pursue an Applied Project together with an additional elective, or a traditional Research Project. If you have secured a work placement, with approval you will be able to link your Applied Project to the area of finance of the employer organisation.
- Applied Project
- Work Placement
- Research Project
We are among a handful of business schools worldwide to achieve triple accreditation:
- Association of MBAs (AMBA)
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
We have also been recognised for our work in tackling gender inequality in higher education with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching and learning methods
Presentations and seminars
Virtual learning environment
Work placement opportunity
Multiple choice tests
We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.
How to apply
If you are applying to the Business School, you may be considered for one course per admissions cycle. If you are applying for a Finance Master's, we will take your areas of interest and eligibility into account when considering you for alternative programmes.
Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.
If you are applying for a taught Master’s course, you will need to pay an application fee before submitting your application.
The fee applies per application and not per course:
- £100 for all MSc applications to Imperial College Business School
- £150 for MBA applications to Imperial College Business School
There is no application fee for MRes courses, Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or research courses, such as PhDs and EngDs.
If you are facing financial hardship and are unable to pay the application fee, we encourage you to apply for our application fee waiver.
Find out more about the application fee and waiver
An ATAS certificate is not required for students applying for this course.
If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.
The government has not yet published the loan amount for students starting courses in Autumn 2024. As a guide, the maximum value of the loan was £12,167 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2023.
The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
Your future career
With the programme accredited by both ACCA and CIMA, you'll be prepared for a career in financial or professional services.
Our expert Career Consultants will help you develop your CV by offering tailored advice on job applications and career paths that are ideal for you.
With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.
Investment banking, asset and investment management, and general finance are just some of your options.
Other potential career paths include consulting, M&A, asset management, sales/trading, or private equity.
Terms and conditions
There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.
You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.Programme specifications