M.Sc. International Accounting & Finance (Strategic Finance Practice)(online)

University of Liverpool
The MSc in International Accounting and Finance with a specialisation in Strategic Finance Practice teaches financial management through applied practice within the corporate financial environment and financial markets. You should graduate from this course as an adept financial decision-maker, ready to take on high-level positions in global organisations. The programme looks at treasury management, capital structure, and market theory, and how these strategic financial practices tie in with core accounting competencies. Specialist modules include International Corporate Finance, Risk Management and Ethics, and Entrepreneurial Finance. All online MSc in International Accounting and Finance programmes are covered by the University of Liverpool Management School’s AACSB Accreditation.

Description of International Accounting & Finance (Strategic Finance Practice)


The online MSc in International Accounting and Finance offered by the University of Liverpool prepares future professionals for work in global organizations. They will develop strategic and tactical accounting and management skills e to measure performance and assure that financial goals are met in the company. The programme is designed to develop you as a competent decision-maker who understands the dynamics of markets and can assess what approaches best suit company long-term success.

The Master in International Accounting and Finance answers the needs of busy accounting professionals around the world by providing fully online programme delivery. Share practical knowledge with your international peers through .

The University of Liverpool online MSc in International Accounting and Finance offers a general track as well as specialisations to help focus your studies on a particular area of interest.

Available Specialisations
  • General Track
  • International Financial Reporting
  • Strategic Finance Practice
Why study accounting and finance?

Accountancy and finance programmes are great opportunities for students to learn how business influences and structures human lives. If you are interested in pursuing a career in business, accountancy and finance can provide an excellent basis for this.

Develop a wide range of skills, including business and commercial awareness, problem-solving, critical and statistical analysis, communication as well as negotiation skills.

Accounting and finance provides excellent employment opportunities. The requirement for related positions grows as the economic climate becomes more difficult. Gain employment in professional firms, corporate finance and investment jobs in large corporates, as accountants and finance managers in public and private organisations.

About strategic finance practice

Strategic financial practiceis concerned with the study offinancewith a long-term outlook, following the strategicgoals set by the organization. The objective of Strategic Financial Practice is to increase shareholder wealth and prepare for a "long term course of action".

The strategic finance practice specialisation provides an opportunity to study treasury management, capital structure and market theory, and learn how to apply this knowledge to decision-making in a global context.

How does online study work?

All masters and doctoral programmes are accessible 100% via the internet, giving career professionals access to a level of higher education that may otherwise be out of reach because of work or family responsibilities.

As an online student with the University of Liverpool you will have:

  • A classroom that is always open
  • Direct feedback from faculty and peers
  • Interaction online with fellow students

In completing your assignments, you can interact with instructors and classmates whenever and wherever it suits you best.

All course modules are delivered online one at a time, so you can get explore the subject in real depth. We carefully compose each individual study group from a student body representing a wide variety of experience, so that feedback from classmates is stimulating and inspiring, bringing both specialist knowledge and fresh perspectives.

Why choose this master in international finance and accounting?
  1. The curriculum places an emphasis on measuring performance within international organisations.
  2. Reporting methods are structured around the widely used International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  3. Interact, collaborate and share your experience with peers from around the world.
  4. This online masters is taught by professionals with a wide range of international experience.
  5. Take advantage of a supportive and flexible online study environment.

Whatever your career aspirations, on completion of this programme you should be equipped with a range of advanced accounting and financial skills directly applicable to global organisations. Future career options include:

  • Compliance auditing
  • Cost accounting
  • External auditing
  • IT auditing
  • Governmental accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Private accounting
  • Public accounting
  • Consultant
  • Contributor
  • Manager
  • Entrepreneur/business owner
  • Administrator

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline flexible
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date Any time  2015
Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 30 months
Delivery mode Online
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Part-time variant Flexible
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Core modules

  • International Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Strategic Managerial Accounting and Performance Management
  • Assurance and Management Control
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • International Corporate Governance and Regulation
  • Accounting Information Systems and Technology

Specialisation modules

(students choose two)

  • International Corporate Finance
  • Treasury Management and Ethics
  • Financial Analysis and Valuation
  • Financial Markets and Institutions

Please note all modules are not guaranteed to be offered in any calendar year and current scheduling may be subject to change.


Students refine their dissertation topic in conjunction with their Personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the writing process. The dissertation has to be on a topic appropriate to the Strategic Finance Practice specialisation.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for International Accounting & Finance (Strategic Finance Practice)

General admission criteria

In keeping with its standing as a high ranking institution, the University of Liverpool sets high standards for its applicants.

You will generally be expected to have a suitable combination of these three elements:

  • Educational and professional qualifications
  • Work experience
  • English proficiency

Your working experience is important. If you are successfully admitted to a University of Liverpool online programme, you will draw on your professional experience in order to complete assignments and participate fully in the online classroom. In return, you will gain practical knowledge, skills and insights into best practices that you can apply immediately in your work.

Specific admission requirements


A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university or a degree from a recognised institution comparable and/or equivalent to a British Honours degree.

English Proficiency

Applicants for whom English is not a mother tongue will need to demonstrate English proficiency comparable to IELTS 6.5, TEEP 6.5, and TOEFL scores of around 600 (paper-based test) or around 90 (internet test), or GCSE C.

Work Experience for International Accounting & Finance (Strategic Finance Practice)

No work experience is required.

If you intend to apply for MSc in Global Human Resource Management, MSc in Global Marketing, MSc in International Management, MSc in Project Management, MSc in International Accounting & Finance or MSc in Corporate Finance it is possible to commence one of these programmes without any work experience if you hold a related degree.

Technological Requirements

Computer and internet access.

More Information


Fully recognised online postgraduate degrees

The University of Liverpool’s online degrees have the same status and standing as those awarded to graduates who study on-campus. This applies to all our online postgraduate degree programmes.

The University’s status as a UK degree-awarding institution dates back to 1903 when it was first granted a Royal Charter.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – the organisation that monitors and advises on quality and standards in UK higher education – confirmed in its 2009 review that students can have confidence in the quality and standards of the University of Liverpool’s provision.

Many countries, including the USA and Canada, accept the standard of degrees awarded by UK universities as equivalent to their own.

International accreditation

Management school accreditation – AACSB

The University of Liverpool Management School is one of only 5% of business schools worldwide with AACSB Accreditation from AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. All of the University’s campus and online management programmes are covered by this accreditation.

Management programme accreditation

In addition to AACSB accreditation covering all of the University’s online Management programmes, two programmes have specific accreditation:

• European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) teChnology-Enhanced Learning (CEL Accreditation) – Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)

• Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) – Online MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management. CIPS accreditation is a globally recognised credential. Upon graduating students are automatically eligible to apply to join a network of 60,000 purchasing and supply professionals from around the world who benefit from CIPS membership.

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