MSc Accounting and Finance (CIMA Gateway)

Abertay University, Scotland

The MSc in Accounting and Finance offered by Westford Uni Online in collaboration with Abertay University is designed according to the standards and accredited by Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). It focuses on strengthening managerial and leadership qualities into accounting and finance professionals who look forward to progressing in their careers.

While the programme covers fundamental concepts of accounting and finance, it also delves into managerial and leadership theories. Learners pursing this programme are expected to incorporate both – the practical and theoretical concepts, combining learnings from their field of expertise to the theories of management.

Other key concepts that will be addressed in this programme include, decision making; planning and strategizing. This will help professionals contribute towards the growth of their businesses or the organisations that they work with.

Evaluation of the programme will be based on assignments, presentations, and practical course work. Classroom examination may also be a part of the assessment criteria depending on the nature of the modules.

Westford Uni Online aims to create corporate-ready individuals who will be able to advance in their careers or implement their learning outcomes to self-owned businesses, yielding into professional growth. By the end of the degree course, learners will be able to:

Program Highlights:

  • Develop a critical understanding of the basic concepts and theories of international financial reporting and analysis, and display thorough understanding of current developments in international accounting and reporting standards and procedures.
  • Examine contemporary advancements in strategic financial accounting, management accounting, and social, environmental, and sustainability accounting from a theoretical, practical, and historical perspective.
  • Efficiently collaborate with clients, consumers, and stakeholders in the development of marketing and e-business strategies for a variety of platforms.
  • Critically comprehend the basic concepts and theories of corporate finance and equity investments.
  • Use suitable strategic management accounting methodologies for strategic planning, control, and performance management, and analyse a company project to discover areas for improvement.
  • Identify, conceptualise, and define a research question(s) and justify its relevance to practice and its significance as a potential contribution to existing knowledge.
  • Critically analyse a variety of complicated scenarios and produce evidence-based solutions in the framework of key accounting and finance theories and strong organizational management principles, particularly in the field of financial and management accounting.
  • Effectively interpret, analyse, and convey knowledge and information utilizing a variety of analytical tools for presenting, discussing, and reviewing financial and accounting strategies in academic, professional, or practical situations, both individually and as part of a team.
Upon completion of MSc Accounting and Finance (CIMA Gateway) through Westford Uni Online, students will be awarded up to 180 credits.


Critically understand the underlying principles and theories of financial reporting and analysis in the international context.
Appraise validity and applicability of different techniques in financial reporting and analysis.
Demonstrate extensive knowledge of the recent development of international accounting and reporting standards and practices.
Appraise the use of management accounting techniques in different organisations.
Apply appropriate management accounting techniques to provide solutions for management.
Develop the skills required to analyse, plan and manage costs in line with an organisations short and long-term strategy.
Integrate a wide knowledge of management theories and practices within the area of project management to solve problems.
Demonstrate a critical understanding of project management theories, concepts and principles.
Apply a wide range of professional project management skills, techniques and practices.
Demonstrate an understanding of current developments in strategic management accounting.
Apply appropriate strategic management accounting techniques for strategic planning, control and performance management.
. Evaluate issues from a strategic management accounting perspective and develop appropriate solutions to support management decision- making.
Gather complex and conflicting information and synthesize this to create a critical analysis of a business challenge.
Work with external business leaders, in a peer relationship, while demonstrating high levels of professionalism in conduct and communication.
With a business partner, develop potential solutions and implementation strategies to a current problem.
Critically review current knowledge in a specified area and establish its status and limitations.
Identify, conceptualise and define a research question(s) and justify its relevance to practice and its significance as a potential contribution to existing knowledge.
Select and justify a research methodology to meet specified research aims and objectives.
Critically analyse and interpret primary/secondary research data (quantitative and/ or qualitative), testing for validity and reliability of the results.
Carry out research and produce a proposal and subsequent dissertation detailing the investigation and justifying appropriate conclusions and recommendations.
Carry out a literature review in a way that assists in the refinement and shaping of research questions/hypothesis, and apply critical thinking.
Design a research methodology appropriate to their investigation.
Analyse the data/information collected through that process to identify appropriate conclusions, using the application of knowledge, skills and abilities.



  • Applicant of MSc Accounting and Finance (CIMA Gateway) must hold bachelors Degree
  • IELTS with a score of 6.0 or equivalent
  • In case the applicant does not have documentation for English proficiency, they must submit a letter from an employer they are working for or have worked for; stating that the prospective students’ English proficiency is good and the language of communication in the company is in English.
  • A minimum work experience of 3 years.

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    Awarded By

    Abertay University, Scotland


    1 Year

    Total Credits

    180 Credits




    Chartered Institute of
    Management Accountants (CIMA)


    The curriculum is created in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). The programme permits students to get a Master’s degree while simultaneously becoming a partially qualified management accountant, with exemptions from 11 out of 15 CIMA examinations. It also includes CIMA study help.

    Achieving this master’s degree guarantees that you are partly CIMA qualified and can sit the remaining Strategic Case Study tests.

    The MSc Accounting and Finance (CIMA Gateway) allows professionals to complete 3-4 years’ worth of education and certification within 1 year.

    Career Prospects

    Financial managers usually control an organization's financial health and assist maintain its long-term survival. They oversee critical operations such as cash flow monitoring, evaluating profitability, controlling spending, and generating correct financial reports. They are expected to propose monthly, quarterly, and annual fiscal plans and predictions that help businesses take better decisions, reduce expenditure and increase profits.

    Finance Manager

    An accounting manager oversees the accounting department's general administration and oversight. This involves supervising accountants' work, examining financial accounts, and writing reports for higher management. Accounting policies and procedures may also be developed and implemented by them.

    Accounting Manager

    Professionals who undertake the role of investment and security analysts, conduct analysis of securities in the market and accordingly support retail or organisational investors to take investment decisions that would yield into profits and strengthening finances.

    Investment and security analyst

    A Portfolio Manager is a financial specialist who manages customers' investment options. They accomplish this through executing investment plans, evaluating market trends, and uncovering new investment possibilities for customers.

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    About Abertay

    Abertay University, formerly the University of Abertay Dundee, is a public university in the city of Dundee, Scotland. Abertay is a modern, friendly university in the heart of Dundee, Scotland, with a strong focus on teaching and preparing its graduates for the world of work, combined with excellence in research and knowledge exchange. With roots going back to 1888, Abertay has always responded to the needs of industry, supplying a pipeline of graduate talent to work, lead and innovate across a wide range of sectors. Abertay University prides in offering an inclusive, friendly, and welcoming environment for our students and staff alongside first-rate teaching and excellent student experience. An ambitious, forward-thinking institution, it offers degree programmes to prepare students for careers in the modern world. Graduates have gone on to work for organisations including Apple, Google, BBC, Rockstar, Microsoft, Barclays Bank, and Coca Cola, as well as the NHS and government departments.

    Achievements of Abertay University:

    • Ranked Top 10 in UK for Student Experience by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
    • UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality” by The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
    • QAA’s highest rating for academic standards and teaching quality, 2021

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    Why you should do this Program

    Academic excellence

    This MSc programme is taught through an amalgamation of academic modules, training for technical & soft skills and updating existing knowledge to meet present-day industry standards. It is designed in a manner that ensures professionals have the required knowledge and practice to progress in their careers. The curriculum is comprised of courses, that have international recognition. It is created as well as delivered by, prominent and qualified faculty members at Westford Uni Online. Degree programs are delivered with keen attention to high-quality teaching, ground-breaking research and extensive links with employers and business leaders in the UK and around the world.

    Progression Opportunities

    The modules and sessions address topics and cover study material that are deemed essential for professionals to further grow in their careers with updated knowledge and best practices applicable to the industry. Additionally, the degrees are widely recognised, which gives professionals an opportunity to bank on the credibility of the programme that they are pursuing. Many of Westford Uni Online’s students have attested to receiving promotions and acquiring senior managerial positions soon after completion of their MBA degrees with the institution.


    There are four pillars of strength that Westford is founded upon-

    • ✓ Delivery of quality education
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    • ✓ Credibility and
    • ✓ Affordability.

    Westford Uni Online offers flexible payment methods. These benefits are in addition to the various scholarships that can be availed at Westford Uni Online.

    CIMA Accredited

    Abertay University has collaborated with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), to assure the academic quality of the programme - MSc Accounting and Finance. CIMA is an awarding body in the UK that provides training and certification in management accounting and associated fields. It is aimed towards accountants working in the sector and offers members continuous assistance and training. Westford Uni Online takes keen interest in the quality of programme that is being offered and delivered to its students. Degrees with external accreditations further amplify the value of education received. They also open gates for students to expand their networks and become a part of a wider professional circle.


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