IST College - MSc International Accounting with Finance

MSc International Accounting with Finance

Rationale of the Programme

The MSc in International Accounting and Finance seeks to adopt an international perspective. This is an academically innovative programme, building on the strengths and expertise of the accounting and finance department, not constrained by the requirements of any Professional Accountancy body.

Admission Requirements



  • A relevant honours degree (minimum lower second) in Accounting and Finance, Business studies or Economics; or
  • Completion of the Essential and Fundamental levels of the ACCA professional examinations; or
  • Completion of the Fundamental and Managerial levels of CIMA examinations; or
  • Completion of the professional qualifications of a recognised overseas accountancy body; or
  • Completion of a recognised Diploma in Management ; or
  • Other qualifications plus demonstrably relevant business experience



  • A minimum of IELTS level 6.5 in English or TOEFL 610 (or equivalent)
  • However, if the student has completed the examinations of a CCAB recognised body or CIMA, as these are assessed in English, this will be considered sufficient evidence of appropriate mastery of English

Aims of the Programme

  • To maintain a learning environment that stimulates the understanding of the subject disciplines and engenders the development of independent thought and critical reflection
  • To place accounting and finance education in a contemporary international context.
  • To produce graduates equipped to play leading roles in industry, public service and research
  • To develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and other transferable skills to prepare students for employment and research
  • To provide opportunities for the students to develop their team-working skills and their ability to work independently
  • To provide high quality education for the benefit of local, national and international communities

Career Prospects

Both London South Bank University and IST have strong links with employers through their alumni, professors and participation in events such as local career fairs. IST is an active member of various organisations in Greece and has a collaboration agreement with the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), the largest Chamber of Commerce in Greece and the Balkans, as well as with the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

Our alumni hold senior positions within international companies, management consultancies, research companies, large FMCG organisations, banks and financial institutions, as well as not for profit organisations. Our alumni and other business executives regularly act as visiting speakers to individual modules and in extra - curricula sessions. Students also gain direct contact with employers through their dissertation research, often undertaking face-to-face interviews with managers across the full spectrum of business functions.

In the context of a rapidly evolving business environment, emphasis will be placed on the need for life-long learning. Students will be given the opportunity to engage with “experts” (visiting lecturers and speakers from professional bodies and businesses) so that they enhance their knowledge and skills.


Structure of the Programme


Stage 1

  • Corporate Financing & Investment (compulsory)
  • International Financial Reporting & Analysis (compulsory)
  • Theories & Issues in Accounting & Finance (compulsory)

Stage 2

  • Research Design & Methods (compulsory)
  • Any 2 from the following list:
  • International Banking & Bank performance
  • Portfolio theory & Investment Analysis
  • International Financial Management
  • Corporate & Financial Law
  • Management Decision Making
  • International Tax Law

Stage 3

  • Dissertation (compulsory)