MSc in Accounting & Finance

The MSc in Accounting & Finance is an advanced programme designed to give you the foundational tools and skills you need to embark on a career in the field of finance or advisory services.

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September–May: on-campus academic courses* /June onwards: work experience
Credit value
120 ects

Start date

Early September 2024


Application deadline

June 7, 2024



The MSc in Accounting & Finance is an advanced programme designed to provide you with the tools and expertise you need to embark on a career as an auditor, financial controller or other key professional in the financial or advisory services sector. You will learn to handle complex international accounting and reporting issues, design internal control mechanisms and steer managerial performance. Your newly acquired skills in corporate valuation and restructuring will enable you to make sound financial decisions for international organisations.


In partnership with:

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been a corporate programme sponsor and member of the International Advisory Board of the EDHEC Finance track since 2009. As one of the world’s leading audit and consulting companies, PwC aims to become the benchmark firm for EDHEC students.

Its programme involvement includes developing and presenting high-quality modules and seminars on campus. This gives PwC a unique opportunity to recruit EDHEC's top talent at an early stage.


PwC also plays an active role in the EDHEC Entrepreneurship Centre. The EDHEC incubator has been specifically designed to assist students and graduates who have opted to set up their own business venture.


PwC's commitment to EDHEC goes beyond education. Every year, for instance, the company sponsors events such as the renowned EDHEC Sailing Cup.

*Depending on your background, you may be required to take some remote and self-paced courses in July-August prior to arriving on campus.

Programme insights

[Valentin Lenz. MSc in International Accounting & Finance. Germany]


I think that EDHEC has  a different approach from what I knew before. 
Before I studied in the U.S. That was more a theoretical approach, here at EDHEC it's very practical. We do a lot of case studies in class, and also the professors, sometimes, come from the profession and are either former professionals or are still working in the world.  So you get a different view on what is actually happening out there. They encourage you to really think critically.  Here at EDHEC, it's very international.  You have people from different backgrounds, different cultures. 
So by working with them, you always get different perspectives. There's not one right way or wrong way to look at the world. There are always different views. So we kind of have to mitigate what perspective you're trying to take.


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FAQ of the MSc in Accounting & Finance

The MSc in Accounting & Finance is an advanced study programme that will give you the knowledge, skills and tools you need to embark on a career in finance or advisory services, perhaps as an auditor, accountant or financial controller. You will learn to handle complex international accounting and reporting issues, design internal control mechanisms, and steer managerial performance. You will also learn about corporate valuation and restructuring, enabling you to make sound corporate financial decisions for international organisations.

EDHEC seeks talented candidates from diverse backgrounds, with a primary degree in a numerate discipline, a history of academic achievement, and demonstrated potential for growth and professional success. You will require a minimum three-year bachelor’s degree in a numerate discipline (maths, sciences, engineering, accounting, business or finance, for example) and have a strong analytical appetite. You’ll also need to be comfortable with the basics of Excel and be proficient in English.

The programme lasts 18 months in total – one year of academic courses, followed by a 4-6-month professional internship or work experience.

You will take three foundational courses in financial analysis and valuation, corporate finance and asset markets, and strategic management. Your core modules will include international accounting, leadership and managerial skills, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), advanced financial accounting, business cases with PwC, audit and internal control, regulation and ethics in finance, research methodology, and sustainable finance. You will be able to choose elective courses from the following: enterprise resource planning with SAP, financial modelling, and strategic management control.

The Master of Science in Accounting & Finance includes several opportunities for you to apply what you learn in class. First, you will complete a master project that will allow you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice.

You will also have the opportunity to gain certifications through practice-based programmes.

Then, at the end of the programme, you can start an internship (between 4 and 6 months) that will teach you your future job. You will also have the opportunity to start working.

Accounting and finance are an integral part of corporate strategy. Every company needs accountants and financial experts to protect itself from legal problems and to optimise its activities. Large companies usually have their own finance department, while SMEs often outsource this activity and work with accountancy firms.

Some of the main recruiters in this sector are Deloitte, PwC, EY, KPMG (the last four are even known as the Big 4 accountancy firms), Goldman Sachs, Tencent, etc.

Note that PwC has been a sponsor of the EDHEC Finance track since 2009.

During the Master of Science in Accounting & Finance you will learn how to conduct audits.

Auditing is a fundamental part of accounting. Companies and other organisations regularly produce documents such as income statements, balance, sheets, etc. These documents play an important role in business, because investors, government or regulatory bodies and other stakeholders use them for many reasons, such as making an investment decision or determining the taxes the company will pay. If the company makes mistakes in these documents (or even deliberately lies), stakeholders will make decisions based on incorrect information, which can have negative consequences.

Audits are carried out to ensure the truthfulness of the documents and to ensure trust between different parties. Auditors review the financial documents and identify the errors that need to be corrected.

Financial accounting is a specific branch of accounting. It consists in recording, analysing and reporting the transactions and business operations of a company. This information is used in particular to produce financial documents.

There is a strict set of rules and procedures that must be followed to ensure the completeness and accuracy of financial records.

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