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Pre-Master's - Accounting and Finance

The Pre-Masters will give you the essential skills you need to continue studying one of Bangor’s exceptional postgraduate degrees in accounting and finance.


This course is designed for students who do not qualify for direct entry to the masters programmes at Bangor University, this could be because of the grades achieved in your bachelor degree; your current qualifications are not equivalent to a UK Bachelor degree or because you have a different background.

The Pre-Masters programme is delivered at Bangor University International College and focuses on equipping you with the academic English language skills you need to complete your postgraduate study at Bangor University.

After successfully completing the Pre-Masters Stage at Bangor University International College you will continue your postgraduate at Bangor University.

Depending on your English language level:

  • 15 months (one term Pre-Masters) – start dates in September, and June
  • 18 months (one term Pre-Masters) – start dates in January, April and June

English Language Requirements

Course English Language Requirement
One term IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
Two terms IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5. minimum in all components
One term +6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component, except writing which must be 5.5
Two terms +6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
Two terms +12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific
modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge
for your chosen field of study.

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Core Modules


This module considers the importance to a business of the monitoring of its financial performance, both in terms of meeting the requirements of the regulatory environment within which businesses operate and of providing information of a company’s performance and its financial standing to its executive and shareholders. The external auditing process is reviewed, including evidence requiring to be produced, compliance tests and substantive tests, analytical review and computer-assisted audit techniques, completion checklist and the final auditor’s report and the need for properly submitted accounts to the Registrar of Companies.

Financial Accounting

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to accounting in terms of theory and practice and covers the main applications of ICT to financial accounting. It provides students with an understanding of the technical aspects of the subject, including double-entry bookkeeping, calculation of key ratios and the preparation and use of financial statements with a focus on limited lability companies. It considers appropriate UK practice but focuses on International Accounting Standard practice.

Finance, Investment & Banking

The main aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to corporate finance. They will examine the concepts and principles underlying key financial decisions, risk and return, the evaluation of projected capital investment and analysis of financial performance, for example. The module further offers insights into the nature of the financial instruments, financial markets and financial intermediaries, with particular focus on the banking business.

Management Accounting

This module focuses on the techniques of management accounting that are used to collect, process, and present financial and quantitative data within an organisation to aid performance management, cost control, planning and pricing and, through these, the process of managerial decision-making. Students are made aware of the major accounting concepts and of how financial statements are used to support companies in their measurement of profit and valuation of assets and in their planning for future strategic moves and developments.

Key Information



1 Term:3 months pathway + 1 year degree
2 Terms:6 months pathway + 1 year degree


Start Dates

January 2024September 2023


Pathway Tuition Fee

£10,995.00 – £14,995.00