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MSc Strategic Accounting

Course Overview

The MSc in Strategic Accounting combines preparation for ACCA Membership with the development of essential skills for accounting in a global context with consideration to the findings of the research paper ‘Professional Accountants – the future: Drivers of Change and Future Skills’ (ACCA 2016). Not only will you study modules that are 100% aligned to the ACCA syllabus there will be an opportunity for you to develop highly valued skills in the areas of Cyber Security and Data Analytics. This programme therefore helps prepare you both to become a professional accountant and to prepare you for the future challenges and opportunities that the profession will face. The ACCA predict that the landscape in which accountants work will be impacted by ‘drivers’ – of regulation and governance, digital technology, expectation and globalisation – and that accountants who are able to integrate their technical and leadership competences with these drivers will be highly valued by organisations worldwide. In the final stage of this programme, you will choose to either complete a Dissertation, investigating an accounting issue of your choice, or a Strategic Business Project, where you work on a project relevant to the financial services sector in a work-based context. Completing the Strategic Business Project will cover part of ACCA’s 36 month Practical Experience Requirement. The programme will develop a high level of accounting, leadership, business and professional skills, which are required for success in a career as a Chartered Certified Accountant. It will also ensure that students obtain a deeper understanding of the contemporary challenges and issues faced by accounting and business professionals.


The teaching and learning in the ACCA related modules (Strategic Business Reporting, Strategic Business Leader, Advanced Performance Management, Advanced Audit and Assurance, Advanced Taxation and Advanced Financial Management) will prepare you to take the ACCA exams in these papers. During lectures you will be taught the relevant knowledge for each of these subject areas and papers. In seminars, you will practice a wide range of exam style questions of increasing complexity through a combination of tutor led and self-led exercises to create a portfolio of evidence of your understanding and application of the subject area.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have passed or gained exemption from all papers in the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills modules of the ACCA qualification by having gained: A 2:2 (second class) honours degree in Accounting or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or An equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification in Accounting; And Have completed enrolment as a student of ACCA Non-standard entry In exceptional circumstances, if you do not meet the entry requirements above but have substantial and significant experiential learning, you may be able to apply as a non-standard applicant. If you have previously studied an undergraduate degree in Accounting it is possible you may already have exemptions to the ACCA’s Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers. Please use their online calculator to find out if you hold these exemptions. The exemptions to look out for are: Applied Knowledge: Accounting in Business Management Accounting Financial Accounting Applied Skills: Corporate and Business Law Performance Management Taxation Financial Reporting Audit and Assurance Financial Management.

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