MSc Strategic Accounting

Level of study: Postgraduate degree

Tuition fees 2019/20:

  • UK/EU – £7,150
  • International – £13,500

Entry requirements: A 2:2 (second class) honours degree, or equivalent, in Accounting and passed or gained exemption from all papers in the Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills modules of the ACCA qualification

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 with no component less than 5.5, or equivalent

Mode of study: Full-time classroom

Duration: 18 months

Assessment method: Coursework and exams

Student finance: Available

Location: London

Start dates: September

About this course

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 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.

Teaching methods

You will be taught using a variety of teaching methods across the modules including lectures, seminars, case studies, computer simulations and group learning activities based on real-life data, totaling around 15 hours per week.

In addition to your time in class, you will be expected to engage in approximately 30 hours of self-study time per week.


Assessments are based on coursework, in-class texts and presentations.

Professional accreditation

The ACCA’s strategic professional papers are embedded into the structure of the MSc.

By completing this programme, you will achieve an MSc in Strategic Accounting and complete all of the Strategic Professional ACCA exams. However, please note you will need to sit the ACCA exams outside of the MSc Strategic Accounting to obtain the ACCA accreditation.

Careers and postgraduate opportunities

The programme provides a sound foundation for students wishing to commence or continue a career in the accounting profession whether in professional practice, industry, the public sector, the charity sector, financial services or professional services.

Aspirational career opportunities for ACCA qualified accountants would be senior positions which require individuals to apply technical financial knowledge with that of leadership, stakeholder management, creative and innovative thinking. The successful completion of the MSc in Strategic Accounting alongside ACCA membership will demonstrate these competences and capabilities and how you as a professional can contribute to organisational performance.

Our Ulster University London and Birmingham Campuses are run in partnership with QA Higher Education – a UK higher education provider. All of our programmes at our London and Birmingham Campuses are validated by the University and taught by QA Higher Education and University staff.

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Last updated April 29, 2019
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