MSc Accounting and Finance

The MSc Accounting and Finance course is awarded by BPP University

MSc Accounting and Finance

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is a unique programme which aligns with the ACCA Professional Level exams. That means you can secure an ACCA qualification and a Master's without sitting both ACCA and BPP exams in the same module. You will develop knowledge on data science and how new technologies are changing the industry at pace. Studying key topics that are shaping the future of accountancy will also help to enhance your employability.

Is this for you? 

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is designed for future accountants who want to be a step ahead when starting a career. Successful completion of this course will earn you a Master’s degree and the status of being ACCA exam qualified as an Affiliate member. This approach can save time and is perfect if you have passed the ACCA Fundamentals Level, or have exemptions because of your undergraduate study.

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge that are fundamental to a career in accounting and finance in the era of Big Data and Digital Business. Along with studying ACCA Professional level, you will also develop leadership, digital and analytical skills that global employers want. This is how we give you a crucial edge against other qualified accountants.

Why choose this programme?

Our MSc Accounting and Finance course is fully aligned to the Professional Level syllabus of the ACCA qualification. Successful completion of this level will earn 120 credits towards your MSc Accounting and Finance qualification. It will also help you progress towards ACCA membership along with the following benefits:

  • Avoid double assessments by studying our ACCA Approved Content which has

    been aligned to ACCA syllabus and sitting ACCA exams

  • MSc modules include Digital Leadership and Data Science which have been designed in consultation with global accountancy firms

  • Learn how to exploit opportunities for change through technology and digital leadership

  • Develop critical thinking and analysis skills to solve problems in the Business Project

  • Benefit from an approach that’s supported by ACCA and other global accounting institutes

  • Optional 18-month course which includes the Professional Development in the 21st Century module with opportunity to undertake valuable work experience

Progression upon completion

You will have a Master’s degree which compliments your ACCA professional qualification and provides a competitive edge over your peers.

 

*This is an integral part of the 18-month course and is designed to prepare you to complete your Master’s with valuable work experience. This work experience can be in a paid or unpaid job, short-term internship, employer-led or professional body project, consultancy work or volunteering.

What will you learn?

  • ACCA Professional Level – Integrates detailed and relevant technical expertise with ethics and professional skills. Each element of this course is applied to real-world situations. So you can make an impact with your future employers from day one. Through elective choices you can also specialise in key areas of interest to you

  • Principles of Data Science for Business – Framing the concepts with theory and practice, in a set of data science lifecycle patterns, used in organisations

  • Digital Leadership – Develop a critical approach to digital leadership and apply this to your own development as a future leader. Understand how to use current and future tech developments to your advantage

  • How to conduct a business project using several information sources, developing the skills to propose strategic recommendations and behaviour, with the ability to manage a project from inception to delivery

These modules have been designed in conjunction with employers to equip you for your career in Accounting and Finance in this digital age. For more detail, please visit the Academic Modules tab.

Assessment

Your course materials will include study materials, formative assessments and revision guidance to fully prepare you for your assessments and professional examinations. You will also get feedback throughout the course to help you realise your full potential.

How we support you

  • Learn from expert tutors with practical experience in their specialist fields and a passion to share knowledge to maximise your career potential

  • Access to a Programme Support Officer who is on hand to guide you through each stage of your learning journey

  • Benefit from our Virtual Learning Environment with your qualification content, additional learning resources and step-by-step support to ensure success

Our Professional Development Practice (PDP) module

Our Professional Development Practice (PDP) module is designed to enhance your employability by developing your career-ready and transferable skills. This module is a feature of the 18-month full-time course which gives you the opportunity to complete your Master’s degree with practical work experience. This work experience can be a paid or unpaid job, short-term internship, employer-led or Professional Body project, consultancy work or volunteering.

You must complete all compulsory modules. Elective modules will run subject to demand and may not all be available in all locations on all courses.Term 1CompulsoryStrategic Business Leader (30 credits):  An innovative case study module on governance and making strategic decisions. By using real-world scenarios students will develop a blend of technical, professional and ethics skills in the evaluation and presentation of their responses.Elective – Choose one from two modules (30 credits)Advanced Financial Management: Gives an understanding of what is expected of a senior financial executive regarding the financial management of an organisation.Advanced Performance Management: Teaches how to evaluate business performance through the application of strategic management accounting techniques.Term 2 (12 months programme)Business Project (assessed in term 4):
  • Provides the opportunity to conduct a business project using a variety of information sources and data analysis
  • Facilitate the development of problem-solving thinking and behaviour with the ability to manage a project from inception to delivery
Principles of Data Science for Business (15 credits)
  • Provide a critical understanding of what data science means in practice, different types of data (e.g. big data or streaming data), and common activities in data science lifecycles
  • Explore the breadth and depth of data science, framing the concepts involved with its theory and practice in a set of data science lifecycle patterns used within businesses
  • Provide experience of the main techniques and related tools in data science, along with practice phases of the data science lifecycle using statistical models and spreadsheets
  • Understand  the ethical and legal challenges raised by data science and practice with tools commonly used in data security
Term 2 (18 months programme)Professional Development in the 21st Century (15 credits):This module will help develop a strong sense of self-awareness about your own strengths and weaknesses, both as managers and colleagues. It is focused on the development of specific skills pivotal to successful management practice and effective leadership. These include thinking and decision-making skills, a range of team working and interpersonal skills, as well as skills associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.Principles of Data Science for Business (15 credits)
  • Provide a critical understanding of what the term data science means in practice, different types of data (e.g. big data or streaming data) and common activities in data science lifecycles
  • Explore the breadth and depth of data science, framing the concepts involved with its theory and practice in a set of data science lifecycle patterns used within businesses
  • Provide experience of the main techniques and related tools in data science, along with practice phases of the data science lifecycle using statistical models and spreadsheets
  • Understand the ethical and legal challenges raised by data science and practice with tools commonly used in data security
Term 3CompulsoryStrategic Business Reporting (30 credits): Develop the skills needed to speak the language of business, and the ability to explain reports and the impacts of transactions to a variety of stakeholders.Elective – Choose one from two modules (30 credits)Advanced Taxation: How to apply relevant knowledge and skills gained from Taxation paper (Fundamental Level) to evaluate the impact of major taxes, focusing on the financial decisions of both individuals and organisations.Advanced Audit and Assurance: Teaches how to obtain, plan, control and conclude both audit and assurance engagements.Work Placement or Academic Career Skills (6 months duration from 18 months course)You only need to do this module if you take an 18-month programme.Term 4 (12 months programme)Business Project (from term 2 – 30 credits)Digital Leadership (15 credits)
  • Provide opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of traditional leadership theories and how to adapt for the digital age
  • Get equipped with an understanding of the changes affecting organisations due to technology, so you can develop a critical approach to digital leadership and apply this to your own professional development as future leaders and managers
Term 4 (18 months programme)Business Project
  • Provides the opportunity to conduct a business project using several information sources and data analysis
  • Facilitate the development of problem-solving thinking and behaviour with the ability to manage a project from its inception to delivery

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study the MSc Accounting and Finance will require:

  • A related undergraduate degree (lower second class or higher) that provides eligibility for the ACCA Professional Level exams

OR

  • ACCA Knowledge and Skills paper (AB-FM) passes or exemptions

If you have not passed all of the ACCA Fundamental Level, or hold any relevant exemptions, you can enter our MSc Accounting & Finance [ADAF route] at the relevant stage instead.

If a student already has a pass for 1 or more ACCA P-level papers, we will accept them into the relevant term of MSc (consistent with how we treat admissions to our ADAF programme and F-level passes). This pass must have been achieved within 5 years of the start date of the programme.

If you do not meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, get in touch so we can review your options.

English entry requirements for international students

If English is not your first language and you do not hold an honours degree that was delivered in English, you will be required to provide proof of your ability – for reading, writing, listening and speaking in English.

The minimum entry requirements are an overall IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no components lower than 6.0. For details of other accepted qualifications, please click here.

If you have an overall IELTS entry score of 6.0 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, you will have to attend a Pre-Sessional English course. This will help you achieve the exit score at 6.5 overall – with no components lower than 6.0.

If you have the minimum overall IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.0 in any component, you will be required to attend our In-Sessional Academic Skills classes. This takes place during the first term of studies at no additional cost.

If you meet the entry criteria but do not have the necessary English language skills, we can offer you a Pre-Sessional English course prior to starting your programme. For further information, please visit our English Language Support section.

Contact us for more information.

Application Deadline:
24 October 2023

Commencement Date:
15 January 2024

Length of Programme:
1 year Full-Time
2 years Part-Time

Mode of Study:
Distance Learning
Study in the UK

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