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The combination of Chartered Certified Accountant study with university awards will prepare you for senior leadership roles within Accountancy.

By following the ACCA’s syllabus for the Professional stage, you can graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree whilst at the same time passing the relevant modules required to become a Chartered Certified Accountant.

This course is offered on a part-time and full-time basis.

Membership of ACCA also provides you with access to the institute’s resources and the opportunity to network with senior professionals and executives.

As an ACCA Gold Learning Partner, the university is recognised as providing high quality standards of tuition and excellent student support.

Course structure

You will be following the ACCA’s professional-stage papers syllabus for papers P1–P3 as part of the postgraduate diploma/masters qualification.

You will be allocated a subject-specialist supervisor who will be available to support you, advise you and discuss your personal research needs during the year for your research project or dissertation. In addition, students have the opportunity to attend workshops covering research methods and ethical issues and to share ideas and strategies.

ACCA Syllabus Mapping

We have designed the university awards to run alongside the ACCA qualifications. The masters and postgraduate diploma are mapped to the ACCA’s P1-P3 papers.

You will also be required to complete a research methods module to enhance your research skills and complete a research project for the postgraduate diploma route or a dissertation for the masters route.

To become ACCA qualified you will also need to complete two papers P5, P6 or P7, this can be done alongside the Accounting MSc.

You can receive tuition for the professional option papers in addition to the modules in the same academic year or in the following academic year.

You can choose to study part-time (one day a week over two years) or full-time (two days a week over one year). If you want a more flexible approach, you can sign up for one paper at a time and build your qualification as you go.

If you would like to just receive tuition from the university for any of the professional papers (core and option) and sit exams directly with the ACCA, email for further information. More details about individual papers are available from the ACCA website.

Accounting PGDip modules:

Governance Risk and Ethics (P1)
Corporate Reporting (P2)
Business Analysis (P3)
Research Methods Module
Research Project

Accounting MSc modules:

Governance Risk and Ethics (P1)
Corporate Reporting (P2)
Business Analysis (P3)
Research Methods Module
Dissertation

Flexible study

Our programme has multiple entry and exit points depending on how many ACCA papers you have passed, or hold exemptions from. You can also choose to take this course either full-time (two days per week over one year) or part-time (one day per week over two years).

Students also have the option to exit the course early, graduating with a postgraduate diploma in Accounting by completing a shorter professional project in place of a dissertation.

If you want a more flexible approach, you can also sign up for one paper at a time and build your qualification as you go.

Learning support

Our supportive learning environment includes an induction programme and specialist diagnostic tools to assess your learning strengths and needs. You will also be assigned an academic supervisor to support you in your masters project work

Online learning tools and libraries also ensure academic journals, e-books, business articles and other resources are available to you 24/7, both for use at the university and at home.

You will also have access to our Careers Service, including CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

Careers and employability

An Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification will help your career progress in any organisation. Employers worldwide will understand and respect your qualification. You will be in demand for your finance and accounting knowledge regardless of employment sector.

This qualification, subject to ACCA's practical experience requirements, enables you to become a chartered certified accountant.

• Careers advice and support

Careers Service provides help and advice from the very start of your studies, on subjects including careers counselling sessions, CV checking, mock interviews and advice on setting up your own business.

• Careers counsellor

The Business School's career development advisor, Christina Keiller is available to help you to write your CV, prepare for interviews and plan your career. She also works closely with tutors to ensure that our courses teach vocational skills as well as academic ones.

• Entrepreneurship network

Beepurple is the university’s entrepreneurship support network. They offer free support for any student or graduate with their business ideas, freelance plan or social enterprise project. Beepurple run events throughout the academic year, designed to equip you with skills that will improve your employability and help you grow a successful business. By taking part in beepurple activities, you will meet like-minded people, hear how other recent graduates have set up their own businesses and gain key enterprise skills that will help you stand out from the crowd.

• Mentoring scheme

Momentum is our award-winning mentoring scheme. It pairs students with professionals who wish to share their experience. Students and their mentors meet regularly to exchange ideas. The scheme helps students to develop new skills and enhance their career prospects.

Visit the Accounting (ACCA) - MSc (PGCert, PGDip) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

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