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Financial Accounting (MSc)

Course Description

This conversion Masters programme is for graduates who have completed a first degree in any field of study and who now wish to build a career in financial accounting, general management or management consultancy.

About the programme

You will develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment, enhance your critical thinking ability, and deepen your knowledge of financial and management accounting to senior level. The course will maximise exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to further enhance your future employability.

You will gain an advanced understanding of accounting principles and practice, develop the practical skills of financial accounting and explore the background within which accounting operates. This creates an opportunity to change career path if you do not have a background in accounting.

The programme aims to:
• develop your critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills to prepare you for a career in financial accounting

• give you a solid understanding of current financial accounting theory and practice and future developments internationally

• assist you to develop further skills required for independent practice and team-working within the accounting profession

• encourage you to adopt an analytical and creative approach to study and to develop the ability to argue rationally, communicate clearly, and form sound judgements

• enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities through the execution of a Masters level project

Your learning

The programme involves a series
of core modules and a project:

• Strategic Financial Accounting (20 credits)
• Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)
• Professional Accounting and Governance (20 credits)
• Quantitative Analysis for Business (20 credits)
• Advanced Financial Accounting (20 credits)
• Theory and Accounting Research Methods (20 credits)
• Corporate and Business Law (20 credits)


To attain the MSc, you must complete an MSc dissertation (40 credits). This involves undertaking significant research into an accounting problem or area that interests you.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates can apply for careers leading to professional accountant status and hold various positions in the private and public sectors, the service industry and manufacturing.

Professional recognition

The degree will seek exemptions (examinations F1, F2, F3 and F4) from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the global body for professional accountants.


We have invested in new facilities at our Lanarkshire Campus. There are new teaching rooms and a postgraduate student learning space which ensures our environment supports your learning. The use of technology (such as virtual learning environments, mobile applications, smart boards, etc.) at all campuses will add to your experience. Library and study spaces have also been upgraded and are regularly reviewed.

Visit the Financial Accounting (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma should normally possess an Honours degree, or equivalent. Candidates with an Ordinary degree may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate stage in the first instance. Postgraduate Diploma students who satisfy the progression requirements will then be eligible to pursue the MSc. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. University processes in relation to RPL/APEL will be followed. International students: in addition to the above, overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

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