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Forensic accounting is a growing niche that attracts people who can combine the curiosity of a detective with excellent numeracy skills and attention to detail. Salaries can rise quickly after entering the career and there is no requirement to have studied accounting at undergraduate level.

Taught modules include Fraud Examination, Financial Crime and Fraudulent Statement Analysis. ‘Forensic’ means suitable for use in court and you’ll learn how to identify and present evidence to the highest standards.

You’ll also undertake a double module on Global Management Competencies alongside other postgraduate students at Newcastle Business School, to help you stand out on the international jobs market.

Modules and Learning

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops, case discussions and practical exercises. As this is a master’s course there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated enquiry and reflection.

Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that helps ensure a successful learning journey. We make sure that extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers, is built into the course.

Our assessment strategy is based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods include assignments, exams and presentations. Your master’s dissertation will form a major part of the assessment.  

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

Year one

  • AF7000 - Forensic Accounting (Core,20 Credits)
  • AF7001 - Fraud Examination (Core,20 Credits)
  • AF7002 - Fraudulent Statement Analysis (Core,20 Credits)
  • AF7003 - Financial Crime: Law and Regulation (Core,20 Credits)
  • NX0422 - Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods (Core,0 Credits)
  • NX0472 - Developing Global Management Competencies I (Core,20 Credits)
  • NX0473 - Developing Global Management Competencies II (Core,20 Credits)
  • NX0475 - Academic and Professional Development (Core,0 Credits)
  • NX0480 - The Newcastle Business School Masters Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

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Your Future

Your studies will equip you for a rewarding and stimulating career within forensic accounting. Typical employers include banks, police forces, insurance companies and government agencies. You may also find yourself working for accounting firms who have specialist forensic accounting departments.

If you choose to continue your studies to doctorate level, your experience of postgraduate research will provide an excellent foundation. 

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.


Visit the Forensic Accounting MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

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