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MSc Accountancy

Course Description

The MSc Accountancy is a unique programme offered by the University of Dundee. It will allow fully professionally exam-qualified accountants to develop and demonstrate their academic ability through Masters level learning to obtain the MSc Accountancy degree. Students will study three taught 20 credit modules over one semester and complete the 30 credit student-led professional accountancy project in the semester following the intake semester. The project can be completed on campus or at a distance.

The course is intended for candidates who are fully exam-qualified with selected IFAC member professional accountancy bodies , as listed below. The programme is for candidates who wish to demonstrate their ability to undertake learning at masters level to complement their professional exam qualified status, and to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the wider academic considerations in the subject areas of accounting and finance.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – ACCA
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland – ICAS
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales - ICAEW
Chartered Accountants Ireland – ICAI
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – CIMA
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy – CIPFA
Other IFAC member bodies which the Programme Director considers to be equivalent.

What is so good about this course?

Students will be able to pick relevant modules from the portfolio of postgraduate level modules that are offered by the Accounting and Finance group. There may also be the opportunity to choose modules from Economic Studies, with agreement from the Programme Director. Students will be taught by staff who are committed to providing a stimulating, supportive and friendly environment.

Many of our staff have practical experience working in the Accountancy sector, hold a professional qualification, and/or have close links with the profession through their academic research and networks. We have a strong track record of engaging in professional body-funded research which has contributed to policy debates in practice.

Teaching & Assessment

- How you will be taught

Students will be taking existing level 5 modules from the portfolio of master level programme modules. The students will share teaching with other students on the MSc programmes who are taking the same modules. Delivery of the content for the taught modules will involve a mixture of lecture–style delivery, workshops, student presentations, student-led discussions, computer laboratory-based sessions.

- How you will be assessed

Assessment will be a mixture of unseen terminal examinations and coursework assignments, and will reflect the intended outcomes of the learning environment. The student-led project will comprise individual student work focused on the accountancy profession and/or practice and will be supervised by staff. The student-led project will include an extended literature review, which may include company analysis, capturing relevant academic literature, professional accountancy pronouncements, professional publications, the financial press and use of specialist software, as appropriate. The student-led project will examine and appraise complex ethical and professional issues requiring students to make judgements and propose recommendations about such issues in the context of current global accountancy professional and practice.

What you will study

Students can commence their studies either in September or January of each year. Students will study three optional 20 credit modules over either 1 or 2 semesters and a compulsory 30 credit Professional Accountancy Project which can be completed on campus or at a distance.

- Optional Modules (choose three)

Semester 1 modules (September to December)
Corporate Finance (20 credits)
Corporate Governance (20 credits)
International Accounting & Financial Reporting (20 credits)
Performance Management and Reporting (20 credits)
Emerging Financial Markets and Investment (20 credits)
Operations Management and Change (20 credits)

- Semester 2 modules (January to April )

Contemporary Accounting Issues (20 credits)
Global Risk Analysis (20 credits)
Marketing Management and Strategy (20 credits)
Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)

- Compulsory Module - This module could be completed on campus or at a distance.

Professional Accountancy Project (30 credits).


The programme will allow successful students to demonstrate their academic ability to undertake learning at Masters levels and to obtain a Masters degree. The module choice will also enable them to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the wider subject areas of Accounting and Finance. The student-led project will allow the students to demonstrate their ability to plan, organise, research and present professional relevant findings in writing. The MSc will enhance their professional, career and academic development, contributing to their marketability and fulfilling career progression ambitions.

Visit the MSc Accountancy page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Full professional exam qualification from a recognised professional accountancy body: ACCA, ICAS, ICAI, ICAEW, CIPFA and CIMA or other IFAC member body assessed as equivalent by the Programme Director. IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent) if first language is not English.

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