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 This degree offers ACCA exemptions from Papers F1-F4 (the papers have been renamed as Applied Knowledge AB, Applied Knowledge MA, Applied Knowledge FA and Applied Skills LW).

This course will give you an international perspective of the theory and practice of accounting. It focuses particularly on harmonisation of accounting standards and the impact of leading standard-setting authorities. You’ll be exploring one of the biggest ever changes to accounting – the move to International Financial Reporting Standards – and have the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of a leading researcher in the field.

At the University of Dundee you’ll be using contemporary research methodology and techniques to explore international corporate reporting practices. You’ll gain a detailed insight into the issues facing preparers and users of accounting information in our globalised reporting environment.

This programme is ideal for accountancy graduates who want to gain expertise in contemporary international issues. It’s also a first class preparation for those seeking to go on to further research or PhD study.

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Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

The academic session begins in September or January. Modules are taught via lectures and tutorials.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework, examinations and dissertation.

Course content

This programme is designed to give you the skills to:

  • Understand the application of existing international accounting standards, including disclosure requirements
  • Analyse the processes which shape financial reporting regulations and practices internationally
  • Evaluate the role of the accounting profession and international bodies such as the International Accounting Standards Board, the European Community, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Governments and Stock Exchanges in the harmonisation of accounting practices
  • Critically evaluate research in international accounting
  • Appreciate the links between international accounting and related disciplines, for example, financial management, management accounting and corporate governance
  • Appreciate the key methodological issues inherent in social science research
  • Apply a range of research methods to examine the financial reporting practices of companies in an international environment
  • Communicate in a clear and concise manner
  • Work intensively on a research-based dissertation

Core Modules 

  • Contemporary Accounting Issues (BU52004)
  • International Accounting & Financial Reporting (BU52005)
  • Research Methodology and Methods (BU52015)
  • Quantitative Methods (BU52016)*
  • Dissertation (BU52010)

Plus two modules from:

  • Corporate Finance (BU51002)
  • Corporate Governance (BU51001)
  • Financial Statements and Analysis (BU52019)
  • Corporate Social Reporting (BU52044)
  • Financial Regulation and Ethics (BU52048)
  • Performance Management & Reporting (BU51006)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (BU52013)

The dissertation is a core component of the degree which is highly valued in practice as well as academia. It allows you to conduct research in an area of international accounting.

Focusing on developing transferable skills you will have the opportunity to:

  • identify, understand and develop arguments
  • synthesise information from many different sources
  • conduct empirical work such as interviews, questionnaires, case studies or statistical analysis
  • write in a clear and concise manner
  • manage your time in an effective way

You will have a dedicated supervisor who has expertise in the your chosen area of research.

Develop your research skills

  • the Research Methods and Methodology module gives you the necessary skills for completing a dissertation

Develop your analytical skills

To analyse accounting and financial data you can study Quantitative Methods or explore more sophisticated techniques in Econometrics for Finance.


International Accounting is a rapidly expanding field and its importance has grown in tandem with our globalising world. In addition to technical skills, employers expect recruits to understand the context of accounting information within wider social, political, economic, natural and cultural environments.

The course’s international orientation has enabled graduates to secure posts worldwide.

Our students have gone on to work in different roles and locations including, the Big 4 firms in China and Germany; the health sector in the US; investment firms in the UK and Dubai or family-run businesses worldwide, while some have set up their own businesses. A few have gone on to further study (e.g. PhD) in the UK and elsewhere.

You’ll be able to make use of the University's dedicated careers service to help you to confidently present yourself to the world's top employers.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

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




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