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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

    January, July

  • Course Duration

    6 months-5 years

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    -PGCert (two modules, web-supported, Band A) £2810
    -MSc (Pathway 1, web-supported, Band A) £4215
    -MSc (Pathway 2, institution-supported, Band B) £3020

  • Last Updated

    20 November 2018

A ground-breaking master’s programme that enables you to gain an MSc degree and your ACCA professional accountancy qualification at the same time


The University of London and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountancy, are enabling you to complete an MSc in Professional Accountancy and your ACCA professional accountancy qualification at the same time. This route to the ACCA qualification will be of value to accountants aspiring to senior roles and enable them to stand out from the crowd in terms of their qualifications. Compared with the cost of studying for an accountancy qualification and a master’s separately, this will save time and money for many ACCA students.

The MSc modules are the first to be recognised by ACCA as counting towards the professional level of the ACCA qualification. You have flexibility regarding how you structure your studies and there are two different pathways to the award depending on the level of entrance requirement that you have met.


Assessments and academic direction are provided by the School of Management at University College London (UCL). UCL is ranked seventh in the world by QS World University Rankings 2018.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

ACCA is the world’s leading body for professional accountants, with over 170,000 members and 436,000 students in 180 countries. It holds joint membership of other international accountancy bodies and its qualifications are recognised by key regulatory and education authorities around the world.

Who will benefit from this programme?

The opportunity to gain a prestigious master’s level qualification is open to ACCA students, affiliates and members, no matter what stage they are at in their professional qualification journey.

ACCA members who are qualified and affiliates who have completed all the ACCA assessments can follow a route to ‘top-up’ their professional qualification with this master’s.

ACCA students who have passed the fundamentals level of the ACCA qualification can opt to continue towards their ACCA qualification by using the master’s as an equivalent to two of their final ACCA papers.

Interactive and supported study

You can study this online programme from anywhere in the world. Each module is studied over 22 weeks. You receive comprehensive learning materials and a choice of tuition options.

You study using online learning resources that include: multimedia content, formative assessments, learning activities and facilities for you to interact with your tutor and your peers. You can study independently with online support including access to an online tutor or you can study at a teaching institution with access to a tutor face-to-face (if this is available in your location). In addition to monitoring online forums and responding to queries, online tutors provide an introduction to the module at the start of the session and guidance on assessment.

Your time commitment

You can study at the pace you choose whether part time or full time. You can complete the MSc in under a year or take longer if that is more convenient. Each module is studied over a 22 week session, requiring an average of 10-15 hours of study per week. Modules run twice per year starting in January and July.

Structure and syllabus

PGCert: ACCA students without the two Strategic Professional Essentials (SBL and SBR) have to complete two modules.

MSc Pathway 1: ACCA students with the two Strategic Professional Essentials (SBL and SBR) have to complete three modules.

MSc Pathway 2: ACCA Members and Affiliates have to complete two modules.

See the full course structure for a list of modules.


Each module includes a mix of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments help to measure your progress but do not count towards your grade. Summative assessments do count towards the final grade. They include coursework and a project or written exam. Exams are usually held in June and December.

All elements of assessment for a module must be completed in the same study session.

Visit the Professional Accountancy (MSc and PG Cert) page on the University of London website for more details!






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