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This course enables entry onto the MSc Professional Accounting if you did not gain a first or second class honours at degree level (or equivalent). It will add to your existing skills and knowledge providing you with enhanced understanding and abilities which will prepare you for Masters courses.

The MSc in Professional Accounting and Finance provides an opportunity for students to both complete their ACCA qualifications and also gain a Masters in Accounting and Finance within an eighteen month period.

This course will provide you with an in depth grounding for your professional and/or academic career in finance, business and accounting. It will develop your strategic understanding and critical thinking of the main finance and accounting theories upon which modern business decisions are made as well as exploring the role and importance of accounting information in the management of corporations. Through your dissertation you will be able to investigate in depth a business, accounting or management issue, applying your research and quantitative skills which have been further developed throughout the course.

Studying for your ACCA papers will be taken with the support and guidance of Kaplan Financial Limited. Kaplan has become one of the world’s largest providers of professional accounting education with operations in more than 30 countries.

In addition, the course will provide you with the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities. These could include, for example, a visit to the London Stock Exchange, and guest lectures from prominent individuals within the financial world.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course will enable students to have the opportunity to study for both ACCA final level papers and an MSc at the same time, enabling to get both awards in an eighteen month period. The course is a collaboration between the University and Kaplan Financial limited who is one of the world’s largest providers of professional accounting education.

In addition to the above course students will also be given the opportunity to study with Kaplan at the University ACCA paper 3 Business Analysis thereby having the opportunity to complete all the professional level papers of the ACCA (for no extra cost).

Career path

Students will be in a unique position of having an excellent academic and professional qualification taught by market leaders in both fields. They will have the knowledge and ability to succeed in the world of finance.

Studying for the ACCA professional qualification alongside the MSc will greatly enhance a candidate’s opportunity to find attractive employment positions. In a recent survey carried out by the ACCA (the largest student survey carried out by a professional body with over 22,000 respondents) it was found that studying for the ACCA qualification helps individuals find new roles. In 59% of cases it reassured the new employer of the technical and business skills of the candidate and in 28% of cases it was a pre-requisite for obtaining the position. ACCA students and affiliates frequently earned salaries that exceed the national average across professions.

The ACCA professional qualification is very portable, in the above survey 34% of respondents had changed jobs in the previous 12 months, most typically in order to gain promotion or a better salary, or in order to get a different experience in their career. In addition 64% of students and affiliates planned to work in another country in the future demonstrating unlimited job opportunities across the world.

In addition, the course will provide a robust grounding for those wishing to pursue doctoral study.

What skills will you gain?

  • Critically evaluate and apply a variety of corporate governance, international finance and accounting theories in an organisational setting.
  • Critically evaluate and appreciate the relevance of accounting information for business performance management.
  • Critically assess how the international economic environment affects businesses. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at masters level.
  • Analyse the different approaches and techniques that facilitate detailed study at the postgraduate level in business and management issues.

Who accredits this course?

The course is designed for students who wish to both obtain a Masters in Accounting and Finance whilst also completing their ACCA qualification. Students who enrol on this course must already have ACCA up to paper 9 either directly through passing the professional body exams or indirectly through undergraduate study.

Students will be expected to enrol and pay for the professional ACCA exams separately from the course.


Visit the Professional Accounting and Finance (Extended) - MSc page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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