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MSc Forensic Accounting


Course Description

Develop the specialist accounting skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in forensic investigation and dispute resolution on this master's course. A forensic approach to accounting is often used in the workplace and this course allows you to specialise in this field. Through the two forensic accounting modules, the course gives you specialist insight into the forensic analysis of financial accounts and methods used in dispute resolution. The electronic crime module shows how new media can be exploited in financial fraud and how such actions can be traced.

You also gain an understanding of the legal issues in a forensic context. Part of your study involves increasing your knowledge of the legal framework in relation to the law of evidence and studying accounting in a legal context. The corporate governance and ethics module shows you the importance of good governance and ethics to organisations and society throughout the world, so you can apply these ideas in your future career. Your module choice allows you to tailor your study to an area of interest.

The financial analysis module gives you the ability to understand and utilise financial and other information in connection with identifying manipulation of financial statements. The innovation in the digital enterprise module prepares you for a role in leading and enabling change in contemporary organisations through the use of strategic information systems and modern digital technologies. The financial regulations and supervision module gives you an insight into the legal framework and working practices around accounting in financial institutions and markets.

You also do a dissertation, an extended piece of research, which you design and carry out under the direction of an academic tutor.
You gain transferable skills relevant to the current national and international business world, in areas including problem solving, communication and information technology. The team delivering the course has strong links with the Associationof Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants(CIMA) and Association of CorporateTreasurers (ACT).

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-forensic-accounting

Professional body membership

Your student membership fees for Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for your year of study are paid by the University allowing you to have full access to their member resources to help you complete your specialist modules.

Professional recognition

We are a member of the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Course structure

Full time – typically 1 year
Part-time – typically 2 years
Starts September.

Core modules
-Forensic accounting
-The expert witness in criminal litigation
-Methods of enquiry: research and consultancy in finance
-Forensic accounting applications
-Electronic crime
-Corporate governance and ethics
-Research methods
-Dissertation

Optional modules
One from:
-Financial analysis
-Financial regulation and supervision
-Innovation in the digital enterprise

Assessment: assignments, examinations, dissertation

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

Entry Requirements

Normally students must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field. If you don’t have a degree you may be considered if you have at least five years’ professional accounting experience. You also need two appropriate references. IELTS 6.0 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score. We may ask you for an interview before admissions are finalised. International students may be interviewed by telephone or e-mail.

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