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Accounting MSc

Course Description

The MSc Accounting offers candidates the opportunity to attain a postgraduate degree from a Russell Group university and simultaneously gain exemptions (credit for prior learning) from examinations for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Thorough and stimulating, this degree programme includes specialist coverage of a range of topic areas within the disciplines of accounting and finance, including corporate reporting, auditing and assurance, taxation, finance, business strategy, business management and professional ethics. You will develop quantitative and qualitative skills to enable you to make realistic business recommendations and solve problems in complex scenarios. Business awareness will need to be demonstrated at strategic, operating and transactional levels, and will include issues of sustainability. The use of technical knowledge and professional judgement will be required to analyse data from multiple sources in order to evaluate alternatives, and determine appropriate solutions.

You will build your understanding of the principles, techniques and applications of accounting and finance through the development of technical knowledge and business skills including problem solving, professional judgement, communication and advice through:
•Intensive full day lectures
•Days for self study and reflection
•Significant electronic learning resources
•Regular formative assessment and feedback

Programme Structure

Semester 1

Tax Compliance* (15 credits)
Financial Accounting And Reporting* (15 credits)
Audit And Assurance* (15 credits)
Business Strategy And Management (10 credits)
Financial Strategy (10 credits)

Semester 2

Business Planning –Taxation* (15 credits)
Corporate Reporting And Auditing ** (20 credits)
Strategic Business Management ** (20 credits)


Integrated Case Study and Project/Dissertation (60 credits)
ICAEW Advanced Level Corporate Reporting and Strategic Business Management external exams
ICAEW Advanced Level Case Study preparation and external exam

* In order to gain exemption in these papers, the ICAEW requires a minimum mark of 55%

**Modules which parallel ICAEW Advanced Level papers


This programme offers candidates the opportunity to attain a postgraduate degree from a Russell Group university and simultaneously gain exemptions from all Professional Level examinations for the ICAEW, a globally respected professional accounting qualification of high reputation. The ICAEW's exams consist of three levels: Certificate, Professional and Advanced Levels. Through our partnership with ICAEW, completion of our MSc programme can achieve exemptions from all Professional Level papers (ICAEW do not award exemptions for Advanced Level papers). Additionally students will be prepared for, and if successful in gaining credit for the relevant Professional Level modules, be entered into, the three ICAEW Advanced Level papers. Successful MSc graduates can impress potential employers by being fully exam qualified on completing the MSc and ICAEW exams. ICAEW members can go on to work in accounting, financial services and business management and many FTSE quoted company directors are ICAEW members.

Whilst students would need three years of relevant work experience under a training contract with a registered training provider to attain full ICAEW membership, they would be attractive targets for employers and could develop into careers within the accounting profession, financial services and business management.

It is advantageous, but not essential, to have completed the six ICAEW Certificate Level (CFAB) exams on entry to the programme or to have earned ICAEW credit for prior learning for those papers. Students who have not completed CFAB will need to do so (or be awarded exemptions for prior learning) prior to sitting the ICAEW Advanced Level Case Study exam.

Graduates from the MSc Accounting programme have secured employment with the likes of Deloitte, the Bank of East Asia, KPMG, and Grant Thornton.

Visit the Accounting MSc page on the University of Liverpool in London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will require the equivalent of an upper second class UK honours degree in Accounting. Alternative qualifications and all non-UK qualifications, which are considered equivalent to a UK honours degree, would be subject to approval by the Programme Director.Applications from students with a professional background rather than a degree will be assessed in accordance with the principles of the University’s AP(E)L policy, and the practice and precedents of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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