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Accounting (MSc)

Course Description

Designed in consultation with sector experts, this Masters programme is suited to professional accountants, providing a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing the profession. Successful completion will enable you to pursue senior accounting and finance roles.

About the programme

Enhancing your critical awareness and understanding of current accounting issues, you will develop enquiry skills and research abilities to enable indepth understanding of developments within accounting; adding value to your existing professional qualification.

Delivered via distance learning through our Moodle online platform, this part-time course will accommodate your professional
and personal commitments. Teaching materials will introduce concepts, and guidance will be given on additional work necessary to understand and develop these concepts. Assessment is via case studies, essays, presentations and project work. Online support is
available throughout. The course will:
• Develop your critical, analytical problem-based learning and research skills, enhancing future employability

• Develop advanced skills for working within the accounting profession

• Enable a systematic understanding of current accounting theory and practice, and future developments internationally

• Encourage an analytical, creative approach to study and research, developing your ability to argue rationally and form sound judgements

• Enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities through the execution of a Masters dissertation

Your learning

Modules enable you to develop applied skills in accounting and accounting research. Study includes:
• Contemporary Issues in Accounting (20 credits) – you will critically examine accounting topics that are being debated or are contentious

• Theory and Accounting Research Methods (20 credits) – covering the various methodologies that could be adopted while undertaking accounting research

• MSc dissertation (60 credits) – can be any accounting-based topic and could focus on an ‘inhouse’ problem in your workplace

On successful completion, you will acquire 100 credits from the course, which are added to your professional qualification (worth at least 80 credits).

Our Careers Adviser says

The course aims to produce graduates who have shown high competence within the discipline and are skilled in accounting research, with a proven ability to critically analyse and understand theoretical and conceptual problems. This will equip you with the
skills to pursue senior accounting and finance roles.


We have invested in new facilities at our Lanarkshire Campus. There are new teaching rooms and a postgraduate student learning space which ensures our environment supports your learning. The use of technology (such as virtual learning environments, mobile applications, smart boards, etc.) at all campuses will add to your experience. Library and study spaces have also been upgraded and are regularly reviewed.

Visit the Accounting (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

All candidates must be current members of an IFAC-accredited professional body (for example, in the UK, candidates must be members of ICAS, ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA, AIA). Membership of an acceptable professional accounting body permits entry to the programme with advanced standing, such membership taken as being equivalent to 80 L11 credits. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. University processes in relation to RPL/APEL will be followed. International students: overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

Course Fees

Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

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