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Management Accounting (MSc)

Course Description

Developed with input from accounting professionals, this conversion masters programme is for graduates with a first degree in any field of study who now wish to build careers in management accounting, general management or management consultancy. Designed to maximise exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to further enhance your employability, you will benefit from our academics’ wealth of experience. You will enhance your understanding of economic theory and its impact on management accounting, appreciate contemporary management accounting ideas, and develop senior level knowledge of financial and management accounting.

About the programme

Management accountants provide financial information to managers within organisations supplying crucial information necessary for making informed business decisions. The CIMA defines the profession as ‘combining accounting, finance and management with the leading-edge techniques needed to drive successful businesses’. This programme adds value to your first degree by developing an integrated and critically aware understanding of management accounting necessary for your career in the profession.

The programme aims to:
• develop your critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills
• encourage an analytical and creative approach to study, to develop your ability to argue rationally, communicate clearly, and form sound judgements
• enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities by producing a Masters level project

Your learning

The course has a series of core modules, a project and an MSc dissertation:
• Strategic Financial Accounting (20 credits)
• Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)
• Quantitative Analysis for Business (20 credits)
• Economics for Business (20 credits)
• Business Organisation and Ethics (20 credits)
• Advanced Management Accounting (20 credits)
• Theory and Accounting Research Methods (20 credits)


This builds on a project plan that you developed in ‘Theory and Research Methodologies in Accounting’ and involves significant research into an accounting problem or area that interests you (40 credits).

Professional recognition

The University will seek exemptions from all of the new “Operational Level”, papers E1, F1 and P1, from the CIMA.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates are positioned for careers leading to professional accountant status. Employment opportunities include the private and public sectors, the service industry and manufacturing.


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

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma should normally possess an Honours degree, or equivalent. Candidates with an Ordinary degree may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate stage in the first instance. Diploma students who satisfy the progression requirements will then be eligible to pursue the MSc. 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: in addition to the above, 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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