What will I study?
The programme will give you a thorough introduction to essential accounting concepts, knowledge and skills of important accounting subjects thus enabling you to demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of accounting practice. A further intention of the programme is to offer you the opportunity to develop your knowledge in specialist accounting topics in which you are taught the key skills of auditing, financial accounting principles and management accounting principles.
This uniquely designed MSc includes four core modules delivered in the first year of study that are carefully mapped with the ACCA professional level papers. These are designed to offer a strong theoretical base of professional accounting, develop academic skills and grasp of the relevant subject matter within a global context which enhances professional competence and enables you to take effective managerial roles within organisations. These core modules are also designed to prepare you for the challenging ACCA professional examinations.
In your second year, you will study a yearlong Professional Study Preparation module where you’ll undertake ACCA paper reviews with study provided by an external accounting training provider or by professional accounting trainers (Associate lecturers) employed by Northumbria. A professional accounting examination expert will provide further advice and guidance, of professional development and support you to prepare for the ACCA professional examinations.
The programme will also support your development in emotional and cultural intelligence through practices embedded in the teaching, such as team working, professional values, cultural awareness as well as business essentials such as problem solving, information handling and analysis. As well as this, you will engage with the principles, theories and practices of Professional Accounting.
This programme will offer you the opportunity to study an MSc which aligns to the professional stage of the ACCA qualification. Through completion of the modules on the programme this will facilitate your ability to apply to attempt the external ACCA examinations (after further preparation for relevant papers), whilst also completing an MSc.
You will be responsible for booking and paying for the ACCA exams once the Study Preparation module is complete. You should refer to the ACCA website for up to date details on applicable costs which will be incurred on application for their examinations.
If you have an Accounting undergraduate degree you may already have exemptions to the ACCA Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers required to study this programme. Please see our entry requirements for more guidance.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, IT workshops and one-to-one sessions, averaging around 14 hours per week. You will also be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, around 33 hours per week.
You will be assessed via coursework, presentations and exams.
You’ll be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry experience to demonstrate how the theories you will learn translate in to real life situations.
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
Careers and further study
Through the specialist accounting modules that are closely aligned with the ACCA, you will be well placed to pursue a career in accounting in a number of varied roles ranging from corporate reporting and auditing to more strategic and performance focused positions.