Accounting (ACCA) - Fast-track MSc

Accounting (ACCA) - Fast-track MSc

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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  • Duration:

    Part-time, non-standard block delivery over 7 months*

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  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    August & January

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Why study this programme?

The MSc Accounting (ACCA) Fast-track is designed for professionals qualified accountants working in the business, accountancy and finance sectors who are looking to gain a Post Graduate qualification. The Research Methods module will support student learning by providing an understanding of a range of research tools and analytical techniques, as well as enhancing critical and investigative skills which can be applied in your professional practice.

They will also be required to submit a dissertation for which they will carry out a substantial piece of research on an accountancy or financial management issue. This will enable them to demonstrate their critical understanding of the subject and their ability to carry out sustained independent study.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must be qualified Chartered accountants (ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CIPFA) or international equivalent.

For students where English is not their first language or where their degree has not been studied in the English language, a score of at least 6.5 on IELTS (or equivalent) is required.

Programme at a Glance

August to December 2018

  • AC4993 Postgraduate Research Methods


  • AC4994 Postgraduate Dissertation

Further Information

Duration of course*

  • Intake of students in August and January each year
  • First cohort starts middle of August 2018
  • Block delivery of Research Methods over one week (09.00 – 17.00 delivery for 5 days)
  • Dissertation Supervision on an individual appointment basis over a 6 month period

Highlights of the course

  • ACCA approved
  •  Fast-track to PG qualification

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Applicants who are UK qualified Chartered accountants (ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA, CIPFA) or international equivalent, are eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning for up 100 credits of taught modules towards the MSc Accounting (ACCA) programme.

This allows a qualified accountant to achieve the MSc programme by successfully completing a Research Methods module and the Dissertation. 

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Part-time: £4,800 (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Professional Accreditation


Learning Environment and Assessment

Modules AC4993 & AC4994 will be assessed internally only

The programme will be delivered by a dedicated team of three chartered accountants, Kelly Shaw, Susan Lewis & Tracey Scott.