Accounting (ACCA) MSc

Accounting (ACCA) 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:

    Fulltime, non-standard over 18 months. First exam module starts in the middle of August 2020 and the course completes in January 2022. Standard 09.00-17.00 delivery over 3 days per week.

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

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  • Start Date:

    Week commencing 17th August 2020

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Why study this programme?

The MSc Accounting (ACCA) is designed for graduates who have studied an accounting degree and would now like to extend their knowledge, complete the ACCA examinations and research an area of interest in the field of accounting and finance.

The course is unique in that it is driven towards preparing students to sit the ACCA Professional Level papers. Each semester the course modules will follow the relevant ACCA syllabus and so allow students to enter for the ACCA Professional exams at the end of the semester.

The course is ACCA approved and will be delivered using the ACCA official study material (produced by Kaplan Publishing).

Over 18 months, students will sit UCLan exams to complete the Masters course, ACCA Professional exams to become ‘exam qualified’ with ACCA and be guided through an area of their choice to complete a dissertation to finish their Masters study.

UCLan will assist the better performing students on the course with the cost of the ACCA exam exemptions and examination fees (terms and conditions available on request).

After completing the course successful students will be fully exam qualified with ACCA as well as having an MSc in Accounting.  This opens up career opportunities in the world of accounting with only the completion of the Professional Experience Record being required to gain full ACCA membership. Additionally it will be an excellent step in to the academic world as the course will develop student’s research and academic skills as well as sparking their interest in areas of potential further study.

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Entry Requirements

UK honours degree or its international equivalent (at least Lower Second Class) in Accounting which allows the applicant to be eligible to claim exemptions from the ACCA Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills exams (these used to be called F1 to F9).

Alternatively applicants may already have achieved passes in the ACCA Knowledge and Skills exams which will be deemed equivalent to an honours degree.

Consideration will be given to applicants who can’t satisfy all the above requirements in some circumstances.

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.

Accreditation of Prior Learning –

Applicants who are qualified Chartered accountants may be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning for up 100 credits of taught modules towards the MSc programme.

Programme at a Glance

August to December 2020

  • AC4614 Strategic Business Leader

January to June 2021

  • AC4615 Strategic Business Reporting
  • AC4607 Advanced Audit & Assurance
  • AC4993 Postgraduate Research Methods

August to January 2022

  • AC4606 Advanced Taxation
  • AC4994 Postgraduate Dissertation

Further Information

Highlights of the course:
  • 100% pass rate in December 2018 ACCA Strategic Business Leader paper
  • Become fully ACCA exam qualified and obtain an MSc in Accounting
  • ACCA approved course
  • Delivers tuition for the ACCA Professional Level examinations
  • The only University course which prepares students for all ACCA Professional level papers
  • ACCA specialist tutors on all modules
  • Over 100 days of classroom delivery
  • Official ACCA approved course material
  • Potential for financial assistance with exam fees and exemptions

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).

The closing date for applications is 17th July 2020.  If you are waiting for exam results then please submit your application subject to those results.


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

Full-time: £8,000 for 18 month course (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,200 per module

International Students: £9,600

Individual 20 credit modules (ACCA Papers):  £1,250 per module

Further information:

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

Learning Environment and Assessment

Modules AC4614, AC4615, AC4606 & AC4607 will be assessed by an internal Uclan examination and, for those students opting to complete their ACCA qualification alongside their Master’s degree, an external ACCA examination.

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.


Students successfully completing the external ACCA examinations will become ACCA ‘exam complete’ and will only require to complete their Practical Work Experience to become fully qualified chartered accountants.


ACCA have confirmed that the programme aligns with the syllabus content of the ACCA Strategic Business Leader, Strategic Business Reporting, Advanced Taxation (UK variant) and Advanced Audit and Assurance exams