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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    Full time, non-standard over 18 months. First cohort starts middle of August 2018 and completes end of January 2020. Standard 09.00 – 17.00 delivery over 3 days per week.

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Why study this programme?

The MSc Accounting (ACCA) is designed for professionals working in the business, accountancy and finance sectors. The programme is designed to enable students to develop their understanding of the principles and practice of accounting and financial management, the context in which they operate and how they are managed. They will learn the applied skills involved in financial reporting and financial management as well as wider management issues such as corporate and social responsibility, risk & business strategy, financial performance and taxation and auditing.


Highlights of the course

  • ACCA approved
  • Delivers tuition for the ACCA Professional Level examinations

The course is aligned to the Final Year ACCA Programme and gives students an understanding of accountancy and financial management techniques, which are essential for the modern day financial manager.

As the course is aligned to the Final Year ACCA Programme, five of the taught modules will follow the ACCA syllabus and will allow students to sit the External ACCA examinations and thus complete their Professional Accountancy Qualification along-side their Postgraduate degree.

Accountancy UG students have the option of completing this master’s course alongside the final year ACCA.

Entry Requirements

UK honours degree or its international equivalent (at least Lower Second Class) or professional qualification deemed to be honours degree (2/2) equivalent.

In order to be eligible to sit the external ACCA Professional Level Examinations, students must already hold ACCA papers F1 to F9.

Applicants will generally be required to have completed an honours degree in a business-related subject.  In exceptional cases, the course leader may consider graduates from a non-business background, where relevant skills and/or appropriate work experience is evident.

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 2018

  • AC4601 Governance, Risk & Ethics
  • AC4603 Business Analysis

January to June 2019

  • AC4602 Corporate Reporting
  • AC4607 Advanced Audit & Assurance
  • AC4993 Postgraduate Research Methods

August to January 2020

  • AC4606 Advanced Taxation
  • AC4994 Postgraduate Dissertation

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 8 November 2018

Further Information

The course includes a module on research methods that will support their 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.

How to Apply

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 2019/20

Full-time: £11,500 for 18 month course (UK/EU)
Part-time: £2,250 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Professional Accreditation


Learning Environment and Assessment

Modules AC4601, AC4602, AC4603, 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.