Our innovative MSc Professional Accounting (with ACCA tuition) combines advanced academic study with a professional accounting qualification. This accounting masters is aimed at students who have completed the Fundamentals Level papers of the ACCA Professional Qualification (applied knowledge and skills papers), or those who are exempted from these ACCA papers by virtue of studying an accounting degree, recognised and accredited by ACCA.
Taught by award-winning tutors from our Platinum-accredited ACCA programme, modules are aligned with the final Strategic Professional Level of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Qualification.
Students are prepared to sit the four ACCA Strategic Professional external exams shortly after the completion of internal Masters assessments. USW’s accounting course, therefore, offers a study regime that is highly efficient in terms of both cost and time, with professional and academic Masters study occurring concurrently. On the full-time course students can obtain a Masters qualification and sit all ACCA exams in one year. Download our Accounting brochure.
Students who have already passed some or all of the ACCA Strategic Professional Level papers may still be able to join the MSc -please contact Rhian Gosling for further details. For example, students who have passed all exams and who have one year of post-qualification work experience can join our Fast-Track version of the Masters, which involves the completion of an in-depth Dissertation.
What you will study
The MSc Professional Accounting (with ACCA tuition) course provides the ‚best of both worlds’ – a rigorous Masters level education from both academic and professional perspectives. It provides the advanced work-based skills of a professional course and the advanced critical evaluation of subject areas and research literature of an academic Masters course.
The modules you will study are as follows (note that their names mirror the names of the ACCA external papers):
Strategic Business Reporting (40 credits)
This module aims to develop knowledge, understanding and application of contemporary corporate reporting principles, standards, practices and toolkits in a range of business contexts and situations, which will require advanced evaluation and synthesis skills. The module will also foster critical questioning of the development and content of such areas, including a focus on current and future reporting issues. Students will be prepared for internal masters assessments (assignment & exam) plus an external ACCA examination.
Summary of syllabus areas:
- Fundamental ethical and professional principles
- The financial reporting framework
- Reporting the financial performance of a range of entities
- Financial statements of groups of entities
- Interpretation of financial statements for different stakeholders
- The impact of changes and potential changes in accounting regulation
Advanced Financial Management (40 credits)
This module aims to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, application and critical evaluation of contemporary financial management and corporate finance principles in a range of business contexts. Further, it aims to develop students’ abilities to critically evaluate existing practice and current developments. It will require advanced evaluation and synthesis skills and will foster critical questioning. Students will be prepared for internal masters assessments (assignment & exam) plus an external ACCA examination.
Summary of syllabus areas:
- Role of a senior financial adviser in a multinational organisation
- Advanced investment appraisal
- Acquisitions and mergers
- Corporate reconstruction and reorganisation
- Treasury and advanced risk management techniques
Advanced Performance Management (40 credits)
This module aims to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, application and critical evaluation of contemporary performance management principles in a range of business contexts. Further, it aims to develop students’ abilities to critically evaluate existing practice and current developments. It will require advanced evaluation and synthesis skills and will foster critical questioning. Students will be prepared for internal masters assessments (group assignment & exam) plus an external ACCA examination.
Summary of syllabus areas:
- Strategic planning and control
- Impact of risk and uncertainty on organisational performance
- Performance measurement systems and design
- Strategic performance measurement
- Performance evaluation and corporate failure
Strategic Business Leader (40 credits)
This module aims to prepare students to:
- critically evaluate the theory and practice of business strategy, corporate governance, risk and ethics;
- evaluate and synthesize information in realistic case study scenarios; and
- make and present professionally effective leadership decisions by applying the appropriate blend of technical, ethical and professional skills.
Students will be prepared for an internal masters assessment in these areas (exam) plus the external ACCA Strategic Business Leader case study examination.
Summary of syllabus areas:
- Leadership & ethics
- Governance and agency systems
- Technology and data analytics
- Evaluation of risk profile, internal control and audit systems
- Evaluation (including financial) of strategic position, options and actions
- Application of solution strategies
- Innovation, performance excellence and change management
Business Research Project (20 credits)
The module aims to prepare students to undertake an individual Business Research Project that can be of real practical relevance to organisations. It includes tuition sessions on Research Methodology.
Ethics and Professional Skills module
ACCA recommends that students complete their Ethics and Professional Skills module before attempting any Strategic Professional level exams.
The module introduces students to advanced ethical and professional skills and they are exposed to realistic business situations via an interactive environment. The module supplements a student’s technical knowledge by helping them develop the ethical and professional behaviours that they will need to successfully complete the Strategic Professional exams.
Please note the module is charged at a one-off fee of £60 which is payable to ACCA. See more information on the ACCA website
Practical Experience Requirements
In addition to completing their exams and the Ethics & Professional Skills module, all ACCA students are required to complete the PER (Practical Experience Requirement) before they can become a full ACCA member. The PER is where students demonstrate relevant skills and experience within a real work environment.
Completion of PER involves:
• achieving 36 months of supervised experience in a relevant accounting or finance role(s)
• completing nine performance objectives
• recording progress online in MyExperience
• having the experience signed off by a practical experience supervisor
Students are responsible for arranging their own PER usually via their normal place of work.
Teaching methods ensure that students are prepared for both the ACCA Strategic Professional Level externally set exams and for internal Masters assessments (assignments and examinations) in an integrated fashion.
The Strategic Business Reporting, Advanced Financial Management and Advanced Performance Management modules each attract 80 teaching hours, and these are typically split as follows:
- 60 hours of preparation for external ACCA examination and internal MSc equivalent examination (development of advanced technical competencies; application to complex practical scenarios; development of professional skills)
- 20 hours of critical academic evaluation of the subject area.
The Strategic Business Leader module is taught for 90 hours. The Business Research Project includes classroom-based Research Methodology sessions plus one-to-one supervisor support when students reach the project phase. All modules are taught in a workshop environment that includes lecture, seminar/tutorial, simulation, individual research and group work elements.
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