MSc Accounting

Durham University Business School

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MSc Accounting

Durham University Business School

MSc Accounting

At a glance

  • UCAS Code: L1T509
  • Course Duration: 1 year full-time
  • Mode of study: Full Time
  • Location: Queen's Campus
  • Start Date: 02/10/2017, 02/10/2018


Our innovative MSc Accounting programme sits within Durham’s portfolio of Masters programmes. A one year full-time programme, it provides an opportunity for you to develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of accounting as well as the critical thinking skills so valued by employers. The MSc in Accounting covers key accounting topics including financial statements and their preparation, the practical limitations of financial reporting, and the regulatory framework and its complexities.

This is an ideal programme to choose if you’re looking to pursue a career in accountancy, finance and business.

ACCA Academic Professional Partnership Programme

A key feature of the programme is ACCA’s Academic Professional Partnership Programme (APPP) where eligible students who have successfully passed or received exemptions from F1-F9 of the ACCA Fundamental level, alongside studying for their Masters degree, have the option to register with ACCA and receive a recognised level of tuition towards the new Strategic Professional level exam, Strategic Business Reporting (subject to verification).

To achieve your qualification you will need to successfully complete eight core modules, and a dissertation or business project. Should you choose to study towards the ACCA Academic Professional Partnership Programme you will also be required to sit two Professional Level papers, P1 and P2 of the ACCA qualification.

Core and elective modules

You will study:

  • Accounting Theory
  • Auditing and Assurance Services
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Taxation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Financial Planning and Control
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Research Methods & Methodology in Accounting

Dissertation/Business Project

In the third term you will complete a 12,000 word dissertation which could be a specific project with an organisation. Supervised by a faculty member with relevant experience, you’ll investigate in greater detail a subject that you’ve already studied as part of your programme.

This is an opportunity for you to develop your business insight and present your analysis and ideas in a scholarly and professional manner; combine critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the opinions of others.

Adding to your experience

As part of your programme, you have the opportunity to enjoy presentations by academics and practitioners within your chosen area of interest. Past speakers have included representatives of major global multinationals and leading academics, providing an ideal opportunity to gain practical knowledge and progressive insight.

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

  • EU Student: £14,500.00 per year
  • Home Student: £14,500.00 per year
  • Island Student: £14,500.00 per year
  • International non-EU Student: £23,000.00 per year

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

ACCA pathway

This Masters programme provides an opportunity for students who have successfully passed ACCA's Fundamental s exams (papers F1-F9) or have exemptions from the Fundamentals exams from a previous qualification.

The main benefit of this Masters programme is that while you are studying at Durham University Business School, you can also study towards two ACCA Professional-level exams: Strategic Professional level exam, Strategic Business Reporting (subject to verification).

This is an ideal programme to choose if you are looking to pursue a career in accountancy, finance and business which will give you a strong advantage when entering an increasingly competitive employment market.

Benefits of completing the MSc Accounting - Academic Professional Partnership Programme include:

  • studying at Durham University Business School, a top UK Russell Group University
  • a one-year Masters degree programme that has been designed to include two of ACCA's Professional level papers
  • a pathway specifically created for progression from BSc to MSc Accounting, while also completing ACCA Professional level papers
  • studying within an international context gives you a competitive edge on a global level , will help increase your employability which is attractive to employers around the world.

The MSc Accounting programme is an ACCA Academic Professional Partnership Programme.

Career Support

Key to your career

Whatever your specialist interests, you’ll find our careers team is one of the most useful resources to support you on your way to your target career. Now more than ever, it’s the skills you’re able to demonstrate in addition to your academic abilities that will make you shine in a fiercely competitive jobs market.

That’s why our facilities and services are designed to complement your course and help you develop essential professional and practical skills – from personal resilience and self-awareness to CV writing and interview techniques.

We work in partnership with the University's Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre to connect you with events, organisations or individuals to help kick-start your career.

One-to-one career support

As a Business School Masters student, you can take advantage of one-to-one appointments with a specialist Masters Career Consultant to help you with specific issues, from finding a route into your career to applying for your dream role.

Career development programme

Our Career Development Programme has been designed alongside our core academic programme to help you achieve your career goals and develop the skills that employers are looking for.

This starts at the beginning of Term One with our Careers Weekend. This weekend will provide insight and enable the development of essential career management skills. Covering a wide range of topics, the event will support career planning, facilitate skills development and enhance your knowledge of the full recruitment cycle. The weekend will be actively focused on identifying, preparing and securing employment opportunities throughout your studies.

Sector specific presentations

Our Career Insights sessions are delivered by external professionals with expertise and knowledge of their particular sector which provide insights into working in areas that are popular with our students.

Previous guest speakers have delivered presentations on working in banking, professional services, and management development programmes within international companies.

Business Projects and Placements

The business project or placement is a great way to gain practical work experience and develop consultancy skills. We can help you choose from a range of regional, national and international organisations of different sizes in different sectors or you can source your own project – some target an organisation they’d like to work for. However you tailor the project, it will help you to put new knowledge and skills into practice and influence real life business issues.

International opportunities

We’re proud of our strong international connections. Helping you get an inside perspective on global business is a key part of the programme. That’s why you’ll have the opportunity to go on the optional International Study Tour to a European destination in March/April. This self-funded, one-week programme is a great way to immerse yourself in the country’s business environment, providing the chance to make new contacts and helping you stand out in the competitive jobs market.

If you are interested in carrying out research or a business project in an international location for your dissertation, we may also be able to connect you with our international partner institutions.

Support for International Students

We recognise that many of our students will progress their careers outside of the UK once they finish their studies, and our career development programme is designed with this in mind. We offer events focused on career opportunities in China and are continually developing relationships with international recruiters.

If you’re an international student interested in working in the UK after your studies, the careers team works closely with Durham University's Student Immigration & Financial Support Office to provide you with information related to immigration. Their advisers are dedicated to helping our students understand the requirements and restrictions of their visas during their studies and can provide limited advice on post-study visa requirements.

You can access English language support from English Language Centre.

Online resources

Through the Career Development Programme you will have access to a huge range of career resources including an interview simulator with a bank of interview questions, a CV builder, and our international Jobs Board.

Alumni career support

You can continue to make the most of our specialist career development advice after you graduate, including on-going one-to-one support from our Masters Career Consultants, workshops in our key locations, and continued access to our online career resources.

From September 2018 the University's Accounting, Accounting and Management, Accounting and Finance, and Finance programmes will move from Stockton to Durham. It is possible that some changes will happen later than we currently anticipate, but planning is underway with this date in mind.

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Last updated September 8, 2017
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12 months
Full time
14,500 GBP
United Kingdom - Durham, England
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EU Student/Home Student/Island Student: £14,500.00 per year; International non-EU Student: £23,000.00 per year

MSc Accounting