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MSc Professional Accounting (with Professional Study Preparation)

Northumbria University, Newcastle

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    City Centre Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary


This programme has been designed to meet your needs as a student who is at the beginning of a career in the field of accounting. Therefore, the overall aim of the programme is to enable you to develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of international accounting and thus expand your career options by combining the knowledge of your previous degree with a specialised MSc in Professional Accounting.

The programme will give you the specialised skills required to implement theory in areas such as governance and auditing, performance management, corporate and group reporting, and business strategic management. As such, this MSc is designed to build on the transferable skills important for employment in the areas of financial accounting, auditing and management accounting.

Key facts

Develop your expertise in core professional accounting topics in auditing, strategic management, reporting and performance management
Study an MSc closely aligned with the ACCA professional level papers, including a dedicated year-long module where you should have attempted the ACCA professional stage exams
Prepare yourself for managerial and strategic roles in accounting
Newcastle Business School is part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation
Upon completion of your programme, you will be eligible for the QA Professional Pathways programmes which will enable you to further develop your skills with one of the UK’s largest providers of IT and project management training.

What will I study?

The programme will give you a thorough introduction to essential accounting concepts, knowledge and skills of important accounting subjects thus enabling you to demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of accounting practice. A further intention of the programme is to offer you the opportunity to develop your knowledge in specialist accounting topics in which you are taught the key skills of auditing, financial accounting principles and management accounting principles.

This uniquely designed MSc includes four core modules delivered in the first year of study that are carefully mapped with the ACCA professional level papers. These are designed to offer a strong theoretical base of professional accounting, develop academic skills and grasp of the relevant subject matter within a global context which enhances professional competence and enables you to take effective managerial roles within organisations. These core modules are also designed to prepare you for the challenging ACCA professional examinations.

In your second year, you will study a yearlong Professional Study Preparation module where you’ll undertake ACCA paper reviews with study provided by an external accounting training provider or by professional accounting trainers (Associate lecturers) employed by Northumbria. A professional accounting examination expert will provide further advice and guidance, of professional development and support you to prepare for the ACCA professional examinations.

The programme will also support your development in emotional and cultural intelligence through practices embedded in the teaching, such as team working, professional values, cultural awareness as well as business essentials such as problem solving, information handling and analysis. As well as this, you will engage with the principles, theories and practices of Professional Accounting.

Careers and further study

Through the specialist accounting modules that are closely aligned with the ACCA, you will be well placed to pursue a career in accounting in a number of varied roles ranging from corporate reporting and auditing to more strategic and performance focused positions.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 22,449overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Northumbria University, Newcastle

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  • Campus address

    Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 8ST, England

Students from around the world come to Northumbria for its reputation in law, design, engineering, business and architecture, amongst others.
Northumbria has an international community of students from over 130 countries, and decades of experience in welcoming students to the city of Newcastle.
Northumbria is one of the leading new universities in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

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  • Entry standards

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    135 61%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    77 77%


  • Student satisfaction

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    4.15 83%


  • Entry standards

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    141 81%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64 64%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%



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