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MSc Professional Accounting

Course overview

Start date

January 2018

September 2018

Subject area

Business and Law





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Course summary

If you want to become a professional accountant, this MSc is the course for you. At the University of East London, we have more than a quarter of a century of experience in delivering accountancy training. 

We have developed this master’s course in response to student demand for a higher-level qualification to enhance career prospects and professional development. You are likely to come to us with a relevant first degree and we offer all teaching in the evening so you can train while you're in work.

The course has a strong practical bias. You will learn how to apply theory to practice and we will expose you to the profession’s latest thinking, techniques and practices. 

While you are learning the core elements required of accountancy professionals, we will also prepare you for the professional exams set by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the ACA qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). 

The overall objective of the course is to help you qualify as a professional accountant. By the time you graduate, you will have the confidence and knowledge to gain these additional qualifications, making you a great prospect for employers.

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Fast-track your career

You will be able to fast-track your accountancy qualification from the professional accountancy bodies and complete your master’s degree at the same time - whether you decide to take the professional qualification or not, you'll still graduate with a prestigious postgraduate degree.

Learn from industry experts

You will learn from research-active academics with extensive professional industry experience.

Superb facilities

By studying with us, you will benefit from superb new facilities at our Stratford campus, close to the global financial hubs of the City of London and Canary Wharf.

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Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Honours in Accounting or Accounting & Finance.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Professional Accountancy qualification at appropriate level will also be considered.

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study

  • Governance & Accountability (core)
  • Corporate Reporting (core)
  • Business Strategy (core)
  • Strategic Financial Management (option)
  • Advanced Taxation (option)
  • Strategic Performance Management (option)
  • Advanced Auditing & Assurance (option)
  • Dissertation (core)

How you'll be assessed

We use a range of different types of assessment. Some may involve you working individually or in groups and can include types essays, reports, case study analysis, time-constrained assignments, presentations, and closed book examinations. The form of assessment for each module will be identified in the module handbook at the beginning of each term.

Course specification

How you'll learn

This course is geared towards preparing you for employment. We will teach you through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars that are held in the evening to allow you to study while you work - even on the full time course. The content of all these will be in line with the requirements of accountancy’s professional bodies.

As a postgraduate student, we will expect you to take part in group work, prepare and deliver presentations and undertake independent study and research.

We will support you in your studies with our online virtual learning environment, e-books, access to relevant business databases and help and supervision from our academic team.

Many of the staff who will be teaching you have professional experience in addition to their academic credentials. Our staff also bring their research interests and expertise into the lecture theatre and seminar room, so you will learn from people leading the way in academic research in this field. Their research interests include: corporate governance and accountability, business performance, earnings, auditing and taxation. We also endeavour to connect you with experienced accounting professionals, through guest speakers, industry events and other networking opportunities.

What you'll learn

You will be hands-on from the start as you get to grips with the key tools of the accounting profession - with core modules focusing on governance and business accountability, corporate reporting and business strategy.

As well as completing a dissertation, you will have a choice of optional modules, which you can select according to the career direction you want to take.
These include: specialist modules on advanced taxation, strategic financial management, strategic performance management, and advanced auditing and assurance.

Throughout the course, we’ll give you practical tasks to put your knowledge to the test; allowing you to demonstrate your practical understanding of accounting principles.

You will learn research, investigative and analytical skills, along with the ability to critically evaluate data and ideas, and the confidence and skill to communicate effectively on paper and face-to-face.

Your future career

The course is focused on making you highly employable and preparing you for the professional examinations that will take your career to the next level.

Within this field, you could become a chartered certified accountant, a chartered management accountant or a chartered public finance accountant.

You could choose to work for a big accountancy firm, auditor or taxation specialist. There will be a  range of opportunities open to you, since companies of all sizes in all sectors need people who can understand numbers and offer sound advice to help them flourish.

With this qualification, you could go into the world of banking or investment, or into the finance department of any business. Alternatively, you could use your skills to help a charity, or work for local or central government or another public body.

Accounting is also a popular profession among the self-employed, so you could become an expert for hire as a freelance professional. You could even establish your own business. UEL can help you with this.

As well as the accountancy profession, you could deploy your skills in other fields, such as management consulting or research. Or you may decide you would like to continue your studies and aim for an academic career. 

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