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Overview

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.
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). 

Students who successfully completed the programme will also be eligible to join the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants through the accelerated route designed specifically for MBA and Masters in Accounting graduates. This route will allow graduates from this MSc Professional Accounting programme to take the CIMA master’s gateway assessment. Once they have successfully passed the assessment, they will be granted 11 exemptions from CIMA's certificate, operational and management level exams. This is an excellent offer for those who are interested in having a rewarding career as a management accountant. For more information about the CIMA masters gateway assessment, please visit the CIMA website.

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.

What makes this course different

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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.

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Learn from industry experts

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

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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.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

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,business strategy, corporate reporting, taxation, auditing, assurance, as well as completing a dissertation.

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.

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Strategic Business Leader

    This module is designed to broaden and deepen the knowledge, skills, and professional values expected of business leaders and consultants. Taking this module will develop your organisational leadership and senior consultancy or advisory capabilities and relevant professional skills, through the context of integrated case.

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    Strategic Business Reporting

    The aim of this module is to help you to use their professional judgement to apply and evaluate financial reporting principles in multiple business contexts and situations. The module will equip you with the skills to confidently explain reports and the impacts of transactions to a broad range of stakeholders.

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    Advanced Taxation

    The module aims to further develop your knowledge and understanding of UK taxation concepts and principles, to apply professional judgement and communicate appropriately, when providing tax planning advice, relating to individuals, partnerships, trusts, groups of companies and overseas business activities.

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    Advanced Auditing and Assurance

    The aim of the module is to enable you to develop their knowledge and skills in advanced auditing, and also analyse, evaluate auditing and assurance engagements in the context of best practice.

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    Mental Wealth and Applied Research

    This module provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate the ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from a variety of perspectives, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice.

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    Applied Business Project

    The aim of this module is to enable you to conduct a live applied business project. This could include a work-based project, report on internship or placement (paid or unpaid), business simulation, Bloomberg project, project management report, or case study.

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. 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.

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.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

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WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dr Chau Duong

Dr Chau Duong is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance.

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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. 

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.