MSc Professional Accountancy (ACCA route )

The MSc Professional Accountancy (ACCA Route) offers you a dual recognition qualification, gaining a GCU masters degree alongside your Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional qualification. This degree can be studied online or at our Glasgow campus on a full-time or part-time basis offering you the flexibility to complete your qualification.

This degree is aimed at students who have completed the ACCA applied knowledge and applied skills papers or have exemptions from these nine exams from an ACCA accredited degree course. (If you still have to complete these fundamental exam papers GCU offer you this opportunity on our ACCA Gold-accredited course.)

The masters course aligns with the ACCA Strategic Professional exams, allowing you to sit your ACCA exams at the end of each module. On successful completion of the degree you will be equipped with a range of employability skills required of the professional accountant in a global business environment, such as critical awareness of issues involved in leading and managing the financial aspects of organisations. By doing so, it will prepare you for the demands placed upon the manager within the contemporary business environment. You will also have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research focusing on a business problem relevant to your area of interest.

The degree will also provide a good foundation if you are wishing to further your academic studies leading to PhD level.

Graduate prospects

On completion of the degree you will be fully exam qualified with ACCA and have an MSc Professional Accountancy. Not only will this degree set you apart from other graduates with a dual recognition qualification, you will also have the skills required to move into management roles within private or public sector.

Module list

Compulsory:
  • Critical Aspects of Ethics and Professionalism
  • Strategic Business Leader*
  • Strategic Business Reporting*
  • Business Research Project

Elective (two out of four): 
  • Advanced Financial Management*
  • Advanced Performance Management* 
  • Advanced Audit and Assurance*
  • Advanced Taxation*

*ACCA Strategic Professional aligned modules

Students will take one module per trimester on the part-time course and two modules per trimester on the full-time course.

*Subject to final approval

The module and assessment information described here is in the final stages of being reviewed by GCU’s Learning Teaching Subcommittee as per the University’s Quality Assurance and Enhancement Process. This ensures that the course offers high quality and relevant education for today’s students. For full details of potential changes to programmes and how they can affect your application please read the Information for students relating to Programme Changes/Cancellation and Withdrawal from Portfolio.

Study Options

  • 2020/21

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Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

MSc
Distance Learning
18 - 30 Months
25 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Full Time
18 Months
25 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part time
30 Months
25 Jan 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Distance Learning
18 - 30 Months
26 Jul 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Full Time
18 - 30 Months
26 Jul 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part Time
30 Months
26 Jul 2021
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Distance Learning 18 - 30 Months 25 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Full Time 18 Months 25 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part time 30 Months 25 Jan 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Distance Learning 18 - 30 Months 26 Jul 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire
MSc Full Time 18 - 30 Months 26 Jul 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire
MSc Part Time 30 Months 26 Jul 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Typical entry requirements

Entry to the course will require students to have completed their Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills exams or have exemptions from these nine ACCA exams through an accredited degree course.

English Language

Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

Critical Aspects of Ethics and Professionalism – Essay
ACCA aligned modules – two courseworks per module
Business Research Project – Research proposal and final project

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?


Annual full-time tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU: £6,000
International: £13,500

Annual full-time tuition fees 2021/22

Home and RUK: £6,000
EU and International: £13,500


Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Students will need to pay their ACCA membership, textbooks and entry fee for ACCA examinations.

Textbooks

The fees do not include required textbooks(s) which cost approximately £37 per module.

We will advise students on registration which recommended text to purchase.

This course is accredited by ACCA.