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Forensic Accounting (Distance Learning) MSc

Forensic Accounting (Distance Learning) MSc

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Distance without attendance


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Accounting

Course type


Course Summary


Explore financial crime investigations and work with business legal teams on this forensic accounting Master’s. Prepare for your career as a forensic accountant, or in internal auditing or compliance, whether you’ve studied accounting in the past or not.

Develop your knowledge and critical analysis skills as you investigate where things have gone wrong in business.

You’ll study financial crime, law and fraud as you focus on business crime prevention and prepare for case discussions with lawyers. You'll apply your learning in topical case studies and develop your understanding of what to look for in financial accounts in industry.

To start, you'll explore topics including data modelling, accountancy basics and valuations. You’ll then discover forensic investigation and fraud examination, as well as corporate governance and ethics, and learn to be an expert witness in our replica courtroom.

By learning from experienced lecturers and industry guest speakers you’ll gain a better understanding of the industry as a whole, and have opportunities to network with guests and fellow accountancy students from across the department.

You'll graduate ready for your forensic accounting or compliance career. To get the most out of this course you should be analytical and curious, and keen to specialise in forensic accounting.

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

This Master’s degree will help you to specialise in forensic accounting and build on your business or accountancy studies at undergraduate level.

You'll benefit from CIMA exam exemptions after you graduate. This means you'll have fewer exams to sit to become an accredited forensic accountant.

Graduates of this course have gone onto areas such as:

  • forensic accounting
  • business accounting
  • compliance
  • internal auditing


The learning outcomes of this module are: Clarify, specify and justify the aims of an independent research project; Review, assess and draw on relevant previous research, including, where appropriate, that which advances our understanding about the role, dynamics and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value; Draw appropriate conclusions and recommendations from research outcomes, supported by relevant evidence and arguments; Communicate the aims, review of previous research, critical analysis of research methodology, arguments and conclusions and recommendations of the research project in a clearly written and structured document; Be able to complete an independent research project under supervision taking the advice from the supervisor effectively

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent professional experience.

University information

The University of Portsmouth is an innovative, research-driven institution with a modern, well-resourced campus which is a fantastic place to study at postgraduate level. The university invests intelligently in its teaching and facilities, delivering an internationally respected curriculum and providing a rich and varied student experience. Portsmouth is renowned in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science, and produces an...more

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