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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Acca - Association Of Chartered Certified Accountants Leadership

Course type


Course Summary

Course Summary

Study a masters degree in Financial Leadership validated by the University of Kent (a Gold awarded university by the Teaching Excellence Framework) and have the chance to become fully exam qualified with the ACCA.

This programme has been developed by Pearson Business School, with input from the ACCA and global leaders such as IBM and Santander. Our modules are taught by experienced Chartered Accountants who have worked for accountancy firms including PwC. We combine academic theory with real accountancy projects so you develop the skills to be a successful financial leader.

Why choose this course

  • Gain a masters degree and the chance to become fully ACCA exam qualified - Our MSc Financial Leadership supports you to become fully exam-qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). This can be achieved by completing the ACCA Strategic Business Leader (SBL) and Strategic Business Reporting (SBR) exams as part of the course. The tuition that you will receive for two option modules on the programme will also prepare you to undertake the two relevant ACCA professional exams independently to become fully exam qualified.
  • Develop modern accountancy skills - You’ll also study a set of complementary university modules to top-up to a masters degree and accelerate your career in finance and accounting. These option modules include predictive analytics, digital decision-making, advanced risk management and innovation.
  • Be taught by professional accountants - Our accountancy tutors are experienced Chartered Accountants, many of whom have worked for big 4 accountancy firms including PwC.


Strategic Leadership (includes ACCA Strategic Business Leader exam) (60 Credits) - Core
Corporate Reporting (includes ACCA Strategic Business Reporting exam) (30 Credits) - Core
Advanced Financial Management (30 Credits) - Core
Performance Management (30 Credits) - Core
Advanced Taxation (30 Credits) - Core
Advanced Audit & Assurance (30 Credits) - Core
S1: Data and Predictive Analytics (15 Credits) - Core
S2: Advanced Risk and Digital Decision Making (15 Credits) - Core
S3: Leadership and Change Management (15 Credits) - Core
S4: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (15 Credits) - Core
S5: Contemporary Project (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have passed an accredited programme by the ACCA that provides exemption from the first 9 ACCA exam papers (formerly known as F1-F9): AB Accountant in Business; MA Management Accounting; FA Financial Accounting; LW Corporate and Business Law; PM Performance Management; TX Taxation (UK); FR Financial Reporting; AA Audit and Assurance; FM Financial Management; Candidates are also required to successfully pass an interview. Students no need to have an undergraduate degree for this MSc programme due to the professional body entry requirements. However, if students hold a relevant Accounting or Finance degree from a recognised ACCA-partner institution (or otherwise), you may qualify for some or all of these exemptions.