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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Covid-19 Message

In response to Covid-19, the start dates for Strategic Accounting MSc at Ulster University London and Birmingham branch campuses may vary and where necessary this course may start online until an appropriate point when normal campus teaching can resume.

Students can check the university website for information on student intakes and course delivery.

About this course:

The MSc in Strategic Accounting combines preparation for ACCA Membership with the development of essential skills for accounting in a global context with consideration to the findings of the research paper ‘Professional Accountants – the future: Drivers of Change and Future Skills’ (ACCA 2016).

Not only will you study modules that are 100% aligned to the ACCA syllabus there will be an opportunity for you to develop highly valued skills in the areas of Cyber Security and Data Analytics. This programme therefore helps prepare you both to become a professional accountant and to prepare you for the future challenges and opportunities that the profession will face.

The ACCA predict that the landscape in which accountants work will be impacted by ‘drivers’ – of regulation and governance, digital technology, expectation and globalisation – and that accountants who are able to integrate their technical and leadership competences with these drivers will be highly valued by organisations worldwide.

In the final stage of this programme, you will choose to either complete a Dissertation, investigating an accounting issue of your choice, or a Strategic Business Project, where you work on a project relevant to the financial services sector in a work-based context. Completing the Strategic Business Project will cover part of ACCA’s 36 month Practical Experience Requirement.

The programme will develop a high level of accounting, leadership, business and professional skills, which are required for success in a career as a Chartered Certified Accountant. It will also ensure that students obtain a deeper understanding of the contemporary challenges and issues faced by accounting and business professionals.


Assessments are based on coursework, in-class texts and presentations.

Careers and progression:

The programme provides a sound foundation for students wishing to commence or continue a career in the accounting profession whether in professional practice, industry, the public sector, the charity sector, financial services or professional services.

Aspirational career opportunities for ACCA qualified accountants would be senior positions which require individuals to apply technical financial knowledge with that of leadership, stakeholder management, creative and innovative thinking. The successful completion of the MSc in Strategic Accounting alongside ACCA membership will demonstrate these competences and capabilities and how you as a professional can contribute to organisational performance.

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Study mode

Full time


18 months

Start date



This module aims to develop students’ range of professional skills that are required by effective leaders within organisations. Students will learn how to evaluate an organisation’s strategic position in whichever market it operates in, whilst investigating how to use IT and data analytics to analyse factors effecting an organisation or identify any opportunities. Students will also explore best-in-class strategies in addressing disruptive technologies in the management of change and project management.

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

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:2 (second class) honours degree in Accounting or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or An equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification in Accounting; Have completed enrolment as a student of ACCA.

University information

Covid-19 In response to Covid-19, start dates for courses at Ulster University London and Birmingham branch campuses may vary, and programmes may initially start online until an appropriate point when normal campus teaching can resume. Students can find updated information on start dates and course delivery on the university’s website. Delivering business-focused Master’s degrees in a professional environment, Ulster University’s...more