Professional Accounting MSc

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  • MSc Professional Accounting, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 12000 per year
  • MSc Professional Accounting, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 2000 per 30 credit module
  • MSc Professional Accounting, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 15960 per year

What makes this course different

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.

Learn from industry experts

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

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.

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

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.

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

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, and 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.

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 will 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

University Square Stratford

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by the Royal Docks School of Business and Law

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.