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Professional Accountancy

MSc

The MSc Professional Accountancy at Dundee is fully accredited by the ACCA. We aim to help you develop the skills and techniques that employers consider vital for entry into a variety of rewarding careers in accounting. It allows you to have a better understanding of accounting practices, regulations and standards in an increasingly globalised accounting and reporting environment.

Status: As this is a highly competitive course with a limited number of places available for International and Home and EU applicants it is essential that you apply before 15th July 2013 for entry in September 2013 and before the 30th October 2013 for entry in January 2014.

Why study Professional Accountancy at Dundee?

MSc Professional Accountancy is fully accredited by the ACCA, a full member of the International Federation of Accountants, which operates in countries across the world. Full accreditation means that successful completion of this programme will entitle graduates to claim exemptions from ACCA Fundamental Papers: F1 to F9. Thus, graduates, who may be recruited onto this programme from many different countries, will attain advanced standing into a programme of professional education that will be relevant in many different countries.

What’s so good about Professional Accountancy at Dundee?

The course provides an international perspective on the theory and practice of Professional Accountancy. It is the first UK masters programme to combine Masters level study with full professional body accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Our staff are committed to providing a stimulating, supportive and friendly environment for our students. This commitment was recognised by the latest National Student Survey (2011) in which 94% of accountancy students said they thought staff were good at explaining things.

"The lecturers challenge you and bring the best out of you. The quality of presentation and the concern demonstrated by the lecturers towards one's professional growth is exemplary. One is guaranteed a multi-cultural academic environment given the mix of nationalities in the program."
Simeon Diggs, 2012 graduate

Introduction to the School of Business

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Who should study this course?

This degree is suitable for those who have studied accounting before but who do not have professional accreditation.

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Teaching & Assessment

This course is taught by Accounting & Finance staff in the School of Business.

There are two intakes each year - January & September, the course lasts for 12 months.

How you will be taught

Teaching will involve a mixture of lecture style-delivery, workshops, student presentations, student-led discussion sessions, computer laboratory-based sessions and guest speakers from the accountancy profession and practice.

The learning environment will encourage your participation in your own learning experience in order to nurture independent life-long learning and the development of professional and generic skills.

What you will study

There are five compulsory taught modules:

  • Audit, Assurance and Professional Ethics
  • Professional Financial Management
  • Professional Financial Reporting
  • Professional Management Accounting
  • Tax Compliance and Fiscal Studies

Plus a student-led Professional Accountancy Project - this comprises individual student work focused on the accountancy profession and/or practice and will be supervised by School of Business staff. The project includes an extended literature review, which may include company analysis, capturing relevant academic literature, professional accountancy pronouncements, professional publications, the financial press and use of specialist software, as appropriate.

How you will be assessed

Assessment of taught modules will be a mixture of unseen examinations and coursework assignments. To meet ACCA professional body accreditation criteria, each accredited module will incorporate a 3 hour unseen final examination which contributes to at least 50% of the final module grade.

Careers

Successful completion of this course enables student to claim exemption from ACCA Fundamental Papers: F1 to F9. Thus, graduates of this programme will be partly professionally qualified with ACCA and can seek employment in the accountancy profession where they may chose to complete their ACCA professional qualification.

Alternatively, ACCA professional exams can be completed full time with education providers operating in many different countries across the globe.

Follow the School of Business Careers Rep on Twitter @UoDCBusiness.

Entry Requirements

EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.

An honours degree at 2.1, or above, in accounting or a related discipline with significant accounting content will normally be required, though a consideration of relevant and advanced professional practical experience will also be considered.

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

Fees and Funding

Academic Year Home/EU Overseas
2013-14
(Sept 2013 &
January 2014)
£7,500 £13,500
2014-15
(Sept 2014 &
January 2015)
£7,500 £14,000

Sources of Funding

Information about the School of Business scholarships can be found on the School of Business scholarships webpage.

Other sources of funding for postgraduate students can be found on our Scholarships webpage.

Advanced Payment

Upon receipt of an Unconditional offer if you are not fully sponsored for fees, all applicants will be requested to make a pre-payment of 50% of the tuition fee advertised above. Advanced payment information can be found at the following website:- www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/international/fees_funding/advance_payment/.

Living Costs

  • Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, and the cost of living is around 15% cheaper than the UK average.
  • Increasing numbers of students are successfully undertaking part-time work to supplement their income. You can get advice from our Careers Service, both about job opportunities and how to find a suitable study/work/life balance. EU and international students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • As a student in Scotland, you have free access to the National Health Service. Visits to doctors and hospitals, as well as prescriptions, sight tests and dental checkups, are available free of charge.

How to Apply

Apply online via UKPASS

You must read the information regarding how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.

Admissions Contact

Postgraduate Admissions
Admissions and Student Recruitment
University of Dundee
Nethergate
Dundee
DD1 4HN
Scotland

Telephone: 01382 384 384 (from the UK)
Telephone: +44 1382 384 384 (from outside the UK)

Fax: 01382 385 500 (from the UK)
Fax: +44 1382 385 500 (from outside the UK)

Email: postgrad-admissions@dundee.ac.uk