• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Gain an international perspective on the theory and practice of accounting, and understand the impact of accounting in an international environment.

This course will provide you with an international perspective on the theory and practice of accounting. There will be a particular focus on the move towards global harmonisation of accounting standards and the impact of leading standard-setting authorities. This degree is suitable if you have studied accounting before and wish to further their understanding of contemporary issues in an international setting.

Why study this course at Dundee?

The MSc in International Accounting course will equip you with a high standard of knowledge in the principles, theoretical framework and practice of international accounting. You will also be exposed to contemporary research methodology and modern qualitative and quantitative research techniques employed to explore international corporate reporting practices. You will gain a detailed insight into the issues facing preparers and users of accounting information in an increasingly globalised reporting environment.

Who should study this course?

Our MSc in International Accounting is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career which requires an understanding of the impact of accounting in an international environment.

What is so good about this course?

International Accounting is a rapidly expanding field and its importance has grown in conjunction with the trend towards globalisation. Employers are increasingly demanding that their recruits not only acquire the technical skills necessary to complete accounting tasks but also demand an appreciation of the context of accounting information taking into account wider social, political, economic, natural and cultural environments.

The MSc in International Accounting focuses on the connections between theory and practice and provides a strong basis for understanding issues in international accounting within this broader context. It also meets a need for postgraduate training as preparation for further research study.

How you will be taught

Modules start at the beginning of the academic session in September and are taught by lectures and tutorials.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination coursework, examinations and dissertation.

What you will study

This course comprises four core modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • International Accounting & Financial Reporting
  • Contemporary Accounting Issues

plus one modules from a variety of modules which typically include:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Emerging Financial Markets and Investment
  • Strategic Management Accounting

Semester 1 modules are examined in December while modules taught in semester 2 are examined by the end of April/early May. At this point, students will be directed, by their supervisor, to begin the dissertation phase of the degree (although they will be encouraged to begin thinking about their research topics in Semester 2).

The dissertation should take students around four months to complete with final drafts being submitted in late August/September.

The University has excellent employment records for its students (and an impressive Alumni), and this Masters-level programme is intended to continue this pattern of success and enable students to embark on fulfilling and rewarding careers. In this regard, the structure of the degree, with an emphasis on developing both technical and generic (soft) skills, in the context of a fast-changing business environment, will stand students in good stead.

Year of Entry: 2016

Good first degree in accounting or related discipline with significant accounting content.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £5,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £5,500 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study
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You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowInternational Accounting MScP038652

Course Contact

Dr Theresa Dunne
Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 385174

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