• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 9 months
  • School: Business
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Strengthen your Accountancy career prospects by gaining a Masters qualification from the highly-ranked University of Dundee

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

As a professional accountant you’ll gain a better critical understanding of current theories and cutting-edge techniques when you gain your MSc in Accountancy from the University of Dundee.

This is an ideal course if you are already qualified with an IFAC member professional accountancy body (eg ACCA, ICAS, ICAEW, ICAI, CIPFA) and looking to build your professional qualification. The programme offers, through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), 50% (90 credits) of the 180 credits for a taught master's course to fully exam-qualified professional accountants.

Dundee is among the fastest risers in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings and has also been rated the best in Scotland by some of the most influential higher education surveys.

Our Accountancy staff have significant experience in their sector. They hold professional qualifications, and/or have close links with the profession through their academic research and networks. We have a strong track record of engaging in professional body-funded research which has contributed to policy debates in practice.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

Delivery of the taught modules involves a combination of lecture–style delivery, workshops, student presentations, student-led discussions and computer laboratory-based sessions.

You can start in either September or January of each year.  You will study three optional 20 credit modules over either 1 or 2 semesters and a compulsory 30 credit Professional Accountancy Project.  

How you will be assessed

Assessment will be a combination of examinations and coursework assignments. 

What you will study

The course focuses on the technical and theoretical study of fundamental accounting and finance subjects together with a professional project within the context of international accounting practice.

Your project will include an extended literature review which may draw on company analysis, relevant academic literature, professional accountancy pronouncements, professional publications, the financial press and use of specialist software, as appropriate.

In addition, you’ll be choosing three optional modules from a broad range of accounting and finance courses. These modules are designed to deepen your knowledge of accounting and finance practices and encourage you to think analytically and critically about the ways in which modern organisations operate. They’ll help you understand how businesses create and use information, in both operational and strategic contexts.

Modules  - Core

  • Professional Accountancy Project (BU53002)

Plus three optional modules from:

  •  Corporate Governance (BU51001)
  •  Contemporary Accounting Issues (BU52004)
  •  International Accounting and Financial Reporting (BU52005)
  •  Global Risk Analysis (BU52006)
  •  Corporate Finance (BU51002)
  •  Emerging Financial Markets and Investment (BU52012)
  •  Strategic Management Accounting (BU52013)
  •  Marketing Management and Strategy (BU52008)
  •  Performance Measurement and Reporting (BU51006)
  •  Operations Management and Change (BU51008)

Optional modules are subject to change.

View our Terms and Conditions for Applicants and Students

A master's degree demonstrates a significant academic ability.  The project element underlines your skills in planning, organising, researching and presenting professional relevant findings in writing.  The module content will enable you to gain greater confidence and authority in addressing more complex Accounting and Financial issues.

This MSc is designed to enhance your professional, career and academic development, contribute to your marketability and support your career ambitions.

You’ll be able to make use of the University's careers service to help you to present yourself to the world's top employers.

Full professional exam qualification from a recognised professional accountancy body: ACCA, ICAS, ICAI, ICAEW, CIPFA and CIMA or other IFAC member body assessed as equivalent by the Programme Director.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 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.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

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 2017-18
Scottish and EU students £2,975
Rest of UK students £2,975
Overseas students (non-EU) £7,475
Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students TBC
Rest of UK students TBC
Overseas students (non-EU) TBC

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 NowAccountancy MScP052322

Course Contact

Miss Arlene Smith
Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 386705

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