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

Strengthen your accountancy career by gaining a detailed knowledge of the international financial reporting environment required by global employers.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


This course will give you an international perspective of the theory and practice of accounting. It focuses particularly on the  global harmonisation of accounting standards and the impact of leading standard-setting authorities. You’ll be exploring one of the biggest ever changes to accounting – the move to International Financial Reporting Standards – and have the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of a leading researcher in the field.

At the University of Dundee you’ll be using contemporary research methodology and techniques to explore international corporate reporting practices. You’ll gain a detailed insight into the issues facing preparers and users of accounting information in our globalised reporting environment.

This programme is ideal for accountancy graduates who want to gain expertise in contemporary international issues. It’s also a first class preparation for those seeking to go on to further research or PhD study.

We welcome students from the UK and elsewhere to our stimulating, supportive, friendly and well-organised campus.  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.


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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).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

The academic session begins in September or January. Modules are taught via lectures and tutorials.

How you will be assessed

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

Course content

This programme is designed to give you the skills to:

  • Understand the application of existing international accounting standards, including disclosure requirements
  • Analyse the processes which shape financial reporting regulations and practices internationally
  • Evaluate the role of the accounting profession and international bodies such as the International Accounting Standards Board, the European Community, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Governments and Stock Exchanges in the harmonisation of accounting practices
  • Critically evaluate research in international accounting
  • Appreciate the links between international accounting and related disciplines, for example, financial management, management accounting and corporate governance
  • Appreciate the key methodological issues inherent in social science research
  • Apply a range of research methods to examine the financial reporting practices of companies in an international environment
  • Communicate in a clear and concise manner
  • Work intensively on a research-based dissertation



  • Contemporary Accounting Issues (BU52004)
  • International Accounting & Financial Reporting (BU52005)
  • Research Methods & Methodology (BU52001)
  • Quantitative Methods (BU52016)*
  • Dissertation (BU52010)

 Econometrics for Finance (BU52011) may, with the approval of the Programme Director, be substituted for this module.

plus two modules from a variety of modules offered within the School which typically include:

  • Corporate Finance (BU51002)
  • Corporate Governance (BU51001)
  • Emerging Financial Markets & Investments (BU52012)
  • International Banking (BU51011)
  • Performance Management & Reporting (BU51006)
  • Strategic Management Accounting (BU52013)


The dissertation is a core component of the degree which is highly valued in practice as well as academia. It allows you to conduct research in an area of international accounting.

Focusing on developing transferable skills you will have the opportunity to:

  • identify, understand and develop arguments
  • synthesise information from many different sources
  • conduct empirical work such as interviews, questionnaires, case studies or statistical analysis
  • write in a clear and concise manner
  • manage your time in an effective way

You will have a dedicated supervisor who has expertise in the your chosen area of research.

Develop your research skills

  • the Research Methods and Methodology module gives you the necessary skills for completing a dissertation

Develop your analytical skills

To analyse accounting and financial data you can study Quantitative Methods or explore more sophisticated techniques in Econometrics for Finance.

Optional modules are subject to change.

View our Terms and Conditions for Applicants and Students

International Accounting is a rapidly expanding field and its importance has grown in tandem with our globalising world. In addition to technical skills, employers expect recruits to understand the context of accounting information within wider social, political, economic, natural and cultural environments.

The course’s international orientation has enabled graduates to secure posts worldwide.

Our students have gone on to work in different roles and locations including, the Big 4 firms in China and Germany; the health sector in the US; investment firms in the UK and Dubai or family-run businesses worldwide, while some have set up their own businesses. A few have gone on to further study (e.g. PhD) in the UK and elsewhere.

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

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

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 5.5
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.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2017-18
Scottish and EU students £5,950 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £5,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study
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Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £6,950 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £6,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £16,450 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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