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

Prepare for senior roles and stand out from the crowd with this MSc qualification from the highly-ranked University of Dundee.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

‌The MSc in Professional Accountancy is the first UK postgraduate master's qualification to combine masters level study with full professional body accreditation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The programme is fully accredited by the ACCA, a full member of the International Federation of Accountants, which operates in countries across the world. When you graduate from this course you can claim exemptions from ACCA Fundamental Papers: F1 to F9. This means that whatever country you’re from, your advanced standing in a professional education programme will be valued by businesses across the globe.

This degree can now also boast 2 additional accreditations, further enhancing its quality and international reputation. Accreditation from the Association of International Accountants (AIA), offering graduates of the degree exemption from their foundation level (A & B) and professional level 1 (C & D) exams. Offering our students the maximum level of exemptions with the AIA.

Accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), offering graduates of the degree exemptions from 6 of their papers (5 out of the 6 Certificate Level papers + 1 professional paper).


Professional Accountancy Students visit ACCA headquarters in Glasgow and are treated to a video message from ACCA Vice President and President of China ACCA, Jenny Gu.

Professional Accountancy Students visit ACCA headquarters in Glasgow

The course provides an international perspective on the study of the theory and practice of accounting, and enables students to graduate with a master’s degree in addition to the ACCA exemptions mentioned above.

All accountancy staff, including professors, are active as teachers and researchers. You’ll be working with a team who routinely push back the boundaries of knowledge in their subject area.

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Studying Masters in Professional Accountancy at University of Dundee gave me an immense competitive edge in the job market. The course is designed in such a way that after the successful completion of the course, a graduate can straightway claim exemptions from ACCA F1 to F9 Papers. The course module is eminently aligned with the ACCA format. Thus, studying this course will fully prepare a graduate to take on the path to become a qualified accountant.


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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

There are two intakes each year - January and September. The course lasts for 12 months.

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

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 course approach encourages your active participation, supporting your independent life-long learning journey and developing your professional and generic skills.

How you will be assessed

Assessment of taught modules will be a mixture of examinations and coursework assignments.

Course content

Specifically, you will:

  • explore conceptual and regulatory accounting frameworks involved in the preparation and interpretation of financial statements, compliant with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • consider techniques employed by financial managers when evaluating financial decisions and the business issues they face
  • explore accounting information and specialised techniques in costing, planning, controlling, decision-making and performance measurement
  • consider the administration of the tax system, tax payer’s compliance obligations, computation of tax liabilities and tax planning techniques.  This will support your ability to provide advice to people and businesses on the impact of key tax considerations
  • explore audit and assurance engagements in the context of professional regulation and ethical codes of practice and  assess their impact on society


Core modules

  • Audit, Assurance and Professional Ethics (BU51003)
  • Professional Financial Management (BU53001)
  • Professional Financial Reporting Practice (BU52007)
  • Professional Management Accounting (BU51004)
  • Tax Compliance and Fiscal Studies (BU51005)


  • Professional Accountancy Project (BU53002)

Supervised by staff, 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.

A majority of our graduates progress to successful careers as professionally-qualified accountants.

Successful completion of this degree course enables you to claim exemption from ACCA Fundamental Papers: F1 to F9. It means that on completion, you’ll be partly professionally qualified with ACCA and can work in the accountancy profession where you may choose to complete the ACCA professional qualification.

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

You'll need to have have, or expect to receive in the anticipated year of entry, a good honours degree in accounting or a related discipline with significant accounting content. Exceptionally, non-accountancy graduates with relevant and advanced professional practical experience will also be considered.

 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.

 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 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £6,950 per year of study
Rest of UK students £6,950 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £16,450 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £7,650 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
International students (non-EU) £18,150 per year of study
See our scholarships for International applicants

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course code
Apply nowProfessional Accountancy MScP044676

Course Contact

Dr Suzanne Fifield
Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 385148

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