Wolverhampton Business School

Professional Accounting and Finance - Extended

MSc Full-time 18 months

This course enables entry onto the MSc Professional Accounting if you did not gain a first or second class honours at degree level (or equivalent).

This course enables entry onto the MSc Professional Accounting if you did not gain a first or second class honours at degree level (or equivalent).

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  • Start Date(s) 7 September 2020, 6 January 2020
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (18 months)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton Business School

Why choose this course?

This course enables entry onto the MSc Professional Accounting if you did not gain a first or second class honours at degree level (or equivalent). It will add to your existing skills and knowledge providing you with enhanced understanding and abilities which will prepare you for Masters courses.

The MSc in Professional Accounting and Finance provides an opportunity for students to both complete their ACCA qualifications and also gain a Masters in Accounting and Finance within an eighteen month period.

This course will provide you with an in depth grounding for your professional and/or academic career in finance, business and accounting. It will develop your strategic understanding and critical thinking of the main finance and accounting theories upon which modern business decisions are made as well as exploring the role and importance of accounting information in the management of corporations. Through your dissertation you will be able to investigate in depth a business, accounting or management issue, applying your research and quantitative skills which have been further developed throughout the course.

Studying for your ACCA papers will be taken with the support and guidance of Kaplan Financial Limited. Kaplan has become one of the world’s largest providers of professional accounting education with operations in more than 30 countries.

In addition, the course will provide you with the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities. These could include, for example, a visit to the London Stock Exchange, and guest lectures from prominent individuals within the financial world.

What happens on the course?

September start (full time)

Semester 1

7BE011 Masters Learning (0 credits)

7IB003 International Business Environment (20 credits)

7FC002 International Finance (20 credits)

7MG001 Independent Business Analysis Project (60 credits)

Semester 2

7AC003 Advanced Performance and Financial Management (APM and AFM) (40 credits)


Year 2

Semester 1

7AC004 Corporate Reporting and Governance (SBR and SBL) (40 credits)


Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Students will be in a unique position of having an excellent academic and professional qualification taught by market leaders in both fields. They will have the knowledge and ability to succeed in the world of finance.

Studying for the ACCA professional qualification alongside the MSc will greatly enhance a candidate’s opportunity to find attractive employment positions. In a recent survey carried out by the ACCA (the largest student survey carried out by a professional body with over 22,000 respondents) it was found that studying for the ACCA qualification helps individuals find new roles. In 59% of cases it reassured the new employer of the technical and business skills of the candidate and in 28% of cases it was a pre-requisite for obtaining the position. ACCA students and affiliates frequently earned salaries that exceed the national average across professions.

The ACCA professional qualification is very portable, in the above survey 34% of respondents had changed jobs in the previous 12 months, most typically in order to gain promotion or a better salary, or in order to get a different experience in their career. In addition 64% of students and affiliates planned to work in another country in the future demonstrating unlimited job opportunities across the world.

In addition, the course will provide a robust grounding for those wishing to pursue doctoral study.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The University of Wolverhampton is the first university in the UK to provide this particular course delivered as a collaboration between the University and Kaplan financial, who are one of the world’s largest providers of professional accounting education. This course will enable students to have the opportunity to study for both ACCA final level professional papers and an MSc at the same time, enabling the student to achieve both awards in an eighteen-month period.

Students who enrol on this course must already have the first nine ACCA papers either directly through passing the professional body exams or indirectly through undergraduate study which entitles the student to gain the nine necessary exemptions.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student, will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate and apply a variety of corporate governance, international finance and accounting theories in an organisational setting.
  2. Critically evaluate and appreciate the relevance of accounting information for business performance management.
  3. Critically assess how the international economic environment affects businesses.
  4. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through academic research completing an independent research project/dissertation at masters’ level.
  5. Be eligible to apply for Affiliate or Full Membership of the ACCA dependent on the work experience completed by the student as defined by the ACCA.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £12464 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £15565 per year 2019-20

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

A good undergraduate honours degree (second class and above) in accounting which provides exemption from the first nine papers of the ACCA professional qualification from a UK university or overseas equivalent

Or, the first nine papers of the ACCA  qualification and ideally at least three years of relevant work experience. Students with less experience may be considered.

Students may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) subject to the guidelines set out in the UWBS RPL Handbook. RPL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Please check our minimum language entry requirements before submitting your application.

We offer a range programmes in English as a Foreign Language if you don't meet these requirements.

Postgraduate Loans: Are available for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England. For more information on eligibility and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.ukwww.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay


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