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Wolverhampton Business School

Professional Accounting and Finance

MSc Full-time 18 months

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.

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.

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  • Start Date(s) 19 October 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?

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. These activities are designed to enhance your knowledge,understanding as well as enjoyment of your course.

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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 £11580 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £14280 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

  • The entry requirements for the proposed course are:

  • 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 three years of relevant work experience. Students with less experience may be considered.
  • 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.
  • 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.

"During my time at the University I have networked with many people most of whom will remain friends for life. These connections are partly the reason, alongside revision and study, for my success on both my current course (MSc Professional Accounting and Finance) and prior course (BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance).  

"One such group are the Business School lecturers. These individuals are professional, many of whom have worked in the finance industry itself. This provides students with figures to look up to and aspire to become, in addition to the specialist knowledge these individuals can provide.

"After the course I hope to secure an accounting position in a small to medium sized accounting firm, with future prospects to begin my own practice or reach the level of partner in another firm.

"To any student thinking of doing a masters, or who desires a strong career in accountancy and currently has exemptions for the nine foundation papers with ACCA, I strongly recommend the MSc Professional Accounting and Finance. I am sure it will be as enlightening to you as it has been for me.”

Peter Davis - current student, MSc Professional Accounting and Finance

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


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 by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. 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.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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