The MSc in Applied Accounting has been constructed so students who have the foundation of ACCA Professional Level Papers can enhance the qualification with Master’s degree by studying these modules and expanding their accounting and finance knowledge and expertise.
Admission with credit: 120 credits
To gain admission with credit students must have completed five ACCA Professional Level Papers, comprising of three compulsory Professional Level papers and two out of four elective Professional Level papers.
Research Methods: 10 credits
The aim of the Research Methods module is to develop your knowledge of a range of research approaches, methods and techniques appropriate for the field of accounting and finance. It also develops your skills in critically evaluating research carried out and reported by others. You are introduced to research methodologies, and how research is written, disseminated and evaluated. You will explore and critique current research in accounting and finance, and develop a critical literature review. The Research Methods module prepares you to successfully complete the high quality, rigorous and systematic accounting and finance research required for the Advanced Accounting and Finance Project.
Advanced Accounting and Finance Project: 50 credits
This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake a self-managed process of systematic enquiry. This enquiry may focus on academic research within the domain of accountancy or finance forming a traditional dissertation or it may equally focus on a particular organisational challenge or opportunity and take the form of an accounting or finance project. In all cases it will include and report on the outcomes of a significant research activity. You have the opportunity to explore an area of interest in greater depth, whether it is theoretical or operational accountancy and finance. The module will enable you to practice many of the concepts studied in the ACCA P Papers and in the Research Methods module. Learning will largely be self-directed, but you will receive guidance in the form of a series of structured one-to-one interventions from your nominated supervisor. Your final Advanced Accounting and Finance Project Report will apply one or several specific financial or management accounting topics to a particular organisational context or activity.
Teaching and learning
The teaching and learning for this master’s degree is delivered online using Adobe Connect and other technologies.
Students studying the Research Methods can:
- participate in online workshops focused on research methods and methodology, drawing on examples of research projects
- practise the skills of data collection and analysis, for example, by participating in or observing interviews and by analysing qualitative and quantitative sources or image-based or verbal data
- discuss their research ideas with their supervisor
- gain feedback on their draft project proposal from their supervisor who will support them in developing their Level 7 academic writing skills
- present their project proposal to their supervisor using Adobe Connect.
Students completing the Advanced Accounting and Finance Project are expected to carry out rigorous research and apply concepts, models and techniques from across the programme. Much of the learning is done under the one-to-one guidance of a nominated supervisor. Milestones will be set using a number of online meetings with your supervisor.
Approach to assessment
Assessment is a fundamental and integral part of course design and one that is intended to shape and assess learning. Assessment has been designed at programme level in order to ensure that the assessment shapes learning in a coherent and holistic fashion, consistent with the aims of the course. Assessment has been developed with reference to the Brookes Assessment Compact and includes assessment of both the self and others, an essential skill for all graduates.
There are two modules in which both formative and summative assessment takes place:
- Research Methods
- Advanced Accounting and Finance Project
There are four elements of assessment within this module:
- Four sets of directed reading, with students then answering linked sets of multiple choice questions (20% weighting). This is designed to develop and assess technical research skills.
- Submission of a 500-word draft Advanced Accounting and Finance Project proposal. This has a pass/refer assessment.
- Submission of a 2,000-word final Advanced Accounting and Finance Project proposal (80% weighting).
- Online viva voce presentation of 10 minutes made by the student of the final submitted project proposal to their supervisor. This has a pass/refer assessment, but will not attract marks.
Feedback on the draft proposal and final proposal will be on elements such as the academic content, use of research methodology, criticality, referencing and presentation style.
Advanced Accounting and Finance Project
Students will write a 15,000-word Project Report (80% weighting). The Project Report will be based on the approved project proposal (developed as the assessment within the Research Methods module) and students are expected to consider academic and management implications arising from their research. Students will progress their report under guided supervision and each student will be allocated a supervisor who will provide guidance and feedback on the project through a number of online meetings.
Students will present their final Project Report to their supervisor via Adobe Connect (10 minutes) and undergo a 20-minute viva voce examination of their report (20% weighting).
Attendance pattern This is an online course with lectures, seminars and supervision taking place online.