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Applied Accounting

MSc

Business School

The MSc in Applied Accounting is a one year online master’s degree specifically developed for ACCA students who have completed three or more ACCA Professional Level Papers. 
 
Graduates of this master’s course will gain technical and transferable skills which apply across the globe and meet international accounting standards. This is a global course which attracts a diverse and truly international student body.

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Available start dates

September 2017 / January 2018 / September 2018

Teaching location

Distance learning

Course length

  • Part time: 12 months

UCAS Postgraduate code

60274

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Study online - You can study from wherever you are in the world giving you the flexibility of learning in your own time. You can determine when and where to study to fit the master’s degree in with your other work and home commitments. Oxford Brookes is well known for online learning with our MBA being ranked 5th globally in the QS Distance Online MBA rankings 2016.
  • Affordable master’s - You benefit from an affordable master’s programme from an internationally recognised university. You will undertake an Advanced Accounting and Finance project to develop knowledge and expertise in accounting. During this project you can focus on a specific challenge or area of interest for your organisation.
  • ACCA credit - This master’s course is designed for ACCA students, associates and members and enables them to gain admission with credit for your Professional level papers. 
  • Employability - This course helps you develop both academically and professionally. It offers an opportunity to create global business links with fellow students, teaching staff and professionals. There are online resources to support careers and employment including a job search site which has resources such as online tutorials, bitesize videos, an interview simulator, and links to useful websites.
  • International approach - It’s a global programme and you will gain technical and transferable skills which apply across the globe and meet international accounting standards. Oxford Brookes attracts a wide and diverse international student body.
  • Teaching and learning - We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research and our Business School received the top award from the Higher Education Funding council for England to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The MSc in Applied Accounting is a one year online master’s degree specifically developed for ACCA students who have completed three or more ACCA Professional Level Papers.


Admission with credit: 120 credits

To gain admission with credit students must have completed at least three ACCA 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 Proffessional Level 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.

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning for this master’s degree is delivered online using Adobe Connect or other technologies.

Students studying the Research Methods can: 
  • participate in online workshops focused on research methods and methodology, drawing on examples of research projects
  • practice 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 academic writing skills
  • present their project proposal to their supervisor using an appropriate form of technology, such as Adobe Connect.
Students completing the Advanced Accounting and Finance Project are expected to carry out rigorous research and apply concepts, models and techniques. 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 them. 

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.

There are two modules in which both formative and summative assessment takes place:

  • Research Methods
  • Advanced Accounting and Finance Project

Research Methods

There are four elements of assessment within this module:

  1. Several 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.
  2. Submission of a 500-word draft Advanced Accounting and Finance Project proposal. This has a pass/refer assessment. 
  3. Submission of a 2,000-word final Advanced Accounting and Finance Project proposal (80% weighting).
  4. 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. 
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.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - distance learning fee: 2017/18: £2,150 (Sep 17 & Jan 18 entry)

International - distance learning fee : 2017/18: £2,150 (Sep 17 & Jan 18 entry)

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

Entry requirements

The MSc in Applied Accounting is for students who have passed at least three ACCA Professional Level Papers. They can enhance their qualifications with a master’s degree by studying these modules and expanding their accounting and finance knowledge and expertise. Students may be granted a conditional offer for the course if they are awaiting results from ACCA Professional paper examinations, subject to the admission requirements of the programme.

This course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference).

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university's English language requirements:

Please also see the university's standard English language requirements

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • If you need to take a pre-master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course, you can take our two year master’s course. This course combine the pre-master's diploma and your master's in one application. You can apply for one visa for the two years of study.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Please contact Business School enquiries if you need help with your application or require any further information.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

How this course helps you develop

Employability - This course helps you develop both academically and professionally. It offers an opportunity to create global business links with fellow students, teaching staff and professionals. On the practical side, there are online resources to support careers and employment including a job search site which has resources such as online tutorials, bitesize videos, an interview simulator, and links to useful websites.

Learn while you develop your career - You study online from wherever you are in the world which means that you have the flexibility of learning in your own time. You can determine when and where to study to fit the master’s degree in with your other work and home commitments. Oxford Brookes is well known for online learning with our MBA being ranked 5th globally in the QS Distance Online MBA rankings 2016.

Enhancing you professional skills
This master’s course is designed for ACCA students, associates and members and enables them to gain admission with credit for Professional level papers. You will undertake an Advanced Accounting and Finance project which enables you to develop knowledge and expertise in accounting.

Careers

Studying for a master’s gives you career choices including:

  • Career progression through enhanced academic qualifications
  • Setting up a business. A number of students may use their skills, knowledge and understanding to develop their family business
  • Acceptance onto a postgraduate doctoral level course in a related area.

Our students are attractive to employers both in the UK and internationally and have gone to work in prestigious organisations such as Apple (on the Leadership Programme), Proctor & Gamble, IBM, Cancer Research and Wolseley Group. Others have joined accounting practices such as KPMG, PwC and Deloitte.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

How Brookes supports postgraduate students

As an enrolled student of Oxford Brookes University you are entitled to receive all the services available to on-campus students, some services such as Subject Support Coordinators are available via email, phone or online, however some of these services are only available on campus. 

Induction
A compulsory induction programme before teaching begins in the first semester allows you to meet fellow students online and to explore and understand the functionality of the Virtual Learning Environment. It also introduces the philosophy of the programme, the rationale for its design and delivery, and provides insight into what is expected of students.  

Programme and module handbooks
Online handbooks are provided for both the programme and for each module. The module handbook provides: 

  • Contact details of the Programme Lead, Programme Administrator, Module Leader and tutors
  • Specific content and learning outcomes
  • Topics and activities
  • Recommended and required reading
  • Coursework assessment including the task, learning outcomes, assessment criteria and deadlines.

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Research highlights

The Business School's growing international reputation for research has been confirmed with the publication of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results.

The REF results show that 96% of this research is 'internationally recognised', with 58% judged to be of 'world leading' quality or 'internationally excellent'.

The main focus of research within the department of Accounting, Finance and Economics within the Business School is on how accountability is achieved, explored from both theoretical and practical perspectives and encompassing a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Research areas and clusters

Research in this department is grouped around four clusters, Accounting, Accountability and ResponsibilityApplied MicroeconomicsApplied Macro, Public and Financial Economics, and Development and Environmental Economics.