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Applied Accounting


Key facts

Start dates

January 2020

Course length

Part time: 12 months


Oxford Brookes Business School


Our MSc Applied Accounting is a cost-effective, part-time, distance learning master’s degree. 

We have developed the course  specifically for qualified accountants and ACCA students who have;
completed three or more ACCA strategic professional papers or 
successfully completed all the professional papers required for membership of one of the UK accounting bodies. 

As a distance learning programme you will have the opportunity to work with students from around the world. You will gain technical and transferable skills which apply across the globe.

Your Advanced Accounting and Finance project enables you to apply your business research skills to a real world accounting or finance related problem. This can be an area of interest to your organisation.

You can study from wherever you are in the world giving you the flexibility of learning in your own time. Oxford Brookes is well known for online learning. Our MBA is ranked 5th globally in the QS Distance Online MBA rankings 2016.


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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

The MSc in Applied Accounting is for students who have passed at least three ACCA Professional Level Papers or have successfully completed:

  • Institute Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland.

Students may be granted a conditional offer for the course if they are awaiting results from their 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.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU distance learning
£2,800 (Sep 19 & Jan 20 entry)

International distance learning
£2,800 (Sep 19 & Jan 20 entry)

Home/EU distance learning
£2,860 (Sep 20 & Jan 21 entry)

International distance learning
£2,860 (Sep 20 & Jan 21 entry)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Home/EU distance learning
£2,800 (Sep 19 & Jan 20 entry)

International distance learning
£2,800 (Sep 19 & Jan 20 entry)

Home/EU distance learning
£2,860 (Sep 20 & Jan 21 entry)

International distance learning
£2,860 (Sep 20 & Jan 21 entry)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

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 below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment

We have a track record of excellence in teaching, learning and research. Our Business School received the top award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to become a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

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.

Final project

Compulsory modules

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 Professional 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.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We deliver the teaching and learning for this course online, using Adobe Connect or other technologies.

While studying Research Methods you will: 

  • participate in online workshops focused on research methods and methodology
  • practice data collection and analysis skills
  • discuss your research ideas with your supervisor 
  • get feedback on your draft project proposal from your supervisor
  • get support developing your academic writing skills
  • present your project proposal to your supervisor using an appropriate form of technology, such as Adobe Connect.

For your Advanced Accounting and Finance Project you will carry out rigorous research and apply concepts, models and techniques. Much of your learning will be under the one-to-one guidance of a nominated supervisor. And you will set milestones during your online meetings with them.


Assessment methods used on this course

The Research Methods module has four assessment elements:

  • Directed reading with linked sets of multiple choice questions (20% weighting).
  • A 500 word draft Advanced Accounting and Finance Project proposal (pass/refer assessment).
  • A 2,000 word final Advanced Accounting and Finance Project proposal (80% weighting).
  • Online viva voce presentation (10 minutes) of your final project proposal (pass/refer assessment). 

Feedback on your draft and final proposal will cover elements such as:

  • the academic content
  • use of research methodology
  • criticality
  • referencing
  • presentation style. 

The Advanced Accounting and Finance Project is a 15,000 word Project Report (80% weighting). 

You will:

  • consider academic and management implications arising from your research
  • progress your report under guided supervision
  • present your final Project Report to your supervisor via Adobe Connect (10 minutes)
  • undergo a 20-minute viva voce examination of your report (20% weighting).


There are these areas of research related to this subject: Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Social Responsibility and Governance, and Applied Economics, Finance and Development.

The Accounting cluster focuses on how accountability and responsibility is achieved, explored from a range of perspectives and methodological approaches.

The Economics cluster comprises applied macro- and microeconomics as well as finance, environmental sustainability and development.

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After you graduate

Career prospects

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 UK
  • Wolseley Group.

Others have joined accounting practices such as KPMG, PwC and Deloitte.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.