Find a course

Expand

Strategic Professional Accounting and Finance

MSc

Key facts

Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023

Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 24 months

Overview

Our MSc Strategic and Professional Accounting and Finance balances technical accounting and finance knowledge with practical skills. You are taught in small interactive groups by experts from the professions as well as leading researchers in the field. 

Throughout this course, you will:

  • prepare for 4 Strategic Professional ACCA papers 
  • acquire professional and digital skills to prepare you for your career 
  • complete a Research Project developing your independent research skills into a topical issue
  • appreciate broader issues within accounting such as corporate social responsibility
  • engage with our guest speakers such as the Deputy Chair of KPMG and managers from Grant Thornton, ICAEW. 

Our accounting masters’ students have gone on to work with prestigious global organisations such as PwC, Deloitte, Oxfam, UK Civil Service and Huawei, and have careers such as accountant, auditor, tax official, banking operational officer and financial analyst.

Female student studying

How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.

Applicants must have passed or have exemptions from all Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills ACCA papers.

Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a good degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

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 have the following level of English language competency:

  • minimum 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking).
  • if you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

Go

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

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
2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£10,400

Home (UK) part time
£5,200

International / EU full time
£16,200

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£10,400

Home (UK) part time
£5,200

International / EU full time
£16,200

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

financefees@brookes.ac.uk

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.

Additional costs

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.

If students want to have revision sessions for the ACCA external papers, they will have to find this themselves.

To qualify for the ACCA, all students have to sit the Strategic Professional papers externally. This is in addition to sitting our internal papers which count towards your MSc. The fees for sitting these external exams are not included in the university fee. Students may also wish to get additional support for revision for these external exams; a cost which is also not included in the fees.

We offer an International Business in Practice Study Trip module. This study trip is voluntary and all costs associated with the trip will need to be funded by you. 

The destination varies from year to year, so it is not possible to give a precise cost. As an example, the fee for the Boston USA field trip in July 2019 was £1580 and included: accommodation for 7 nights in the Boston area, insurance, company visits (e.g. Facebook, Dunkin Brands, Trip Advisor, Microsoft, Bank of America), group transportation for all activities and some of the meals. This fee did not include international airfare, visa application fee (if relevant), dinners and activities during your free time.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

The MSc Strategic Professional Accounting and Finance has:

  • four compulsory taught modules
  • one or two elective modules
  • a research project. 
Male student studying

Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Advanced Audit and Assurance

Aligned to the ACCA paper, in this module students will analyse, evaluate and conclude on the assurance engagement and other audit and assurance issues in the context of best practice and current developments.

Advanced Performance Management

Aligned to the ACCA paper, in this module students will apply relevant knowledge, skills and exercise professional judgement in selecting and applying strategic management accounting techniques in different business contexts to contribute to the planning, control and evaluation of organisational performance.

Strategic Business Leader

Aligned to the ACCA paper, in this module students will demonstrate organisational leadership and senior consultancy or advisory capabilities and relevant professional skills, through the context of an integrated case study.

Strategic Business Reporting

Aligned to the ACCA paper, in this module students will discuss, apply and evaluate the concepts, principles and practices that underpin the preparation and interpretation of corporate reports from a diverse range of stakeholder perspectives.

Dissertation / final project

Compulsory modules

Research Project

You will incorporate research methods and a research project; key components of the master's degree. The project provides you with an opportunity to explore a specialist area in depth. You have a choice to undertake a traditional dissertation or follow a structured research project which incorporates both theoretical and applied research. You will be provided with guidance and advice throughout the process.

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.

Download course structure chart

Learning and teaching

During the course you’ll strengthen your practical analysis and decision-making skills. Lectures, discussions, role-play exercises and seminars link with selected case studies and assessments.

Much of the teaching takes place in interactive workshops. Our teaching staff have in-depth knowledge of accounting practices and issues. We also invite visiting speakers from business and research bodies to share their insight and provide further input.

This is an intensive course. Many of your modules will include two taught classes each week.

You can also opt to take the Business in Practice study trip module.

Field trips

The International Business in Practice Study Trip module allows you to experience ideas and practices of global business. During the trip you will have direct interaction with management executives and practices. You will: attend presentations from local management executives and experts go on site visits to major corporations and agencies. This study trip is voluntary and you will need to fund all costs associated with the trip. It is not linked to university assessments in any way.

We also run a study trip to Chengdu, China. If you choose the study trip (which runs in July), we will give you all the details by March so that you can make your decisions ahead of the trip in July.

If you successfully complete this non-credit bearing module, it will be recorded on your transcript as P58335 International Business in Practice: Study Trip.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment will include a range of activities including:

  • examinations 
  • case studies 
  • reports
  • presentations 
  • group projects.

Research

There are two main areas of research related to this subject:

  • Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Social Responsibility and Governance
  • 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.

After you graduate

Career prospects

This course helps you develop both academically and professionally providing you with a strong foundation for a career in accounting and finance. You will be able to sit some Strategic Professional ACCA papers externally, once you have completed your programme. It offers you an opportunity to create global business links with fellow students, teaching staff and professionals you may meet during your time at Brookes. You will develop the following skills, which are embedded into the programme:

  • quantitative analysis
  • digital literacy
  • communication
  • presentation
  • team working.

The MSc in Strategic Professional Accounting and Finance develops your ability to compete for challenging and interesting roles in the profession or general business.

Our postgraduate accounting students are attractive to employers both in the UK and internationally and have gone to work in prestigious corporations such as:

  • Deloitte
  • PwC
  • UK Civil Service
  • Huawei.

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.