Entry requirements

The MSc in Applied Accounting is for students who have the foundation of ACCA Professional Level Papers. They can enhance the qualification with a master’s degree by studying these modules and expanding their accounting and finance knowledge and expertise. 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).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc in Applied Accounting is an online master’s degree specifically developed for ACCA students who have the foundation ACCA Professional Level Papers. You can continue you career by studying online to gain an Oxford Brookes University master’s level degree.

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.
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.

Information for international students

Successful completion of 5 ACCA Professional Papers will ensure English Language requirement is met.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator