Taught course

Accountancy (top-up)

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Entry requires applicants to be fully exam qualified with one of the following professional accountancy bodies: ACCA, ICAS, ICAI, ICAEW, CIPFA and CIMA or other IFAC member body assessed as equivalent by the Programme Director. The School language requirement for overseas students is IELTS 6.5 or 6.0 with attendance at the University's pre-sessional programme (a minimum score in each component of 6.0 must be obtained).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc Accountancy is intended for candidates who are already fully exam-qualified and are looking for a Masters degree to complement their professional qualification. The Programme and RPL would be available to candidates who are fully exam-qualified with one of the following professional accountancy bodies:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - ACCA;
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland - ICAS;
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales - ICAEW;
Chartered Accountants Ireland - ICAI;
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - CIMA;
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy - CIPFA;
Other IFAC member bodies which the Programme Director considers to be relevant.

Professional accountancy bodies, for example ACCA, have mapped their professional qualifications to quality assurance education standards, and have determined them as equivalent to a Masters level degree. It is accepted that professional exams are of very high standard and rigorous in demands. The MSc Accountancy programme offers 50% (90 credits) of the 180 credits for a taught Masters programme to fully exam-qualified professional accountants. The programme would allow the students to undertake a further 90 credits to obtain an MSc award from the University.

The programme will give the students the opportunity to demonstrate their academic ability to undertake learning at Masters level and to obtain a Masters degree to complement their professional exam-qualified status. The module choice will also enable them to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the wider subject areas of Accounting and Finance. A student-led professional accountancy project will allow the students to demonstrate their ability to plan, organise, research and present their findings in writing.

This award would be distinct from those currently conferred by the University of Dundee and would (i) reflect the curricular and subject specialism of these graduates; and (ii) be of relevance to the RPL credits granted. In order to achieve the 90, level 5 credits required for the award, the students would be required to undertake:

Three 20 credit modules from the portfolio of level 5 modules that are offered in Accounting & Finance, and may also include Economic Studies modules if they are assessed as relevant for MSc Accountancy students by the Programme Director (see schedule of modules submitted with this document).
The 30 credit student led professional accountancy project will focus on the accountancy profession and/or practice in and will be completed in the semester following the intake semester. This project is already offered on the MSc Professional Accountancy programme and can be completed on campus or at a distance.

The students would be attending the lectures and tutorials for the three level 5 taught modules in semester 1 together with the other students on the School's MSc Programmes.

Information for international students

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study, the 24 week and 10 week programmes provide additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS respectively.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Dr Louise Crawford
+44 (0)1382 386803
+44 (0)1382 388421