Taught course

Accounting Professional Pathway 1 (ICAEW)

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have both of the following by the time you start this programme:

  • A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification in accounting and finance. For the purposes of entry to this degree programme passes in all of the following ICAEW pre-advanced level examinations are accepted as equivalent to a first degree in accounting at the appropriate level.
    • Certificate level: accounting, assurance, business and finance, law, management information, principles of taxation.
    • Professional level: audit and assurance, business strategy, financial accounting and reporting, financial management, tax compliance, business planning: taxation.
  • Have passed the following two ICAEW ACA Advanced Level examinations for which you will be given credit for prior learning (60 credits), which is an integral part of this degree programme
    • Corporate Reporting and
    • Strategic Business Management.

You will normally need to have passed these examinations within the past five years. (This period may be extended for candidates who are qualified Chartered Accountants (ACA or FCA) providing that you have been working as a professional accountant since qualification and have an approved record of appropriate CPD).

If you are not studying towards the ICAEW ACA Advanced Level examinations, but have a relevant first degree or equivalent and would like to pursue further studies in the area of accounting and finance are advised to apply for MAcc International Accounting & Financial Management.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is aimed at students who intend to develop academically in parallel with furthering their professional qualification and careers. It has been developed in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and provides a basis for the development of analytical and professional skills consistent with the integrated approach the University and ICAEW take to accounting, finance and business education.

Why this course

  • The programme is professionally-oriented and designed for students who are qualified or nearly qualified Chartered Accountants (ICAEW).
  • You can graduate in a shorter period with a Masters degree that is linked with a leading professional body. Credit for prior learning is given for completion of two ICAEW ACA Advanced Level examinations.
  • Instead of a traditional dissertation, you will compile an independent work portfolio which will include elements aligned with the demands of the accounting profession, including the ICAEWs capstone case study paper.
  • The University of Glasgow’s long established MAcc programme provides an excellent basis for the development of key competencies valued by leading employers and the profession, helping you to think critically and reflect on accounting in a practice environment.
  • The programme is strongly research-led, and you will be expected to evaluate and critique theories from the latest research in accounting. Our staff have close connections to the accounting and finance profession, and you will benefit from the experience of world-class teaching.
  • You will join an international community of students who come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, which will allow you to share experiences through multi-cultural teamwork.

Programme structure

You will take one core and two optional courses, and complete a substantive independent work portfolio. One element of the portfolio is being modelled on the requirements of the final (capstone) ICAEW case study assessment, which is designed to help you to apply your learning within a practice based case environment. This allows you to acquire the capabilities necessary for leading positions in contemporary professional environments, and to do so in a time efficient manner.

Core course

  • Issues in accounting research

Sample optional courses

  • Accounting and business ethics
  • Advanced international corporate reporting
  • Audit, risk and control
  • Climate change policies and accountability issues
  • Global issues in management accounting
  • Governing risk & uncertainty
  • Human right & business
  • Social and environmental accounting.

Career Prospects

The programme provides you with an excellent foundation for progressing the skills of the professional of tomorrow. It actively develops your analytical and evaluative skills that help you adapt to the needs of the business environment you will operate in. When you complete the programme, you will have a skill set attractive to international professional accounting firms and leading industrial companies. In addtion, you will have had the benefit of the University of Glasgow’s excellent accounting provision, linked to the significant professional benefits of the accredited learning partner, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) - a leading professional membership organisation with significant global reach.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please refer to our website for more information:

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Accounting, Business and Finance
0141 330 2000