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.

  • 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.

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

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time £10650
International students
Full time: EU £10650 Non EU £24,000

Please see the fees and funding page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Accounting, Business and Finance