Taught course


University of the West of Scotland · Business School

Entry requirements

All candidates must be current members of an IFAC-accredited professional body (for example, in the UK, candidates must be members of ICAS, ACA, CIMA, ACCA, CIPFA, AIA). Membership of an acceptable professional accounting body permits entry to the programme with advanced standing, such membership taken as being equivalent to 80 L11 credits. Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent. University processes in relation to RPL/APEL will be followed. International students: overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

Months of entry


Course content

Study your MSc Accounting at University of the West of Scotland (UWS). This part-time, distance learning top-up course – which is aimed at professional accountants – will give you a deeper understanding of the complex issues facing the profession. It will offer you with the opportunity to enhance your career prospects and assist you in pursuing senior roles within accounting and finance by providing evidence of your intellectual and analytic abilities.

The MSc has been designed in consultation with professionals working in the sector. It is aimed at those who have the necessary knowledge and skills expected of a professional accountant – as evidenced by their membership of an appropriate professional body – who wish to augment and broaden their current skills by developing a deeper understanding of the key issues facing contemporary accounting.
Our Careers Adviser says: The course aims to produce graduates who have shown high competence within the discipline and are skilled in accounting research, with a proven ability to critically analyse and understand theoretical and conceptual problems. This will equip you
with theskills to pursue senior accountingand finance roles"

Teaching materials will introduce concepts, and guidance will be given on additional work necessary to understand and develop these concepts. Assessment is via case studies, essays, presentations and project work. Online support is available throughout.

The course will:

  • Develop your critical, analytical problem-based learning and research skills, enhancing future employability
  • Develop advanced skills for working within the accounting profession
  • Enable a systematic understanding of current accounting theory and practice, and future developments internationally
  • Encourage an analytical, creative approach to study and research, developing your ability to argue rationally and form sound judgements
  • Enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities through the execution of Masters dissertation

Your learning: Modules enable you to develop applied skills in accounting and accounting research. Study includes:
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting (20 credits) – you will critically examine accounting topics that are being debated or are contentious
  • Theory and Accounting Research Methods (20 credits) – covering the various methodologies that could be adopted while undertaking accounting research
  • MSc dissertation (60 credits) can be any accounting-based topic and could focus on an ‘inhouse’ problem in your workplace

On successful completion, you will acquire 100 credits from the course, which are added to your professional qualification (worth at least 80 credits).

Fees and funding

For more information about funding please visit our website - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingandadvice

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Ian Fleming
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)