Taught course

Finanical Accounting

University of the West of Scotland · Business School

Entry requirements

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma should normally possess an Honours degree, or equivalent. Candidates with an Ordinary degree may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Certificate stage in the first instance. Postgraduate Diploma students who satisfy the progression requirements will then be eligible to pursue the MSc. 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: in addition to the above, overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in any individual component.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

This conversion Masters programme is for graduates who have completed a first degree in any field of study and who now wish to build a career in financial accounting, general management or management consultancy.

About the programme: You will develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment, enhance your critical thinking ability, and deepen your knowledge of financial and management accounting to senior level. The course will maximise exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to further enhance your future employability. You will gain an advanced understanding of accounting principles and practice, develop the practical skills of financial accounting and explore the background within which accounting operates.This creates an opportunity to change career path if you do not have a background in accounting.

The programme aims to:

• develop your critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and transferable skills to prepare you for a career in financial accounting

• give you a solid understanding of current financial accounting theory and practice and future developments internationally

• assist you to develop further skills required for independent practice and team-working within the accounting profession

• encourage you to adopt an analytical and creative approach to study and to develop the ability to argue rationally, communicate clearly, and form sound judgements

• enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities through the execution of a Masters level project Your learning

The programme involves a series of core modules and a project:

• Strategic Financial Accounting (20 credits)

• Strategic Management Accounting (20 credits)

• Professional Accounting and Governance (20 credits) • Quantitative Analysis for Business (20 credits)

• Advanced Financial Accounting (20 credits)

• Theory and Accounting Research Methods (20 credits)

• Corporate and Business Law (20 credits)

MSc To attain the MSc, you must complete an MSc dissertation (40 credits). This involves undertaking significant research into an accounting problem or area that interests you.

Our Careers Adviser says Graduates can apply for careers leading to professional accountant status and hold various positions in the private and public sectors, the service industry and manufacturing. Professional recognition The degree will seek exemptions (examinations F1, F2, F3 and F4) from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the global body for professional accountants

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Iain Peers
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)