Entry requirements


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline from a UK ENIC listed institution.

If your undergraduate honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive professional experience in the subject, your application may be considered.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.


Entry onto this postgraduate course will require you to demonstrate current or recent work experience. This will enable you to fully engage with the course.

Additional Requirements

Entry onto this course requires you to have completed the ACCA applied knowledge and applied skills papers. You must also have achieved a Pass in the Ethics and Professional Skills module.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain a Masters degree while preparing for the final 4 Strategic Professional examination papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

This course covers strategic financial issues that are important for accountants. You will gain an understanding of key issues and applied methodologies relating to management accounting, financial accounting and corporate finance. Alongside your Masters qualification, you will be prepared to sit the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) final four Strategic Professional examination papers.

Our postgraduate Professional Accounting degree combines the study of contemporary academic theory and research with gaining a practical understanding of accounting. With us, you will learn to operate in the global marketplace, readying you to pursue a career in accounting, or enhance your knowledge of accounting standards and procedures.

On the course you will cover strategic financial issues which are essential for accounts and learn about the applied methodologies of management accounting, financial accounting and corporate finance. You will develop an understanding of the theory and practice of accounting while enhancing the critical thinking which are admired by employers. We will introduce you to the latest contemporary research in accounting and encourage you to apply the knowledge gained to your accounting practice.

When you join the York Business School, you become part of an active learning community. Work with your tutors and peers as you explore, discuss and analyse solutions to problems in business finance.

This course:

  • Prepares you for the final 4 Strategic Professional examination papers of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Enables you to develop a sound understanding of the skills necessary to undertake a professional accounting role in any organisation
  • Focuses on encouraging responsible and ethical leaders in business
  • Places emphasis on both theoretical rigour and practical experience
  • Uses assessment methods that mirror organisational based activities.

Throughout the course you will receive excellent personal and academic support from your tutors and wider university services.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details