The University of London, University College London and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountancy, are enabling you to complete a Master of Science (MSc) in Professional Accountancy and your ACCA professional accountancy qualification at the same time. This route to the ACCA qualification will be of value to accountants aspiring to senior roles and enable them to stand out from the crowd in terms of their qualifications. Compared with the cost of studying for an accountancy qualification and a master’s separately, this will save time and money for many ACCA students.
The MSc modules are the first to be recognised by ACCA to count towards the professional level of the ACCA qualification. You have flexibility regarding how you structure your studies and there are different pathways to the award depending on the level of entrance requirement that you have met.
Who is this programme for? This programme is ideal for those who wish to pursue and upgrade their professional accounting qualifications while remain working at the present job. It prepares you for career advancements and opportunities as the world continues to be in demand for professional accountants.
What qualifications do you need?
- Pathway 1: you must be a current ACCA student with passes in all nine Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers and the two Strategic Professional Essentials (SBL and SBR).
- Pathway 2: you must be a current ACCA Member or Affiliate, with passes in all nine Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills papers, the two Strategic Professional Essentials (SBL and SBR) and two Strategic Professional options from AFM, APM, ATX and AAA.
Over five years?
If your last ACCA pass was over five years ago, you’ll need to demonstrate that your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) record meets ACCA policy, including an up-to-date CPD declaration.
Assessment & Exams
- Element of assessment for Pathway 1: 30% coursework, 70% examination
- Element of assessment for Pathway 2: 50% coursework, 50% project
Modules are assessed either by written exams, coursework assignment or a combination. Examinations are usually held in June and December. A mark of at least 50% in both elements to pass each module.
A recommended rate of 85% attendance is to be maintained.
- 70-100 : Distinction
- 60-69 : Merit
- 50-59 : Pass
- 0-49 : Fail
Award & Graduation
To attain the MSc in Professional Accountancy awarded by University of London and examined by University College London, students must successfully complete and pass all coursework and project.
Students can choose to attend the graduation ceremony held in March or November in London.
On successful completion of your studies, you will receive a University of London award. Your degree will state that you were registered with the University of London and the examinations were conducted by UCL.