Please note that for January 2013 starts, this course is available as a part-time option only.
This unique, challenging and innovative course aims to develop the full range of academic and professional knowledge, values, skills and expertise necessary to enable you to operate with excellence as directors, managers, internal and external auditors and management consultants and to manage audit teams, audit departments and other business functions and organisations.
Provided as a DUAL AWARD in co-operation with the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), on qualification students will receive both an academic (MSc) and professional qualification (CMIIA), the latter subject to completion of an appropriate experience log in compliance with IIA requirements.
Our graduates have secured jobs as audit managers and internal auditors – as well as more diverse roles such as risk and compliance auditors, operative and compliance consultants and governance control analysts.
They work for companies such as Department of Health, DEFRA, Cancer Research, Dept. of Work and Pensions and Atomic Weapons Establishment.
To register for the Master’s degree you should normally hold a recognised Bachelor’s degree of a good standard. Applicants with suitable work experience and/or qualifications other than those above may be considered for entry. Credit (exemption) may be given on a case-by-case basis for individual modules on the basis of prior learning and practice based experience against a standard list of exemptions which can be provided.
In addition to the above requirements where English is not your first language, you must be able to furnish satisfactory evidence of a level of attainment in English language commensurate with study at Masters Level at Birmingham City University. In most cases, a TOEFL score of at least 575 or an IELTS score of 6.5 average or 6.0 in all bands or an alternative qualification evidencing an equivalent competence in English wil be required.
Please apply online. Click here for the online application form.
Fees and Finance
Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
|Sep 2014||FT||1 year||MSc||£7,000|
|Sep 2014||PT||3 years||MSc||£3,500 per year|
|Jan 2015||PT||3 years||MSc||£3,500 per year|
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
|Sep 2014||FT||1 year||MSc||£10,500|
Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses start in September/October, at the beginning of the academic year. However, some courses also have January/February or April start options. Short courses take place throughout the year.
Many of our courses can be studied on a Full-Time (FT) or Part-Time (PT) basis.
We also offer a Sandwich (SW) option for some courses – this usually involves two periods of Full Time study separated by a 'sandwich' placement spent working in an occupation related your course.
Online Learning (OL) courses can be studied remotely, usually using online learning tools.
Fees quoted are only for the academic year or start date stated. Fees may change in future years.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
Fees include all payments due to the professional Institute in respect of application, subscription and examination fees under the 'Dual Award' scheme, and all learning materials.
Postgraduate students must find ways of funding their tuition fees and living costs rather than relying on government grants and loans. We offer further information on possible financial support.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
- Explore some of the good reasons why you should study here.
- Find out how to improve your language skills before starting your studies.
- Find all the information relevant to applicants from your country.
- Learn where to find financial support for your studies.
- Discover what current and former international students have to say.
Postgraduate Open Evening
Wednesday 30 April 2014 (4pm – 7pm)
Thinktank Event Suite, Level 3, Millennium Point
Our Postgraduate open evening offers you the chance to:
- Meet with lecturers and other prospective students to discuss study options
- Meet and chat with our current students
- Obtain advice on fees and funding opportunities.
93 per cent of our graduates find work or further study within six months (DLHE). Explore your potential at our open evening.
Who is it for?
Whether you are coming to the end of your undergraduate studies, or have been in your job for a while and want to progress in your career or change direction, a postgraduate qualification gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.
Our graduates are already shaping the world in a variety of high-profile roles – and you could be next. Read some of our inspiring case studies.
For more information, call our Course Enquiries Team on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
University Approach to Employability
Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments.
Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.
The qualification would open the door to higher management tiers, both in the public and private sectors, as has been the case with former students. The qualification currently presents an excellent opportunity for retraining to deal with the issues being addressed by organisations both in the UK and internationally.
Students successfully completing the programme will also be awarded the IAEP certificate showing completion at an approved course of internal audit study by the IIA-Inc organisation.
Further study opportunities are available on the Business School’s PhD Programme and we welcome applications from these interested in undertaking study in the Centre's core areas of interest.
In addition to gaining an academic qualification the programme provides an opportunity for you to obtain the professional examinations of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) at Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels.
This programme has been developed in response to continuing global attention to risk and assurance from a technological, socio-economic and political view, which have led to an increased demand for directors, managers, auditors and consultants qualified at postgraduate level to appreciate the increasing demand for organisations to implement effective integrated assurance reporting systems.
Subjects include Corporate Governance and Risk Management; The Internal Audit Environment; Financial Risks and Controls; Internal Audit Practice; Information Systems Audit; Risk Assurance and Audit Management; Strategic Management; Advanced Internal Audit Case Study; Financial Management; and Consultancy.
Active learning methods are used and include group work, seminars, debates, quizzes and participative lectures.
A variety of methods are employed, designed to maximise learning and professional expertise, summative assessments reflect the use of both examinations and assignments. The final stage of the MSc is based on assignments and a dissertation and does not involve an examination.
Studying part-time for his Master’s, and with a career that embraces lecturing and consultancy, Simon appreciated both the academic and professional relevance of his course.
“I chose Birmingham City University because the course reflected my professional aims, and helped me in my consultancy work as an Internal Auditor.
“I particularly liked the opportunity to produce a thesis focusing on an area I enjoy.”
Simon also obtained a PhD. in Banking and Finance and plans to further develop his consultancy work, alongside lecturing at the University Of Malta.
Prospective students from the UK or EU may enquire online by using the Course Enquiry Form or call +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form or call +44 (0)121 331 6714.
For an overview of our postgraduate courses and a range of other information please download a PDF of our Prospectus (6Mb).