Audit Management and Consultancy (Full-time, block-release or flexible distance learning) - MSc

Course Overview

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  • Part Time (3 years)
  • Full Time (1 year)
Birmingham City Business School
City Centre (from 2015)

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Please note that for January 2015 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.

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Entry Requirements

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 will be required.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the most appropriate online application form from the list below.

If you are applying for part-time entry please indicate in the Personal Statement section of the application form whether you wish to study via Distance Learning or Block Release.

Online application for UK or EU students
Sep 2015 MSc Full Time (1 year)
Sep 2015 MSc Part Time (3 years)
Online application for non-EU students
Sep 2015 MSc Full Time (1 year)

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

For general information about applying to study at Birmingham City University, please refer to the Making your Application section.

International enquirers may contact the International Office for further help and advice.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Jan 2015 PT 3 years MSc £3,500 per year
Sep 2015 FT 1 year MSc £7,225
Sep 2015 PT 3 years MSc £3,615 per year
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 FT 1 year MSc £11,870

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.

The fee for part time students does not include payments due to the professional Institute in respect of application, subscription and examination fees under the 'Dual Award' scheme, for which an additional £1,000 is payable in the first two years.

New scholarships for 2015/16

Postgraduate Scholarships We're aiming to make a postgraduate qualification more affordable and can offer awards of up to £10,000 to selected students.

Find out more about scholarship opportunities for 2015/16

International Students

International Students at BCU

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:

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

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 Studies

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.

Course Structure

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.

The part-time MSc Audit Management and Consultancy is delivered over three years.

  • Year One – Certificate
  • Year Two – Diploma
  • Year Three – MSc.

Additional information for the Distance Learning and Block Release mode of study

The programme is delivered in two modes:

1. Distance Learning

There is no obligation for you to attend any face-to-face sessions, including enrolment. Delivery of course materials is via the e-learning platform Moodle. You will enjoy full access to the University library and as student member of the IIA you will have access to their website too. Each module with an exam has a 'revision day' which you are strongly encourages to attend if possible. For those that do not attend, a pack of revision supporting materials is made available electronically (usually emailed out).

2. Block release

You will attend intense, four days (Monday to Thursday) of face-to-face teaching on campus for each module, supported again by an e-learning module on Moodle. Friday is kept free for personal tutorial/library/research time. There are five of these block release weeks in the first year, and four in the second year. You will also receive the same benefits of distance learning students, plus the support of a group of peers in a classroom environment. Each module with an exam has a 'revision day' which you are strongly encourages to attend if possible. For those that do not attend, a pack of revision supporting materials is made available electronically (usually emailed out).

Uniquely, we will allow you as a part-time student to switch between delivery modes without penalty. So if you start on the block release but then have to travel abroad for your job you are allowed to switch for no charge to distance learning. If you are a distance learning student who may struggle with a particular module you are welcome to attend the block week teaching sessions, or switch fully to block release.

Assessment Methods

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.

Simon Grima

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.

Dr Rodney Irwin

Graduated in 2002

Originally from Bessbrook in Northern Ireland, Dr Rodney Irwin studied at the then University of Central England. He has enjoyed a global career at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and has also gone on to gain further qualifications including a PhD.

I worked full-time during my studies, carrying out senior roles in internal control and internal audit. In 2007 I took on responsibility for non-financial reporting.

In October 2012 I took a role as Managing Director of Financial Capital at WBCSD - a membership organisation made up of 190 global businesses. I engage with businesses and support them with reporting in non-financial performance, strategy and innovations on corporate reporting. I also sit on the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) working group, am a member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and a Board Member of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board.

My career has been global and I have enjoyed the privilege and opportunity to travel and meet people in other cultures and countries.

Education is a wonderful opportunity to challenge oneself in terms of ideas, thoughts and thinking; it opens new insights and also new opportunities.


Prospective students from the UK or EU
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from non-EU countries
  • International enquirers from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 6714.


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