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

Attendance:
Full Time, Part Time
Starting:
September 2015
Fees:
£7,225 for UK/EU Full Time (view all fees)

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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This course is open to International students

Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

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.

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 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.

International students
Essential

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.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2015 FT 1 year £7,225
PT 3 years £905 per 15-credit module

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2015 FT 1 year £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.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Postgraduate Scholarships

We’re aiming to make a postgraduate qualification affordable to everyone and can offer awards of up to £10,000 to selected students.

There are three scholarships for postgraduate study that you should know about if you are considering studying a postgraduate course in 2015/16:

1
BCU Masters Scholarship

The BCU Masters Scholarship award is a £10,000 payment towards your tuition fees (and an additional cash payment of the remaining sum if your tuition fees are less than £10,000).

2
BCU Academic Excellence Scholarship

The BCU Academic Excellence Scholarship is a 50% reduction of your tuition fees.

3
BCU Loyalty Scholarship

The final scholarship on offer is the BCU Loyalty Scholarship, and is only available to students who progress to postgraduate study directly from their undergraduate course. It entitles you to a 10% discount off, plus an additional 5-10% subject to meeting certain criteria.

Applications for our BCU Masters and BCU Academic Excellence Scholarships 2015/16 have now closed. However, you can still register your interest for future opportunities.

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This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

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.

Student stories

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.

Further Study

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.

Student stories Dr Rodney Irwin

Managing Director at WBCSD

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.

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.

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.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Careers

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.

International Students

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 international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our audit management and consultancy course is most popular with international students from:

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.

Moving to the Curzon Building

In September 2015 all business, English, law and social sciences courses will move to our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building.

The £63m building will offer students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Curzon Building will also feature:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which will be located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

What do our students think?

"It's shaping out to be a great futuristic building."

English student Isaac will be moving into the building in September and had an exclusive tour of the new facilities.

Read Isaac's blog >>

Andy Hollyhead

Lead Senior Academic

Andy is the Lead Senior Academic of the Centre for Internal Audit, Governance and Risk Management. He is also the Programme Director for the Risk Management MSc. Areas of teaching include strategic management and corporate governance, as well as research methods and consultancy. Andy joined the University in 2003 after 15 years in industry in a number of large organisations, including roles as business systems analyst and project manager. He joined the Centre for Internal Audit, Governance and Risk Management in 2010 from the Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment, becoming Senior Academic then Lead Senior Academic in 2013.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

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