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

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

Designed to provide you with the skills and values to successfully operate in a number of roles, our Audit Management and Consultancy course will help to develop you into a director, manager or consultant in today’s challenging but rewarding audit sector.

Professional accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA) ensures our course is fresh and relevant, and our past graduates have gone on to work with high-profile organisations including Cancer Research UK and the Department of Work and Pensions.

What's covered in the course?

  • The course is unique and challenging, and will ensure you become successful in managing audit teams, audit departments and many other business organisations.
  • There is an increased demand for directors, managers, auditors and consultants qualified at postgraduate level, to help appreciate the increasing demand for organisations to implement effective reporting systems. With this in mind, our course is designed to enhance your skills and train you to become a qualified, assured director.
  • We encourage your communication and confidence with active learning methods, such as group work, seminars, debates and quizzes. You will have in-depth looks at corporate governance and risk management, financial risk, strategic management and consultancy, as well as a wide range of internal audit techniques. These topics will help you become ingrained in successful audit and business management.
  • We developed the course in response to the global attention to risk and assurance, particularly from a technological, socio-economic and political view.
  • The course can be studied through a number of methods – full-time, part-time, block release (an intensive four days of study per module) or through distance learning. The range of options ensures you can study this course via a method that suits you.
  • Our accreditation from the CIIA means that once you’ve studied 120 points of your course with us, if you create a professional experience journal, you can be signed off as a member of the CIIA. The pathway is provided as a dual award in co-operation with the CIIA, and once you graduate you’ll receive an MSc and a professional qualification (CMIIA).

Why Choose Us?

  • Our professional accreditation with CIIA not only keeps our course relevant and fresh, but also provides you with a dual award upon graduating.
  • We have a conference featuring leading industry professionals, helping you to gain invaluable insight from experienced directors.
  • Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
  • Our engaged, informative study sessions ensure you learn a range of vital skills needed for managerial and directorial purposes.
  • Our course is delivered with flexible distance learning, so you can fit your studies alongside work and personal commitments.
  • Our role as an active research centre has seen success in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014, with the University credited for doubling the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
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Our next Postgraduate Open Event is Wednesday 25 November 2015.

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This course is open to International students

Entry Requirements

UK students

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

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

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

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2015 FT 1 year £11,870

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

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.

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.


Internal Audit Environment

Organisations play a fundamental role in society. Consequently, internal auditors need to understand the way companies work, how managers think and behave, and the nature of their environment. This module will look at key theories and models that are used to explain and predict organisational behaviour.

Information Systems Audit

With information systems having a pervasive role in most areas of business, it’s vital that audit principles are applied to the information systems function of an organisation. This module introduces the many areas and types of information systems and how the application of audit techniques can help ensure best practice.

Internal Audit Practice

This module is designed to help you to develop an understanding of the skills and methods which enable an internal audit practice to function effectively. It will also help you to enhance your knowledge of how a professional internal audit service works.

Financial Risks and Controls

This module acts as an introduction to the financial control sphere of commercial, government and third-sector requirements and provides the stimulus for you to examine how financial resources can be protected, nurtured and used to the optimum benefit of its organisation.

Corporate Governance and Risk Management

The aim of this module is to ensure that you understand the role of internal audit. We will teach you the skills necessary to deliver advice and guidance to management in establishing and maintaining corporate governance and risk management structures and processes.

Strategic Management

This module is designed to help you to develop an understanding of strategy formulation and implementation within your own strategic context.

Financial Management

In addition to their traditional roles, a modern auditor is also required to have expertise in financial management, business analysis and the economic environment. This module teaches you how to control and manage these disciplines.

Risk Assurance and Audit Management

This module aims to develop and deepen your knowledge, understanding and application of risk management, internal audit and corporate governance.

Advanced Internal Audit

This module will equip you to take on leadership and management development roles in internal audit, as well as helping to enhance your experience in preparation for moving into senior executive management roles.


This module is designed to equip you with a repertoire of consultancy strategies, methods and techniques. In addition it will enable you to appreciate and execute appropriate research for changes in practice.


The dissertation is designed to demonstrate your own critical thinking and development. The study topic will be chosen and driven by you, under the direction of a supervisor, and allows you to critically analyse and research an area of interest to you related to the degree topic.

Course Structure

Our course is available to study in a range of options, ensuring you don’t have to miss out.


You can choose to study one year full-time or three years part-time, with qualifications achieved at the end of each year:

  • Year One – Postgraduate Certificate
  • Year Two – Postgraduate Diploma
  • Year Three – Masters (MSc)
Distance Learning

This course is also offered as a distance learning option, enabling you to study at a time that suits you. You don’t have to attend any face-to-face sessions, and delivery of course materials is done through our e-learning platform, Moodle. Each module has a revision day which, although not mandatory, you should highly consider attending. If you can’t make it, supporting materials are made available via email.

If you’re an international student, you can sit your examinations at your British council offices for a fee payable locally of around £100 per examination.

Block Release

This option sees you attend intense face-to-face teaching on campus from Monday to Thursday, with Friday being kept free for one-to-one tutorials or research. There would be five of these weeks in the first year, and four in the second year.

This option also provides the flexibility to incorporate some distance learning, to accommodate your work and personal commitments. You can do this at no extra charge and with no penalties.

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.

CIIA accreditation

Our professional accreditation with the CIIA allows you to gain membership. Having this on your CV will make you highly sought after by employers, and is recognised on a global scale.

The CIIA is the only professional association for internal auditors in the UK and Ireland, and accreditation ensures that our course remains cutting-edge, informed and relevant.

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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.


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.

Enhancing employability prospects

Studying this course will open the door to a number of higher management tiers, in both the public and private sectors. 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, the Department of Work and Pensions, and the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

Postgraduates earn an average £9,000 more per year than those with just undergraduate degrees*. A postgraduate qualification can really help you stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. By becoming a specialist in your field, you’ll have the chance to advance thinking in that subject and lead, rather than follow, the latest developments.

* Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, 2015.

Graduate Jobs

The course’s wide-ranging brief ensures our graduates move on to a variety of managerial and consultancy roles. Some of the institutions our companies work for include the Department of Health, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Cancer Research, Department 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 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:

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Curzon facilities student hub

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.

The Curzon Building

This course will be held at our newest facility, The Curzon Building, part of our City Centre Campus.

The £63 million building provides you with a unique learning space, featuring plenty of informal ‘break out’ areas available, creating an open, sociable atmosphere. There is also a new home for the Students’ Union, with its location moving to the restored Victorian pub The Eagle and Ball. Both City North and Millennium Point libraries have moved to the new building.

The dedicated social learning spaces ensure you’ll have the perfect facilities to work independently and confidently, having the time and support you need.

All this ensures that The Curzon Building is a vital support hub and a true central location for students in Birmingham City Centre.

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

+44 (0)125 350 2917

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389


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