Accountancy and Finance (ACCA Pathway) - MSc

Full Time
September 2015
£7,225 for UK/EU Full Time (view all fees)
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Consistently reflecting the changes, challenges and opportunities of the industry, and ably enhancing your employability prospects, this Master’s programme fits smoothly alongside the Professional Level Syllabus of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), one of the leading worldwide professional accountancy qualifications. It is of particular interest if:

  • Your honours degree in Accountancy or Accounting and Finance is accredited by ACCA for exemptions from F1-F9 papers, and you now wish to extend your academic training at a more advanced level, whilst also studying to become ACCA qualified;
  • You do not hold a university bachelor’s degree but have partially completed ACCA examinations up to and including the Fundamental Level or the old Part 2, and now want to obtain a postgraduate academic qualification as well as complete your accountancy professional training.

This combination of high-level professional and academic qualifications is a strong assertion of your tenacity, intellect and competence, and a highlight of your CV.

The course offers a deep understanding of the theory behind best practice and financial decision-making at a strategic level in the ever-changing world of business in general, and in finance and accountancy roles in particular. It offers relevance and rigour, believes in putting theory into practice, and prepares you to face your future with confidence and authority.

What's covered in the course?

  • As well as resulting in a Masters level qualification, the course prepares you for ACCA Professional Level examinations through additional tuition both in your group or working alongside students following the Platinum-kite marked ACCA part-time programme.
  • Birmingham City University has been awarded Platinum status by ACCA for excellence in tuition provision for professional programmes.
  • Please note, all ACCA Professional Level examinations are set and marked externally - Birmingham City Business School provides tuition only.
  • The course offers advanced preparation for career development by extending knowledge in the core areas of finance and accounting, and by providing the theoretical framework and analytical skills to cope with an increasingly complex and international business environment.
  • You get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, enabling you to develop your knowledge of the cultural implications of business practice.
  • You enjoy small class sizes and comprehensive learner development support throughout the course.
  • If your first language is not English, the course offers you the opportunity to develop a high level of proficiency in the international business language of English.

ACCA Open Day

ACCA Open Day

Our next ACCA Open Day is Thursday 3 September 2015.

The day offers you the chance to meet and speak to our course academics and find out more about career opportunities.

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This course is open to International students

Birmingham City Business School

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:


And in jobs such as:

  • PLC Associate

Entry Requirements

UK students

You will need to demonstrate academic ability and technical capability in accounting and finance to be able to study on this programme.

Good Honours degree in Accountancy, with ACCA accreditation for F1-F9


ACCA Fundamental Level papers F1-F9


If you do not have the ACCA requirement listed above, you could consider the MSc Accountancy and Finance (CIMA Pathway) as an alternative option.

EU/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 at least 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

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2015 FT 1 year £11,500

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 not available part-time

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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.

Postgraduate Certificate Stage

At Postgraduate Certificate stage, you investigate the key modern theories of finance, look at corporate governance issues in the accounting and finance professions, and explore the crucial business management strategies increasingly employed by management accountants today. This stage runs between September and December.

Modern Theory of Finance (MTF)
Corporate Governance Issues in Accounting and Finance (CGI)
Business Management Strategy (BMS)

Postgraduate Diploma Stage

The Diploma stage lifts the lid on four specialist areas: the corporate reporting issues faced by complex organisations, the international focus of strategic financial management, the key function of performance measurement and evaluation, and the current issues and practices relating to the audit functions. This stage runs between January and April. You will take the core module and two other options.

Corporate Reporting (CR) - core module
Strategic Financial Management (SFM)
Performance Measurement and Evaluation (PME)
Audit Theory and Practice (ATP)

Master's Stage

The Master’s stage requires you to study and pass the Research Skills module, before undertaking a substantial piece of research for your dissertation in a chosen finance or accounting area. This stage runs between May and September.

Research Skills in Accounting and Finance

Course Structure

Fully backed by ACCA - and with Birmingham City University awarded Platinum status for excellence in tuition provision on professional programmes - this course offers a recognised and respected programme of study around one of the business world’s key functions. 

Throughout, the course empathises with your place in the working world, and case studies are used to explore concepts applied to actual situations.

Benefiting from the intimacy and interaction of small group sizes where individual experiences are valued and shared, you focus on current and topical issues particularly related to the corporate businesses, but also extending to investment analysis and portfolio management.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the main financial theories on which modern finance is founded. You will be able to measure, use and critically analyse financial information and data for financial and portfolio management decision-making.

You will have the ability to evaluate corporate investment and financing decisions from both a strategic and international perspective, and understand how the management accounting function influences aspects of control, evaluation and performance measurement.

Not only that, you will understand how to formulate, design and execute a business project plan using the appropriate planning tools, how to manage team working activities and how leadership approaches impact on organisational performance.


In short, you will take away a toolkit of immediately usable management skills, and have the confidence to assess and act on any situation with a cool hand and capable mind.

Fully backed by ACCA


Birmingham City University has  been awarded Platinum status for excellence in tuition provision on professional programmes - this course offers a recognised and respected programme of study around one of the business world’s key functions. This means you can be sure:

  • We have been assessed against ACCA's widely recognised and highly regarded global best practice benchmarks.
  • We have access to a range of development opportunities and tools provided by ACCA.
  • An investigation will be carried out in the event of any student complaints.

Enhancing your employability skills

Getting your ACCA qualifications will significantly improves your career prospects in accountancy and finance.

The ACCA is renowned for its skilled professional members, who have the ability to apply a broad range of strategic skills in the workplace. As a qualification it’s recognised as being challenging, so we make sure you develop your expertise and knowledge in a way that’s relevant to employers.

We have purpose built facilities for you to enhance your learning and you’ll get an international look at accounting when you study with us full-time. We have a wide range of students from all over the world. We prepare all sorts of people for the exams – from school leavers to people wanting a career change.

This means that you get to network with your peers and gain valuable collaboration that will help your CV. ACCA also provide to you with tools to help your employability and get you career-ready for when you finish your exams.


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.

Graduate jobs

Many of our graduates stay with us to complete their ACCA exams full-time before moving on to exciting roles within the accounting and finance.

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 accountancy and finance 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 >>

Bernard Michael Langford

Senior Lecturer

After spending fifteen years in industry, Bernard’s practical experience came from a range of firms and encompassed a variety of management roles within the production services and accounting fields. This industrial background combined with being a professionally qualified Management Accountant has enabled him to add value in the field of higher education.

As a qualified teacher he brings expertise in teaching, administration, knowledge transfer and practical accounting. With many years full-time lecturing experience in higher education, both in the UK and overseas, Bernard has taught at all levels including undergraduate, postgraduate, professional (ACCA and CIMA), and post-experience. In addition, he has led, as Course Director, ACCA, CIMA and Accountancy BA (Hons) courses, revalidation, quality processes, and participated on academic monitoring committees, faculty boards, CVE working party, etc.

Osita Chukwu-lobelu

Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator

I am a Senior Academic in Finance, Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator and Head of the Finance Subject Group at Birmingham City Business School, where I have worked since 1988.

As Postgraduate Programmes Co-ordinator, I am responsible for the management of the MSc Accountancy and Finance, and for dissertations on the MSc Management and Finance and MBA Finance programmes. Alongside this role, I work as Director of Collaborative Programmes with responsibility for a number of overseas franchised and collaborative programmes.

I work closely with professional bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Chartered Investment and Securities Institute (CISI), and I work as an associate consultant for many private sector organisations.

Prior to my academic career, I gained nearly eight years' experience in the private sector working in international oil marketing and management consultancy. More recently, I have undertaken major consultancy assignments on public-private partnership infrastructure programmes in Africa, and I have designed and delivered training workshops on local economic development and leadership and management capacity building.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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+44 (0)121 331 6295