Accountancy and Finance (ACCA Pathway) - MSc

Full Time
September 2016
£7,500 for UK/EU Full Time (view all fees)
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Aligned with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), our MSc Accountancy and Finance (ACCA Pathway) course provides you with a deep understanding of the current theory behind best practice and financial decision-making.

As a University, we are an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner, in recognition of the high-quality student support and teaching we provide.

The course will help you become adept at the challenges and opportunities of the accountancy and finance industry, enhancing your employability prospects in the process.

What's covered in the course?

  • This course prepares you for ACCA Professional Level examinations, through additional tuition both in your group or working alongside students.
  • You’ll take away a toolkit of immediately usable management skills, which employers really value. You’ll 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 performance measurement.
  • At Postgraduate Certificate stage, you investigate the key modern theories of finance, review corporate reporting issues in the accounting and finance profession and explore the crucial business management strategies employed by accountants today.
  • The Diploma stage focuses on four specialist areas – the corporate governance issues faced by complex organisations, and a choice of two from these three subjects: strategic financial management, performance measurement and evaluation, and the current issues and practices relating to the audit functions.
  • The Masters stage requires you to study and pass the Research Skills module, before embarking upon your dissertation.

Why Choose Us?

  • Birmingham City University is proudly accredited as an ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner.
  • ACCA provides a number of benefits to you as a student, preparing you for professional qualification as well as a Masters qualification.
  • The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found that we’ve doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
  • The course offers a recognised and respected programme of study around one of the business world’s key functions.
  • If your first language is not English, the course offers you the chance to develop proficiency in the international business language of English.
  • The course will be taught, from September 2015, at our brand new, state-of-the-art Curzon Building, part of our City Centre Campus.
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This course is open to International students

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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

This course is fully backed by ACCA


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 2016 FT 1 year £7,500

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 2016 FT 1 year £12,000

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 not 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.

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
Corporate Reporting
Business Management Strategy

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 Governance Issues in Accounting and Finance
Strategic Financial Management
Performance Measurement and Evaluation
Audit Theory and Practice

Masters Stage

The Masters 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

Our award as a Platinum Approved Learning Partner shows we have assessed against ACCA’s widely recognised and highly regarded global best practice benchmarks. It also shows our commitment to providing excellent teaching and student support.

This course offers a recognised and respected programme of study around one of the business world’s key functions, and upon graduating you’ll leave with the attributes employers really value.

You’ll enjoy small class sizes and comprehensive learner development support throughout the course, receiving attentive, helpful support in an inclusive environment. You’ll also get the chance to study alongside people from other countries, enabling you to develop your knowledge of the cultural implications of business practice.

You’ll be able to measure, use and critically analyse financial information and data. Throughout the course, we emphasis your place in the working world, and case studies are used to explore concepts applied to real-life situations.


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

ACCA is renowned for its skilled professional members, and 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 industry. By getting your ACCA qualifications, you’ll significantly improve your career prospects.

Former graduates have progressed into roles with the likes of Capital One, working as PLC Associates. While studying, ACCA will also provide you with the tools you need to improve your employability, ensuring you’re ready for the world of work upon graduating.

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 and Skills, 2015.


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:

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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.

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

+44 (0)125 350 2917

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389


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