International Professional Accounting (ACCA) - MSc *

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: August 2020, August 2020
  • Study mode: MSc - Full Time
  • Location: City Centre

Looking to study a postgraduate accounting course in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest City? Are you also looking to study ACCA to become part of a huge global network of highly skilled professionally qualified accountants?

Our MSc International Professional Accounting (ACCA) degree is directly aligned with the Strategic Level professional examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional body. The course is a professional and practice based level 7 Masters and aims to provide you with enhanced employment prospects.

This is an ideal opportunity to combine your studies towards achieving a high quality Masters level degree award whilst also studying towards the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Strategic Professional examinations. The ACCA do not grant exemptions from their essential strategic professional papers but this course is designed to fully prepare you to undertake these professional body exams.

Our status as a Platinum Approved Learning Partner of the ACCA reflects the quality of our course provision and excellence in the standard of our tuition.

What's covered in the course?

The course is aligned to the ACCA strategic professional syllabus. For this reason you will study all the essential modules, and at least two of the option modules, that you need to take to complete the ACCA strategic professional exams. In addition, you will be required to undertake a module on governance and ethics and in the summer term you will either undertake the integrated strategic case study or take the professional placement route.

The course adopts an international perspective across the modules including the consideration and application of international accounting and auditing standards.

Why Choose Us?

  • Birmingham City University is one of a select few UK universities that are Platinum Approved Learning partner of the ACCA. This is the highest level of accreditation, and it is a distinction we have held continuously for many years
  • Excellent pass rates.
  • Our students achieve outstanding results, consistently outperforming the qualification’s global pass rates. Several students recently achieved top 10 world ranking results in some of the modules we taught.
  • Excellent ratings of students experience in NSS surveys.
  • Our industry experienced staff and small class sizes mean you’ll get personal, dedicated tuition and support.
  • Our all-inclusive fees are very competitive and include revision, tuition and mock exams, texts and exam kits, providing our students with great value for money.
  • We welcome students from around the world, creating a diverse, multi-cultural learning environment.
  • If you are an international student, we’re highly experienced at guiding international students throughout their studies, providing you with the opportunity to enrol onto free sessions such as improving your English language, mathematical or study skills.

This course is open to International students

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Subject to approval

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements

Successful completion or exemption from the Applied Knowledge and Skills level ACCA examinations, OR a first or second class degree in Accountancy, Accounting and Finance or Business related area with significant accounting related content from a UK institution or international equivalent.

Additional information for EU/International students
English language requirements 2020/21

6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands

If you do not meet the required IELTS score, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English courses. Please note that you must have a Secure English Language Test (SELT) to study on the pre-sessional English course. More information.

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International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: MSc

Starting: Aug 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £10,600 per year

Award: MSc

Starting: Aug 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 Year
  • £12,800 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

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

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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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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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

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.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 for some courses and options?

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Year One

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 140 credits):

Strategic Business Leader
40 credits
Strategic Business Reporting
20 credits
Governance and Ethics
20 credits
Integrated Strategic Case Study
60 credits

In order to complete this course a student must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules. 

Advanced Financial Management
20 credits
Advanced Taxation
20 credits
Advanced Audit and Assurance
20 credits

In order to qualify for the award of MSc International Professional Accounting (ACCA) with Professional Placement, a student must successfully complete Level 7 modules listed above, totalling 180 credits, as well as the following Level 6 module:

Professional Placement
60 credits

What if you do not wish to study for the ACCA professional exams?

There is no requirement for students on this Master’s course to sit the professional exams set by the ACCA.

If you decide that you want to focus solely on the masters level award then you can. If you do wish to take the strategic professional ACCA examinations then you will need to be a registered student of the ACCA and be eligible to sit those exams. Please note that the ACCA charge fees for registration and their professional examinations that not covered by your course fee to the University. To find out more about ACCA fees, and how you can start a successful career having completed this course, visit

Professional Placement

The standard taught course is a 12 months in duration course but we also offer the opportunity for you to undertake Professional Placement which is an 18 month course.

The Professional Placement version of the course is optional and is offered as an alternative to the standard version of the course.

This will allow you to complete a credit bearing, 20 week Professional Placement as an integral part of your Master’s Degree. The purpose of the Professional Placement is to improve your employability skills which will, through the placement experience, allow you to evidence your professional skills, attitudes and behaviours at the point of entry to the postgraduate job market. Furthermore, by completing the Professional Placement, you will be able to develop and enhance your understanding of the professional work environment, relevant to your chosen field of study, and reflect critically on your own professional skills development within the workplace.

You will be responsible for finding and securing your own placement. The University, however, will draw on its extensive network of local, regional and national employers to support you in finding a suitable placement to complement your chosen area of study. You will also benefit from support sessions delivered by Careers+ as well as advice and guidance from your School.

Placements will only be confirmed following a competitive, employer-led selection process, therefore the University will not be able to guarantee placements for students who have registered for the ‘with Professional Placement’ course. All students who do not find a suitable placement or do not pass the competitive selection process will be automatically transferred back to the standard, non-placement version of the course.

When does the course start?

The course is designed to prepare students for the December and June ACCA exam sessions and for this reason, the course starts earlier than most other Masters level courses. Our course induction is held at the end of August and teaching commences in the first week of September.


Birmingham City Business School is a Platinum Approved Learning Provider of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) courses. Become part of a huge global network of highly skilled accountants, on courses taught by qualified accountants who prepare you for a range of ACCA exams.


The course is strategic, practice-led, and knowledge-applied. It will prepare and equip you for a career involving accounting, finance and/or management in commerce or not-for-profit sectors by relating your studies to the latest research led developments in business.

This course will adopt a highly practical orientation where the learning, teaching and assessment activities designed to enhance your professional knowledge and skills that can be applied directly in the workplace.

The course incorporates a range of modules exploring a variety of related disciplines, recognising that the accounting function cannot operate in isolation. You will consider both internal and external stakeholders in the decisions they make and the advice they provide.

The course aims to develop you with employability skills, attributes and attitudes relevant to the modern business world. It will provide you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in workplace relevant scenarios. You will work on real world case studies requiring postgraduate skills enabling you to experience the workplace environment. Employment will be enhanced due to option modules that will build up your technical knowledge and professional skills in areas such as Audit and Assurance, Taxation, Accountancy, Finance, Management and Governance.

The course will consider the study of accounting and finance from an international perspective including the use of international accounting and auditing standards as appropriate. You will also be able to participate in international business games. All students on the course have the opportunity to undertake a 6 month Professional Placement that extends the course to 18 months to further enhance your employability. The flexibility built into the proposed course will enable you to build a course that best suits your skills, interests and aspirations.


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.

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

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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 £340 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

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

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is 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

Our Staff

Our tutors are largely qualified accountants with expert academic and professional knowledge and experience.

They have worked for companies such as Cadbury Schweppes, Marks and Spencer Financial Services, the Audit Commission, Top 4 and Top 20 accountancy firms, in particular, Deloitte, KPMG, BDO, and training providers Kaplan Financial and BPP. Our tutors are highly experienced and can therefore use real-life experiences to enhance your learning in the classroom.