Accounting at Durham University - UCAS

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Course summary

Our MSc in Accounting is designed to provide an essential introduction to accountancy as a career choice for graduates with no prior learning in the discipline. The programme covers key areas of accounting, and it will stimulate your interest in the broader aspects of finance and business across the globe. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of accounting and it will also sharpen your critical thinking skills, such as decision-making and problem-solving. Topics covered in the programme include, financial statements and their preparation and analysis, the practical limitations of financial reporting, contemporary and evolving practice in financial and non-financial accounting and reporting, management information for decision-making, and the practice and concepts of auditing. You will be taught at Durham University Business School, one of the longest established business schools in the UK, offering state-of-the-art facilities and, as an accounting student, you will be part of an academic department with an international reputation for research and teaching excellence.  Professional Exemptions: ACCA and CIMA The programme also carries professional exemptions from both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants CIMA ACCA Exemptions: F1 Accountant in Business; F2 Management Accounting; F3 Financial Accounting; F4 Corporate and Business Law. CIMA Exemptions: BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics; BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting; BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting; BA4 Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Law; P1 Management Accounting; F1 Financial Reporting and Taxation; E1 Managing Finance in a Digital World; OCS Operational Case Study; E2 Managing Performance; P2 Advanced Management Accounting; F2 Advanced Financial Reporting. International Opportunities: We are proud of our international connections and offer several opportunities to experience life in destinations across the globe: Dissertation Abroad: You will be offered the opportunity to apply to undertake your dissertation (research project) at one of our prestigious European partner institutions during the summer months (June to September). This exciting programme provides an opportunity to gain experience of living abroad and to build your network, as well as developing an understanding of how campus life works in another destination. Participation in the programme will develop your personal skills, in addition to improving employability by demonstrating adaptability, resilience, communication skills and a global mindset. Summer School: If your ambitions lie beyond the UK, you will have the opportunity to participate in a Summer School at one of our global network of university and business partners. These partially self-funded competitive activities, normally take place after exams in either June, July or August, for up to three weeks. They cover a wide range of topics and aim to complement the knowledge you gain during your time in Durham, whilst contextualising it in an international business setting. Please note, in order to be considered for a place on one of our Summer Schools, all students must apply as places are limited. Practitioner Insights - Guest Speaker Programme: As part of the programme, you will be encouraged to attend presentations by leading academics and professionals who are specialists in your particular area of interest. Past speakers have included representatives of major global multinationals, global professional bodies and leading scholars, combining critical and progressive thinking with practical insights. *Core modules: *

  • Auditing and Accountability
  • Modern Accounting Research
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Financial Planning and Control
  • Research Methods in Accounting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Dissertation


Examples of optional modules: Accounting Theory; Accounting: An Information Content Perspective; Designing and Marketing Services; Financial Statement Analysis; Human Resource Development; New Venture Creation; Project Management (MSc); Retail Marketing Management; Strategic Marketing Management; Sustainable Supply Chain Management; Language module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Studies.

Assessment method

Delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, involving the study of core and elective modules, and a 12,000-word dissertation. Lectures provide key content of a particular topic, occasionally delivered by guest speakers who are internationally recognised academic experts or practitioners in their field. Seminars provide the opportunity for smaller groups of students to discuss and debate issues based on the knowledge gained through lectures and independent study. Practicals are medium-sized group sessions, where you will work on topics from lectures and seminars, with some sessions including the opportunity to use industry standard computer software. Assessment is conducted by means of assignments, exams and a major 12,000-word dissertation, which requires you to carry out independent research and develop your skills in writing and analysis with support from a supervisor. Outside of timetabled contact hours, you will be expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in preparation for assignments and other forms of assessment including exams.

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree.

English language requirements

Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.

English language requirements

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Accounting at Durham University - UCAS