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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary:

  • Build a strong understanding of forensic accounting and fraud examination.
  • Set yourself apart from other accounting graduates by developing a niche skill set.
  • Gain skills relevant to more general accountancy roles.
  • Develop skills and knowledge within areas such as accountancy, risk, law, and ethics.
  • Learn how data analytics can identify fraudulent behaviours.
  • Discover the world of cyber crime.
  • Gain competence in many other transferable skills.
This course is designed for students who want to become forensic accountants or fraud examiners. It is also suitable for students with an interest in accounting more generally but with an investigative and legal flavour. How you learn: All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. You will study six modules each academic year which all incorporate our student-centred and activity-based approach to learning. Your learning takes place both within structured teaching sessions and during guided and independent study undertaken by you, including collaborative group work. To support your guided, independent study, you are provided with learning resources and reference materials to enhance your study programme. Your learning will develop through:
  • live interactive seminars and workshops
  • self-study and collaborative work
  • placement opportunities
  • delivering presentations
  • informative lectures
Applied learning: The modules you will study are all designed around real careers. The use of case studies, the evaluation of real-world examples and the opportunity to engage with industry professionals will ensure you develop relevant graduate skills such as critical thinking, analytical skills, teamworking and time management. Specialist employability modules at each level of your course will allow you to gain an excellent understanding of the career opportunities available to you. You will receive personal guidance when searching and applying for roles. Live projects During your final year, you will be part of a consultancy project team where you will work on a live project with a real-world client. This experience will give you the chance to be innovative and creative and give you the opportunity to experience working with and presenting to clients. Work Placements We will support and encourage you to complete an optional one-year work placement during your third year of study. This gives you the practical experience to help you to prepare for your future career. Past forensic accounting students have had placements with employers such as PwC, GE Capital, NHS and BOC.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. Year 1 - Compulsory modules: Business Economics Developing Professional And Academic Skills Financial Accounting Financial Analysis For Business Law, Corporate Governance And Ethics Management Accounting Year 2 - Compulsory modules Applied Professional Skills Concepts Of Evidence And Expert Witness Cyber Crime Financial Accounting And Reporting Financial Risk Management Fraud Analytics Year 3 - Optional modules Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules Audit And Assurance Consultancy Project Corporate Reporting Forensic Accounting Techniques Forensic And Fraud Examination Principles Of Taxation

Assessment method

Coursework, Exams, Practical

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Certified Accountants, Chartered Association of
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Certified Practising Accountants - Australia
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 and over at the point of enrolment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2022 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Forensic Accounting at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS