Forensic Accounting at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

Overview Explore financial crime investigations and work with business legal teams on this forensic accounting Master’s. Prepare for your career as a forensic accountant, or in internal auditing or compliance, whether you’ve studied accounting in the past or not. Develop your knowledge and critical analysis skills as you investigate where things have gone wrong in business. You’ll study financial crime, law and fraud as you focus on business crime prevention and prepare for case discussions with lawyers. You'll apply your learning in topical case studies and develop your understanding of what to look for in financial accounts in industry. To start, you'll explore topics including data modelling, accountancy basics and valuations. You’ll then discover forensic investigation and fraud examination, as well as corporate governance and ethics, and learn to be an expert witness in our replica courtroom. By learning from experienced lecturers and industry guest speakers you’ll gain a better understanding of the industry as a whole, and have opportunities to network with guests and fellow accountancy students from across the department. You'll graduate ready for your forensic accounting or compliance career. To get the most out of this course you should be analytical and curious, and keen to specialise in forensic accounting. Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). This means that you won't have to take some of the CIMA exams if you want to be CIMA certified after you graduate. You'll have completed part of your professional qualification by doing this degree. Find out more about these exceptions on the CIMA website. We're a member of the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. What you'll experience On this course, you'll:

  • Discover forensic accounting, law and policy
  • Use real-world case studies
  • Apply your learning in practical assessments in our replica court room
  • Learn how to prevent financial crime
  • Prepare to support businesses in industry
  • Network with and learn from industry guest speakers
  • Use materials from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Benefit from our partnerships with various accounting and audit partners and our work with the Financial Reporting Council
Careers and opportunities This Master’s degree will help you to specialise in forensic accounting and build on your business or accountancy studies at undergraduate level. You'll benefit from CIMA exam exemptions after you graduate. This means you'll have fewer exams to sit to become an accredited forensic accountant. What can you do with a Forensic Accounting degree? When you graduate, you'll be well placed for a career in dispute and litigation support, fraud examination, or forensic accounting and regulatory investigations. Your degree can open doors to roles with:
  • Forensic accounting
  • Business accounting
  • Compliance
  • Internal auditing
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


Core modules in this year include:

  • Research Methods and Dissertation (45 credits)
  • Corporate Governance and Ethics (15 credits)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (15 credits)
  • Database Design and Implementation (15 credits)
  • Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution (15 credits)
  • Financial Analysis (15 credits)
  • Financial Crime and the Law (15 credits)
  • Fraud Examination and Forensic Investigations (15 credits)
  • Statistics and Data Modelling I (15 credits)
  • Valuations and the Expert Report (15 credits)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed in ways that reflect individual topics. You'll get feedback that's varied and constructive, to help build personal management and employability skills that you'll need in your career.

Professional bodies

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

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent professional experience

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) (taken after January 2015). An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) (taken after January 2015). An overall score of 176 with no component score less than 169.
TOEFL (iBT)91 with a minimum of 20 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 20 in Writing.
PTE AcademicAn overall score of 61 with a minimum of 54 in each skill.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £4200 Year 1
England £4200 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4200 Year 1
Scotland £4200 Year 1
Wales £4200 Year 1
Channel Islands £4200 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4200 Year 1
International £6400 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For further fee information please see the corresponding University of Portsmouth course page or visit
Forensic Accounting at University of Portsmouth - UCAS