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MSc Applied Accounting

Applied Accounting MSc

Designed for both new graduates and accounting professionals looking to progress their careers, this programme can help you gain the knowledge and skills to become a finance professional and progress onto the globally recognised accounting ACCA Qualification.

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This course gives you the opportunity to experience strategic professional level exposure within both accounting and the strategic business management of organisations. The programme can prepare you for a career within industry or practice and allow you to progress through the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional pathway to becoming a certified accountant, on successful completion of the ACCA professional exams. On completion of the course, you’ll be in a position to consider professional opportunities in accountancy, auditing, business consultancy and graduate management programmes.

This programme enables you to delve into the world of an accounting professional, at the same time as learning the theory behind the practical approaches of accounting and business management. You’ll be able to obtain and develop critical skills required by accounting professionals and gain an extended view of business and management decisions used to help foster healthy business organisations.

The Research Methods module not only helps develop and enhance your research skills, but also to prepare you for your dissertation. Alongside that, you can gain experience of self-reflection and career development through the Knowing and Developing Yourself for Professional Success module. As well as that, you’ll have opportunities to develop advanced accounting skills through the Strategic Corporate Reporting and Advanced Business Strategy and Leadership modules, before progressing onto Advanced Taxation and Advanced Audit and Assurance modules.  

This course is delivered in a similar way to the ACCA professional modules, with all of the modules underpinned with Business Ethics and Compliance, helping to ensure your knowledge is reinforced by a strong professional ethical understanding. 

You’ll be able to gain significant skills to enhance your future career and equip you for a variety of professional roles including accountant, auditor and business manager.

Key features

  • Enhance your employability with opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of accounting and business management issues for the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally.
  • Your academic studies will enable you to further develop your professional qualification opportunities through the ACCA professional route (ACCA examinations required to obtain the qualification).
  • Gain an understanding of the contemporary challenges and opportunities faced by accountants in today’s ever-changing environment.

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Institution code: D26

Programme Code: N40081

Duration: 12 months

Fees and funding:

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students: £7,700

Institution code: D26

Programme Code: N40081

Duration: 12 months

Fees and funding:

2021/22 tuition fees for EU and international students: £14,600

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in Accounting, Finance, Banking or Economics related subjects with a minimum pass of a Second-Class Honours, an equivalent overseas qualification, or an equivalent professional qualification. You must have studied Audit and Taxation modules as part of your undergraduate degree or ACCA applied skills level.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




Course modules

Semester one (September - January)

ACFI5411 Business Ethics and Compliance

ACFI5402 Strategic Corporate Reporting

ACFI 5070 Research Methods

LBPG5034 Knowing and Developing Yourself for Professional Success

Semester two (January - May) 

ACFI5410 Advanced Busines Strategy and Leadership (30 credit module)

ACFI5406 Further Taxation

ACFI5407 Further Audit and Assurance

Semester three (May - September)

During the final semester you will complete a:

ACFI5028 Dissertation: provides an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of an international business and entrepreneurship topic of your choice. The topics of the dissertation are chosen in line with your interests and preferences, but mainly look at application of management theory to small firms.


LGPG5030 Business Research Project (BRP): is an individual enterprise consultancy project that serves as a commercially and employability relevant experience. The BRP is a live project where you gain a guaranteed business consultancy experience and are able to use your learned skills to make a genuine impact and benefit for a company.



Teaching and assessment methods

The programme structure has been designed to foster an integrated learning approach. The learning and teaching methods embrace a range of approaches that have demonstrated effectiveness in professional accounting education. These include traditional lectures, seminars, workshops, case study analysis, audio-visual presentations, guest lectures, collaborative group work, such as presentations and projects and individual presentations.

The programme aims to go beyond the traditional focus on subject specific knowledge and technical competence in using the tools, techniques and methodologies of the various subjects examined, so as to ensure the development of self-critical, reflective practice and value-creating skills to augment theoretical and practical competence.

A variety of assessment modes are used on MSc Applied Accounting modules, each with their own requirements.

Over the whole programme, there is a varied mix of assessment including: group presentations, case study analysis, individual exercises, report writing, short form unseen exercises, essay writing and unseen exams.

Please note: assessments for this course will now be online.




While students would not be able to be exempt from ACCA professional level examinations papers (P papers) the syllabus for the corresponding DMU MSc Applied Accounting modules map directly to the ACCA syllabus. This will allow students to prepare for the ACCA examinations at the same time as completing the MSc Applied Accountings degree.

This programme qualifies successful students for the CIMA Masters Gateway accelerated entry route.


Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will have access to our purpose-built Hugh Aston Building, equipped with lecture theatres and classrooms, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and IT labs. Wherever possible, students will be given home access to specialist software.

You’ll also have access to the building’s new £5.5 million extension called The Yard, which provides more than 22,000 square metres of extra space. This is designed to facilitate your learning experience with large and airy breakout spaces, a new Student Advice Centre, and a balcony on the top floor. The Yard also features more comfortable classrooms and self-study spaces, allowing you to carry out independent study as well as group work.


Library Services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning Zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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DMU Global


This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 



Graduate careers


We aim to deliver courses that prepare students for today’s competitive job market. Our range of real-world placements and strong links with employers has helped DMU enter the top 25 UK universities for graduate employment.

Support also extends beyond the classroom and includes employment fairs, graduate internships, enterprise support and a whole range of careers advice.


DMU Open Evenings

The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate open events.

Here, you can speak with course academics and current students, discuss fees, learn about your career prospects and tour the campus.

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Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship

Our dedicated Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship provides DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate taught courses running across multiple start dates in the 2021/22 academic session, with the first intake in September 2021.

The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK, EU and international students who are graduating in 2021.


Open evenings

The best way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate events to find out how our courses can enhance your knowledge and benefit your career path.

These events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, as well as fees and funding opportunities such as scholarships. They're also an opportunity to speak with current students and academics to really get a feel for studying your course. You can also take a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities from the comfort of home via our Virtual Open Day.


Online chat

Chat with our current students and staff advisers online and have your questions answered. Our team will be available to advise you on anything from information on the current postgraduate courses we offer, scholarships, fees and funding, campus facilities, and life in Leicester. View our upcoming PG Online Chat events.

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