MSc Applied Accounting

Applied Accounting MSc

The programme is designed to provide a career focused academic experience for students as well as a good understanding of the requirements of the practice based professional exams studied to obtain chartered status as an accountant. 

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Reasons to study Applied Accounting MSc at DMU:

The programme will be both quantitative and qualitative and reflect the increasing internationalisation of business.  There will be an emphasis on the application of accounting and finance techniques, underpinned by the relevant UK law and regulations and international standards.

  • Gain practical accounting skills
    Strongly linked to accounting in a practical environment and to the role of finance trained staff within the economy.
  • Get workplace ready
    Employability skills will be simultaneously developed to aid progression from study to employment.
  • Specialise in areas of your choice
    Specialise in relevant areas of practice such as tax advise and audit which will permit you to consider areas of interest in more depth through a range of elective modules.
  • Close links with employers and professional accounting bodies
    providing you with opportunities for industry relevant sessions to enhance your employability
  • The Department of Accounting and Finance is committed to providing a high quality educational experience
    focusing on teaching excellence through diverse approaches to learning, teaching and assessment that enable all students to maximise their potential.
  • Learn key skills to help you in the future
    The programme is designed to reflect the requirements of the ACCA professional papers.
  • Learn from industry professionals
    The core taught modules will be delivered by professionally qualified accountants who have years of industry experience and teaching students to pass ACCA exams.
  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme Code: N40081

Start date: September 2019

Duration: One year full-time

Fees and funding:

2019/20 entry: £7,500

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Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme Code: N40081

Start date: September 2019

Duration: One year full-time

Fees and funding:

2019/20 entry: £13,600

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in Accounting and/or Finance related subjects with a minimum pass of a Second Class Honours, an equivalent overseas qualification, or an equivalent professional qualification.

Students who do not align with the generic admission requirements may be eligible for admission via the Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

Overseas applicants for whom English is not a first language will be required to produce evidence of competence in English language. This will normally require an IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL score of more than 60. 

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

LCBS5028 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.




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.


Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building


You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.


Leicester Castle


The programme is based in the Great Hall of what was once Leicester Castle. Originally built in approximately 1150, and then extensively rebuilt in approximately 1523, the Great Hall has recently undergone a restoration project. Based in Leicester’s historical Castle Quarter adjacent to the university, the Great Hall will provide a prestigious and inspirational setting for students who have the passion and talent to change the business world.  

Students will also be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million. Facilities include break-out spaces for group work; quiet study zones for individual work, high-spec IT labs and a café. Learning will be supported by access to DMU’s excellent facilities.


Library services


The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.


Opportunities and careers




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 #DMUglobal, 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.



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.

In fact, according to the most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 95.8 per cent of our most recent graduates were in employment or full-time education six months after graduating, well above the national average.

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


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