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Forensic Accounting/ Forensic Accounting (Applied) MSc

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Overview

This course will enhance your accounting, finance or business-related skills and develop your career prospects in forensic accounting roles with organisations worldwide. It is designed to further students’ undergraduate business studies. While you will become familiar with all the following areas of forensic accounting, you will develop a deeper, specialist knowledge in one.

You have the option to study this course one year full-time or two years full-time. The two years full-time option allows you to gain a three-month work experience in forensic accounting and/or within counter fraud work-based roles/projects, to enhance your skills and gain valuable experience.

You will be responsible for sourcing these internships however, the academics or the DMU Works team can help you through this process.

Key features

  • Specialise in forensic accounting. This course enhances specialist knowledge and expertise for accountants, auditors and allied professionals and caters to professional practitioners seeking theoretical depth and practical insights into fraud investigation and litigation support.
  • You may progress on to PhD level. You will develop research skills that will enable you to move on to study at a PhD level.
  • Participate in contests. We actively seek and partner in innovative learning experiences, for example, the ‘White-Collar Hacking Contest’ run by the Technical University of Munich.
  • Gain practical experience in a variety of areas in Forensic Accounting by studying Fraud Examination & Investigation and Digital Forensics Principles and Practice modules
  • The two year full-time option covers the same course content as the one year programme. The additional time allows longer for learning, as well as a 3 month work placement, allowing you to put your learning into practice.

Scholarships

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

DMU Global High Flyers Award
The DMU Global High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a DMU Global opportunity (subject to terms and conditions).

DMU Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the DMU Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

International Scholarships
Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.


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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code:
Forensic Accounting: N40072

Forensic Accounting Applied: N40074

Duration: One year full-time, or two years full-time

Start date: September 2020

Fees and funding:

For 2020/21 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be: 

One year full-time: £7,500

Two years full-time: £8,500

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about 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:
Forensic Accounting: N40072

Forensic Accounting Applied: N40074

Duration: One year full-time, or two years full-time

Start date: September 2020

Fees and funding:

For 2020/21 tuition fees for international students will be:

One year full-time: £14,100

Two years full-time: £15,100

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about 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 a business, law, accounting, finance, banking or economics-related subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, equivalent overseas qualification, or an equivalent professional qualification. 

Applicants with legal background as well as anyone who has worked in an investigative or counter fraud roles such as police officers, tax personnel’s or managers will be considered on individual basis.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.

English Language requirements

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

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 assessment

Accreditations

 
  • Fraud Examination and Investigation
  • Financial Crime and Law
  • Research Methods
  • Digital Forensics Principles and Practice
  • Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Risk Management Part 1
  • Assurance and Risk

Optional modules include

  • Business Analytics
  • Strategic and Financial Decision Making

Click here for more detailed module information.

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.

Modules include formal lectures, tutorials, workshops and interactive sessions.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course so you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation (or In-company project), and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Forensic Accounting (Applied) MSc

In Year 2, you will undertake a three-month internship as well as an independent research for your dissertation and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Accreditations

The course offers exemption from the Institute of Certified Forensic Accountants' (Canada-USA), examinations and, for students who have the required three years' practical experience, serves as a direct entry route to the Certified Professional Forensic Accountant certification.

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 meters of extra space. The extension is designed to make your studies more comfortable, featuring classrooms, self-study spaces equipped with USB sockets to charge your phone or laptop, a large and airy student breakout space, a new Student Advice Centre and a balcony on the top floor overlooking our beautiful campus. 

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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Placements

A three-month working opportunity in forensic accounting and/or counter fraud work-based roles/projects to enhance your skills and gain valuable experience. 

In addition, we also advertise every year the Government Counter Fraud Internship roles and former and current students have been successful. They have been posted to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Fraud Team both in London and Manchester through the Cabinet Office.

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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. 

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Graduate careers

The Department of Accounting and Finance has a strong work-related bias, offering professional, postgraduate and undergraduate courses.

You will develop an advanced understanding of accounting and finance issues for the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally, enhancing your career prospects with key financial skills sought after by many organisations.

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If you’ve completed an undergraduate degree at DMU, then you can benefit from a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on our postgraduate courses. The discount is available on selected full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate courses running across multiple start dates. 

The discount, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK and EU students who are graduating this year or have graduated within the past two years and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above. Learn more here.

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These virtual events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, and find out about fees and funding opportunities, including our VC2020 scholarship which offers up to 50 per cent off PG study, and sports scholarships of up to £6,000. You can also take a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities from the comfort of home via our Virtual Open Day.

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