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Accounting - Strategic Accounting

Do you aspire to become a leader within the global accounting profession? The MSc in Strategic Accounting is an excellent way to advance your career within this competitive and highly rewarding industry.

Give yourself an edge in the accounting industry by getting the finance, technology, leadership and advanced accounting skills employers are looking for. This degree will help you obtain Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) membership in the minimum possible time whilst gaining an MSc and relevant employment skills.

All of ACCA's strategic professional papers are embedded into the course, so you will be able to complete all of the examinations in the ACCA professional qualification. As well helping you towards achieving your ACCA membership, this degree includes the opportunity to work with an employer on a live project, ensuring the course is relevant to the workplace getting you industry ready.

Completed over two years you will cover topics such as strategic business leadership and reporting, advanced taxation, performance management, audit and assurance, cyber security and data analytics.

ACCA members are in demand across the globe – and this demand is increasing. If you want to be part of this growth, this course is for you.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed 9 ACCA papers which comprise the Essential Knowledge and Essential Skills modules of the ACCA qualification or to have been exempted from these papers by having gained:

(i) a second class honours degree in Accounting or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification in Accounting;


have completed enrolment as a student of ACCA;


provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent).The English language requirements for non-native English speakers is IELTS 6.0 with no contributing band below 5.5 or equivalent SELT (S).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.


2 years full-time

Careers or further progression

Career options

ACCA members are employed in a wide range of roles in all sectors globally.

Further information can be obtained at:

Further enquiries

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6309

Ronnie Patton
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8510

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 20 February 2020
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