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Accounting - Strategic Accounting


This programme provides students with an opportunity to complete all of the exams in the ACCA professional qualification, as part of an MSc.

The course has been structured to ensure that students will develop skills that are highly relevant to employment in a range of roles across teh accounting profession globally.


By embedding ACCA's strategic professional papers into the structure of the MSc, students are able to complete all of the examinations in the ACCA professional qualification.

The additional MSc modules develop employment relevant skills , while completion of the Strategic Business Project will enable students to meet some of the performance objectives of ACCA's Professional Experience Requirement (PER), and complete a number of months which will count towards the required 36 months of relevant practical experience.

Students will also be encouraged to complete ACCA's Ethics and Professional Skills Module.

Thus, graduates will be well placed to obtain ACCA membership in the minimum possible time, while gaining an MSc as well as employment relevant skills.

The following modules will be studied:


Strategic Business Leader

Strategic Business Reporting

Introduction to Research


2 from Advanced Taxation, Advanced Performance Management, Advanced Audit and Assurance, Advanced Financial Management; and

either Cyber Security or Data Analytics; and

either Strategic Business Report or Dissertation

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.



The course is completed over three semesters of study, on a full-time basis.

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


For further information, please contact Ronnie Patton - 

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2019

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