What will I learn?

Overview

Are you an accountant looking to build on your existing skills, and excited about a potential career in forensic accounting? If you're keen to develop your knowledge and interested in applying your skills in civil, corporate and criminal litigation procedures, then our MSc Forensic Accounting degree course is for you.

On this course, you'll unpack the core areas of forensic accounting, including dispute and litigation support, expert witnessing, fraud examination and regulatory investigations. You'll learn to apply your expert skills in business valuation, assessment of economic damages, proceeds of crime and fraud.

If you study on campus, you'll learn full-time over 1 year or part-time over 30 months (starting in October/September).

The course is also available through distance learning over 1 year (starting in September), 2 years (starting in September) or 30 months (starting in September or February/January).

Once you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a rewarding career in forensic accounting within law firms, enforcement agencies and accountancy practices.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

Investigate real-life case studies and learn the processes involved in compiling your own case, like gathering and presenting evidence and preparing expert reports
Study exciting topics including corporate integrity and management control, fraud and forensic analysis, cybercrime, and interviewing and testimony
Participate in webchats to discuss your work with expert staff and researchers, lecturers and other students. You'll also be supported by a personal tutor throughout the course of your studies (distance learning only)
Complete a research project of your choice, to demonstrate your subject knowledge, analytical abilities and problem-solving skills
Have the chance to use the University’s Bloomberg terminals to monitor and analyse company financial information
Have 24/7 access to our library’s extensive electronic resources, including online ejournals and newspapers

Careers and opportunities

The MSc Forensic Accounting degree course will help you sharpen your accounting skills for use in civil, criminal and corporate litigation, and you'll learn the processes and procedures needed to investigate financial crime and regulatory compliance cases.

What can you do with a Forensic Accounting degree?

When you graduate, you'll be well placed for a career in dispute and litigation support, fraud examination, or forensic accounting and regulatory investigations.

What jobs can you do with a Forensic Accounting degree?

Your degree can open doors to roles with:

  • financial regulatory authorities
  • law firms
  • accountancy practices
  • law enforcement agencies

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Which department am I in?

Business, Management and Marketing

Study options

Online/Distance (30 months)

Tuition fees
£3,070.00 (3,16,972) per year
Tuition fee are subject to annual increase. Additional cost may apply. Students need to pay £3,070 a year (60 credits).

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.6 /4 or above from a recognised Higher Education institution. Students need a minimum of IELTS band 6.5–7.0, with no component below 6.0.

For international students

A second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent professional experience. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0. For most of our Master's degrees, you need a TOEFL score of 91 with a minimum of: 20 in Reading; 19 in Listening; 21 in Speaking; 20 in Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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