Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

MSc in Professional Accounting

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Closed for admission in 2020/21

Open for admission in 2021/22

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year for the MSc and a further 3 months to complete ACCA Professional Examinations

About the course

This specialist programme has been designed to enable you to gain a masters degree in accounting and undertake training for Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Professional Examinations on a linked course. It combines teaching from our expert academics and professional training from Kaplan to prepare you for the ACCA Professional Papers.

Primarily aimed at those who have a good undergraduate degree in accounting, this course prepares you for a future career as a professional accountant. You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to lead using logic, analysis, and an understanding of the complexities of accounting within the business world. Successful completion of the ACCA Professional Papers will help you stand out in the international accounting job market. 

What you'll study

You'll study the following modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • Issues in Accounting and Accountability

  • Issues in Professional Auditing

  • Complex Financial Reporting

  • Accounting, Organisations and Control

    Develop your understanding of organisational accounting and control processes and their impacts on businesses, governments and society. You'll study performance evaluations as well as management control and accounting systems and techniques, including their changes, issues and economic contexts.

  • Corporate Financial Management

    This module introduces you to the theory and practice of corporate finance, focusing on the effects of investment and financing decisions on firm value. You'll also develop an understanding of corporate financial management policies.

  • Public Sector Finance, Taxation and Accounting

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

ACCA papers

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • Advanced Auditing (December exam)

  • Advanced Taxation (June exam)

  • Strategic Business Reporting (September exam)

  • Strategic Business Leader (following December exam)

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Hull Campus

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“The Business School looks after the future of its graduates by linking studying with work experience, enabling them to gain valuable insights and contacts.”

Olufisayo Adedeji, MSc Economics and Business

“It’s been really enjoyable studying alongside people from many different cultures. Hull is a beautiful and affordable city in which to live.”

Famara Badijie, MSc Financial Management

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £14,038*
  • International: £18,148*

*Fee includes £723 for an ACCA exam pack.

UK and EU students can take out a Master’s Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. They provide up to £11,222 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Find out more about Postgraduate Loans.

Home/EU fees for 2021 entry have not yet been confirmed. The fees shown are for 2020 entry.

Graduate Scholarship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £3,000 scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Scholarship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

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Our degrees are accredited by all the main accounting bodies giving you a faster route to qualifying.

Graduates go on to careers with some of the world's biggest firms, including Deloitte and PwC.

Staff bring their internationally recognised expertise to the lecture theatre, combining cutting-edge theory with live, real-world case studies and practical knowledge.

Entry requirements

For entry onto our programme, applicants must have

  • A minimum of 2:2 Honours degree or international equivalent in Accounting, or Accounting and Finance or a suitable alternative 2:1 Honours degree.


  • Equivalent accredited international or professional accounting qualifications (including direct passes in or exemptions from ACCA Fundamental Level papers F1-F9)

All students joining our programme must be

  • Either, exempt from ACCA Fundamental Level papers F1-F9 by virtue of their undergraduate degree, (You will need to register with ACCA, apply for exemption and present us with an official letter from ACCA confirming your exemption before you can commence our programme)
  • Or, must have passed ACCA Fundamental Level papers F1-F9 directly.

With your application, please upload evidence of your passed ACCA Fundamental Level examinations  and / or copy of your exemption letter issued by ACCA if you already have these.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

This programme prepares you for a future career as a professional accountant. By gaining a masters degree and your ACCA Professional Examinations on the same course – you’ll stand out in the global job market after graduation.

Accounting graduates from the University of Hull have found work with companies including Deloitte, Npower, Smith & Nephew, the Civil Service, Asda, Santander and Deutsche Bank.