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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time, Part-time by distance learning
Duration
1 year full-time, 30 months part-time, 2 years part-time distance learning, 30 months part-time distance learning
Start Date
September 2019, January 2020

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 September). The course is also available through distance learning over 2 years (starting in September) or 30 months (starting in September or 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.

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

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.

What you'll study on this MSc Forensic Accounting degree course

Units currently being studied

Core units include:

  • Financial Analysis and Modelling
  • Financial Crime and the Law
  • Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Forensics and Investigation
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in forensic accounting.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • computer-based workshops
  • case studies

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this Animation degree course. 

Alan Graham, Senior Lecturer
Alan has 20 years experience in public practice with Deloitte, where he helped audit Amstrad Corporation, as well as in industry.

His research interests focus on pedagogical issues surrounding the teaching of writing skills, and ethics teaching for accountants. He's also interested in the role of the financial controller in business organisations, and the area of football finance.
Tat-Thanh Nguyen (Frank), Lecturer
Frank is the first ICAEW ( Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ) Chartered Accountant qualified in Vietnam.

He has extensive international work experience in various industries, including: accountancy (KPMG & PwC) and banking (Techcombank and Maritime). His research interests are the intersection of Accounting, Finance & Big Data, Machine Learning and Blockchain.
Christina Philippou, Principal Lecturer
Christina qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PKF (now BDO), undertaking audits across a variety of business sectors, preparing financial statements, performing due diligence work and providing business services to SMEs. 

She also spent 8 years working as a forensic accountant for Deloitte in London, including disputes and expert witness work, insider trading, and fraud risk reviews. Her research is in the areas of forensic accounting and sport governance.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed in ways that reflect individual topics. You'll get feedback that's varied and constructive, to help build personal management and employability skills that you'll need in your career.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent professional experience
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

​Course costs

Tuition fees

Full-time (September 2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £10,200
  • International students – £14,700

Part-time (September 2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,400 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £4,900 a year (subject to annual increase)

Distance learning

  • 24-month version (September 2019 start) – £4,350 a year (all fee regions – may be subject to annual increase)
  • 30-month version (September 2019 and January 2020 start) – £2,900 a year (all fee regions – may be subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

You can start this course in September (all options) or January (30-month distance learning option only).

Apply for this course using our online application form

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply. 
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