Forensic Accounting MSc
MSc Forensic Accounting
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.
We are a member of the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
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.
MSc Forensic Accounting Master's degree entry requirements
- 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.
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.
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:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- computer-based workshops
- case studies
Teaching staff profiles
These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.
Alan Graham, Senior LecturerAlan qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross (now Deloitte), working in the areas of audit, tax and management consulting. In the following 15 years he held Financial and Accountant positions in the electronics and heavy manufacturing sectors.
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), LecturerFrank 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 LecturerChristina 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:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January to May – teaching block 2
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.
MSc Forensic Accounting degree 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.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Tuition fees (September 2020 and January 2021 start)
Full-time (September 2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £10,500
- International students – £15,100
Part-time (September 2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,500 a year (60 credits) (subject to annual increase)
- International students – £5,030 a year (60 credits) (subject to annual increase)
- 2-year version (September 2020 start) – £4,500 a year (90 credits) (subject to annual increase)
- 30-month version (January 2021 start) – £3,000 a year (60 credits) (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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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.
- Full-time study September 2020 start (1 year)
- Part-time study September 2020 start (30 months)
- Distance learning part-time study September 2020 start (2 years)
- Distance learning part-time study September 2020 start (30 months)
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) 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.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.