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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 - 2 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 15200 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Accounting and Society (Online) at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Our fully online and part-time Masters in Accounting and Society focuses on the wider, non-technical aspects of accounting which have a broader impact on organisations and society. Learn more about social responsibility, the political dimension to accounting standard setting and regulation, as well as how to design management control and governance systems that can cope with organisational complexities.

Programme overview

Through studying for this Master's degree online you will learn how accounting, the accounting profession, and various calculative practices impact on the management and governance of organisations, cultural formations, and the definition of economic and social relationships. The MSc focuses on three key strands: Accounting, Culture and Society; The Accounting Profession; and Governance and Control.

Programme structure

This is a 3 year fully online part-time course which can fit around your existing work commitments. Professional accountants will be able to gain exemption from year one and thus the Masters will be taken over 2 years with 5 courses in total as well as a research project which is completed in the final semester. For 2018, this programme will only be available to year 1 entrants.

Valued by Professional Accounting Bodies

This Master's degree, also an ICAEW Strategic Partnership Degree, was founded as a result of discussions with a number of Professional Accounting Bodies and is also being recognised as a professional and personal development opportunity for their members by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS), The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) as well as other member bodies of Chartered Accountants Worldwide.

Studying online

This particular Master's degree will be taught using a variety of course resources and learning materials and will be delivered through means such as: online discussion forums, real-time virtual classes (anticipated to be twice a month), recorded lectures and tutorials, electronic textbook resources, weekly study plans, as well as access to online electronic resources of the University of Edinburgh Library. This format is ideal for people who wish to gain a world-class award while maintaining existing commitments.

Career development

For those who have an Accounting background, you will benefit from broadening your knowledge and skills in terms of how accounting, the accounting profession, and various calculative practices impact on:

  • the management and governance of organisations
  • cultural formations
  • the definition of economic and social relationships.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

For 2017/18 the programme is only open to professional accountants who will be exempt from the first year which therefore brings down the total fee.

For 2017/18 the two-year route fee is

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

For applicants entering year one of the programme (available for 2018 entry):

Academic background

  • You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in any subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification.
  • Degree subject can be in any discipline.

OR

  • An appropriate and acceptable professional qualification equivalent to level 10 or above on the SCQF framework (or equivalent framework).

Applicants who do not hold a degree or professional qualification may still be considered if they have a strong employment record demonstrating a high degree of responsibility.

For applicants entering year two of the programme (currently not available for 2018 entry):

Academic background

  • A professional accounting qualification equivalent to level 11 on the SCQF framework (or equivalent framework) and holding current membership of an internationally recognised professional accounting organisation which is associated with IFAC (International Federation of Accountants).
  • Applicants holding a professional accounting qualification, but not holding current membership of an internationally recognised professional accounting organisation, may be considered if they can demonstrate up to date continuous professional development (CPD) requirements of a recognised professional accounting organisation.
  • Applicants who do not hold a professional accounting qualification may be considered if they hold a relevant professional qualification equivalent to level 11 on the SCQF framework (or equivalent framework).

Supporting your application

  • Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance.
  • Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements.

International qualifications

The minimum academic requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree in a related subject or an equivalent international qualification.

Some examples of equivalent qualifications:

  • Canada: mid B+; 3.3+ (4 point scale); 7.3/8+ (9 point scale)
  • China: 80-85%+; B+
  • Germany: 2.5+ (reverse 5 point scale); Sehr Gut/Gut
  • India: 1st Class degree (60%+)
  • Nigeria: 2:1
  • South Africa: 2:1/1st
  • USA: GPA 3.25+ (4 point scale)

If your home country is not listed above, consult the minimum grade point average (GPA) required by following the link below.

Country-specific advice for international students

Important points

  • The ranking of the university at which you studied is considered when we determine whether or not your degree is equivalent to a first or upper second-class honours degree in the UK.
  • If your degree is not of the required standard and you do not have highly relevant work or other experience, we will normally reject your application.
  • Meeting the degree requirement doesn

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