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ACCA’s integrated master’s programme with the University of London changing lives across the globe


21 Jun 2017


Social Europe & Jobs

The first group of graduates to complete the University of London master’s route to ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) membership are looking forward to future opportunities afforded through having two world-renowned qualifications.

Made possible through an innovative partnership between ACCA and the University of London, the MSc in Professional Accountancy is the only integrated master’s programme with an accountancy body at a professional level in the world.

Jane Towers-Clark, head of university education at ACCA, says:

‘The first group of graduates through our integrated masters with the University of London have provided very positive feedback about the self-study programme. Online learning has allowed us to give access to individuals globally the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to have successful careers in finance and accountancy. We are proud to have created this unique programme which allows learners to gain the ACCA Qualification and an MSc in Professional Accountancy at the same time at a fraction of the cost of traditional masters.’

Speaking about their experience of being the first to be awarded the integrated masters and ACCA Qualification, three of the graduates shared with ACCA what completing the MSc in Professional Accountancy has meant for them.

Raziya Taipova, Deputy Director, BDO Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan says:

‘Being an accountant requires the need to be aware of the latest changes in business and accounting practices as well as the ability to anticipate potential issues that might arise. The MSc in Professional Accountancy courses such as Global Issues for the Finance Professional provide the knowledge required to develop critical skills such as sound professional judgement. Gaining an MSc from the University of London recognised worldwide for its great reputation and the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge has given me great confidence.'

Muhammad Abrar Siddiqui, Faysal Bank Limited, Pakistan says:

‘Being able to complete a masters in a short period of time and the opportunity to study a range of thought provoking subjects is what attracted me to the MSc in Professional Accountancy. Completing the award has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of emerging and developing markets at the same time as giving me insight and direction on how to develop research skills. One of the key strengths of the programme is how greatly informative it is. It offers a great understanding of current accountancy issues. I have been able to improve my career prospects through learning how to become a better problem-solver and decision maker. I found the tutorials for the modules to be well planned and would recommend the courses to fellow students of accountancy.’

Yemurai Nyamutswa, Tax Matrix, Zimbabwe says:

‘The opportunity to complete the ACCA qualification and gain an MSc at the same time was the main reason I signed up. The University of London being one of the top universities in the world was a huge plus. The highlight for me was learning how to work with others in a team and also how to make strategic decisions in a short amount of time. Immediately after completing the programme, I was able to improve my career prospects. The hard work and time management needed definitely paid off in the end. Taking part in the quizzes and discussion provided was a great way to learn.’

The design of the MSc in Professional Accountancy has been customised with pathways for ACCA students, affiliates and members, providing them with a unique opportunity for career advancements. The programme supports high-level knowledge and skills development for finance leadership within a global context.

Web-supported learners can study the MSc in Professional Accountancy anywhere in the world with an option to enrol with a local teaching institution for face-to-face support. Registrations close on 26 June for the July 2017 session and 4 December for the January 2018 session.

Find out more about ACCA’s integrated masters with the University of London.

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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 100 offices and centres and more than 7,110 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. It believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. ACCA’s core values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and it ensures that through its range of qualifications, it prepares accountants for business. ACCA seeks to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating its qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers. More information is here: