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 October/September).
The course is also available through distance learning over 1 year (starting in September), 2 years (starting in September) or 30 months (starting in September or February/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
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.
What you'll study on this MSc Forensic Accounting course
Core units include:
- Financial Analysis
- Statistics and Data Modelling
- Corporate Governance and Ethics
- Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution
- Valuations and the Expert Report
- Financial Crime and the Law
- Fraud Examination and Forensic Investigations
- Data Analysis and Visualisation
- Database Design and Implementation
Teaching on this course includes:
- computer-based workshops
- case studies
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.