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 at University of Portsmouth is for you.
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Overview

On this Forensic Accounting course at University of Portsmouth, 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.

You'll learn full-time over one year or part-time over three years, and the course is also available through distance learning over 2 or 3 years.

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 will 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.

Teaching

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • 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.

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.

Accreditation

We are a member of the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 

Programme Structure

Core units include:

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

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

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

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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