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Explore financial crime investigations and work with business legal teams on this Forensic Accounting (Distance Learning) (2 Year) programme from University of Portsmouth. Prepare for your career as a forensic accountant, or in internal auditing or compliance, whether you’ve studied accounting in the past or not. 

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Explore financial crime investigations and work with business legal teams on this forensic accounting Master’s. Prepare for your career as a forensic accountant, or in internal auditing or compliance, whether you’ve studied accounting in the past or not. 

Develop your knowledge and critical analysis skills as you investigate where things have gone wrong in business. 

You’ll study financial crime, law and fraud as you focus on business crime prevention and prepare for case discussions with lawyers. You'll apply your learning in topical case studies and develop your understanding of what to look for in financial accounts in industry.

To start, you'll explore topics including data modelling, accountancy basics and valuations. You’ll then discover forensic investigation and fraud examination, as well as corporate governance and ethics, and learn to be an expert witness in our replica courtroom.

By learning from experienced lecturers and industry guest speakers you’ll gain a better understanding of the industry as a whole, and have opportunities to network with guests and fellow accountancy students from across the department. 

Course highlights

  • Discover forensic accounting, law and policy 
  • Use real-world case studies 
  • Apply your learning in practical assessments in our replica court room
  • Learn how to prevent financial crime
  • Prepare to support businesses in industry 
  • Network with and learn from industry guest speakers
  • Use materials from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 
  • Benefit from our partnerships with various accounting and audit partners and our work with the Financial Reporting Council

Careers and opportunitiesCareers this Master’s prepares you for

This Master’s degree will help you to specialise in forensic accounting and build on your business or accountancy studies at undergraduate level.

You'll benefit from CIMA exam exemptions after you graduate. This means you'll have fewer exams to sit to become an accredited forensic accountant. 

Graduates of this course have gone onto areas such as:

  • forensic accounting
  • business accounting
  • compliance
  • internal auditing

Programme Structure


Corporate Governance and Ethics - 15 credits

Data Analysis and Visualisation - 15 credits

Database Design and Implementation - 15 credits

Expert Witnessing and Dispute Resolution - 15 credits

Financial Analysis - 15 credits

Financial Crime and the Law - 15 credits

Fraud Examination and Forensic Investigations - 15 credits

MSc Accounting and Financial Management Dissertation - 45 credits

Statistics and Data Modelling 1 - 15 credits

Valuations and the Expert Report - 15 credits

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General requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent professional experience.

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