- Financial strategy
- Financial accounting and reporting
- Audit and assurance
- Business strategy and management
- Business planning - taxation
- Tax compliance
- Corporate reporting and auditing I and II
- Strategic business management
- Integrated case study.
The MSc Professional Accounting programme aims to provide you with strong professionally oriented training in accounting. You will study the professional syllabus of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and will obtain exemptions from all six professional-level papers of the exams needed to gain chartered accountant status (subject to validation of the programme by ICAEW), as well as receiving preparation to sit the final advanced-level papers.
Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Knowledge and skills
The programme aims to equip you with:
- intellectual skills and theoretical understandings appropriate to the study of accounting at postgraduate level
- an awareness of key current issues, theory and practice in the field of accounting
- skills in professional accounting and financial decision-making, evaluation and analysis of financial data and the techniques to evaluate and act upon complex financial and tax-related issues encountered in practice
- the knowledge necessary towards qualifying and operating as a chartered accountant.
Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
The MSc Professional Accounting programme is designed to prepare you to qualify as a chartered accountant with the ICAEW. It is also useful preparation towards other professional accountancy exams, such as those offered by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).
RMB 140,000 for the entire 18 month full-time programme.
University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.
If you are a graduate of XJTLU, the University of Liverpool or Xi’an Jiaotong University, you will automatically receive a discount of 20 percent of the tuition fee.
Masters students have the option to pay tuition fees in instalments each semester. You can also choose to pay the fees upfront at the time of registration, in this case a discount of five percent of the total fees will be offered.
You will be asked to indicate how you would like to pay the fees when you confirm your acceptance of the unconditional offer.
XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of up to 50 percent of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes based on academic merit. Should you wish to apply for XJTLU master scholarship, please submit a scholarship application letter in your application stating the reasons why you should be considered.
Minimum entry requirements
Upper second class (2:1) honours
- 1st tier universities: 75 percent or above
- 2nd tier universities: 80 percent or above
Note: Chinese applicants are not required to take the MoE postgraduate entrance exam.
- 3.0 Cumulative GPA (out of 4) or
- 3.2 Cumulative GPA in the final two years of the undergraduate programme
Equivalent academic qualifications
An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in accounting. It is advantageous, but not essential, to have completed the six ICAEW Certificate Level (CFAB) exams on entry. Those who have not completed CFAB will need to do so prior to seeking full membership of the ICAEW. Applicants who do not have the equivalent degree in accounting will also be considered if they have passed at least four CFAB exams or equivalent. Applicants with a professional background rather than a degree need to demonstrate relevant working experience in an accounting or finance environment and will be considered case-by-case.
English language requirements
If English is not your native language or if you have not studied in English at degree level, you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency. You should normally possess one of the following qualifications:
- IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)
- TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)
In exceptional circumstances, individual cases will be considered on their own merits. You may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate your English proficiency.
If you miss the English language requirements by 0.5-1.0 of an IELTS band, or a similar number for other English language exams, you can be admitted to the programme after successful completion of our four- or six-week intensive English presessional course.
You can also apply to take the XJTLU English language test in lieu of an IELTS/TOEFL or equivalent. Based on the score, students may be admitted or may be required to take and successfully complete the four- or six-week intensive English presessional course.
Additionally, students may be required to complete English language courses on a pass/fail basis as part of the additional learning activity requirement during their studies at XJTLU.
The MSc Professional Accounting programme gave me a fantastic learning experience, with the support of the ICAEW and personalised career coaching. Studying on this programme has deepened my exploration of crucial professional knowledge and prepared me well for my career with world-leading accounting firm, PwC.Ziyou Wang Alumna, MSc Professional Accounting, China, Assurance associate, PwC.
How to apply
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