The MSc Professional Accounting programme aims to provide you with strong professionally oriented training in accounting.

Professional Accounting


The MSc Professional Accounting programme provides the combination of practical graduate-level accounting skills and theoretical knowledge required to take your accounting practice to the next level. All faculty teaching this programme hold international accounting qualifications (FCA, ACA, ACCA, CPA Australia and more), and 63% possess in excess of eight years of industry experience in companies such as the “Big Four” accounting firms and Fortune 500 companies, as well as other notable domestic and international corporations.

IBSS students are able to take advantage of the school’s extensive industry links with companies in Suzhou and Shanghai for their research and future careers, as well as the school’s own research centres. Graduates of this programme will be able to obtain exemption qualifications (subject to professional review) for professional stage subjects of the Royal Chartered Accountants ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). After passing the exam and engaging in relevant work for three years, students will have the opportunity to obtain the Royal Chartered Accountant qualification. This programme also lays a solid foundation for students to obtain the Chartered Accountant qualification under ICAEW.

Why should I study Professional  Accounting at XJTLU?

  • Benefit from XJTLU’s strategic location in Suzhou – home to one of the China’s largest economies and many Fortune 500 companies
  • Get support from IBSS’s career development team who engage with national and multinational employers to identify the potential internship and job opportunities for our students and graduates
  • Earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the MSc Professional Accounting, you will have:

  • Gained opportunities to learn modules on artificial intelligence and accounting
  • Developed skills in professional accounting and financial decision-making, evaluation and analysis of financial data and the techniques required to evaluate and act upon complex financial and tax-related issues encountered in practice.

Undoubtedly, professional and modern accounting education will help you to move up to the corporate ladder at a faster pace in view of the opportunities and challenges opened up by artificial intelligence, blockchain and other new business and economic drivers in China and beyond.

Samuel Kwok

Programme director


The university offers a broad range of activities aiming to enrich master students’ theoretical and experiential learning and professional development. Trainings, workshops and seminars, covering varieties of themes and topics, both generic and subject-specific, are often offered at both university and school/department levels. Additionally, IBSS programmes offer discipline- specific supplementary modules which will aid to broaden your knowledge in that specific field and enhance your skills. These would include opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or intern at XJTLU. Depending on the programme, field trips and company visits will be organized, and invited talks will be given by the industrial experts and professionals. All these activities will not only support you in your programme study, but also develop your personal and professional skills and enhance your overall career and employability.

Students get several exemptions for the ACA exam, because the Masters in Professional Accounting is certificated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Due to the international nature of the programme and good reputation, I got a great internship in China.

Miao Maoshi

Student, MSc Professional Accounting


Graduates are able to sit for other professional accounting certification exams such as ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). Many IBSS Professional Accounting graduates end up in the “Big Four” companies and accounting/consultant departments in multinational companies such as Apple and Decathlon. The MSc Professional Accounting programme also provides an excellent foundation for those students who are interested in pursuing doctoral studies.

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