MSc Accounting and Finance [Advanced Diploma route]

Our MSc Accounting and Finance [Advanced Diploma route] is a unique course which aligns with the ACCA exam sittings. This means you can secure a Master's and an ACCA qualification without sitting both ACCA and BPP exams in the same module. You will develop knowledge on data science and how new technologies are changing the industry. The programme has flexible entry points - depending on your ACCA exemptions. And you will study key topics that are shaping the future of accountancy that can help to enhance your employability.


The MSc Accounting and Finance [Advanced Diploma route] awarded by BPP University.

Is this for you?

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is designed for future accountants who want to be a step ahead when starting a career.

This approach is perfect if you already hold exemptions for ACCA Fundamental* papers but haven’t completed the whole level. Flexible entry points allow you to join the programme at the relevant stage. Providing you have passed or hold exemptions from those ACCA papers.

Successful completion of this course will earn you a Master’s degree and the status of being ACCA exam qualified, which is one of the key requirements to becoming an Affiliate member.

Why choose this programme?

Our MSc Accounting and Finance [Advanced Diploma route] programme is fully accredited by the ACCA with course modules aligned to the ACCA exams. It will help you progress towards ACCA membership along with the following benefits:

  • Avoid double assessments by studying our ACCA Approved Content which has been aligned to ACCA syllabus and sitting ACCA exams.
  • Flexible entry points onto the Advanced Diploma to recognise the ACCA Fundamentals exams you have passed or hold exemptions for
  • Successful completion of the ACCA Professional Level will earn 120 credits towards the MSc Accounting and Finance qualification - and progress towards ACCA membership
  • MSc modules including Digital Leadership and Data Science have been designed in consultation with global accountancy firms
  • Learn how to exploit opportunities for change through technology and digital leadership
  • Develop critical thinking and analysis skills to solve problems in the Business Project
  • An approach that’s supported by ACCA and other global accounting institutes

Progression upon completion

You will have a Master’s degree to complement your professional qualification. Providing a competitive edge against peers in the talent pool.


*During the Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance [ACCA route] Students need to be registered with the ACCA (this is the student’s own responsibility and at the student’s own cost).


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Start Date: September

Length of Programme: 1 year Full-Time / 2 year Part-Time

Mode of Study: Study in the UK

Benefit from our Career Guarantee

If you start your PGDL and go on to study our LPC or BTC you'll benefit from our Career Guarantee.

If you don't get obtain a training contract or pupillage within six months of completing your LPC* or BTC** you can study another qualification at BPP for free.

Preparing you for practice

The BPP University PGDL is designed to help you make a smooth transition from being a non-law graduate into a career in law. We don't just give you an excellent qualification, we give you an insight into life in practice, so you enter the next stage of your training more informed, more prepared and more effective, and able to demonstrate a higher competency when applying for training contracts and pupillages.

Once you have successfully completed your PGDL exams, you have the opportunity to specialise or develop an understanding in alternative areas, take two extra modules and you could graduate with a Graduate LLB (Hons) awarded by BPP University.  The Graduate Diploma in Law is awarded by BPP University and is recognised as completion of the academic stage by the SRA and BSB.

When you have passed your PGDL, you're guaranteed a place on our LPC, the next step to becoming a solicitor. Or you can apply for our BTC, the next step to becoming a barrister. 

How the programme is taught

We assume you have no prior knowledge of law when you start your PGDL, so you get a full induction programme and a high level of support from day one. This includes outstanding learning materials and online resources. All study materials are included in the fee. All lectures and resources have online equivalents.

You'll be taught by our experienced legal professionals and academics with time split evenly between tutorials and lectures as well as regular consolidation sessions and a wealth of online resources. For full details view our Locations tab.

What you will experience in the classroom

BPP University's ethos is learning by doing. Classes are designed with an interactive focus, based on discussions, debates and resolving practical case studies. You will learn the academic knowledge, but as importantly you will learn how it's applied in practice, with a logical approach, presenting your arguments persuasively and in a structured manner.

You will study up to 21 hours a week consisting of live and online lectures and classes dependent on location and start date. Tutorials are taught in groups of around 18 students, giving you a high level of student/tutor contact time.

All our students also have a Personal Tutor and access to a Student Advisor, should you need any guidance or additional support outside of class time.

Independent research essay options

We offer a wide range of titles, and will always consider individual topics suggested by students. Current options include intellectual property, succession, company law, family law, housing law, medical law and public international law.

Study Options

Personalise your PGDL timetable

BPP gives you more control over the way you study with face-to-face, online distance learning, or a combination of both available. Classes are offered morning, afternoon, evening and weekends. Face-to-face PGDL classes are taught on two set days per week during the core teaching term, at the following centres, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge and Liverpool.

You can start in January or September. For full-time study, both options take nine months. Or if you choose part-time and start in January, you'll finish in 18 months – ready to start the LPC or BTC in September. If you start part-time in September the programme takes two academic years.

Optional modules

With the BPP PGDL, you're given access to an unrivalled range of additional modules, designed to get you ahead and give you the edge in interviews. Highlights include:

  • Company law module
  • Further specialist law modules – start specialising early in areas such as Intellectual Property or Public International Law, so you can demonstrate more expertise than other graduates.
  • Professional Skills modules developed with leading city firms – Featuring areas like legal writing and legal research
  • Mandarin Chinese – Gain an insight into the language used in one of the world's most important markets with free Mandarin Chinese lessons (London only).

Specialist careers advice

From the moment you accept your place until you secure your first legal position, you can use our careers service. With our one-to-one support, we aim to give you the edge when it comes to getting a training contract or pupillage. You'll have everything from access to our vacancies database to advice on filling out application forms, intensive interview coaching, employer research and networking opportunities with top firms.

Part-time PGDL

Our part-time programme is designed to fit around your other commitments such as work and family. BPP offers a variety of part-time modes:

  • Evenings: taught between 6.00pm and 9.00pm. Each module is taught by a one-hour tutorial per week. All our lectures are recorded and made available to students online for flexibility of study
  • Weekends: one Saturday every fortnight, consisting of tutorials. Lectures delivered online
  • Day: taught on one half-day per week from 9am - 1.30pm in year 1 and from 9am - 2.40pm in year 2. Lectures are delivered online
  • Distance learning: weekly online lectures and tutorials with optional face-to-face tuition.


The full programme consists of the Advanced Diploma in Accounting (ADAF) and the MSc Accounting and Finance

Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance [ACCA Route] (18 months)

Term 1

  • Accountant in Business (30 credits)
  • Management Accounting (30 credits)
  • Financial Accounting (30 credits)

Term 2

  • Corporate and Business Law (40 credits)
  • Performance Management (40 credits)
  • Taxation (40 credits)

Term 3

  • Financial Reporting (40 credits)
  • Audit and Assurance (40 credits)
  • Financial Management (40 credits)

MSc Accounting and Finance (12-month programme)

Term 1


  • Strategic Business Leader (30 credits)
  • Strategic Business Reporting (30 credits)

Term 2

  • Business Project (Assessed in term 4)
  • Principles of Data Science for Business (15 credits)

Term 3

Elective – Choose two from four modules (60 credits)

  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Performance Management
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Advanced Audit and Assurance

Term 4

  • Business Project (from term 2 – 30 credits)
  • Digital Leadership (15 credits)


Entry requirements

Those wishing to apply for this programme will require:

  • Two A-Levels and three GCSEs or equivalent (grade 4/C or above) in five separate subjects, including maths and English; or
  • A Foundations in Accountancy (FIA) qualification; or
  • Passes/exemptions in any ACCA Knowledge and Skills paper (formerly AB-FM) without completing the whole level

If you have passed or completed the ACCA Fundamental Level, you can enter our MSc Accounting and Finance and start at the Professional Level.

If you do not meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, get in touch so we can review your options.

English entry requirements for international students

If English is not your first language and you do not hold an honours degree that was delivered in English, you will be required to provide proof of your ability – for reading, writing, listening and speaking in English.

The minimum entry requirements are an overall IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with no components lower than 5.5. For details of other accepted qualifications, please click here.

If you have an overall IELTS entry score of 5.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in writing, you will have to attend a Pre-Sessional English course. This will help you achieve the exit score at 6.0 overall - with no components lower than 5.5.

If you have the minimum overall IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in any component, you will be required to attend our In-Sessional Academic Skills classes. This takes place during the first term of studies at no additional cost.

If you meet the entry criteria but do not have the necessary English language skills, we can offer you a Pre-Sessional English course prior to starting your programme. For further information, please visit our English Language Support section.



UK / EU students:

30-months, full-time: £20,010

International students: 

30-months, full-time £22,010

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional Charges 

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

  • Resit fees for assessments £75
  • Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
  • Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
  • Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800

Additional Funding Options

A postgraduate student loan of up to £10,609 is available to eligible Master's courses. You can apply online at or for more information please click here.

For those who need it, BPP University’s Student Services support team can provide funding advice and assistance. This includes information on other options open to you, such as bursaries and grants from professional bodies, charities, employers and other institutions who give financial support. For instance, funding may be available through scholarships, interest-free payment plans, the Student Loans Company ( or Future Finance student loans*.

For more information please visit our student finance section.

*Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the Future Finance loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.



What will you learn?

  • During the first three terms you will study BPP University’s Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Finance [ACCA route] which has been designed so that its nine modules align to the nine Fundamentals Level papers
  • From the following year, which features four terms, you will study our MSc Accounting and Finance. This has been revalidated and designed to be aligned to the ACCA Professional Level syllabus. Successful completion of this course will secure ACCA exam qualified status, as well as a Master’s degree
  • Principles of Data Science for Business - Framing the concepts with theory and practice, in a set of data science lifecycle patterns, used in organisations
  • Digital Leadership – Develop a critical approach to digital leadership and apply this to your own development as a future leader. Understand how to use current and future tech developments to your advantage
  • How to conduct a business project using several information sources, developing the skills to propose strategic recommendations and behaviour, with the ability to manage a project from inception to delivery

This MSc Accounting and Finance [ACCA route] is fully accredited by the ACCA and designed so course modules are aligned with ACCA exams and you can avoid double assessments.

How we support you

  • Learn from expert tutors with practical experience in their specialist fields and a passion to share knowledge to maximise your career potential
  • Access to a Programme Support Officer who can guide you through each stage of your learning journey
  • Benefit from our Virtual Learning Environment with your qualification content, additional learning resources and step-by-step support to ensure success

Virtual learning support

To help you get the best learning experience, we provide high-quality facilities and technology. BPP University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and our intranet feature a variety of resources and revision aids, including interactive modules, podcasts, videos and multiple-choice tests.

As with all our programmes, we will help you sharpen your competitive edge. We want you to graduate with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to build a successful career, in whatever area of accountancy and finance you wish to enter.


*During the MSc Accounting and Finance, learners wishing to take advantage of the dual nature of the course and sit the external ACCA professional exams,will need to be registered with the ACCA and enter for the relevant examinations (at the student’s own responsibility and cost).


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