Forensic Accounting/ Forensic Accounting (Applied) MSc
Understand and critically evaluate the nature of, and motivations behind, fraud and financial crime – all while enhancing your skills and knowledge in accounting, finance and business - to develop your career prospects in forensic accounting roles with organisations worldwide.
Discover the compelling field of forensic accounting. This course covers fraud, financial crime and data analysis procedures – invaluable insight used by professionals in the search for criminal activity in both public and private sector organisations. It will prepare you to conduct fraud investigation and give expert testimony and litigation support for public and private sector organisations.
Learn about accounting scandals and incidences of fraud, and find out how they can be detected, prevented and deterred, with study of the legal environment in which forensic accounting operates. Discover digital forensics, including how to investigate digital artefacts, and find out how recent corporate failures in the UK, Italy and USA have led to conversations about the role of corporate governance and corporate social responsibilities.
You have the option to study this course one year full-time or two years full-time. The opportunity to study over two years will enable you to source, with the help of our dedicated careers team DMU Works and our expert academics, a three-month work experience in the field. Students have taken up placements in areas such as forensic accounting or counter fraud roles and projects, gaining invaluable real-world experience and an edge in the competitive field.
Applicants will normally hold an undergraduate degree in a business, law, accounting, finance, banking or economics-related subject with a minimum pass of 2:2, equivalent overseas qualification, or an equivalent professional qualification.
Applicants with legal background as well as anyone who has worked in an investigative or counter fraud roles such as police officers, tax personnel’s or managers will be considered on individual basis.
We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications.
English Language requirements
If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.
English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Fraud Examination and Investigation
- Financial Crime and Law
- Research Methods
- Digital Forensics Principles and Practice
- Governance and Social Responsibility
- Risk Management Part 1
- Assurance and Risk
Optional modules include
- Business Analytics
- Strategic and Financial Decision Making
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
2021/22 tuition fees
- UK/EU students: £7,500
- International students: £14,100
The course offers exemption from the Institute of Certified Forensic Accountants' (Canada-USA), examinations and, for students who have the required three years' practical experience, serves as a direct entry route to the Certified Professional Forensic Accountant certification.
Specialise in forensic accounting. This course is an opportunity for accountants, auditors, allied professionals and other practitioners seeking theoretical depth and practical insights into fraud investigation and litigation support.
The Department of Accounting and Finance has a strong work-related bias, offering professional, postgraduate and undergraduate courses.
You will develop an advanced understanding of accounting and finance issues for the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally, enhancing your career prospects with key financial skills sought after by many organisations.
About this institute
De Montfort University
De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...
Why study at De Montfort University
- Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
- In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
- TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
- Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
- 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.
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