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Year of Entry 2019/20

Forensic Accounting

Develop the specialist accounting skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in forensic investigation and dispute resolution.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £8,000 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • Increase your knowledge of the legal framework as it relates to the law of evidence
  • Study a range of modules covering other forensic related areas such as financial analysis and electronic crime
  • Access the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' member resources

This course will provide you with an insight into forensic accounting and specifically the two main subject areas of investigations and dispute advisory services. You increase your knowledge of the legal framework as it relates to the law of evidence, and undertake a range of modules covering other forensic related areas such as financial analysis and electronic crime.

Student view

Saad takes MSc Forensic Accounting at Sheffield Hallam. Outside of his studies, he's been busy learning new skills like jujitsu and juggling.

How you learn

Live projects You complete a major research-based project on a topic relevant to your future career development or academic interest. It enables you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained on the course and develop your research skills. Networking opportunities Students on this course are typically from all corners of the globe, providing opportunities to engage with different cultures and network whilst learning knowledge we believe will enable students to aim for positions in the hierarchies of management. Many of the tutors are from industry and are well connected with professional accountancy bodies, researching professional knowledge, developing professional syllabi and designing professional assessments. This ensures that you are at the cutting edge of applied professional knowledge, whilst also developing critical reflexivity, questioning established knowledge and imagining alternatives. The team delivering the course has strong links with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). We are also a member of the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Our graduates are well equipped for a range of careers as the course develops skills that are required by a broad range of industries in both the private and public sectors. We have a team of specialist recruitment advisers and run a range of careers and recruitment events.

Course leaders and tutors

Timothy Rutt
Timothy Rutt
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer

Applied learning

The modules you undertake allow you to develop an appreciation of forensic accounting work, including the nature and extent of financial crime and financial dispute resolution and then use the theoretical knowledge gained to consider the practical application of such knowledge.

You will develop the ability to research legal cases and present legal argument, consider the investigative process and develop an understanding of the most commonly used major software applications.

You learn through:

  • ethical reflection
  • research
  • critical evaluation
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • independent study
  • group work
  • tasks and exercises
  • projects
  • assessment and feedback

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • accounting-related professions
  • financial fraud detection
  • accountant
  • finance or accounting manager
  • financial controller
  • financial analyst
  • financial consultant
  • researcher or educator
  • career development in the police, legal and penal professions

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

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We are a member of the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Entry requirements

All students

Normally students must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field. If you don-t have a degree you may be considered if you have at least five years- professional accounting experience. You also need two appropriate references. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.0 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We may ask you for an interview before admissions are finalised. International students may be interviewed by telephone or e-mail.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Corporate Governance And Ethics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Forensic Accounting Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Forensic Accounting Applications Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Methods Of Enquiry: Research And Consultancy In Finance Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Electronic Crime Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Analysis Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Expert Witness In Criminal Litigation Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £8,000 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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