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BA (Honours) Forensic Accounting

Join the fight against fraud and set yourself apart from other accounting graduates.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS N490 Course code

Course description

What you study
Specialise in forensic accounting and differentiate yourself in the competitive accounting sector. You gain the educational grounding and intellectual development to take full advantage of career opportunities as they arise. And if you choose a career as a forensic accountant or in some other investigative role, you will have a head start on other graduates.

Key areas include • forensic investigation • forensic dispute resolution • financial accounting • corporate and criminal law • taxation • managing financial risks • ethics, social responsibility, and corporate governance.

In the first year, you learn the main principles of accounting and finance and familiarise yourself with the business environment, through the use of business games. We also provide you with opportunities to develop vital IT and numerical skills.

You deepen your understanding of the role and scope of financial accounting in your second year and explore related areas such as financial risk. You also learn about the environment in which forensic accountants operate, through modules on electronic crime and fraud evidence and expert witness.

Work placements in the UK and overseas
In year three, you have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve gained by taking a one-year paid work placement. This is a great way to improve your industry knowledge with real insight and experience. It also enables you to build an eye-catching CV to impress future employers, and many students find jobs with their placement companies after graduating.

Due to our strong relationships with regional, national and international employers, we can help you to secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there. There are no tuition fees for the placement year and salaries of up to £22,000 are possible.

Work-based learning
In the final year, you gain extra insight into your accounting specialism by evaluating forensic accounting techniques and forensic investigation in professional work contexts. This is designed to be your final preparation for employment as a forensic accountant.

Exemptions from professional exams
Following successful completion of your first year, you are awarded the CIMA Business Certificate. This forms the basis of the CIMA Professional Qualification and is valuable when seeking placements or graduate jobs regardless of the qualification you may go on to study after university.

In your second year, you have the opportunity to gain industry-recognised qualifications from Sage and Excel.

Upon graduation, you can achieve 7 exemptions from ACCA, 6 exemptions from CIMA, 5 exemptions from ICAEW and 5 exemptions from the IFA.

Professional body membership
Your student membership fees for Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for your second and final years of study are paid by the University allowing you to have full access to their member resources to help you complete your specialist modules.

Enhanced study experience
We embed a wide range of extras into your course to enhance your study experience and to give you greater employability and technical skills after graduating. Visit the enhanced study media box below to view examples of our many initiatives.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA), CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW). For further information relating to professional bodies and exemptions, please see the course description section of this page.

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

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

We expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement an interest in and awareness of accounting or some level of practical experience.

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS Points, including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications We accept AS levels and general studies


• 104 UCAS Points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National Qualifications . We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• management accounting • financial accounting • financial analysis for business • business economics • law, corporate governance, and ethics • the professional accountant

Year two modules

• electronic crime • financial accounting and reporting • fraud evidence and expert witness • financial risk management • corporate law, audit and regulation • understanding and managing financial roles

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year modules

• forensic investigation • forensic accounting techniques • corporate reporting • principles of taxation • audit and assurance • financial decision making or career management and development

  • individual reports and essays
  • multiple choice and phase tests
  • group and individual presentations
  • consultancy projects
  • group work tasks
  • examinations


Forensic accounting is one of the fastest growing areas of accounting and offers a career that is varied, interesting and financially rewarding. In recent years forensic accounting techniques have been used to resolve disputes over financial settlements in divorce cases throughout the world, including those of high profile film, music and sports stars. Many high profile fraud investigations will also have had the involvement of a forensic specialist.

Most organisations and businesses need professional financial expertise. This course equips you for careers in accounting, investigative and finance-related areas in • a professional accountancy firm • industry • commerce • retail • finance.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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