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ACCA and University of London launch ground-breaking Masters programme

ACCA and the University of London join to launch the first ever world-class Masters programme integrated with a prestigious professional qualification

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and the University of London have today agreed to offer a ground-breaking Masters programme to be made available to ACCA students and members around the world.

This marks the first time an accountancy body has joined with a university to enable students across the globe to gain a Masters’ degree and a professional accountancy qualification at the same time.

The combination of ACCA’s unparalleled global network of students and members, alongside the University of London’s unrivalled network of accredited teaching institutions will present a powerful partnership.

Helen Brand OBE, ACCA chief executive said: “We are delighted to be the first professional accountancy body to be able to deliver this type of programme, meaning ACCA now directly offers choice from a complete suite of professional and academic qualifications. ACCA has a long history of working with academic partners and is proud of the opportunities these partnerships offer to our students and members. Consistent with this, providing global access to a prestigious Masters qualification as part of ACCA’s professional qualification will offer our students and members the opportunity to enhance their employability even further.

“Through our strong global relationships, we know that employers in many markets place a very high value on finance leaders having both a professional and a Masters qualification. We also know ACCA’s flexibility and portability are big factors for students when making their decision about which path to take, and ACCA, and the University of London have just increased that access and flexibility.”

Sir Adrian Smith FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, commented: “The University is pleased to partner with ACCA to offer this pioneering programme to ACCA students and members worldwide.”

“This programme fits well with the University of London portfolio of over 100 international programmes which are offered in collaboration with our internationally renowned colleges in pursuit of our 156 year old widening access mission to learners worldwide. The programme will support students utilising modern online tools and interactive learning activities in addition to offering a range of learning support available through our well established community of teaching institutions and online tutors. Students successfully graduating from this programme will complement their professional skills with masters’ level outcomes to support their career development.”

Ahmad Darwish, Board Member and Secretary General of the Accountants and Auditors Association in the UAE (AAA), said: “This masters degree is a benefit to ACCA members and students on their journey with the global body for professional accountants.

“Together with achieving the Oxford Brookes bachelors degree, and then after obtaining ACCA membership and becoming eligible to apply for the AAA (UAE Accountants and Auditors Association) membership to be UAECA qualified, will ensure that our students and members can be the complete finance professionals ACCA has continually worked to produce for employers here in the UAE, as well as around the world.”

The Masters programme will be available from early 2016 and will be delivered through online and local institutional support, in association with UCL. Further details relating to the routes for ACCA students and members will be available in March 2015.