MSc Strategic Accounting

Masters in Accounting with CIMA

1. Overview

The MSc in Strategic Accounting is a 1 year top up course for individuals who have completed all their CIMA examinations.

Applicants who have completed all their CIMA exams are given exemptions and can complete their MSc in one year.

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MSc Strategic Accounting (with CIMA) Course Brochure (PDF 107KB)

2. What you will study

Course Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information. 

3. How you will learn

Study through our Campus Moodle virtual learning environment (VLE) provides full open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The interactive online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and these include:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material

Once you have received an offer for the course, applicants are offered the chance to log into Campus Moodle for more information and to interact with staff and other applicants.

4. Entry requirements

Application for the course is open to those who are fully CIMA exam qualified. In addition students should hold one of the following: 

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Three years of relevant management level work experience.

Each application will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students who have successfully completed the BA Accounting (with CIMA Advanced Diploma) or BSc Accounting are eligible for entry and 10% alumni discount.

Candidates for whom English is not their first language must be able to demonstrate a suitable level in written and spoken English. This is demonstrated by the equivalent of an IELTS score of 6.5.

English Language Requirements

5. Student Funding

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

  • £3,430 .

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £4,650 .

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £4,490 .

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £4,350 .

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £3,700 Year 1
  • £4,200 Year 2
  • £4,200 for the Top-up option

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,500 Year 1
  • £4,000 Year 2
  • £4,000 for the Top-up option


All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

Applicants should apply using Apply Online
Further details are available from the Course Leader on:


Tel: +44 (0)1224 263405

8. Prospects

The MSc Strategic Accounting equips graduates with a real competitive advantage.

The profession is a highly regarded one, both in the UK and overseas - and both awards are very well known within the Industry. Opportunities for future careers exist within local, national and international companies in the areas of management accounting and financial accounting and also in commercial roles requiring financial analysis skills.

The University supports career development and offers online and offline advice, services and resources through the Careers Advisory Service.

“RGU has been nothing but supportive in every way possible, considering this is an on line distance learning degree I don't feel like I am tackling it alone at all!”

S McCormick

“The virtual learning environment and online library provided a one-stop-shop for everything I needed to know as a student.”

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Course length

1 year

Mode of Attendance

Online Distance Learning

Academic school
Aberdeen Business School
More information:
Strategic Accounting Course Leader +44 (0)1224 263405
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