Our fully online and part-time Masters in Accounting and Society focuses on the wider, non-technical aspects of accounting which have a broader impact on organisations and society. Learn more about social responsibility, the political dimension to accounting standard setting and regulation, as well as how to design management control and governance systems that can cope with organisational complexities.

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Programme overview

Through studying for this Master's degree online you will learn how accounting, the accounting profession, and various calculative practices impact on the management and governance of organisations, cultural formations, and the definition of economic and social relationships. The MSc focuses on three key strands: Accounting, Culture and Society, and The Accounting Profession, as well as Communication, Governance and Control.

Learning outcomes

Programme structure

This is a 3 year fully online part-time course which can fit around your existing work commitments. Professional accountants will be able to gain exemption from year one and thus the Masters will be taken over 2 years with 5 courses in total as well as a research project which is completed in the final semester. For 2017, this programme will only be available to professional accountants but we anticipate that it will open up to others in the future.

Programme structure

Valued by Professional Accounting Bodies

This Master's degree, also an ICAEW Strategic Partnership Degree, was founded as a result of discussions with a number of Professional Accounting Bodies and is also being recognised as a professional and personal development opportunity for their members by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS), The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) as well as other member bodies of Chartered Accountants Worldwide.

Professional associations

Studying online

This particular Master's degree will be taught using a variety of course resources and learning materials and will be delivered through means such as: online discussion forums, real-time virtual classes (anticipated to be twice a month), recorded lectures and tutorials, electronic textbook resources, weekly study plans, as well as access to online electronic resources of the University of Edinburgh Library. This format is ideal for people who wish to gain a world-class award while maintaining existing commitments.

Studying online