BA (Honours) Forensic Accounting
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. Salaries of up to £22,000 are possible.
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.
We are also a member of the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners .