A fast-track qualification for non-accounting graduates who want to pursue a career in accounting or finance.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting at Ulster University is designed to offer you a route to become a Chartered/Certified Accountant
The course is suitable for students with little or no previous knowledge of accounting and finance who wish to study these subjects further, or who wish to undertake postgraduate studies in accounting and finance but lack the depth of knowledge necessary to study at Master’s level.
Throughout this fast-track programme, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of accounting, finance and business.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting will also help you to enhance your personal skills, as well as the subject-specific and professional skills you will need to be successful as an accountant.
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
Financial accounting provides the student with an understanding of the concepts underpinning financial reporting for sole traders and partnerships.
To provide students with an opportunity to study for a first time the concepts and processes used to determine product and service costs and to apply these to a range of costing and accounting systems and how this contributes to the achievement of organisational objectives.
Audit and Assurance
This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of auditing combined with the practical application of auditing principles and the issues encountered in a financial reporting and audit environment. It identifies the skills that a professional auditor must have and how best to utilise those skills in today's challenging business environment.
Financial Reporting builds on the concepts and principles relating to sole traders and partnerships set out in Financial Accounting by broadening the area of financial reporting to include limited companies and the preparation of group financial statements.
Management Accounting in Practice
Having completed this module the student will be able to: understand the role of the management accountant and how this contributes to the achievement of organisational objectives; understand the role of modern management accounting practices which enable organisations to develop and assess performance; and apply appropriate management decision tools to a specified range of scenarios.
Corporate Financial Reporting
Corporate Financial Reporting provides the student with an understanding of both accounting theory and the practical application of international financial reporting standards.
This module looks at the role and importance of finance and financial management within the process of managerial decision making. It will enable students to understand the principles, techniques and theories of financial management, investment appraisal and working capital control and to provide relevant information and advice to both organisations and individuals. It will cover subjects such as:
The Financial Environment.
Working Capital Management
Finance and the individual.
Knowledge of taxation is essential to students intending to pursue a career in Accounting and is an essential part of most financial and economic decision making. This module provides a fundamental detailed study of the main aspects of the UK tax system, including Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Tax and Ethics, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, Value Added Tax.
The module also requires a critical evaluation of modern issues/ethical dilemmas.
Governance, Risk and Ethics
The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the corporate governance, risk management and ethical challenges organisations face today. The module aims to investigate the key components for securing the highest standards of effective corporate governance.
Law for Accountants
This module develops an understanding of the legal system and how it works. It gives a knowledge of and experience in applying the rules of contract, agency, employment and company law considered to be of importance to the accountant in private practice.