Professional Associations and Accreditation

Professional Associations and Accreditations

ACCA Academic Professional Partnership Programme

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is a global professional accounting body, based in the UK, with 208,000 qualified members. ACCA supports its members and students worldwide through partnerships with accountancy bodies and universities, allowing members to work internationally, complying with regulation in marketplaces worldwide.

The ACCA Academic Professional Partnership Programme (APPP) is designed for students who in addition to a Master's degree will sit ACCA Strategic Professional exams (i.e. the final level papers, for which exemptions are not available).

ACCA has recognised the MSc International Accounting programme under the APPP as qualifying in the preparation of students to sit ACCA Strategic Professional papers. Very few universities worldwide have achieved this level of recognition from ACCA.

MSc International Accounting

ACCA has reviewed our programme and confirmed to the University of Liverpool that our Pathway covers the following percentages to 80% or more of the ACCA syllabus:

Strategic Business Leader – 100%
Strategic Business Reporting – 100%

Options (two required):
Advanced Financial Management – 100%
Advanced Performance Management – 100%
Advanced Taxation – 100%
Advanced Audit and Assurance – 100%

Our MSc International Accounting has been designed from first principles to include modules aligned to these papers and we prepare qualifying students (those who enter the programme with passes or exemptions in all the ACCA Applied Knowledge Skills papers) to sit those papers, and cover the costs of entering students for the exams sat as part of the programme.


The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is a professional membership organisation that develops and supports over 150,000 chartered accountants around the world. Through technical knowledge, skills and expertise, it provides insight and leadership to the global accountancy and finance profession.

ICAEW is our strategic partner on the MSc Accounting programme. Completion of the programme achieves exemptions from 5 (of 6) Certificate Level ICAEW papers (and we also prepare and enter students for the sixth paper, Law) and all 6 Professional Level papers.

As part of the programme we prepare eligible students (those that gain ICAEW credit for prior learning for all Semester 1 exams) to sit two ICAEW Advanced Level papers (for which exemptions are not available), which take place in July:
• Corporate Reporting
• Strategic Business Management.

Therefore on completion of the MSc Accounting programme, successful students can be fully ICAEW exam qualified, with the exception of the Case Study paper, which needs to be sat in the final year of the student’s training contract.

Chartered Banker Institute

Students who complete this accredited course will be eligible to apply for Chartered Banker Member status with the Institute and utilise the Chartered Banker designation.

Established in 1875, the Chartered Banker Institute is the oldest professional banking body in the world, and the only one which is able to confer the professional designation of Chartered Banker - a mark of quality in the banking profession, recognised in the UK and internationally. It is a status that demonstrates expertise, experience and professionalism, and acts as a gateway to enhanced career opportunities.

The Chartered Banker Institute’s aims, as set out in the Institute’s Royal Charter, is to lead the re-professionalisation of UK banking contributing through this to rebuilding confidence in banks and bankers, and restoring pride in the banking profession.

The University of Liverpool in London has been recognised as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by the Chartered Banker Institute for the master’s programme in Banking and Finance. The Centre of Excellence status also recognises the University’s contribution to high quality research of interest to banking and wider financial services.

CFA Institute

The MSc Finance and Investment Management syllabus draws extensively from the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) programme curriculum and you will be supported to sit the CFA® Level I examination alongside your MSc programme studies. The CFA qualification is a globally recognised, postgraduate designation that provides a strong foundation of investment analysis and portfolio management skills along with the practical knowledge required in the modern finance and investment industry.

Successful candidates will therefore graduate with an MSc from a Russell Group institution and a pass at Level I of the CFA qualification.

The MSc Finance and Investment Management has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Programme. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programmes incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Programme Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK), which provides you with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions you well to sit for the CFA exams.

Why University of Liverpool Management School?
Learning to make a difference

Students studying MSc Accounting, MSc International Accounting, MSc Finance and Investment Management and MSc Banking and Finance all benefit from belonging to the University of Liverpool Management School, whilst being based at the London campus.

The University of Liverpool Management School works with today's leaders in business and management to prepare its students to be the leaders of the future. The school's mission is 'Learning to make a difference' and there is a fundamental belief that the purpose of the School's research and teaching is to develop students who are not only good managers, but individuals who are truly committed to making a difference. We hope that our students will use the knowledge and skills they gain here in their future roles to help solve some of the most endemic problems individuals, enterprises and communities face.

AACSB-Accredited, the University of Liverpool Management School is in the top 5% of business schools worldwide. Regarded as one of the most rigorous assessments, many top global recruiters will only consider candidates from AACSB-Accredited schools – a clear signal that our programmes respond to the needs of business and meet specific standards of excellence.