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How to get a master’s degree in six months

Shagufa’s story shows what can be achieved with dedication and hard work

November 2017

Thanks to an innovative collaboration between the University of London and ACCA, Shagufa Jamaldeen (FCCA) has completed a Master’s in Professional Accountancy with distinction in just six months.
Jamaldeen, who works for the Dubai Center for Special Needs, has been an ACCA member for over 20 years. She chose the distance-learning master’s degree as the ideal opportunity to boost her professional qualifications in a quick and cost-effective manner.
The Master’s in Professional Accountancy works by crediting the three ACCA modules you study for your ACCA qualification (P1 to P3) towards the requirements for the master’s degree. In turn, the ACCA accepts two of the modules in place of P4 and P5 for those who haven’t yet completed them.
This allows professionally qualified accountants at an advanced stage of their ACCA qualification to gain a prestigious master’s degree by taking as few as two modules.
That is precisely what Jamaldeen did, completing with distinction in under six months.

“As a mid-level professional, I found it challenging and rewarding,” she said. “Even for two modules, it still required commitment and self-discipline. I studied for an average of four hours per day, ensuring I was consistent.”
Studying independently also provided some unique advantages, she discovered, as modern technology helps to harvest a strong sense of community.
“The degree gave me the opportunity to network with a large group of ACCA members from all over the world, which was a unique and memorable experience,” she said.

New ways to view workplace issues:
So why might a qualified accountant consider adding an academic qualification to their CV? Jamaldeen found the ‘well-developed’ programme relevant to workplace issues, while it also allowed her to add further perspectives and skills to her repertoire.
“It focused on current topics to ensure that accountants get a global perspective and addressed global issues that finance professionals are facing in the workplace,” she said.
“As a result of pursuing this degree I am able to look at these workplace issues from a global ‘macro’ point of view.”

The programme to pursue:
What advice does Jamaldeen have for anyone who might be considering the programme?
Essentially, you should weigh up the commitment and go for it, she said. “If you are looking to pursue a master’s programme with a global perspective that is relevant to accounting and finance professionals and is awarded by a well-recognised university then this is the programme to pursue.”
And what of those already registered and studying? Keep going, and keep your connections hot, was her advice. “It’s a rewarding and fulfilling programme that you have chosen to pursue, so continue to commit the time and network with fellow students as completion is near.”
The Master’s in Professional Accountancy has two intakes per year. The next deadline is in December – see londoninternational.ac.uk

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