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Qualification base widened

MSc or MBA? CIPFA members have plenty of choices for online professional development

September 2015

CIPFA is now able to offer its students and members two online Masters qualifications, thanks to a new a tie up with Leeds Beckett University. PQs across the world will be able to take the Executive MBA and MSc Accounting courses, which will also enable members to continue their professional development online.
Launched at the annual CIPFA conference in July, the Executive MBA and MSc Accounting (top up) courses are delivered 100% online. This provides flexibility and convenience, and have been chosen precisely to address the issues faced by today’s accountancy professionals.
“Just from reading the papers you can tell that public sector accountants have to deal with challenges not just to deliver efficiency savings but to re-engineer public services in times of austerity. This offers some tough challenges and requires enhanced skills to meet them,” said Edmund Hewson, director of distance learning at Leeds Beckett University. “That is one of the key reasons we are working with CIPFA to offer two online Masters qualifications to CIPFA members.”
CIPFA members can be fast-tracked through Leeds Beckett University’s online Executive MBA. Developed initially with Pearson, the MBA is delivered by Leeds Beckett’s own research-active Leeds Business School, situated within the Faculty of Business and Law. A clear navigational structure to the programme, including access to extensively digitised online resources and personal tutor support, provides motivation and supports the students’ progress through the programme. The exemptions available to CIPFA members due to their prior accounting learning and experience mean that the course can be completed in either 18 months (full members who are exempt four modules) or 21 months (associate members who are exempt three modules). Included is a Business Consultancy project which can, of course, be real-world and directly relevant to the student’s employer or role.

Critical skills
Furthermore, accountants wanting to add a Masters to their CIPFA qualification can study Leeds Beckett University’s online MSc in Accounting (top up). This course is designed to supplement the professional learning in the qualification by cultivating and enhancing the critical skills of research and synthesis.
While a Contemporary Issues paper provides the bridge between professional and academic learning, the research and dissertation component is really the heart of the course: teaching students about research methods skills as they work to produce a detailed report on a subject of their choice, which again may indeed be relevant to issues in their career.
• Edmund Hewson, Director of distance learning, Leeds Beckett University

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