Forensic accounting and the related discipline of forensic audit are fast-developing areas in the commercial world. The major professional accounting firms now have departments offering forensic accounting and audit services, and the demand for expertise in this area is growing exponentially.
There is a need for people with specialist skills who can undertake fraud investigations, valuations, assist in dispute resolution, prepare expert reports, and conduct fraud and forensic analysis.
Additionally, you will be required to evaluate the principles of good corporate governance and the integrity of management, and understand the role of computer forensic techniques in an investigatory and legal context.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
Forensic Audit and Accounting
An introduction to the principles of forensic audit and accounting, including theoretical concepts allied to investigation and analysis.
Computer Forensics and Crime Investigations
Introduction to techniques and practices of computer forensics, applied to practical problems encountered by forensic accounting investigators.
Audit, Assurance and Professional Ethics
An appreciation of the knowledge, skills and professional judgement needed in a variety of audit and assurance engagements.
The systems by which companies are directed and controlled, and their implication for fraud prevention and abuses of power.
Expert Witnesses and Dispute Resolution
The role of an expert, including dispute resolution methods, legal and procedural requirements for experts in pre-trial and court situations.
The legal and regulatory framework of information systems, and the application of law on computer crime and misuse.
An appreciation of the academic research process and the underlying elements and principles, developing the skills to critically evaluate and conduct postgraduate research.
A significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.
Learning and teaching methods
The course is delivered full-time through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer workshops, case study analysis and discussion groups. You will be exposed to real-life situations and given the skills and opportunities to find practical solutions. You will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art computer forensic and data analysis software.
Employment opportunities are numerous, from specialist firms of forensic accountants to specialist departments within accountancy firms. There are many opportunities in the public and regulatory sectors, as well as employment prospects in commercial organisations, as part of investigatory, internal audit, and compliance departments. Recent graduates from this course are employed in the forensic accounting department of a ‘Big Four’ accountancy firm, and as a Fraud Investigator for a national public sector auditor.
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