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Management Accounting, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
If you require a substantial grounding in the fundamentals of management accounting in different organisations and environments, this Management Accounting programme offered by The Open University UK is for you.


You will gain an applied knowledge and understanding of the purpose, principles and scope of management accounting. The Management Accounting programme offered by The Open University UK is designed for anyone interested in the role of management accounting in financial management, but is particularly suitable if you wish to qualify as a professional accountant. We strongly recommend that you study Financial accounting (B291) before this module, but both modules can be studied independently. 

Management accounting will help you develop an understanding of:

  • the principles, practices, techniques and limitations of management accounting
  • the quantitative methods used in management accounting and managerial finance
  • management theory and practice
  • economic theory in relation to business management.

This module will help you apply your knowledge and understanding of management accounting accurately to a range of issues, questions and problems. You will use established techniques to evaluate and interpret management accounting in a range of contexts. You will learn how to describe, apply, analyse and synthesise management theory, and economic theory and practice in relation to business management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

  • During the module you will examine different approaches to issues and problems in management accounting. 
  • You will explore how to communicate management accounting information effectively and appropriately. 
  • Spreadsheets, information and communication technologies, and fundamental business mathematics are some of the methods you will use.
  • You will develop the general practical and professional skills of management accounting and increase your awareness of relevant ethical issues for management accountants.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 2 module and you need to have a good knowledge of financial accounting, obtained either through OU level 1 study or by doing equivalent work at another university. 
  • Ideal preparation for this module would be our OU level 1 module Fundamentals in accounting (B124).
  • We strongly recommend that you study Financial accounting (B291) before this module if you wish to gain the Professional Certificate in Accounting.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      1464 GBP/full
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
    • EU/EEA

      1464 GBP/full
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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