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1 year full time, 3 years distance learning
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About the course

Course content

Designed to equip those working within or intending to join the internal audit profession with the conceptual understanding, knowledge and skills to contribute positively to the organisations that they work for, our Internal Audit Management and Consultancy course will help to develop you into a director, manager or consultant in today's challenging but rewarding audit sector. 

Close ties with the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors UK & Ireland (IIA UKI) and accreditation from the Internal Auditing Educators Partnership program from the IIA Inc. ensures our course is fresh and relevant. 

Our course is designed to enhance your skills and train you to become a qualified internal auditor, manager and head of department. Past graduates have gone on to work with high-profile organisations, including Cancer Research UK, the Department of Work and Pensions and Royal Bank of Scotland. 

With the drive across the globe for integrated reporting to increase transparency, increased regulation such as the introduction of the Sarbanes Oxley Act in the US, and the general publics access to real time information, boards and their audit committees are ever more in need of independent and objective assurance and internal audit has a vital role to play in providing this.

What's covered in the course?

This course covers not just the operational aspects of internal auditing, but also the strategic and tactical. It considers internal audit’s role in many key risk areas that organisations face, such as ethics, CSR and sustainability, and examines how internal audit can influence an organisation and be a catalyst for change. It also looks at innovation within an organisation and specifically for internal audit, and you will have the opportunity to complete a research project of your choice relating to the field. 

We encourage your communication and confidence with active learning methods, such as group work, seminars, debates and quizzes. The assessments are designed to mirror an internal auditor’s working life as far as possible, and many students comment on how this has helped them improve their skills at work.

Why Choose Us?

-We are an established team with over 20 years’ experience of delivering courses accredited by the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Internal Auditing Educations Partnerships (IAEP). 
-We now boast a Route to Chartered Status from the IIA UK. 
-The Centre prides itself on its extremely high pass rates. 
-The lecture team is supported by guest speakers, who regularly visit to provide valuable practitioner insight. 
-We get to know our students as individuals and support their specific needs, or signpost them to other areas of the University that can provide additional, complimentary support. 
-The delivery is flexible so you can choose full-time or part-time with block release and distance learning as options. This means you can fit your studies alongside work and personal commitments.

Course Structure

Our course is available to study in a range of options, ensuring you don’t have to miss out. 

You can choose to study one year full-time or three years part-time, with qualifications achieved at the end of each year: 
-Term / Year One – Postgraduate Certificate 
-Term / Year Two – Postgraduate Diploma 
-Term / Year Three – Master’s (MSc) 

Distance Learning 
This course is also offered as a distance learning option, enabling you to study at a time that suits you. You don’t have to attend any face-to-face sessions, and delivery of course materials is done through our e-learning platform, Moodle. Each module with an exam has a revision day which, although not mandatory, you should highly consider attending. If you can’t make it, supporting materials are made available via Moodle. 

If you’re an international student, you can sit your examinations at your British council offices for a fee payable locally of around £100 per examination. 

Block Release 
This option sees you attend intense face-to-face teaching on campus from Monday to Friday for each module, one a term for years one and two. In year three the block weeks take place in the first term for both modules in order to support early initiation of your research project. 

This option also provides the flexibility to incorporate some distance learning, to accommodate your work and personal commitments. You can do this at no extra charge and with no penalties. 

All modules are tested by assignment, except for 
-Organisation environment risks and controls which has an assignment and a 27 hour test to be completed remotely 
-Organisational Leadership which is a closed book exam 
-Professional Innovation and Development which is a presentation (which can be done remotely over Skype, for example) and reflective diary


There are planned field trips each term to local organisations. These trips will be accompanied by a seminar from a visiting professor on a related topic. 

We also have a guest speaker programme, bringing the working world into the University. These talks are delivered in the block weeks, and presentations are posted on Moodle so that they are available to everyone. 

All assignments are grounded in the real working organisations, allowing students to apply their knowledge into a real working environment. 

Skills assessment takes place at the start of each term and students are encouraged to create a development plan to enhance their skills and work experience over the duration of the course. Lecturers will support students in finding opportunities to support this wherever possible. 

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