MQF Level 6



October 2024
Module Type
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Module Description

This project aims to enable students to develop a more focused understanding of an accounting and/or related issue that is of interest to related stakeholders or society in general.

It relies on the knowledge and skills acquired in the modules studied and reinforces the critical mind-set that is expected of IDEA academy students.

This project brings together the knowledge and understanding gained during the accounting with management and analytics degree programme and allows students to apply and integrate their research skills, with the objective to critically investigate a topical issue within the broad area of accounting and/or its related areas (e.g. audit, risk, regulation, governance, financial markets, taxation, financial management).

This project is a self-directed project in which students identify a problem or question to investigate. Students will be assisted by a tutor and given guidance on how to prepare, plan and complete the research-led project.

By the end of this module, students are expected to be able to use their research skills effectively and to apply their competencies and knowledge to engage in situations simulating real-life professional tasks and assignments.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course will possess:

• A related qualification at MQF Level 4


• Two ‘A’ Levels (MQF Level 4) or equivalent one of which should be related to Accounts, Business or Economics and a pass in English Language and Mathematics at MQF Level 3 (‘O’ Level or equivalent).

• Preference will be given to applicants having 1 year work experience related to the study programme.

In the case of students who do not possess all the formal required academic qualifications, then the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process could be applied such that if evidence of equivalent learning is found then the applicant could still be accepted in the course.

Such RPL process will subject applicants to an interview held with a board of experts within the field, chosen specifically by IDEA Academy, so as to verify their experiences and prior learning.

Students whose first language is not English and do not possess an ‘O’ level pass in English Language will be required to demonstrate English language capability at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent. 

Target Audience

  • Individuals seeking to advance their academic and professional knowledge in Accounting.
  • Individuals wanting to pursue a wide range of accounting, consulting, financial and managerial career paths.
  • Individuals wanting to enhance their ability to interpret, assess and communicate financial related data.

Module / Unit Instructions

Module Components Structure:

  • Face-to-face sessions in the form of tutorials and online meetings with tutor
  • Self-study and Assessment hours in the form of literature review, data collection, data analysis and writing up of project

The tutor provides continual support during the different phases of the project.

Support will take the form of tutorials, discussions and brainstorming, together with feedback on drafts of study/chapter plans and written sections/chapters of the study.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of this module entails the submission of a final report on the project/dissertation of 10,000 words.

Prepare a written report that meets academic requirements pertaining to information collection and analysis and referencing of information sources.

Through the research process and writing of the project students are expected to demonstrate a sound ability in the:

  • Understanding of accountancy / business models
  • Application of accountancy / business models
  • Evaluation of information, process of analysis and drawing of conclusions and recommendations
  • Presentation of project findings in various ways including academic writing and oral presentations to target different audiences
  • Gathering of information and referencing
  • Use of Information technology
  • Self-reflection Skills
  • Communication skills (in the presentation)

Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Identify, plan, organise and engage in a research-based project or study.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply a range of appropriate research methods to investigate and produce a research-led report.
  • Reflect critically on theories and/or theoretical frameworks in addressing real-life accounting and business problems.
  • Apply appropriately a series of transversal skills to access data, analyse information, and synthesise knowledge.
  • Communicate analysis and findings effectively and generate appropriate recommendations.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Detect and address real-life accounting and business problems referring to key theories.
  • Formulate a research question and a research plan choosing the most adequate approach.
  • Identify main theories and/or theoretical frameworks pertinent to the area of study.
  • Understand the limitations of accounting techniques and the implications of such limitations.
  • Address problems through the process of identification of key issues, synthesis of information, effective use of analytical tools, and the presentation and critical evaluation of possible solutions.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Plan, organise and engage in a research-based project or study.
  • Apply a range of research methods to investigate an identified research question.
  • Access information effectively.
  • Analyse and synthesize data to establish findings.
  • Communicate findings effectively in writing and through an oral presentation, while also making appropriate recommendations.

Module-Specific Communication Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Communicate ideas, problems, and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate research skills to complete a project.
  • Critically investigate an identified issue within the area of accounting and/or related subjects.
  • Manage own time and learning to prepare, plan and complete a research-led project.
  • Reflect on the effective use and impact of accounting principles, theories, techniques, information to resolve accounting and other related issues.
  • Prepare a written report that meets academic requirements pertaining to information collection and analysis and referencing of information sources.
  • Reflect on the learning and competences achieved by completing the module and its impact on future professional development and employment.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will be able to:

  • Use digital tools effectively to follow their studies and engage with tutor.
  • Use information technology to collect information from a range of sources, to record and analyse financial data, and to present research findings.
  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.
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