The degree gave me the opportunity to network with a large group of ACCA members from all over the world, which was a unique and memorable experience
Shagufa, who works for the Dubai Center for Special Needs, has been an ACCA member for over 20 years. She chose our distance learning master's degree as the ideal opportunity to boost her professional qualifications in a quick and cost-effective manner.
The Master's in Professional Accountancy works by crediting the three modules you study for your ACCA qualification (P1 to P3) towards the requirements for our master's degree. In turn, the ACCA accepts two of our modules in place of P4 and P5 for those who haven't yet completed them.
This allows professionally qualified accountants to gain a prestigious master's degree by taking as few as two modules. That is precisely what Shagufa did, completing with Distinction in under six months.
"Challenging and rewarding"
"As a mid-level professional, I found it challenging and rewarding," she said. "Even for two modules, it still required commitment and self-discipline. I studied for an average of four hours per day, ensuring I was consistent."
Studying independently also provided some unique advantages, she discovered, as modern technology helps to harvest a strong sense of community.
"The degree gave me the opportunity to network with a large group of ACCA members from all over the world, which was a unique and memorable experience," she said.
"The Student Café on the Portal and a private WhatsApp group of fellow students also helped to discuss weekly topics."
My greatest development was the ability to write focused and concise responses to assignments within the word limit.
New ways to view workplace issues
So, why might a qualified accountant consider adding an academic qualification to their CV? Shagufa found the 'well-developed' programme relevant to workplace issues, while it also allowed her to add further perspectives and skills to her repertoire.
"It focused on current topics to ensure that accountants get a global perspective and addressed global issues that finance professionals are facing in the workplace," she said.
"As a result of pursuing this degree I am able to look at these workplace issues from a global 'macro' point of view.
"My greatest development was the ability to write focused and concise responses to assignments within the word limit," she added. "Given the size and scope of the research material that is available, that was a challenge."
"This is the programme to pursue"
What advice does Shagufa have for anyone who might be considering the programme? Essentially, you should weigh up the commitment and go for it, she says.
"If you are looking to pursue a master's programme with a global perspective that is relevant to accounting and finance professionals and is awarded by a well-recognised university then this is the programme to pursue."
And what of those already registered and studying? Keep going, and keep your connections hot, she says.
"It's a rewarding and fulfilling programme that you have chosen to pursue, so continue to commit the time and network with fellow students as completion is near."