BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in Forensic Accounting | Asia Pacific University (APU)

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BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with a specialism in Forensic Accounting

Duration:
3 Years (6 Semesters)

Award:
APU, Malaysia

Intakes:
19 Nov 2019
25 Feb 2020
​28 Apr 2020

Embracing the Wave of Industry Revolution 4.0

This programme is specifically designed to provide:

  • Knowledge & skills in identifying, investigating and examining evidence skills, including the processes in how to identify financial statement misrepresentation, transaction reconstruction, tax evasion and other improper accounting activities.
  • Accounting skills for use in litigation - civil, criminal and corporate world.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills related to forensic accounting.
  • Abilities in building and presenting a fraud case and understanding the impact it can have on an organisation.

Admission Requirements:

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 1 OF THE DEGREE:
STPM • Successful completion of STPM with 2 full passes or equivalent with minimum CGPA of 2.33  and completion of SPM or equivalent with credit in Mathematics and pass in English.
A-LEVEL• Successful completion of A-Level with 2 full passes or equivalent and completion of O-Level/SPM or equivalent with credit in Mathematics.
UEC• Credit passes (Grade B) in 5 Subjects including Mathematics.
MATRICULATION/ FOUNDATION• Successful Completion of APU Foundation / Matriculation with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 and completion of SPM/O-Level or equivalent with credit in Mathematics and pass in English.
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 2 OF THE DEGREE:
DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING / DIPLOMA IN FINANCE• Successful completion of the APU/APIIT Diploma or
• Successful completion of Studies in another recognised institute with academic credits equivalent to Level 1 of an Honours Degree

Any qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

Malaysian Students 

Band 4 in Malaysian Unified English Test (MUET) or IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent is required for Malaysian Students. Applicants who do not possess the above will be required to sit for the APU English Placement Test, and based on the outcome of the test may be required to attend APU Intensive English Programme (IEP) prior to commencement of the Degree Programme.

International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements
FOUNDATION AND DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES • IELTS : 4.0 
• TOEFL PBT : 397 
• TOEFL IBT : 30-31 
• Pearson (PTE) : 30 
• MUET : Band 2
BACHELOR (HONS) DEGREE PROGRAMMES• IELTS : 5.0 (5.5*) 
• TOEFL PBT : 410-417 (450-497*)
• TOEFL IBT : 35-45 (46-59*) 
• Pearson (PTE) : 36 (42*) 
• MUET : Band 3 (Band 4*)

*Only applicable for Actuarial Studies and Banking and Finance programmes.

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment. 

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents. 

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


What you will study

DEGREE LEVEL 1

This level provides a valuable platform of knowledge to the study of accounting in the modern world. Students will be equipped with mathematical, communication skills and be conversant in the technical language and practices of the accounting sector in the market economy. It also provides students with an understanding of the legal, business and social environment in which accounting operates.

Entrepreneurial skills focusing on understanding the principles and concepts of entrepreneurship, generating business ideas, and also in managing small businesses is also introduced in this level.

Common Modules

  • Quantitative and Statistical Methods
  • Introduction to Management
  • Business and Communication Skills
  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Business Economics
  • Islamic Finance
  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-Curricular Activities.

DEGREE LEVEL 2

This level provides the introduction to practices of forensic accounting and relationship to auditing in setting characteristics by reliance on information technology. This area of understanding will be supported by Introduction to Forensic Accounting, Auditing and Assurance, and Advanced Auditing.

The programme also offers the benefit of training in the SAP system, the world-leading enterprise software suite. The students will have the hands-on training with the system in the lab and ensures that they will be thoroughly acquainted with this important software application.

At this level, all students are introduced to the Business Research Methods which exposes them to how to write research proposals and conduct research.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to taxation
  • Financial Management
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Integrated Business Processes with SAP ERP System
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Business Research Methods
  • Management Accounting Techniques
  • Company Law
  • Introduction To Forensic Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing

INTERNSHIP (16 WEEKS)

At APU, we encourage our students to be entrepreneurial and innovative. After the completion of Level 2, students will undertake a short internship/industrial training of a minimum of 16 weeks. This will provide our students opportunities to engage with realworld business problems both in our programmes and in our renowned Professional Training placements.

DEGREE LEVEL 3

In this level students are provided with a detailed study of audit, examination and investigation issues from a financial perspective. Often, this will involve the preparation for a court case where forensic accountants are presented by expert witnesses. In some cases, forensic accountants are used as a proactive measure to find areas for potential concern. This area of understanding will be supported by Advanced Forensic Accounting, Forensic Accounting & Legal Environment and Forensic Auditing & Information Technology. All students at Level 3 will have to undertake an investigation module and a supervised project in their respective discipline. This project will further develop the academic and practical aspects of the student’s chosen area of study and reinforces independent learning skills.

Common Modules

Specialised Modules
  • Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Business Analysis
  • Financial Technology Services
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Advanced Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic Auditing and Information Technology
  • Forensic Accounting and Legal Environment
  • Investigation in Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic Accounting Project

Note: The specialism will only appear in the academic transcript.

MQA Compulsory Subjects*

  • Ethnic Relations (M’sian Students)
  • Islamic & Asian Civilisation (M’sian Students)                                         
  • Malaysian Studies (Int’l Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Workplace Professional Communication Skills
  • Employee & Employment Trends
  • Co-Curriculum

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)


Career Options:

  • Forensic Accountant
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Audit Consultant
  • Forensic Advisor
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Investigative Accountant
  • Accounts Manager

Upon completion of B.A (Hons) in Accounting & Finance (with a specialism in Forensic Accounting), students are eligible for exemptions in the below Professional Accounting Bodies. Students who articulate from the APU Diploma Programme will be granted exemptions based on the prevalent policy of the relevant professional bodies.


Course Fees:

Malaysian StudentsInternational Students

Year 1: RM 26,700
Year 2: RM 28,200
Year 3: RM 29,400
Total: RM 84,300

Year 1: RM 27,600 (USD 6,900)
Year 2: RM 28,900 (USD 7,230)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)

Total: RM 86,400 (USD 21,610)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.

(R344/6/0376) (07/20) (A6227)

All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.