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Eight Reasons to Study an Accounting & Finance Degree

For those considering a degree in Accounting & Finance but need further convincing, the Complete University Guide lends its expertise. Here are 8 compelling reasons to study Accounting & Finance:

1. Excellent graduate prospects 

Just check out our Accounting & Finance subject table, look down the Graduate Prospects column and you'll spot that students of accounting stand a decent chance of being professionally employed within 6 months of leaving uni. 

2. Graduate schemes

As our Top Graduate Employers table proves, many of the UK's graduates are employed by financial services firms, with KPMG, Deloitte, and PwC, numbering just a few. Naturally these sort of firms are on the lookout for outstanding Accounting & Finance students to fill the places on their graduate schemes. Study accounting and there's a good chance you'll find yourself working for an established company with a structured training programme and clear career progression.

3.  The world needs its accountants

As long as money makes it go round, the world will need its accountants. Sure, accountants and finance professionals have to move with the times and stay up-to-date, but the profession is unlikely to expire anytime soon.  

4. You could work in any industry

Accountants record, classify, summarise, interpret and communicate the financial information about a business. You can apply this to any company, in any field, industry, sector – you name it. Better still, you could be working across a number of industries. 

5. Internationally diverse cohort

Subjects which fall under the broad spectrum of Business and Administrative Studies, including Accounting & Finance, benefit from the most culturally diverse student cohort of all. Over 55,000 of the UK's students in this area come from overseas. A diverse cohort will not only expose you to people of different cultures but can provide you with an international network of contacts who could prove influential later in life.

6. Joint honours

Accounting & Finance complements other subject areas very well, particularly those which fall under the large umbrella of business. A number of universities offer courses to reflect this fact. Study for a joint honours degree to become a broad business person, an accountant with a second language (particularly useful in a global marketplace), or simply combine with another passion of yours.

Here's a list of Accounting & Finance degrees at Queen's University Belfast, it'll give you an idea of what's available.

7. Real-life application

Accounting & Finance degrees often take a highly practical approach, meaning universities ensure their students learn by doing. Students benefit from simulated and real-life opportunities to manage business accounts. Many Accounting & Finance courses have an optional placement year, and with a year in industry under your belt you'll surely leave prepared for the rigours of professional life.

Here's a list of Accounting & Finance degrees with a year in industry. Click on courses for more details including contact details and entry requirements.

8. Year abroad opportunities

Business is a global enterprise these days, and it would be silly for Accounting & Finance education providers to not reflect this fact. Hence why so many do. A year abroad will provide students with a deep understanding of the global economy, experience of other cultures, and language skills.

Here's a list of Accounting & Finance degrees with a year abroad. Click on courses for more details including contact details and entry requirements.