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Guide to studying Accounting & Finance

Accounting & Finance
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Accounting & Finance is a degree for lovers of money
and numbers

What is Accounting & Finance?

Accounting & Finance is concerned with the concepts of money, business and management, with an emphasis on professional careers in this area. 

The terms 'Accounting' and 'Finance' are not necessarily synonymous with one another. Accounting is concerned with a range of information analysis, for many different aspects of a business. Finance on the other hand is concerned solely with the monetary funds of said business. 

Why study Accounting & Finance?

This type of degree is particularly appropriate for those who enjoy mathematics but who also long to apply these skills to the context of business and increase one's awareness of everything that goes with it, be it management, business law or economics.

Another benefit to Accounting & Finance is the potential for joint honours, and studying abroad. Joint honours allows a student to put their eggs in more than one basket, and provides variety to the university experience, while the opportunity to study abroad allows students to see more of the world while simultaneously developing their knowledge in their course, in this case Accounting & Finance.

What qualifications do I need?

Entry requirements depend on the institution. Check with any institution you choose, as standards are subject to change.

Check out our Course Chooser to filter your search results by Subject, Institution, Region, Type of Qualification and Mode of Study.

Coursework, Assessment & Exams

  • Modular structured course, providing vital core modules for base knowledge, embellished by flexible optional modules, allowing tailoring and specialisation into certain areas. 
  • Often, seminar involvement will be monitored by staff as a means of ongoing assessment. 
  • Generally speaking, assessment is done through examination, although coursework and verbal presentations are common place. 
  • Always check your chosen institution and the course that they offer. 

What degree can I get?

Examples of the kinds of degrees available in this field are:

  • BA Hons Accounting
  • BA Hons Finance
  • BA Hons Accounting & Finance

This subject area is also suited to joint honours degrees. Common degrees to couple with Accounting & Finance are Economics, Mathematics, and International business.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Postgraduates have tons of opportunities in both jobs and further education. Countless institutions offer MA Accounting & Finance, MSc Accounting & Finance, as well as Pre-Masters Accounting, PgDip in Business Management and Accounting. Use our Course Chooser to refine your search for Postgraduate Accounting & Finance courses. 

Graduate job prospects 

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Professional employment refers to a job that usually requires a degree.

** Non-professional employment refers to a job that does not usually require a degree. 

  • For the full list of destinations for graduates of Accounting & Finance and all other university subjects, read What Do Graduates Do?
  • For the full list of professional and non-professional salaries for graduates of all university subjects, read What Do Graduates Earn? 

What are the jobs opportunities?

Jobs for Accounting & Finance graduates can often be found in the big multinational professional services firms, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)Deloitte and KPMG

These are large companies, employing hundreds of thousands of professionals in accountancy, auditing, investment banking and many other fields. Due to their size and reputation, these companies tend to have very strict and high level entry standards.

Insurance companies are also big employers, as are high street banks.

Among the jobs that are directly related to an Accounting & Finance degree are:

  • Accounting Technician
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Investment Banker
  • Stockbroker
  • Tax Adviser

A degree in Accounting & Finance is also useful in the following jobs:

  • Actuary
  • Data Analyst
  • Economist
  • Retail Banker

Where to get more information 

  • Association of International Accountants (AIA): www.aiaworldwide.com
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA): www.cipfa.org
  • Financial Skills Partnership (FSP): www.financialskillspartnership.org.uk
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) – Careers: careers.icaew.com
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS): www.icas.com