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Seven reasons to study Accounting & Finance

For those considering a degree in Accounting & Finance but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are seven compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Excellent graduate prospects

Look at our Accounting & Finance subject table, and you can see that the graduate prospects scores are pretty high. This means that students stand a decent chance of being professionally employed within six months of graduating.

2. The world needs accountants

The world of money is constantly evolving, so accountants and financial professionals have to move with the times to stay up to date. Despite this, money isn't going anywhere, and it's likely that there will always be a demand for professional number crunchers.

3. 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 and sector. In many jobs, you could be working with a variety of clients, thus working across a number of different industries.

4. Internationally diverse cohort

Subjects that 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.

5. Joint honours

Accounting & Finance complements other subject areas well, particularly those that fall under the large umbrella of business. Several universities offer Accounting & Finance joint honours degree courses, so you have the option to explore other passions. Whether you want to become a broad businessperson or an accountant with knowledge of a foreign language (useful in a global marketplace), there are plenty of combinations to choose from.

6. Real-life application

Accounting & Finance degrees often take a highly practical approach. Universities ensure their students learn by doing through simulated and real-life opportunities where you get to manage business accounts. Many Accounting & Finance courses have an optional placement year, so you can even come out of university with a degree along with a year of industry experience.

7. Year abroad opportunities

As business is a global enterprise, Accounting & Finance students often have the chance of a study year abroad. This could provide you with a deeper understanding of the global economy, an experience of other cultures and extra language skills.

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