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Accounting and Finance BA Honours

Learn about the course below
Code
N420
Start
October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
6 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Kooi Yeap

Accounting and finance professionals play a vital role in today's economy. Our degree is for aspiring accountants wishing to build a successful career in the profession.

Why study BA Accounting and Finance at Middlesex University?

You will gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of accounting and finance and learn to understand management concepts within an international business context. BA Accounting and Finance is the ideal first step to becoming a qualified accountant. You can also choose to study Spanish or Mandarin as part of your degree, to ensure you stand out in a competitive job market.

Work placements are an invaluable opportunity to gain employability skills so we have introduced two options by which you can integrate into your time at Middlesex. Those who wish to do a placement can take either a 36 week sandwich placement in Year 3 as part of a 4 year degree or two 18 week summer placements allowing you to complete your degree within 3 years.

Course highlights

  • Our links with the UK's leading professional bodies, including the ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA ensure that, upon graduation, students receive a number of exemptions from professional exams
  • We cover the costs of students to join the ACCA's Accelerate and CIMA University schemes which gives graduating students associated membership of both bodies, offering further reductions in professional exam fees and access to professional body employability and academic resources, and networking
  • Students will learn to use industry standard accounting programmes, including Sage and OneSource, with the opportunity to gain a CIMA certificate in Sage. Our Financial Markets Lab also gives students access to finance software such as Bloomberg and Datastream

What will you study on the BA Accounting and Finance?

Our three-year degree (four years with the work placement option) covers the key areas of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Finance, Taxation, Business Law and Business Economics. You will also choose from an extensive range of modules that explore the broader business environment, and gain an understanding of the pivotal role of accounting to the success of organisations across the globe.

What will you gain?

You will develop a set of transferable skills to support you on your career journey, such as advanced analytical thinking and problem solving. You will learn how to work effectively in teams as both a leader and collaborator and become a confident communicator both written and verbally, ensuring you can communicate effectively in a business environment. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the UK taxation regime and its practical application in professional settings.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Business Economics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with an understanding of economics from a business perspective. This includes an understanding of how competition, the behaviour of the financial markets and government economic policy can influence an organisation as well as providing the ability to apply economic theory in both microeconomic and macroeconomic contexts.

    • Financial Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is an introduction to book-keeping and financial accounting. Its main aim is to provide you with the basic techniques and skills required to record transactions by the method known in accounting as double entry and then prepare a set of single company accounts based on those records. You will also start to be able to interpret the accounts prepared by others.

    • Financial Data Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a thorough grounding of the basic statistical methods and computer software for the analysis and presentation of accounting and economic data. It caters for those with some prior mathematical knowledge, and while you are expected to complete mathematical calculations by hand and using a computer, the emphasis is on the interpretation and communication of quantitative results.

    • Management Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an understanding of the basic concepts of management accounting. The techniques learned on this module will form the basis for future studies and include investment decision making, the classification and interpretation of cost behaviour in decision making and control.

  • Year 2

    • Advanced Financial Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module enables you to extend your knowledge of the principles and techniques used in financial accounting and reporting. You will develop the ability to understand and critically analyse key techniques and practices within the framework of financial accounting and reporting. You will also develop and refine your transferable skills, including communication, presentation skills, critical analysis, time management and team-working.

    • Advanced Management Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the management accounting techniques and practices available today and the development of recent advances in methods of overhead cost allocation to reflect the changing nature of modern business.

    • Business Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. The first part of the module sets the context and provides essential material on English Business law (English Legal system, Contract, Tort & Employment) whilst the second part covers Company law and Corporate Governance.

    • Business Environment Analysis (30 credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will begin to acquire the knowledge and skills typically required for more advanced study of businesses and in managerial decision-making. You will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using techniques, models and frameworks that will also start to build higher level employability skills.

    • Business Strategies in Hispanic Countries (30 credits) - Optional

      The module reviews, consolidates and further enhances your existing language skills speaking, listening, reading and writing Spanish in business contexts to the intermediate level. Emphasis is laid upon your ability to understand and critically analyse business texts and case studies in the Spanish-speaking world, in parallel with your knowledge of international business strategies and case studies as taught in the Business module. The module also enhances your awareness of the Spanish-speaking world specific business practices.

    • Securities and Derivatives (30 credits) – Optional

      The module will focus on the rationale, mechanics and risk/rewards for investors in fixed income instruments, equities, options, futures and forwards, interest rate and exchange rate swaps, commodities and energy derivatives. A practical understanding of the pricing mechanics of fixed income securities and derivative instruments will be developed. The module will also cover the applications of derivative instruments in hedging and investment. A strong emphasis on the structural and regulatory characteristics of each financial instrument and their respective markets will be placed. The module will incorporate the Bloomberg Financial Database in teaching the concepts, valuation principles and application of financial derivative products.

    • Business Strategies in Mandarin (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to review, consolidate and further enhance your existing language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese in business contexts to the intermediate level so you can function more comfortably and confidently in the Chinese business environment. It is also intended to help you gain a better understanding of the macro and micro Chinese economic situations and specific market needs through a selection of case studies, in parallel with International Business Strategy.

    • Financial Mathematics (30 credits) – Optional

      This module explores the mathematics that underlies financial processes and financial decision making, and complements the study of these areas in economics and accounting. Specific areas include probability, extending interest ideas to annuities and bonds, modelling financial data using time series models and Markov chains, applying discrete methods for option pricing, and using utility to make decisions in risky environments.

    • Operations Management (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to broaden and expand your knowledge of the concepts and techniques required for the design, operation and control of business processes. Cases and practical exercises are relevant to a variety of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations. The module builds on the IT and quantitative skills developed in the first year.

    • Trade and International Business (30 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the theories relating to trade and international business and how they are being applied in an increasingly interdependent world. The module commences with an introduction to the world trade system, the process of trade liberalisation and multilateral trade negotiations, the pros and cons of free trade. The second part of the course will introduce the perspective of international business, in particular a focus on the role of multinational enterprise in the world trade system. Taken together these elements should equip you with a broader sense of running a business beyond the domestic market.

  • Year 3

    • Accounting Theory (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module examines accounting theory and its influence in accounting. The module aims to provide you with an opportunity to evaluate and apply different strands of accounting theory to research in accounting. The first part of the module is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of philosophical debates connected to the generation of knowledge, whilst connecting such debates to those currently employed in accounting. The second part module enables you to undertake a research investigation into an accounting area.

    • Finance (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a solid understanding of contemporary corporate finance both theoretically and practically. The module will explain all the main aspects of financial management, including capital budgeting and investment decision-making, capital structure and finance decision-making, and working capital management. It will enable a critical appreciation of the link between accounting and finance, and the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour. You will also develop and refine your transferable skills, including communication, presentational skills, critical analysis, time management and team-working skills.

    • Taxation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you to UK personal and business taxation. It deals with the fundamental principles of UK tax law and practice, including the computation of tax liabilities. This leads you to tackle more complex computational problems and to identify tax planning opportunities. You are also introduced to tax software packages, and gain hands-on experience of their use.

    • Audit and Assurance (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to develop knowledge of the purpose and need for auditing of financial statements. You will understand some of the theoretical contexts of auditing and to develop an ability to evaluate the use of modern auditing techniques in a variety of practical situations. You will learn how to develop and apply audit strategies and learn the practical application of Auditing Standards ISAs.

    • Authentic Leadership Development (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on leadership. It will explore key concepts which present the complexity of leadership effectiveness in the 21st Century which include communication and conflict management, ethics, social responsibility, diversity, change, power and politics. The module provides you with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to develop and enhance your own personal leadership effectiveness in preparation for your chosen career.

    • Business Start-up (30 credits) – Optional

      This is a synoptic module which aims to ensure that you can demonstrate how to develop a business plan and put it into operation. This will be achieved by showing an understanding of the appropriate academic theories and an application of the necessary analytical tools to achieve a successful business start-up. In particular, the module aims to facilitate the development of a unique business plan in which you will learn, practice and apply the necessary academic and practical knowledge base and skills set, including team working, required for the establishment of a new business. This preparation follows through to provide you with the opportunity to study the establishment of small business in a practical context, giving you an insight into the nuts and bolts of setting up and running a small business. Especially important is the reconciliation of theory to practical realities including interaction with the appropriate government agencies, professional and commercial bodies. Finally, you are encouraged to reflect on whether you are suited to setting up your own small business or continuing your college business on a commercial basis.

    • Investment Analysis (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your knowledge of modern investment theory and practice. A detailed study of classic portfolio theory provides the basis for an appreciation of, and further investigation into, themes that are currently at the forefront of reflection and research in investment theory, including sceptical views of the classic paradigm whose status has been boosted by the international banking crisis that began in 2008. In tandem with a critical approach to theory, the module offers insights into the quantitative methods (and supporting technology) that are used to inform the construction and management of investment portfolios. Furthermore the module analyses institutional, product and technological innovation in the sphere of investment management, particularly in relation to a heightened concern with risk control, market liquidity and disclosure of information.

    • Business Strategies in Hispanic Countries (30 credits) – Optional

      The module reviews, consolidates and further enhances your existing language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Spanish in business contexts to the advanced level. Emphasis is laid upon your ability to understand and critically analyse business texts and case studies in the Spanish-speaking world, in parallel with your knowledge of international business strategies and case studies as taught in the Business module. The module also enhances your awareness of the Spanish-speaking world specific business practices.

    • Business Strategies in Mandarin-Speaking Countries (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to review, consolidate and further enhance your existing language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese in business contexts to an advanced level so you can function more comfortably and confidently in the Chinese business environment. It is also intended to help you gain a better understanding of the macro and micro Chinese economic situations and specific market needs through a selection of case studies, in parallel with the International Business Strategy module.

    • Consulting in Organisations (30 credits) – Optional

      The module builds on learning from prior modules and provides you with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. The module also provides an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to organisation practice by working in small teams on a real-time consultancy project which takes place in a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. It gives you the responsibility of approaching and pitching to potential clients, managing yourself, your time, your team relationships and your relationships with external clients, to achieve outcomes that make a real difference to the organisation. The module provides a bridge between academic study and full-time employment by focusing on the significance and relevance of the consultancy experience. It aims to enhance your prospects of employment following the completion of the degree programme.

    • Corporate Governance (30 credits) – Optional

      The module provides you with an understanding of the concepts and key issues in corporate governance and corporate accountability. You will also get an overview of the high-profile cases of corporate failure and analyse them from corporate governance perspective. By extending the traditional corporate governance theoretical framework to address broader corporate social responsibility issues you will understand the significance of corporate transparency and accountability in modern corporations.

    • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the tools for the analysis of financial information, in particular for the purpose of business valuation. In doing so, you will become familiar with how investors and corporate financiers utilise financial and non-financial information in corporate reports.

    • Financial Statistics (30 credits) – Optional

      This module continues to explore the ideas and techniques introduced in the Financial Mathematics module, extending discrete ideas to the continuous case with applications to distributions, time series and forecasting models, and option pricing. The module uses eigenvalue methods to analyse Markov chains, introduces integration, covers the estimation of model parameters from financial data, and explores the use of game theory to make business decisions.

    • Work Internship (30 credits) – Optional

      The internship module gives you the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience for a minimum of 30 days. This will facilitate you to gain an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work, and the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice. You will also develop an understanding of the organisation, sector and the environment in which it operates.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

All students who complete our BA Accounting and Finance degree can apply to any one of the accountancy bodies for exemptions. A graduate can then sit more professional exams upon graduation and work towards becoming a chartered accountant. Starting in a traineeship position, there are various pathways to choose from including: audit, taxation, budget analysis, financial accounting and management accounting.

We are accredited by:

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Public Finances and Accounting (CIPFA)
  • The Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the fastest growing, most supportive gateway to your career in accountancy, finance, business and management. The ACCA Qualification will arm you with the skills and experience to build a successful career anywhere in the world. With our strong presence in 181 countries around the world, your skills will be in demand internationally.

ACCA offers you more flexibility than other accountancy qualifications thanks to our unique option papers. This gives you a really broad, yet thorough set of skills as well as an opportunity to specialise in whichever area you wish, from audit to management accounting. You don't have to choose your specialism until later in your studies, giving you time to decide where your interests lie.

We know how important it is to be able to fit your studies around work and lifestyle and we offer you a range of study options to suit your budget and situation. We are proud of our unparalleled level of study support via wealth of online resources and dedicated 24/7 care line.

Starting your qualification whilst you're still at university will make you stand out from other candidates when looking for an internship or job. It will prove to employers that you are a self-starter with initiative and dedication to your future career.

Depending on your degree, you will most likely be eligible for exemptions from some of our exams.

To find out more about ACCA, and how you can start a successful career straight out of university, visit www.accaglobal.com/graduate.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 142,000 chartered accountants worldwide. They provide qualifications and professional development, share knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

Middlesex University enjoys partner in learning status from the ICAEW, which allows BA Honours Accounting and Finance graduates to be granted up to six exemptions towards ICAEW professional qualifications.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) The aim of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is to provide a qualification which ensures that members are competent to act as management accountants for a wide range of organisations. Middlesex BA Accounting and Finance students are granted six exemptions towards CIMA professional qualifications.

The Association of International Accountants (AIA)
AIA is recognised by the UK Government as a Recognised Qualifying Body for statutory auditors under the Companies Act 2006, across the European Union under the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications directive and as a Prescribed Body under the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 in the Republic of Ireland. Middlesex BA Accounting and Finance students are granted twelve exemptions towards AIA professional qualifications.

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
The AAT is the UK's leading qualification and membership body for accounting staff, awarding around 90% of all vocational qualifications in accounting. Provided you undertake a placement during your course, on graduation you will be able to apply to become a full member of AAT, and start work immediately as an accounting technician.

The Chartered Institute of Public Finances and Accounting (CIPFA)
CIPFA is the leading professional body for accountants working in the public sector. Transforming at an unprecedented rate, the public sector offers excellent career opportunities for innovative professionals, keen to make a difference. Middlesex BA Accounting and Finance students are granted six exemptions towards their CIPFA qualifications, meaning that they can potentially qualify in eighteen months.

How can the BA Accounting and Finance support your career?

An Accounting and Finance degree opens the doors to a range of careers, many with excellent progression and competitive salaries such as Trainee Accountant, Audit Trainee, Financial Risk Analyst, Finance Assistant and Credit Controller. Previous graduates have progressed into careers with a wide range of prestigious organisations including:

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Deloitte
  • Grant Thornton
  • Philips
  • Centrica
  • City Bank
  • Credit Suisse
  • Leadenhall Finance
  • Royal Mail
  • Hacker Young
  • John Lewis

You can pursue a career as a professional accountant following accreditation (setting you on the path to becoming a professional accounting). Additionally, you can go on to further study on courses such as MSc Investment and Finance, and MSc Banking and Finance.

Kooi See Yeap
Senior Lecturer

Teaching interests: Financial Accounting; Managerial Finance

Research interests: Financial Reporting; Audit Quality; Corporate Governance

Kooi See Yeap has extensive accounting experience in public accounting firm prior to joining the teaching profession. She has taught in Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

Ellie Franklin
Senior Lecturer

Teaching Interests: Financial Accounting, Audit, Entrepreneurial Finance

Research Interests: Accounting Education, Technology in Education, Accounting History

Ellie is a Middlesex University alumna. She trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte gaining experience of a diverse range of clients in the banking and finance industry. She is heavily involved with the activities of the British Accounting and Finance Association – Accounting Education Special Interest Group.

Vinita Mithani
Lecturer

Teaching interest: Financial Aspects of Business

Vinita is a Chartered Accountant and has over fifteen years' experience in Practice. She was previously a senior manager in a City firm of accountants. She is now Head of Finance in a commercial organisation, and a part-time lecturer at Middlesex. She strives to bring her practical experience into her teaching to make the subject real and relevant to her students.

Jo Abdul-Rahim
Director of Accounting Programmes/Associate Professor

Teaching interests: Corporate Reporting, Financial Reporting and Accounting, Taxation

Research Interests: Corporate Reporting

Jo graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc in Mathematics & Mathematical Statistics. She trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte gaining experience of a diverse range of clients. On leaving practice she worked for Rexam plc as Group Accountant, then swapped industry for education and joined Middlesex. Currently Jo is Director of Accounting Programmes, specialising in corporate reporting.

  • Caroline Carroll

    Accounting and Finance BA graduate

    Since graduating from Middlesex, Caroline Carroll has gone on to secure employment at Lloyds TSB as an Assistant Tax Manager. She has an allocation of Lloyds Group subsidiary companies that she is responsible for. A huge benefit of the Middlesex BA Accounting and Finance degree is that it comes with ACCA accreditation - something Caroline is taking full advantage of.

    I will complete my ACCA qualification soon which has taken a year (thanks to Middlesex I have 8 exemptions). I then hope to get a promotion to the next level of seniority as a Tax Manager, and I will then study CTA. In five years time I hope to have two professional qualifications on top of my degree and be well on my way to a Senior Manager position.

    I would like to become a successful career woman setting an example to young females that the finance industry has a place for them as well. And that being a tax accountant doesn't mean you are boring and frumpy!

  • Thomas Papanagiotou

    Accounting and Finance BA graduate

    A major benefit of Middlesex University's BA Accounting and Finance degree is the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) accreditation. This convinced graduate Thomas Papanagiotou to study the course. Thomas now works as a trainee chartered accountant in the audit department at Horwath Clark Whitehill.

    The strongest selling point is the recognition by the various professional accountancy bodies in the UK. Further more, the experience and reputation of the teaching staff; most of my tutors were qualified accountants with many years of experience in the sector.

    I gained good technical skills in my subjects and the course provided me with a sound overall knowledge of the business environment. The various workshops and skills training were also useful, developing the vital skills needed in working life and to succeed at interviews.

    I chose Middlesex because of its fine reputation in business studies, especially in accountancy. I enjoyed the excellent teaching and the diversity of my fellow students. I met lots of new people and made many good friends.

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