“I enjoyed the excellent teaching and the diversity of my fellow students. My tutors were qualified accountants with many years of sector experience.” Thomas Papanagiotou, BA Accounting and Finance graduate
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.
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.
Our BA Accounting and Finance course had a 94% student satisfaction rating in the 2014 National Student Survey
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.
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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
This module aims to review, consolidate and further enhance students existing language skills speaking, listening, reading and writing of Mandarin Chinese in business contexts to the intermediate level so that they can function more comfortably and confidently in the Chinese business environment.
It is also intended to help students to 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 MGT3140 International Business Strategy.
You will build up your expertise through lectures, workshops and seminars, where you will take part in class discussions. You will also undertake individual and group exercises, and engage with case studies, textbooks and academic journals for personal development and to broaden your knowledge.
You will have the option to take a 36-week work placement, either at the end of the second year or split into two 18-week blocks over the two summer breaks. Students who take part in a placement will also produce an assessed report on the organisation you have been working with. Completing a placement automatically entitles you to membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians.
You will be assessed through exams, tests in class and online, essays and other written assignments, and presentations. Some of the assessed work will be group work. You will receive regular feedback on your assessments.
Research interests: Education and use of learning technologies
Alison is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and has connections with professional accounting bodies and employability. Prior to joining Middlesex University, Alison worked at HSBC, Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation and Lendlease. She is interested in the development of online technologies and applying these into Higher Education.
Research interests: Financial reporting; Audit quality; Corporate governance
Kooi See has extensive accounting experience in a public accounting firm prior to joining the teaching profession. She has taught in Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
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.
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.
Research interests: Management Accounting (i.e. BSC, performance measurement and performance management); Corporate Social Responsibility; Sustainability reporting & performance management in the financial sector; and Stakeholders theory applications into management accounting.
Research interests: Ethics and how this can be taught in the curriculum to undergraduate students, distance learning education, and whether accounting as a subject can be taught in this medium.
Orthodoxia graduated from the University of East London with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance before completing an MA in Communications Policy Studies at City University, London. Orthodoxia then obtained a three year full-time bursary to pursue a PhD in Accounting at the University of East London. Her PhD explored issues relating to ‘Gender, Ethnicity and Professional Membership in the UK Accounting Profession’.
Research interests: Currently interested in the area of financial econometrics, corporate finance, corporate governance, emerging markets and banking.
Research interests: International Taxation and Risk Analytics for Financial Institutions.
Richard Jones is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He specializes in taxation and has been leading the teaching of Taxation at Middlesex for many years. Richard’s professional focus has been on communicating the implications of changes in tax law and practice to small practitioners and their clients. He is also involved in the design, implementation and delivery of Risk Analytics training for one of the world’s largest banks.
Teaching interests: Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance.
Angeli is ACA qualified and holds a BA Hons degree in Accounting from the University of Dundee. She was the Finance Director at BD London, an advertising and marketing agency, and at Earls Court and Olympia exhibition venues prior to joining Middlesex University.
Research interests: Sepideh is particularly interested in how companies endeavour to attain and maintain the level and standard of social reporting in different cultural contexts. She has published in a range of journals, amongst which are the British Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics and International Journal of Human Resource Management.
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.
Research interests: Performance Measurement, Balanced Scorecard, Strategic Cost Management
Apart from teaching, Jatin is engaged in research and publication activities. He is qualified and trained with his MBA Finance (Gold Medallist), PhD and PGCHE. He possesses rich corporate and consulting experience. Dr Pancholi has to his credit, articles and research papers published in ABS ranked scholarly journals and presented at national and international conferences. He has successfully completed an international research project for the European Union-India Cross Cultural Innovation Network. He was invited as the Guest Editor of an internationally refereed journal published by Springer Publication. He has received ‘Best Paper Award’, ‘Best Young Teacher Award’ and has been also awarded the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) research grant.
Teaching interests: Management Accounting; sustainability and the impact of global capitalism on the environment.
John graduated from Manchester University with a BSc. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. On leaving practice worked for Schroder Wagg, Castrol, Olivetti and Virgin in a wide range of roles including directorships. Experience included management accounting, budgeting, product profitability, corporate reporting, treasury, and project evaluation.
Teaching interests: Issues in Financial Accounting, Taxation
Teaching interests: Audit and Assurance, Financial Analysis and Evaluation
Toby qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 with a firm which is now part of Baker Tilly. After spending time in audit, corporate finance and corporate recovery, Toby moved to Speciality Retail Group becoming its Finance Director between 1996 and 2003, a period of rapid expansion and success for the company. Toby joined Middlesex University in 2003 but continues involvement with private companies through corporate consultancy and advising social enterprises. Toby sits on the board of a social enterprise, is Treasurer of St Matthew's Westminster and parent governor and Chair of Finance at Queens Park Community School.
Teaching interests: Tony has many years of teaching finance at London South Bank University, Coventry University and, now, Middlesex University. His teaching portfolio extends across corporate finance, investment analysis, financial markets and financial risk management. Tony’s produced teaching material for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and is currently the coordinator for an ICSA module in Portfolio Management. His interests lie in the evolution of investment management, financial markets and risk assessment practices.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Distinction
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Business Foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
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You can also pursue a career as a professional accountant following accreditation (setting you on the path to becoming a professional accounting). An Accounting and Finance degree opens the doors to a range of careers, many with excellent progression and competitive salaries. You can become an accountant with any of the major accounting professional bodies.
Middlesex Accountancy and Finance graduates progress 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 and John Lewis.In the following roles: Trainee Accountant, Audit Trainee, Financial Risk Analyst, Finance Assistant and Credit Controller.
Additionally, you can go on to do further study. Courses that our Accounting & Finance graduates are now undertaking include: MSc Investment & Finance and MSc Banking and Finance
We encourage our students to undertake a paid work placement during their studies; either as a year long assignment between Year 2 and 3, or as two shorter placements during the summers of your 1st and 2nd years of study.
The paid, year-long work placement exempts you from paying tuition fees for the full academic year; ensuring you gain the necessary practical skills to embark on your chosen career.
As an alternative to a year-long placement, you can instead undertake an internship as part of your course; either full-time over the summer following your second year of study, or part-time throughout the course of your final year.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
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."
Aware of the stereotypical image accounting and finance tends to generate, Caroline hopes to set an example for other young women interested in the field. "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!"
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."
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.
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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 unpresedented 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.