“Middlesex puts effort into helping you as a student, to create the best possible career opportunities for your future.” Danny Spencer, Accounting student
Every successful business relies on effective accounting to thrive. Our specialist degree is focused on accounting within the operations of companies, and provides you with expert knowledge of the global business environment.
Our degree is flexible, enabling you to tailor your studies to support your career ambitions, while developing a set of transferable skills to underpin career success. Set in the context of the contemporary business environment, you will explore key accounting and management topics and gain a solid grounding in accounting and financial management concepts and also learn how they should be applied. You may also be able to choose to study Spanish or Mandarin as part of your degree, ensuring you stand out in today's competitive job market.
In Year 1 you will learn to use CIMA Sage accounting software and gain an official CIMA Sage user's certificate. Middlesex was the first university in the UK to provide certificated CIMA Sage training. From the second year onwards you will 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.
If you would like to talk to a student about studying Business Accounting, our recent graduates are happy to talk to you. Please feel free to e-mail them at; ABF-GAA@mdx.ac.uk
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.
This module is an introduction to bookkeeping and financial accounting. Its main aim is to provide students with the basic techniques and skills required in order 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. Students will also start to be able to interpret the accounts prepared by others.
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, and the classification and interpretation of cost behaviour in decision making and control.
This module provides a thorough grounding of the basic statistical methods and computer software for the analysis and presentation of accounting and economic date. It caters for students with some prior mathematical knowledge, and while students are expected to complete mathematical calculations by hand and using a computer the emphasis is on the interpretation and communication of quantitative results.
This module aims to provide students 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.
This module aims to develop knowledge of accounting by introducing issues which involve more than one possible accounting treatment and which are therefore inherently controversial. The module grounds the accounting work in a conceptual, regulatory and governance context, using examples derived from UK, US and International Financial Reporting Standards. It also examines the impact of accounting treatment on the analysis of profitability, liquidity and solvency. Students will enhance their ability to read and analyse the financial statements of quoted companies and to identify areas which may be the focus of creative accounting by management. The module encourages students to adopt a critical attitude to the quality of corporate reporting, particularly in areas of non-mandatory narrative disclosures such as corporate social responsibility and governance.
This module examines the use of management accounting information and its influence on management behaviour and decision making. It will provide students with an opportunity to use, interpret and analyse management accounting techniques and enable students to consider their wider and strategic uses. The module will explore the impact on organisations of strategic issues of management accounting.
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. In the second part of the course we 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 students with a broader sense of running a business beyond the domestic market.
The aim is to introduce students to the key areas of HRM and to build on relevant knowledge and skills developed in Year 1 modules. By the end of the year students will be familiar with a wide range of generalist HR policies and practices within the five key areas of the discipline: employee resourcing, employee reward, employee relations, performance management and employee training and development.
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.
This module aims to broaden and expand students’ knowledge and understanding of the concepts, tools and techniques of operations management. Students will develop analytical insights into current operations management practices, explore the priorities and techniques of operations management and employ these to the design, operation and control of business processes.
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.
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.
This module examines accounting theory and its influence in accounting. The module aims to provide students 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 students to undertake a research investigation into an accounting area.
This module aims to provide students 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. Students will also develop and refine their transferable skills, including communication, presentational skills, critical analysis, time management and team-working skills.
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 the student with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in order to develop and enhance their own personal leadership effectiveness in preparation for their chosen career.
This module aims to introduce students 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 students to tackle more complex computational problems and to identify tax planning opportunities. Students are also introduced to tax software packages, and gain hands on experience of their use.
This module aims to develop knowledge of the purpose and need for auditing of financial statements; to 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. Students will learn how to develop and apply audit strategies and learn the practical application of Auditing Standards ISAs
The primary aim of the work placement module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience (minimum of 30 days) from which they learn about, business in general, and the organisation and the sector within which it operates as well as the key drivers of business success. The work placement will provide an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work. The module will therefore facilitate students in the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both their development and the link between theory and practice.
The module builds on learning from prior modules and provides the student with a theoretical introduction to consulting and the idea of the learning organisation. The module then provides an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to organisation practice by students 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 the student the responsibility of approaching and pitching to potential clients, managing themselves, their time, their team relationships and their 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 their consultancy experience. It aims to enhance students? prospects of employment
The aim of this workshop is to introduce to students the complexities of starting a business. It draws together a range of theories, concepts and notions from a number of sources such as Finance, Marketing and Strategy. In particular, the module facilitates the development of a unique business plan in which students will learn, practice and apply the necessary academic and practical knowledge and skill sets, including team working, required for the establishment of a new business, as well as an understanding of the complexities relating to the functioning of a small business.
This module aims to develop and enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of quantitative methods and accounting techniques used in international business and trade. The module uses mathematical and statistical techniques to develop an understanding of the models underlying finance, statistical and probability methods used in analysing financial data and a broad introduction to financial accounting for business students who do not need to develop specialist knowledge.
The primary aim of the work placement module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience (minimum of 36 weeks) from which they learn about, business in general, and the organisation and the sector within which it operates as well as the key drivers of business success. The work placement will provide an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work. The module will therefore facilitate students in the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both their development and the link between theory and practice.
The primary aim of the placement module is to provide additional flexibility for students with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience. The primary aim of the work placement module is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience (minimum of 36 weeks in total) from which they learn about, business in general, and the organisation and the sector within which it operates as well as the key drivers of business success. The work placement will provide an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work. The module will therefore facilitate students in the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both their development and the link between theory and practice.
You will learn by reading textbooks and journals and using computer-aided packages, as well as attending lectures, workshops and seminars. You will do exercises in class, online and in groups, work on case studies and problem-solving exercises and take part in class discussions.
At the end of the second year you will have the option of doing a 12-month placement, which we will help you to find, and you will produce an assessed report on the organisation you have been working with.
You will be assessed through exams, tests, essays and other written assignments, presentations, and individual and group assignments. You will be given regular feedback on your work throughout the course.
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.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Research interests: Currently interested in the area of financial econometrics, corporate finance, corporate governance, emerging markets and banking.
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.
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.
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
Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be Merit or higher
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.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
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.
A Business Accounting degree opens the doors to a range of careers, many with excellent progression routes and competitive salaries. Our graduates progress into a wide range of public and private sector organisations, across areas such as: audit and assurance, taxation, insolvency and corporate finance. It is also an excellent basis for postgraduate study. Many of our entrepreneurial graduates have set up their own successful businesses or have taken leadership roles within family companies.
Our finance graduates have progressed into a wide range of financial management and business roles in prestigious international organisations including: Western Union, Noor Islamic Bank, Consult AIV, Central Bank Nigeria, Santander, Barclays, RBS and the NHS.
Additionally, you can go on to do further study. Courses that our Business Accounting graduates are now undertaking include: MA International Business and MSc Investment & Finance.
We encourage our students to undertake a paid work placement during their studies; either as a year long assignment between year two and three, 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.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
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