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Business Accounting BSc Honours

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October 2018
EU/International induction: September 2018
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Jatin Pancholi

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.

Why study BSc Business Accounting at Middlesex University?

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.

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

  • You can switch to BA Accounting and Finance after your first year if you decide to pursue a career as a qualified accountant (provided you achieve excellent academic results)
  • You will have access to cutting-edge business resources including Chartered Management Institutes' Management Direct Resource Hub
  • You can spend one year studying abroad as part of the course by becoming part of the EU Erasmus programme - this can also include a contribution to your tuition fees

What will you study on the BSc Business Accounting?

Middlesex was the first university in the UK to provide certificated CIMA Sage training and you will learn to use CIMA Sage accounting software and gain an official CIMA Sage user's certificate. 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.

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.


  • Year 1

    • Financial Accounting (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module is an introduction to bookkeeping 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.

    • 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, and the classification and interpretation of cost behaviour in decision making and control.

    • Financial Data Analysis (15 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 date. 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.

    • Accounting Information Systems (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce and highlight the significant role accounting information plays in each fundamental business transaction process. You will learn to analyse and handle information using accounting systems and advanced IT techniques.

    • Corporate Responsibility and Ethics (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module introduces the concepts of corporate responsibility and business ethics as well as the knowledge of key stakeholders, together with the rights and responsibilities that businesses have in connection with them. You will explore external influences that affect a business in its environment and examine how behaviour at all levels within business should be underpinned by accepted professional ethics and professional values. You will also have the opportunity to research and debate how a business should respond to ethical concerns and how it should discharge its corporate responsibility.

    • Business Environment (15 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. You will also gain the ability to apply economic theory in both microeconomic and macroeconomic contexts.

  • Year 2

    • Applied Financial Accounting (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your knowledge of financial accounting techniques and practices by introducing issues which involve more than one possible accounting treatment and examine the impact of international regulatory frameworks. You are encouraged 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.

    • Applied Management Accounting (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module examines the application of management accounting information and its influence on management behaviour and decision making. It will provide you with an opportunity to apply, interpret and analyse management accounting techniques and enable you to consider their wider and strategic uses. The module will explore the impact on organisations of strategic issues of contemporary management accounting.

    • Financial Project Management (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the techniques and practices in project management. During the first part of the module you will examine the conceptual frameworks and key theories that underpins each phase of project management. The second part, you will critically evaluate project optimisation mechanisms and explore ethical issues in project management. You also have the opportunity to manage a simulated project throughout the time of this module.

    • Business Law (30 credits) – Optional

      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.

    • Personal Financial Behaviour (30 credits) – Optional

      This module will aim to a variety of personal finance products and issues so as to increase your financial literacy. It will also provide you with an understanding of personal financial behaviour which how market anomalies, financial bubbles, fake news and manipulations in financial markets can influence individual financial decision making. You will also gain the ability to apply cognitive and emotional behaviour biases in irrational behaviour contexts.

    • 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.

  • Year 3

    • Accounting Theory (15 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 enables you to undertake a research investigation into an accounting area.

    • Advanced Financial Data Analysis (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module explores and applies several quantitative methods and computer software for the retrieval, analysis and presentation of project management accounting data. The emphasis being on the interpretation and communication of quantitative results for project planning, control and decision making.

    • Corporate Finance (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a conceptual understanding of contemporary corporate finance and the practical tools and techniques for the financial decision-making process. You will explore the main aspects of financial management, including capital budgeting and investment decision-making, capital structure and finance decision-making, and working capital management. You enabled to form a critical appreciation of the link between accounting and finance, and the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour.

    • Taxation (30 credits) – Optional

      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.

    • Ethics and Sustainability (15 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide you with the critical tools and mindset to analyse and identify responses to modern ethical business challenges. You will be sensitised to different ways of thinking, learning from debating and collaborating with your peers from different cultural backgrounds so as to build your methodological, analytical and communication skills.

    • Work Internship (30 credits) – Optional

      The work internship module will give you the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience (minimum of 30 days) from which you 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 you in the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice.

    • 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 Start-up (30 credits) – Optional

      The aim of this module is to introduce the complexities of starting a business. It draws together a range of theories, concepts and notions from several sources such as Finance, Marketing and Strategy. In particular, the module facilitates the development of a unique business plan in which you 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.

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

How can the BSc Business Accounting support your career?

A Business Accounting degree opens the doors to a range of careers, many with excellent progression routes and competitive salaries. You could progress 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
  • NHS

You would also have the skills to set up your own successful business or take leadership roles within family companies. Additionally, you can go on to further study on courses such as MA International Business Management and MSc Investment and Finance.

Dr Jatin Pancholi
Senior Lecturer

Teaching interests: Management Accounting and Financial Management

Research interests: Performance Measurement, Balanced Scorecard, Strategic Cost Management

Apart from teaching, Dr Pancholi 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.

Alison Broughton

Teaching interests: Management Accounting, Issues in Financial Accounting

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.

Dr Orthodoxia Kyriacou
Associate Professor

Teaching interests: Accounting Theory

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. She 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’.

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.

Kooi See Yeap
Senior Lecturer

Teaching interests: Financial Accounting; Managerial Finance

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.

Richard Jones
Associate Professor

Teaching interests: Taxation and Corporate Valuation

Research interests: International Taxation and Risk Analytics for Financial Institutions

Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He specialises 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.

Angeli Arora
Senior Lecturer

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.

Dr Sepideh Parsa
Associate Professor

Teaching interests: Social Reporting and Corporate Accountability

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.

John Fletcher
Senior Lecturer

Teaching interest: 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.

Vinita Mithani

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.

Toby York
Senior Lecturer

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.

Tony Kilmister
Senior Lecturer

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.

  • Danny Spencer

    Business Accounting BA student

    The University allows you to grow as an individual, teaches great new skills and introduces you to people of all nationalities. But most of all, Middlesex puts all of its efforts into helping you as a student, to create the best possible career opportunities for your future.

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