Businesses rely on effective accounting to succeed – which is why our BSc Business Accounting gives you the skills, networks and experience you need to make an impact in the global business environment. Our business accounting course helps you develop the knowledge, expertise and skills that directly apply to companies across all sectors of the global business environment.
You’ll explore a range of financial management approaches and learn how to apply different concepts to real-life scenarios. You’ll also have the flexibility to tailor your studies with optional modules that complement your personal interests and career goals.
Our flexible three-year and four-year study options give you the chance to develop your professional and practical skills through work experience in the industry. You’ll have the opportunity to take two 18-week summer placements as part of a three-year degree, or a 36-week paid work placement in your third year as part of a four-year approach.
After your first year, you’ll have the option to switch to our accounting course if you decide that a career as a qualified accountant is a better fit for you, though this is dependent on the standard of your academic results.
Unlimited access to our business resources – including Chartered Management Institute's Management Direct Resource Hub – gives you the chance to enhance your industry knowledge and gain a competitive edge when it comes to launching your career.
During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in your subject area means they understand how to best support you.
We’re in the top 5 in London – and in the top 300 worldwide – for Accounting and Finance (The Complete University Guide 2019 and Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). Our graduates have secured careers with the likes of Western Union, Noor Islamic Bank, Consult AIV, Central Bank Nigeria, Santander, Barclays, RBS and the NHS.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, presentation skills, critical analysis, time management and team-working skills.
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 provide students with the tools for the analysis of financial information, in particular for the purpose of business valuation. In doing so, students will become familiar with how investors and corporate financiers utilise financial and non-financial information in corporate reports.
The module provides students with an understanding of the concepts and key issues in corporate governance and corporate accountability. Students 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 students will understand the significance of corporate transparency and accountability in modern corporations.
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).
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.
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 following the completion of their degree programme.
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.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
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Start: October 2019, September 2019: EU/International induction
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time
Start: October 2019, EU/International induction: September 2019
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time
Start: October 2019
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, Usually 5 years part-time