At Middlesex, you'll develop the skills to work in any industry – locally, nationally or globally. With access to industry-standard software and paid work placements.
Our Business School brings people together to create and share knowledge and experience.
Our Accounting and Finance department have won two awards from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), one of our accreditation partners, recently. In 2022 we won the CIMA Campus Culture Excellence Award (Global Champion) for actively promoting employer involvement and engagement between students and industry partners, and the previous year we won the CIMA Employability Award.
We have strong internship and industry links with local and international businesses.
Each year, many students gain placements and internships with accredited employers including NHS Finance, Barnet Accounting & Finance Enterprises.
Students can access software supported by Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg to complement classroom-based study.
Middlesex was the first university in the UK to provide certificated ACCA Sage Cloud Business Accounting training course. As extra-curriculum activity, you have the opportunity to learn to use the new Sage Cloud accounting app and gain an official ACCA Sage user's certificate. In addition, you can also study Sage Payroll course if you intend to specialise in this area. The flexible learning plan offered on Sage courses means you can fit this study into your busy schedule.
You can relax and make friends at our weekly accounting social club. Some lifelong friendships begin at the University.
We have 145 years of experience delivering professional, creative and technical education that prepares students – like you – for success in global careers.
Our Business Accounting degree will cover key areas within financial and management accounting, project optimisation mechanisms and operations management. You'll have unlimited access to our business resources. This will give you the chance to gain a competitive edge when it comes to launching your career.
Our Business Accounting BSc will help you in many ways, for example:
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All students who complete our Business Accounting BSc degree can apply to any one of the accountancy bodies for exemptions.
You will 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.
The AAT is an established and well-respected professional body for Accounting Technicians which is widely recognised and valued among employers and within the wider accountancy and finance professions. AAT full members can be found in all sectors of the economy from industry to public services, from commerce to accounting practices.
On completion of BSc (Hons) Business Accounting, you can opt to take and pass the taxation module in year three can become a full member of the AAT. This membership is contingent on demonstrating five competencies from work experience and passing a comprehensive 40-question professional competence test on accounting principles.
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 a 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.
Depending on your module grade, you will be eligible for up to six exemptions from some of ACCA exams.
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 our BSc Honours Business Accounting graduates to be granted up to two exemptions towards ICAEW professional qualifications.
CIMA is a globally recognised professional qualification in accounting, business and finance. Students are eligible for up to seven exemptions from CIMA meaning you have will have completed part of your professional qualification as part of your degree.
In addition, CIMA will support your time at Middlesex with employability talks and skill sessions as well as providing internship, placement and graduate opportunities with employer partners across all industries.
Founded in 1928, the Association of International Accountants (AIA) is a global membership body for professional accountants. Middlesex BSc Honours Business Accounting graduates are granted up to five exemptions towards AIA professional qualifications.
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 BSc Honours Business Accounting graduates are granted up to two exemptions towards your CIPFA qualifications.
The IFA is a full member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global accounting standard-setter and regulator. The Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) is an internationally recognised professional accountancy membership body, whose members work for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), or who run or work in small and medium-sized accounting practices (SMPs) that advise SMEs.
Middlesex BSc Honours Business Accounting graduates with one year of accounting/finance experience can apply for Intermediate Financial Accountant membership. BSc Honours Business Accounting graduates that passed the Taxation module, plus have at least 3 years relevant accounting/finance experience, can gain full Associate Financial Accountant (AFA) membership.
You can study the course over three years full-time, or over four years if you decide to take up the 12-month placement option after year two.
You'll study 6 compulsory modules over two semesters. These modules are designed to give you a solid grounding in the subject and bring you to a standard level of competence to pursue further study in the subject.
You will also complete a virtual internship with a reputable company (such as KPMG, Goldman Sachs or HSBC) as part of the assessment, plus study towards Xero Advisor Equivalency Certificate, a widely recognised qualification in the accounting sector. You'll develop data analytical skills by completing problem-based business cases in your assignment.
In the second year, you'll study two compulsory modules designed to enhance your capabilities in the areas of Applied Financial Accounting and Applied Management Accounting, as well as a compulsory module on Financial Project Management.
The financial project management module will introduce you to project optimisation mechanisms such as lean, six sigma, agile and critical chain. You'll develop critical skills whilst considering ethical dilemma scenarios and explore innovative project management simulations including cyber fraud and risks associated with Fintech.
We use authentic methods of assessment to better prepare you for the future world of work. In our personal financial behaviour module, you'll track your own personal finances, plan your spending, introduce saving as well as look at the impact of borrowing and investing on your finances.
You will choose one optional module from a choice of three – Personal Financial Behaviour, Operations Management or Business Law.
At the end of your second year, you may opt to take a year’s placement before returning to complete your final year of study.
In the final year, you'll study four compulsory modules designed to advance skills and knowledge appropriate to graduate level. These will be Advanced Financial Data Analysis, Corporate Finance, Accounting Theory and Ethics and Sustainability.
You will have the opportunity to access specialised taxation software licensed by Thomson Reuters as part of the taxation module assignment. And you will choose one optional module from Taxation, Corporate Accountability, Internship and Business Start-Up.
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 equip students with the basic accounting tools that aid management with its core functions of planning, decision making and control, both in a business or a not-for-profit environment. Key areas covered are cost classifications for decision making, product costing techniques applicable to different industries, budgeting, short term decision making using cost volume profit analysis, and long term investment appraisal.
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 introduce you 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 demonstrates 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.
To find out more, please download the Business Accounting BSc Honours specification (PDF).
We review our courses regularly to improve your experience and graduate prospects so modules may be subject to change.
We offer a range of industry-standard software and the training required to master accounting and finance.
We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.
We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.
Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.
Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above.
You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.
We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.
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:
You would also have the skills to set up your own successful business or take leadership roles within family companies.
Our employability service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.
Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has put us in the top 10 UK universities for students who want to be CEOs and entrepreneurs (Hitachi, 2021).
You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.
We encourage you to undertake a paid work placement during your studies, either as a year-long assignment between years two and three or as two shorter placements during years one and two. 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.
We offer a 12-month placement at the end of year two (Thick Sandwich mode).
Alternatively, you can opt for two smaller placements over the first two years of the course (Thin Sandwich Mode).
A dedicated employability advisor will help you search for an employer who will provide you with an appropriate placement. S/he will also provide you with guidance and support before, during and after the placement.
The placement forms the basis for an assessed report based on the organisation.
At the start of the placement, you will be allocated an individual supervisor who will provide support and advice for the duration of the project. All projects are double-marked.
We have developed a strong relationship with NHS London, offering candidates finance work placements for a 12-month period. This is only open to second-year students.
The placement offers:
The fees below refer to the 2024/25 academic year unless otherwise stated.
Part-time: £77 per taught credit
Full-time students: £16,600
Part-time students: £138 per taught credit
The following course-related costs are included in the fees:
1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.
2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.
Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.
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The course is excellent and very well taught! Make sure you take advantage of the facilities and the highly skilled and experienced lecturers to ensure you gain the necessary knowledge and can excel in your exams.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: September 2024
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time
Start: September 2024
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 6 years part-time
Start: September 2024
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, Usually 5 years part-time