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If you want a route into the accounting profession or need to gain fundamental accounting skills for a managerial role, then an Accounting degree is right for you. In this course you will gain an understanding of how financial statements are prepared. You will also explore the differences in financial accounting for various businesses and build an understanding of the frameworks that underpin accounting and audit practices.

About the Course

In any Accounting degree, Economics and Financial principles play a crucial role in the operation, as well as good knowledge of management principles and regulation of financial institutions, industry and government agencies. A good background on the subject significantly enhances strategic decision making and becomes crucial in a world of integrating global markets and information superhighway. Therefore, you can expect a good component of Economics and Maths in your course.

Finance and accounting degrees combine an understanding of theory with the practical skills that are necessary to succeed in a business, industrial, and financial or government environment. The aim of this course is to produce thriving graduates who are familiar with the principles of finance across a range of subject areas, as well as prepare them for bright careers in accountancy.

What the course has to offer

This course will cover all the basic and necessary areas to develop an understanding of the trends and methods that apply in the world of accounting. Some of the main areas are as follows: 

  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Financial Accounting
  • Statistical Research Methods
  • Corporate Investment
  • Management Accounting and Decision-making
  • Financial Accounting and Statement Analysis
  • Company Law and Regulations
  • Behavioural Economics and Finance
  • Advanced Finance
  • Taxation

As with most courses and degrees, you will be expected to undertake a dissertation which is linked to your degree. This would be a collection of personal research and progress that you make throughout your academic year. Your dissertation will be a very useful tool that exhibits your skills and everything you have achieved once you have successfully completed your course.

Your degree will be based on lectures, workshops and seminars where you can brainstorm and have discussions with your tutors and fellow classmates. Assessments in this course are based on both coursework and exam performance.


One of the most important requirements for this course is a satisfactory mark in you’re A-Levels or equivalent qualifications if you are applying for undergraduate courses. Students with a Higher Secondary Certificate are normally expected to undertake a foundation programme to be eligible for admission to an undergraduate degree programme. Foundation programmes help you improve your English as well as gain basic knowledge of the course for a good start.

Most importantly, while applying for this course you will need a satisfactory IELTS (band 6.0) or TOEFL score in order to fulfil the language proficiency requirement. As most universities have different eligibility criteria for different courses, it is best to keep up with the latest information on entry requirements from the institution you are interested to apply with.

Careers and future prospects

Finance and Accounting graduates can go into a wide variety of occupations. Some go on to further study. Others are employed in industry, government agencies as well as in the world of corporate banking and financial services. In some cases a job offer comes from a former work placement employer, so be ready to apply for placements even before graduating.


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Scholarships and funding for international students

The next step after graduation: Employment and graduate schemes

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