University of Essex Accounting and Finance

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University of Essex Accounting and Finance

University of Essex Accounting and Finance

BSc Accounting and Finance

Course options2017-18

UCAS code: N420
Duration: 3 years
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £9,250
Fee (International): £13,350
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 873666
Email admit@essex.ac.uk

About the course

How can finance professionals act responsibility, but still meet business objectives? How does accounting information inform business decision making?

BSc Accounting and Finance is accredited by a number of professional accounting and finance bodies. You have access to our virtual trading floor, where you make use of real-world Bloomberg data, information and analytics to practise trading stocks and securities in the type of environment found in City finance firms.

You study a wide range of topics and develop your quantitative skills, giving you the flexibility to pursue a career in finance, accounting or business management after graduation.

You explore areas such as:

  • the preparation of financial statements and budgets
  • accounting standards and corporate governance
  • financial theory
  • portfolio management
  • options and futures markets
  • risk management

BSc Accounting and Finance includes an introductory first year to familiarise you with wider business topics, such as management, marketing and economics.

In your final year, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice by completing an in-depth, independent research project or dissertation. This will give you the chance to further develop vital employability skills in areas of research, time management and critical thinking.

Essex is one of just three UK universities to have received Q-Step Affiliate status, including for our BSc Accounting and Finance, to support the way we develop the quantitative skills of our graduates.

This means we can provide work placement bursaries to develop your skills in evaluating numerical evidence, analysing data and designing research. We also offer the opportunity to follow a specialised degree path, where you graduate with enhanced quantitative skills. These are evidenced on your degree transcript, to help give you the competitive edge in the graduate job market.

BSc Accounting and Finance is taught at Essex Business School, ranked in the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF, 2014) and in the top 20 UK business schools by the Chartered Association of Business Schools. Our finance group is one of the largest and most respected in the country and our students and staff join us from all over the world.

We not only teach you how financial information underpins leadership, strategy and planning, but how financial decisions can impact society and the economy. We develop your understanding of governance and ethics, so you can take actions for the good of organisations and the wider world.

Essex Business School is an IMC Advantage Partner and this course is aligned to the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) syllabus, the industry’s benchmark entry-level qualification.

This course can also be taken with an optional placement or study abroad year.

“I’ve developed transferable skills that will broaden my career prospects. I learnt from expert academics, using the latest research, so I knew I was learning about the banking systems of today, rather than simply historical theory. University life is not just about learning though; it’s also about making friends and exploring new interests. It’s great that Essex has such a wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer via sports clubs and societies.”

Maria Ros Bautista, BSc Accounting and Finance (2015)

Professional accreditation

Completion of this course gives you accreditations and exemptions from the following professional bodies:

  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

This means that you are able to gain a professional qualification by taking fewer exams when you graduate, giving your career a head start.

Study abroad

The four-year version of our BSc Accounting and Finance enables you to study abroad during your third year and you won’t pay tuition fees during this time (2017 entry). The course content otherwise remains the same as the three-year version.

Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. We have exchange partners in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, the Middle East, Hong Kong and Japan.

Placement year

Alternatively, you may decide to take on a placement year to gain relevant work experience within an external organisation. A placement year can give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market and provide you with key contacts within the industry.

The Essex Business School Placements Manager can offer bespoke support throughout the process of researching, applying and interviewing for placements. However, it is your responsibility to apply, prepare for and secure your own role. We also offer a number of other employability opportunities during your studies. Our students have gained placements with organisations such as BMW, Samsung and Cummins.

Our expert staff

You are taught by a highly qualified, enthusiastic team with wide-ranging research interests and proven academic track record. You’ll regularly see our academics, such as Emeritus Professor Prem Sikka, talking to the media about important business issues.

Our staff specialise in areas including: accounting and economic development in the public and third sectors; regulation and corporate social responsibility; finance and banking; accounting and finance in developing economies; and contemporary financial markets and their participants.

They use research in lectures and seminars, so you learn about issues affecting the business world right now.

Specialist facilities

Our BSc Accounting and Finance is based at our Colchester Campus, where you benefit from excellent facilities:

  • a lush winter garden, which gives our zero carbon building its own micro-climate
  • light and spacious lecture theatres
  • study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • networking opportunities with visiting businesses
  • a café with an adjacent sun terrace
  • study skills workshops and advice

Our Colchester building is located on the Knowledge Gateway innovation park, providing potential networking and work experience opportunities with a range of exciting businesses located on site.

Your future

As well as equipping you with knowledge and practical skills in accounting and finance, we develop your employability and professional skills through specialist career modules.

In 2015, 84% of Essex Business School undergraduates and 98.6% of our international (non-UK/EU) undergraduates were in graduate level work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015 leavers). Our recent graduates work for high-profile companies and innovative SMEs such as:

  • AVIVA
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Bank of England
  • WeFarm, a social enterprise helping farmers out of poverty
  • Footprint Digital, a fast-growing digital marketing agency

Many have also started their own successful businesses. Recent examples include:

You have access to a range of employability opportunities, including employer talks. We also work closely with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

MSc Accounting and Finance

Duration: 1 year
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Essex Business School
Fee (Home/EU): £10,200
Fee (International): £15,950
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
PGT fees information

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 872719
Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

About the course

How can organisations ensure fair and accurate accounting? How has finance changed in the wake of the global economic crisis?

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is taught at Essex Business School, an internationally diverse school ranked in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF, 2014). You join one of the UK’s largest and most respected finance groups and experience a Masters education that combines theory with practice. You further your understanding of advanced accounting and corporate finance and can tailor your studies to your professional ambitions by choosing from a range of optional modules.

You cover topics including:

  • recent developments in theoretical approaches to accounting and corporate finance
  • quantitative and qualitative approaches to empirical research
  • financial reporting
  • portfolio management

Our world-renowned academics are at the cutting-edge of their fields. They embed the latest thinking into your course to ensure you stay up-to-date with the current developments and major issues in accounting and financial reporting.

Whether you’re thinking about continuing your studies to PhD level or targeting a senior role in the world of accounting or finance, this is the course to advance your career.

Our MSc Accounting and Finance is also available to study part-time and you may be eligible for University of Essex scholarships and discounts. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our expert academics and practitioners seek to shape the direction of debate and research in the fields of accounting and finance, addressing issues currently faced by commercial businesses, public sector bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Their work has been cited in the national press and we’re home to internationally regarded figures, such as Emeritus Professor Prem Sikka, who is campaigning for an end to corporation tax avoidance.

Essex Business School has four accounting and finance research centres, producing work with real-world impact:

We’re recognised for being at the forefront of research in:

  • business ethics
  • corporate social responsibility
  • organisation studies
  • leadership and strategy
  • finance and banking
  • risk management
  • international management

Specialist facilities

We’re proud to have the UK’s first zero carbon business school building, which reflects our commitment to ethical and sustainable business. You will be able to:

  • practise analysing financial data in our virtual trading floor, complete with Bloomberg Financial Market Labs
  • prepare for your lectures in our lush winter garden
  • experience our Eden-style dome, which gives the building its own micro-climate
  • learn in light and spacious lecture theatres
  • utilise our study pods and innovation booths for group working
  • network with visiting businesses
  • utilise the study skills services provided by the EBS Learning Team
  • relax in Bonds café, adjacent to our sun terrace

Your future

We develop your business skills so you can use creativity, innovation and ethical awareness to solve the challenges that the international business world continues to present. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

Our recent graduates have progressed to roles in financial analysis, management, public administration and accountancy in high-profile organisations and exciting SMEs across the world, such as:

  • The Government of Pakistan
  • Brit College
  • Dytex Cotfabr
  • Capital Markets Intelligence, a financial publisher
  • Credit Data Research, a provider of small business finance

We’re also proud of our student entrepreneurs, including international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP.

Working alongside the University’s Employability and Careers Centre, we’ll help you find out about employability opportunities, such as work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities. There is also access to employer talks on campus.