An Accounting and Finance degree in the UK will help you craft unique perspectives and knowledge on economics, mathematics, political science, psychology and sociology. Students will learn how to prepare and interpret financial information, as well as gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the core financial practice.
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Modules at each university will broadly be the same and cover topics such as bookkeeping, statistics and credit and financial analytics. Year 1 will introduce you to key financial and economic practice, laying the foundations to all future studies. Year 2 will continue to develop your understanding of corporate finance, while also introducing optional modules you may wish to focus on. Year 3 will see you focus on a year long project, often in the form of a dissertation.
Undergraduate courses in accounting at UK universities generally last for four-years (including placement option) and will provide a solid foundation for either further study, or progression into your desired accounting or auditing profession.
Students will develop accounting knowledge and skills and undertake special ACCA-accredited (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) modules, meaning you will be exempt from a select number of ACCA professional exams if you choose to work towards your full accountancy qualification.
A postgraduate qualification in accountancy will help boost your career prospects with specialist and advanced modules in financial reporting, corporate governance and data analysis. Many accounting courses at master's level also feature accelerated progression to CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), meaning you will be exempt from up to 11 CIMA certificate exams.
A bachelor's degree in finance will help you learn how to examine international financial markets, manage money and assets and conduct risk management. Undergraduate finance degrees have been designed to offer learning in traditional and emerging financial fields, and students will have access to state-of-the-art Trading Room and Bloomberg terminals to develop analytical skills and experience.
A postgraduate finance degree in the UK will provide the flexibility to tailor your studies in areas that interest you, such as real estate finance, corporate finance and statistical machine learning. Once your study has been completed, there is a constant demand for skilled masters in finance graduates at investment banks, hedge funds and financial institutions.
Career options for accounting and finance graduates include accountancy, chartered accountancy, banking, insurance brokering, financial advisor, financial trader, investment analyst and tax advisor.
Because of the broad nature of the profession, employment opportunities are available at a range of different companies and sectors, and salaries are very competitive.
Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17.
Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.
To learn more about the best Accounting and Finance courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Accounting and Finance universities in the Guardian University Guide 2023 below:
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