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Middlesex University

Accounting and Finance BA Honours

4.8 excellent 5 opinions
Middlesex University
In London (England)

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Important information

Typology Bachelor's degree
Location London (England)
Duration 3 Years
Start Different dates available
  • Bachelor's degree
  • London (England)
  • Duration:
    3 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available
Description

Accounting and finance professionals play a vital role in today's economy. Our degree is for aspiring accountants wishing to build a successful career in the profession.



You will gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of accounting and finance and learn to understand management concepts within an international business context. BA Accounting and Finance is the ideal first step to becoming a qualified accountant. You can also choose to study Spanish or Mandarin as part of your degree, to ensure you stand out in a competitive job market

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Where and when
Starts Location
Different dates available
London
The Burroughs, NW4 4BT, London, England
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Starts Different dates available
Location
London
The Burroughs, NW4 4BT, London, England
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Opinions

4.8
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Course rating
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4.7
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Centre rating

Reviews on this course

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Former Student
18/10/2016
What I would highlight: I found that the finance and accounting part are well balanced. You learn basic bookeeping during first year and how to develop in the next years. The style of teaching is good too.
What could be improved: Nothing
Course taken: October 2016
Would you recommend this centre?: yes
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Former Student
23/08/2016
What I would highlight: The tutors are great, it was a fast paced course but it is very rewarding. They show you good practical facilities and the IT resources for the course are helpful. I enjoy the classes and everyone on the course is so nice.
What could be improved: .
Course taken: August 2016
Would you recommend this centre?: yes
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Ibrahim Musa
16/03/2017
What I would highlight: The learning that takes place in this school is divided into two segments which are the lectures and the seminars. You also have teachers from organizations like ACC, Bloomerg or Siemens who gives tips and guidance to increase your understanding.
What could be improved: .
Course taken: March 2017
Would you recommend this centre?: yes
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What you'll learn on the course

Mandarin
IT Law
Taxation
Strategic Management
Management
Decision Making
Business Environment
Financial Accounting
Market
Governance
Investment
IT Project Management
Accounting
IT
IT Auditing
Business Economics
Ethics
International
Accounting MBA
Finance
Financial
Law
Project
International Business
Project Management
Communication Training
Accounting and Finance
Management Accounting
Financial Training
IT Management
Business Finance
International Financial Markets
finance theory
Financial Data
Management Accounting
Business Law

Course programme

Course content

What will you study on the BA Accounting and Finance?

Our three-year degree (four years with the work placement option) covers the key areas of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Finance, Taxation, Business Law and Business Economics. You will also choose from an extensive range of modules that explore the broader business environment, and gain an understanding of the pivotal role of accounting to the success of organisations across the globe.

What will you gain?

You will develop a set of transferable skills to support you on your career journey, such as advanced analytical thinking and problem solving. You will learn how to work effectively in teams as both a leader and collaborator and become a confident communicator both written and verbally, ensuring you can communicate effectively in a business environment. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the UK taxation regime and its practical application in professional settings.

Modules*module details subject to validation*

  • Year 1
    • Financial Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is an introduction to book-keeping 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.

    • Financial Data Analysis (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a thorough grounding of the basic statistical methods and computer software for the analysis and presentation of accounting and economic data. 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.

    • Corporate Responsibility and Ethics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the concepts of corporate responsibility and business ethics. It aims to introduce knowledge of key stakeholders, together with the rights and responsibilities that businesses have in connection with them. It explores external influences that affect a business in its environment and examines how behaviour at all levels within business should be underpinned by accepted professional ethics and professional values. The module also provides an opportunity to research and debate how a business should respond to ethical concerns and how it should discharge its corporate responsibility.

    • Management Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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, the classification and interpretation of cost behaviour in decision making and control.

    • Financial Business Environment (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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 as well as providing the ability to apply economic theory in both microeconomic and macroeconomic contexts.

    • Accounting Information Systems (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce 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.

  • Year 2
    • Applied Financial Accounting OR Advanced Financial Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Applied Financial Accounting

      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 examining 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.

      Please note that you will either complete this module OR the Advanced Financial Accounting module depending on your results in the Financial Accounting module of Year 1.

      Advanced Financial Accounting

      This module enables you to extend your knowledge of the principles and techniques used in financial accounting and reporting. You will develop the ability to understand and critically analyse key techniques and practices within the framework of financial accounting and reporting. You will also develop and refine your transferable skills, including communication, presentation skills, critical analysis, time management and team-working.

    • Applied Management Accounting OR Advanced Management Accounting (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Applied Management Accounting

      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 will enable you to consider their wider and strategic uses. The module will explore the impact on organisations of strategic issues of contemporary management accounting.

      Please note that you will either complete this module OR the Advanced Management Accounting module depending on your results in the Management Accounting module of Year 1.

      Advanced Management Accounting

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the management accounting techniques and practices available today and the development of recent advances in methods of overhead cost allocation to reflect the changing nature of modern business.

    • Business Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Financial Mathematics (30 credits) – Optional

      This module explores the mathematics that underlies financial processes and financial decision making, and complements the study of these areas in economics and accounting. Specific areas include probability, extending interest ideas to annuities and bonds, modelling financial data using time series models and Markov chains, applying discrete methods for option pricing, and using utility to make decisions in risky environments.

    • Operations Management (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to broaden and expand your knowledge of the concepts and techniques required for the design, operation and control of business processes. Cases and practical exercises are relevant to a variety of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations. The module builds on the IT and quantitative skills developed in the first year.

    • Financial Project Management (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to introduce the techniques and practices in project management. The first part of the module is designed to examine the conceptual framework and key theories that underpins each phase of project management. The second part critically evaluates project optimisation mechanisms and explores ethical issues in project management. You will have the opportunity to manage a simulated project throughout the time of this module.

    • Personal Financial Behaviour (30 credits) – Optional

      The aim of the first part of this module is to introduce a variety of personal finance products and issues so as to increase your financial literacy. The second part will give you an understanding of personal financial behaviour. This includes an understanding of how market anomalies, financial bubbles, fake news and manipulations in financial markets can influence individual financial decision making as well as providing the ability to apply cognitive and emotional behaviour biases in irrational behaviour contexts.

  • Year 3
    • Accounting Theory (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module examines accounting theory and its influence in accounting. The module aims to provide you 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 you to undertake a research investigation into an accounting area.

    • Ethics and Sustainability (15 credits) – Compulsory

      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.

    • Taxation (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you 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 you to tackle more complex computational problems and to identify tax planning opportunities. You are also introduced to tax software packages, and gain hands-on experience of their use.

    • Corporate Finance (30 credits) – Compulsory

      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. The module explores 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 you to form a critical appreciation of the link between accounting and finance, and the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour.

    • Audit and Assurance (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to develop knowledge of the purpose and need for auditing of financial statements. You will 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. You will learn how to develop and apply audit strategies and learn the practical application of Auditing Standards ISAs.

    • Authentic Leadership Development (30 credits) – Optional

      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 you with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to develop and enhance your own personal leadership effectiveness in preparation for your chosen career.

    • Business Start-up (30 credits) – Optional

      This is a synoptic module which aims to ensure that you can demonstrate how to develop a business plan and put it into operation. This will be achieved by showing an understanding of the appropriate academic theories and an application of the necessary analytical tools to achieve a successful business start-up. In particular, the module aims to facilitate the development of a unique business plan in which you will learn, practice and apply the necessary academic and practical knowledge base and skills set, including team working, required for the establishment of a new business. This preparation follows through to provide you with the opportunity to study the establishment of small business in a practical context, giving you an insight into the nuts and bolts of setting up and running a small business. Especially important is the reconciliation of theory to practical realities including interaction with the appropriate government agencies, professional and commercial bodies. Finally, you are encouraged to reflect on whether you are suited to setting up your own small business or continuing your college business on a commercial basis.

    • Investment Analysis (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Advanced Financial Data Analysis (30 credits) – Optional

      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.

    • Corporate Accountability (30 credits) – Optional

      The module provides you with an understanding of the concepts and key issues in corporate governance and corporate accountability. You 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, you will understand the significance of corporate transparency and accountability in modern corporations.

    • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the tools for the analysis of financial information, in particular for the purpose of business valuation. In doing so, you will become familiar with how investors and corporate financiers utilise financial and non-financial information in corporate reports.

    • Work Internship (30 credits) – Optional

      The internship module gives you the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience for a minimum of 30 days. This will facilitate you to gain an insight into the world of work and appropriate conduct at work, and the process of becoming and staying employable through assertiveness, continuing development and reflection on both your development and the link between theory and practice. You will also develop an understanding of the organisation, sector and the environment in which it operates.

Modules

  • September 2018 entry – Year 2 entry only
    • Year 2

      . Business Environment Analysis (30 credits) - Optional

      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 as well as providing the ability to apply economic theory in both microeconomic and macroeconomic contexts.

      Business Strategies in Hispanic Countries (30 credits) - Optional

      The module reviews, consolidates and further enhances students' existing language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) of Spanish in business contexts to the advanced level. Particular emphasis is laid upon the students' ability to understand and critically analyse business texts and case studies in the Spanish-speaking world, in parallel with their knowledge of international business strategies and case studies as taught in their Business module. The module also enhances the students' awareness of the Spanish-speaking world specific business practices.

      Securities and Derivatives (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of securities and derivative products