Accounting and finance specialism's within the BA (Econ) combine to make one of the largest degree programmes in the University. These specialisations are taught by the School of Social Sciences in partnership with Manchester Business School. The two specialist areas are distinctive and suitable for all those considering careers in the different fields of accounting, finance or banking, whether in public practice with a firm of chartered accountants, in industry or business management or in other parts of the financial world.
The degree is also suitable for those wishing to study accounting or finance alongside another social science. Combinations with economics, politics and sociology are all possible within the BA (Econ) structure. Further details are available in the BA (Econ) brochure. If you wish to specialise in accounting and/or finance within the BA (Econ) you must apply separately for the option using course code N420 for accounting, N300 for finance, NN43 for accounting and finance, NL41 for accounting and economics, or LN13 for economics and finance. Joint specialisation in accounting and finance is available to all applicants in either N420 or N300.
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The University of Manchester is one of the best universities in the UK for teaching and research in Accounting and Finance. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise it was one of only two places in the UK to receive the highest 5* rating while it also gained a maximum score of 24 in the most recent teaching quality assessment. We will provide you with a rich learning experience developing your skills and knowledge to the maximum. Our students are highly respected in all areas of business, and are actively sought after by prospective employers throughout the UK. External surveys of graduate recruiters in the accounting and finance area have, for several years, consistently ranked our division in the UK's top three with employers.
The `Big 4' accounting firms along with many large international companies have offices in the Manchester area. Many of these firms (including PwC, Deloitte, Kellogg's and Rolls Royce) along with the three main UK accounting bodies: ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA, have strong links with the Manchester Accounting and Finance group. This greatly benefits the research and teaching efforts of the staff and the facilities and activities made available to students.
BA (Econ) Accounting and Finance courses at Manchester are long established, and form a link between social science subjects throughout the University, including Economics and Law, and Manchester Business School, where the Accounting and Finance subject group finds its home. This allows you to take advantage of internationally recognised and research-led teaching in subjects that are complementary to accounting and finance and, in so doing, this contributes to a learning experience that is broad-ranging, flexible and topical.
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Course content for year 1
The object of the first year is to provide a broad introduction to the social sciences, enabling you to make an informed choice of areas to study in your second and final years. This means that you take a mixture of compulsory and optional courses.
Course content for year 2
In your second year you will begin to specialise in one or two areas. You continue to study various core subjects pertaining to accounting and/or finance but these will be taken in more depth.
The accounting and finance subjects available cover all the main areas and are supported by a wide range or optional accounting and finance course units in specialist topics. The approach taken to the subjects by staff is elcletic. For instance, second year course units include Foundations of Finance, intermediate Management Accounting, Financial Markets and Institutions and Introduction to Management Information Systems.
Course content for year 3
During the final year you become more specialised in the accounting and/or finance area, choosing from a wide range of relevant options in those fields. For instance, in the third year course units offered include Public Sector Accounting, Auditing, Corporate Finance and Case Studies in Information systems.
Graduates have a wide variety of career opportunities in both the private and the public sectors because of the large number of pathways through the degree. Recent graduates have pursued careers in management, accounting, consultancy, the Civil Service and the Bank of England, journalism and the media, social work, teaching and the law.
Course fees: For entry in 2008, the tuition fees for Home/EU students are £3,145 per year and the tuition fees for International students are £10,500 per year.