We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.


N401 Management Accounting MAcc Undergraduate 2015


UCAS code N401
Degree MAcc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 4 years
Location Queen's Campus
Typical offers A Level
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Alternative qualifications

Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 0232

Course Content


The Masters in Management Accounting builds on the knowledge and skills gained in previous years – this programme shares the first three years with BA Accounting and Management (NN42) – and offers you the opportunity to complete an investigative research project as a member of one of the Business School’s research groups.

General areas of study include accounting information; the legal, regulatory and social context within which accounting operates; and the design and operation of information systems. Management specific topics include entrepreneurship; marketing principles; and managing in a global environment.

What’s more, if you choose the relevant modules, you may be exempt from some of the ACA, ACCA and CIMA examinations once you’ve completed your degree. Just another small step that’ll help make your way up the career ladder a little easier.

This programme shares a common first year with the BA Accounting and Finance and Masters in Financial Accounting and has the same first three years as BA Accounting and Management.

Note: You are encouraged to apply for the degree which most interests you. Subsequent transfer between these degree programmes will normally be possible.

Year 1

In the first year you will study six compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • People, Management and Organisations
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Quantitative Methods.

Year 2

The second year consists of four compulsory modules:

  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting

And two optional modules selected from a range including:

  • Information Systems
  • Managing in a Global Environment.

Year 3

All students work on a Dissertation in the third year, along with three compulsory modules:

  • Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting
  • Contemporary Issues in Management
  • Financial Planning and Control.

Your final module is chosen from:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Strategy and International Business
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship.

Year 4

The Masters year is based around working on a major Research Project connected with one of the School’s research groups. Each year the research groups put forward projects related to business organisations and are closely linked to staff interests and research. Masters students will bid for these projects and work as part of the research group under the supervision of specialised tutors. A highlight of the Masters year is the research conference where students present their work to business partners. The best work will also be published in Durham University Business School’s web-based journal.

Learning and Teaching

Students on this programme learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing. All of these are supported by a state of the art virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO).

Seminars and workshops are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with professors and lecturers. Workshops also allow hands-on experience of solving accounting and finance problems.

This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree programme is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as students move from their first to their final year.

Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the programme) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a capstone dissertation—supported by one-on-one supervision—that makes up a third of final year credits.

In this way the degree programme systematically transforms the student from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life.

These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the programme and continue at key times throughout each year of the programme.

Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. Please contact our Admissions Selectors
  • We do not include General Studies as part of any offer
  • In the absence of three full A-levels we may consider two AS-levels in place of one A-level, providing the AS-levels are in separate subjects
  • If Maths is not taken as an A-level subject a grade A in Mathematics at GCSE is essential
  • We will be reviewing our entry requirements for 2015 entry in the summer of 2014 and will publish finalised entry requirements for 2015 entry on the University’s website and at UCAS before 1 September 2014
  • We are willing to consider applications for deferred entry from those who have well- structured plans for work or travel, for example. We may, however, need to restrict the number of deferred entry offers we make because we have to be careful not to fill too many of next year’s places in advance. However, if you do apply for a deferred place and are unsuccessful, you are welcome to reapply the following year
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.

Requirements and Admissions

The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

Information relevant to your country

Fees and Funding

EU student fees


Home student fees


Islands student fees


International non-EU student fees


Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

"A degree from Durham University truly opens up windows of opportunity, I managed to secure a Graduate Accounts position with an international marketing company prior to graduation."

Claudine Andrew BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance (2010)

Of those students employed:

42% are in full time employment

Of those in employment:

93% are in graduate level employment
Median salary £30,000

Of those in further study:

100% are in graduate level study

(These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2012/13 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. View full definitions for the DLHE Record).

Employment development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the Undergraduate Business Department to ensure that students receive information, advice and vacancies relevant to their needs. A Careers Adviser delivers talks focused on ensuring that students receive the most relevant and up to date advice about professions that are of interest to students in the department.

A wide range of work is carried out in conjunction with the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre to develop students' employability skills, including presentations/workshops on CVs, applications, assessment centres, interviews, commercial awareness, leadership, etc. 

Many recruiters of Durham Undergraduate Business School students attend careers fairs and run presentations on campus, including: Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte, PWC, Rolls Royce, Lloyds TSB, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, IBM, Accenture, to name a few. Professional bodies like CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) also attend events on campus.

"We have had a number of students from the Undergraduate Business School join our Summer Internship Programme who have made a real impact due to their enthusiasm and strong interpersonal skills. These candidates have then gone on to join in Graduate roles."

Neil McGuire, Graduate Recruitment, Ernst & Young

Examples of career destination:

  • Finance/Accountancy/Associate/Deloitte
  • Retail/Management/Trainee Manager/Marks & Spencer
  • Diplomat/ British Government
  • Finance/Investment Management/Analyst/Blackrock
  • Health/ Management/Graduate Management Trainee /NHS
  • Finance/Accountancy/ Trainee Chartered Accountant/ TindlesLLP
  • Car rental/Management Graduate Trainee Programme /Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Finance/Banking/ Business Advisor/Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Engineering & Construction/Graduate Scheme/Balfour Beatty
  • British Armed Forces/Officer/Army
  • HM Treasury/Policy Advisor/ British Government

 Of those students employed:

  • 47% are in full time employment

Of those in employment:

  • 81% are in graduate level employment
  • Median salary £20,500

Of those in further study:

  • 100% are in graduate level study

(These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2012/13 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here:

A significant number of students progress on to higher level study following their degree in Business; notably at Durham, but also at other prestigious institutions. Some remain within their academic field and pursue higher level research, others take a different role and pursue professional postgraduate programmes, including teaching, law, accountancy, marketing and mathematics.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place

Campus tours

Overseas Visit Schedule

Department Information

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)


The best start to a career in business begins with learning from the best in the business.

Taught at Queen’s Campus, Durham University Business School’s degrees in Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing are designed to help you understand essential and advanced concepts of business, finance, economics, accounting, marketing and management. An internationally renowned research-led business school and one of the longest established in the UK, our degrees offer learning that is stimulating and challenging, providing ideal preparation for graduate employment or further study. The School is one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major accreditation bodies – AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.


Queen’s Campus offers superb library and IT services, including a large open access computer area. The library’s excellent collection of books, journals and original source materials in business and finance is complemented by access to online electronic information resources.

You will also use duo (Durham University Online), Durham’s virtual learning environment, an integrated online solution to manage and improve your learning duo offers structured learning content (web pages, lecture notes, interactive applications, audio and video clips) along with communication and assessment tools.


NB: Information contained on the website or in the literature with respect to the fee is correct at the time of publication but the University reserves the right to change the course information or fee at a later date.

Browse Courses