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NN43 Accounting and Finance BA Undergraduate  2017


UCAS code NN43
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 3 years
Location Queen's Campus
From September 2018 onwards, we are planning to deliver all Accounting and Finance programmes in Durham City.
Typical Offers A-Level
International Baccalaureate
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications

Department(s) Website
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 0232 or or +44 (0)191 334 0449

Course Content


Throughout the BA Accounting and Finance you’ll study a breadth and depth of accounting and finance subjects giving you the opportunity to take your knowledge to a new level. Areas of study may include accounting information; the legal, regulatory and social context within which accounting operates and the design and operation of information systems.

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

Flexibility – subject to optional module choice and successful completion of your first year – it may be possible to change your degree path to either Accounting and Management or Finance. (Students who require a Tier 4 visa will need to check this in advance with the Tier 4 regulations which are in place at the time).

Year 1

In the first year, compulsory modules will provide you with the key fundamentals to examine and evaluate modern financial markets. These include:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Quantitative Methods.

A further optional module will be chosen from a range which has in the past included:

  • People Management and Organisations
  • The Global Economy
  • A Foreign Language

Year 2

In the second year, compulsory modules investigate:

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

 You also choose two optional modules from a selection which have in the past have covered, for example:

  • Macroeconomics and International Finance
  • Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Principles of Business Law
  • Introduction to Taxation
  • A Foreign Language.

Year 3

Moving to a more research-led teaching orientation in the third year, you are required to produce a double module Dissertation in any of the accounting and finance areas, such as financial accounting, management accounting, auditing or finance. Additionally, you will study three compulsory modules exploring:

  • Financial Planning and Control
  • Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting
  • Financial Theory and Corporate Policy

And choose one module from a large selection covering business and finance options. Subjects covered in previous years have included, for example:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Security Investment Analysis
  • International and Multinational Finance
  • Financial Engineering
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Strategic Management
  • Islamic Economics and Finance
  • Historical Studies in Accounting
  • Real Estate Finance
  • A Foreign Language.

Course 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 greater one-on-one interaction with teaching staff. 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 gives the student the opportunity to transform 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

Subject requirements, level and grade

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

  • We require AAB from A-levels.
  • We consider all A-level subjects, with the exception of General Studies – therefore General Studies would not be included in any offer.
  • For all Business, Marketing, Accounting and Finance degrees a strong proficiency in Mathematics is required. If Mathematics is not taken as an A-level subject a grade A in Mathematics at GCSE is required.
  • We consider each application holistically, on an individual basis and against the other applications we receive. Whilst academic achievement is important, it is not the only factor that we consider when assessing applications and applicants who have achieved, or are predicted to achieve, close to our typical offer, but who have not met it exactly, will be welcome to apply if they have a strong application in other key elements, for example if they can demonstrate merit and potential through their personal statement or their reference.
  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications, please email us for more information.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to offer IELTS of 6.5 (no component under 6.0); or the University approved equivalent. We also require proof of English Language proficiency for students from the European Union.
  • 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.
  • You are welcome to apply if you are taking resits; we do not make higher offers to students who declare resits.
  • 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.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Information relevant to your country

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £9,250.00
Home Student £9,250.00
Island Student £9,250.00
International non-EU Student £17,400.00

Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

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

Of those students that left in 2014:

  • 82% are in full time employment or further study

Of those in employment:

  • 96% of those are in graduate level employment
  • £29,000 Median Salary

These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2013/14 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:

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 that left in 2014:

  • 94% are in full time employment or further study

Of those in employment:

  • 97% of those are in graduate level employment
  • £22,800 Median Salary

These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2013/14 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; 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, our degrees 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.

Study with us and prepare to stand out from the crowd. With our rigorous curriculum and exceptional teaching, you’ll build world-class foundations for graduate employment or further study. You will also get a taste of real business – learning from expert faculty members and guest speakers, as well as through hands-on work placements and international study opportunities. With our flexible programmes, you are in control and can choose a route that suits your own interests and career aspirations.

The Business School is one of an elite group of institutions in the UK to be accredited by all three major bodies – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Ranked 2nd in the UK for graduate employability (Business and Management Studies, The Complete University Guide 2015).


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.