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Courses

N304 Accounting and Finance with Study Abroad BA Undergraduate  2018

Essentials

UCAS code N304
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 4 years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A-Level
AAB
International Baccalaureate
36
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/entry-reqs

Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/business
Email business.ugadmissions@durham
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 0232

Course Summary

Description

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.

What’s more, if you choose the relevant modules, you may 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:

  • Business Environment and Functions
  • 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:

  • Principles of Business Law
  • Introduction to Taxation
  • Macroeconomics and International Finance
  • Microeconomics for Finance
  • Introduction to Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • A foreign language

Year 3

In an increasingly globalised world, a period of international study is a major benefit and can help you to stand out in a crowded job market. All of our business degrees offer you the option of spending your third year studying abroad at one of our international partner universities. This is an opportunity to develop foreign language skills, experience another country and learn about its culture as well as adding an international dimension to your overall employability.

You may decide to study at one of our exchange universities for a full-year study placement period in your third year of study and this then effectively becomes the third year of a four year degree.

Opportunities for study abroad  have in the past included Australia, Canada, Chile, China/Hong Kong, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands,  New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and USA. Funding opportunities (open to both EU and non-EU students) may be available through scholarships offered by the host institution, the British Council and/or other funding bodies.  For up to date information on locations and funding, please go to www.durham.ac.uk/international/studyabroad

The Study Abroad year fees are set annually by the University.  For the definitive amount of the Study Abroad year fees payable please contact our Placement Administrator ,Vicky Anderson: victoria.anderson@durham.ac.uk

The offer of a place on a ‘study abroad’ degree does not imply that Durham University Business School guarantees to place the student with one of its partner institutions, nor a partner of the student’s choice. All study abroad programmes are subject to approval by the Business School. Some partner relationships have restricted access and so are not available to all students. The Business School, in association with the University, will assist students in applying for a study abroad place, but it is the responsibility of the student to apply for such a place, and the right of the Business School/University to allocate students to available places as it deems best. In the event that a student is unable to obtain a study abroad place, transfer to the equivalent ‘non-study abroad’ programme is guaranteed provided the student is eligible to transfer on academic grounds. In line with Home Office rules, students from outside the EU will transfer onto the ‘with study abroad’ programme only once they have successfully secured a placement (normally at the end of their second year of study). Therefore due to visa requirements, we recommend that international students interested in the study abroad year as part of their degree apply for this programme when making their application to us via UCAS.

 Year 4

Moving to a more research-led teaching orientation in the fourth 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 two compulsory modules exploring:

  • Financial Planning and Control
  • Contemporary Issues in Corporate Reporting

And choose one module from a large selection covering business and finance options. Subjects 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
  • A foreign language

Course Detail

To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.

Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.

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 systematically transforms the student from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. 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.
  • 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 particularly welcome the introduction of the Core Mathematics Qualification and we will accept a Core Maths Qualification (grade B minimum) in lieu of our grade A in GCSE Mathematics requirement.
  • Typical IB score 36 to include 665 in higher level subjects. If Mathematics is not taken at higher level then it is required at standard level 5.
  • 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.

Science A-levels

Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A-levels with an English examination board.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/country.information/

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £9,250.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £18,300.00 per year

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

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance 

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 2015:

- 88% are in employment or further study

Of those in employment:

- 100% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £30,300

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2014/15 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: www.hesa.ac.uk/support/definitions/destinations)

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 2015:

- 96% are in employment or further study

Of those in employment:

- 98% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £30,400

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2014/15 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: www.hesa.ac.uk/support/definitions/destinations)

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: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/live/visit/discoverdurham

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Department Information

Business School (School of Economics, Finance and Business)

Overview

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

Taught at Durham City, 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).

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the Busines School web pages.

Facilities

Durham City 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.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/business