Accounting and Finance Degree | Abertay University

Accounting and Finance
BA (Hons)

This fast-paced accounting and finance programme prepares you for a challenging and rewarding career in the financial world.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BA (Hons)



Why Study Accounting and Finance?

Join our professionally accredited Accounting and Finance degree and learn how to solve problems, make decisions and be empowered to manage, lead and grow all types of organisations. Get set to think in different ways, unleash your creativity and explore the financial core of the business world.

This degree is designed to give you the knowledge and hands-on experience of what it’s like to work in accounting and finance. It prepares you to hit the ground running thanks to live business projects and simulations set by companies such as Sky, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Children 1st.

Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with:

  • All the skills you need for a career in accountancy, taxation, auditing and corporate finance
  • Professional body accreditation from CIMA, ACCA and AIA
  • An enhanced CV filled with activities such as the IBM Universities Business Challenge and Entrepreneurial Brains Made on Campus (EMBC) in association with Germany’s Stuttgart Media University

When you study Accounting and Finance at Abertay, it’s not just about the numbers – we encourage you to immerse yourself in student life and engage in a wide range of extracurricular activities throughout your time at university.                  

Your Journey Starts Here

All organisations, be they public, private or third sector, must understand where their finances come from, how they're being used, and whether they're running at a profit or a loss. If you're good with numbers and enjoy learning how they fit in to a business context, this Accounting and Finance degree is for you.

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have a passes in English and Maths in any of the following - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4.  National 5 Lifeskill Maths not accepted in lieu of Maths.

List of literate subjects:

  • Business Management
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for speakers of other languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Sociology


Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher BBBB Literate subject
A-Level CCC Literate subject
Irish Highers H3H3H3H3 Literate subject
International Baccalaureate 28 Points Literate subject
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Business, Hospitality, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP BBB Access to (one of the following):- University Study, Community, Education & Humanities, Arts & Social Science, Languages with Business, Languages, Arts & Social Science, Arts & Humanities, Humanities, Humanities (Teaching), Degree
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher BBB Accounting and Business Management
A-Level ABB Accounting and Business Studies
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD Business (Accounting)
HNC - Our Coming from College pages list approved HNC courses
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
HND - Our Coming from College pages list approved HND courses

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (2017/18)

Introduction to Accounting (ANF101)

An introduction to the disciplines of financial and management accounting.

Nature of Management (BMT101)

This module introduces students to the

Financial Economics for Business (ANF102)

This module will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of business and economics, along with

Financial and Management Accounting (ANF103)

This module provides the student with the opportunity to understand the roles of financial and man

Information Systems (ANF104)

This module provides an awareness of the uses and benefits of Accounting Information Systems (AIS

Business Economics (ECN201)

This module will provide an analysis of microeconomic structures and market failures and will intro

Financial Accounting (ANF201)

This module seeks to expose students? to regulatory frameworks that underpin the preparation of fi

Business Analytics (ANF202)

This module introduces a number of modelling methods aiming at supporting organisational decision

Management Accounting (ANF203)

This module extends the basics of management accounting in its role in shaping long term decisions

Business Law (Accountants) (LAW256)

In this module students will study the legal framework within which business organisations operate,

Advanced Management Accounting (ANF304)

The module is concerned with the use of management accounting for management control and advance

Taxation (ANF302)

A module introducing the main principles of taxes on corporate bodies, and of capital taxes as the

International Financial Accounting (ANF303)

Exploration of the application of Financial Accounting Theory and Practice to current issues in

Corporate Finance (ANF301)

An introductory module on corporate finance.

Financial Markets (ANF305)

An introduction to Financial Markets and Institutions. Assumes no previous knowledge.

Management of International Trade Finance (ANF401)

An overview of research methods for international finance and an examination of how multinational

Advanced International Financial Accounting (ANF403)

consideration of the role played by financial accounting in the context of international busines

Dissertation (ANF404)

A module in which the student demonstrates analysis and critical evaluation/discussion of a self

International Financial Management (ANF405)

The module deals with corporate finance issues.

Contemporary Accounting (ANF402)

This module examines Contemporary Accounting; exploring modern concepts.

Entrepreneurial Initiatives

In addition to developing solutions to live business problems, in many of your modules you'll be encouraged to take part in entrepreneurial initiatives to gain additional experience of group working and industry exposure. This is also a great opportunity to work with students from other programmes of study.

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Entrepreneurial Brains Made on Campus (EBMC)

In association with Stuttgart Media University in Germany, students are tasked with identifying a social or economic challenge and finding a solution to this which they then present back to former students and industry professionals. The top teams are invited to Germany to participate in the final.

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IBM Universities Business Challenge

Sponsored by IBM, this UK-wide initiative sees our students competing against other UK universities in hope of winning recognition for the best solution to a social enterprise challenge through simulation activities. We've had five teams in the final over the past nine years!

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Innovation for Global Growth

Students are asked to come up with solutions to real business problems set by organisations from a range of business sectors, including food and drink, banking, textiles, and telecoms. Working in small teams, students have to apply their studies to practical problems currently being faced by those businesses, before pitching their solution back to the company. 

How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment

Our Accounting and Finance degree is a professionally accredited programme, which means there’s a strong reliance on exams as assessment. However, you’ll be well prepared for these with lots of examples practiced in class in advance. 

We also use other assessment techniques, ranging from presentations and online discussions to finding solutions to industry posed questions.

Additionally, you’ll take part in team working to help develop your collaborative skills, as well as presentations, written assessments and online discussions to enhance your communication skills. 

Lectures, reading and interaction with industry will boost your knowledge, while your research skills and independence as a learner will peak during the honours project module in Year 4. 

Your confidence to go out into the world of work will be affirmed through activities such as Innovation for Global Growth week – a major annual event at Dundee Business School.

For more information on the course content, please download the programme document - BA with Honours in Accounting and Finance


About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay University degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules. 


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Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year. 

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year. 

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

International Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year. 

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 


Accounting is always in demand.

By 2018, it’s estimated that there’ll be 279,000 more accounting jobs in the UK, which means excellent career prospects and earning potential for an ambitious and motivated Accounting and Finance graduate.


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Choose Your Path

While the obvious career path is to become an accountant, many graduates use their skills and knowledge to get a foot in the door in roles where a strong numeric background and understanding of company finances makes them valuable additions to organisations. Recent Abertay graduates have joined companies such as:

  • Lloyds Banking
  • Henderson Loggie
  • Centrica
  • Ernst & Young
  • NCR
  • BNP Paribas
  • HSBC


Industry Links

The course also enjoys extensive links with industry, with speakers and projects coming from a number of areas. Previous industry links have included:

  • Dundee Social Enterprise Network
  • Stagecoach
  • Harris Tweed
  • Dundee Football Club

Every year we arrange for you to meet with representatives of two major professional accounting bodies: ACCA and CIMA.

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Programme Leader - Accounting and Finance

Mrs Helen Smith

Mrs Helen Smith

Dundee Business School | Senior Lecturer

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