BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Law

Professionally accredited by three industry bodies, this Accounting and Finance with Law degree will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in the financial world.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Award Title

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

N4M1

Accounting and Finance with Law

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Why study Abertay's BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance with Law?

Join our professionally accredited Accounting and Finance with Law degree and learn how to work at the financial heart of any business. Become empowered to solve problems, make decisions and manage, lead and grow all types of organisations. 

This degree is designed to give you the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to work in accounting and finance. Get set to think in different ways, unleash your creativity and explore the financial core of the business world. 

If you choose to make law your specialism, you will build up a specific understanding how entwined law and finance are. From legal systems and methods through to employment and intellectual property law, we aim to ensure you have the legal side of finance covered.

We prepare 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.

  • All the skills you need for a career in accountancy, taxation, auditing and corporate finance.
  • Professional body accreditation from CIMA, ACCA and AIA.
  • The key management skills necessary to deliver a financially and environmentally sustainable performance across a wide range of organisations.
  • 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.
  • If you want to start your own business, or work as a freelancer, Bell Street Ventures is on campus to help you.
  • You have the option of international study and a work placement.

Why study this course here:

  • Sunday Times UK University of the Year 2020 for Teaching Quality.
  • Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction with TeachingCourse and Feedback.
  • National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.

Online Open Days 2021

An Online Open Day is a great way to help you decide what and where you want to study.

Join us virtually on Wed 29 Sep or Sat 30 Oct to chat to lecturers and students, see the facilities for the course(s) you're interested in, and get a flavour of our city-centre campus.

BOOK YOUR PLACE

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Take part in 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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Compete in International business contests

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.

Solve real world business problems

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. 

Work on UK wide competitions

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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About Your Modules

The module information featured is intended as an example only, describing the modules our students are taking this year. Modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change. If you receive an offer to study with us we will send you a Programme document  that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay University degree programme. Please see Terms and Conditions for more information.

Modules

Year 1 Core Modules

You must study and pass all five core modules

Brief description

Introduction to the disciplines of financial and management accounting.

Indicative content:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting and Management Accounting: Accounting theory and practice: different branches of accounting. The differences between financial and management accounting.
  • Different Types of Business Organisation: The key concepts in financial accounting and the regulatory framework of financial accounting.
  • Basic Accounting Practice: The production of Income Statements and Balance Sheets for a sole trader, including basic adjustments and financial ratios.
  • Cost Behavious and Measuring Operational Performance: The classification of costs and revenues and understanding implications of cost behaviour. Using marginal costing to support short term decision-making. Measuring relevant costs and revenues for decision-making; limiting factors, close-down, make or buy and other shirt-term decisions. CVP Analysis for a single product. 
  • Information for Planning, Control and Decision-making: The budgeting process. Preparation of cash budgets. Behavioural aspects of budgeting. Sources of management information.
  • Study techniques: Revising for exams.

Brief description

Introduction to the key theories, concepts and functions of management.

Indicative content:

  • Organisational and work design: Organisational structure, division of labour, job design.
  • Management theories: Evolution of management theories including, classical, motivational, systems, quality movement, knowledge management.
  • Leadership theories: Foundation of leadership including trait, behavioural and situational theories.
  • Management in practice: Managers roles and competencies, management functions: planning; leading; organising; controlling.

Brief description

Introduction to the nature and sources of law in Scotland.

Indicative content:

  • The origin and nature of law: Theories on the origin and nature of law. Law and other systems of rules. Distinguishing the Civil and Common Law systems. The emergence of Scots Law.
  • Fundamental legal concepts: The nature of obligations, legal rights and legal duties. The nature and concepts of Constitutions, separation of powers and the rule of law. Jurisdiction.
  • Sources of law: Institutional writers, legal treatises and authoritative writings. Custom. Roman Law. Legislation. Case law. Investigating and comparing paper and electronic sources.
  • The system for making and amending law: The legislative process in Scotland, the UK and the EU.
  • The system for interpreting and applying the law: The role of lawyers and the nature of legal services. The role of Judges and Courts. The Civil and Criminal Court system of Scotland. The Court system in the UK and EU. Hierarchy and precedent. Role of Tribunals.
  • Legislative interpretation: The approaches to interpreting legislation in the UK, Scotland and the EU. Rules of interpretation.
  • Case law interpretation: How and why cases are reported. Locating sources. The doctrine of Precedent. Ratio decidendi and obiter dicta. Distinguishing cases. Comparing Scottish, English and EU cases.
  • Construction and communication of legal argument: The nature of legal researching. How to research a legal issue. Developing a legal opinion or argument. Presentation technique. The conventions of legal writing. Citation, abbreviations, terminology.
  • Introduction to library-based information services and research skills: Layout of the library; library resources; Virtual library and catalogue; Virtual library information service; recording and citing sources; using IT applications.
  • Choosing and using specialist sources of information: Specialist sources of information for professional practice (Westlaw, LexisNexis, Pebble+); abstracting and indexing services; press reports; information services outwith the library (electronic journals, internet). Referencing; the conventions of legal writing, citation, abbreviations, terminology.

Brief description

Introduction to finance and statistics.

Indicative content:

  • Types of data: Different types of data: cross-sectional vs time series, qualitative vs quantitative.
  • Key concepts: Key statistics concepts, including descriptive vs inferential statistics, population-case-sample and variable.
  • Descriptive statistics-qualitative variables (using SPSS): Summarising and visualising one qualitative variable and using cross-tabulation to analyse the relationship between two qualitative variables.
  • Descriptive statistics-quantitative variables (using SPSS): Analysing one quantitative variable (using SPSS and manual calculations); analysing one quantitative variable between groups; and analysing the relationship between two quantitative variables using Scatter Diagram, Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient and Linear Regression.
  • Time series analysis (using Excel): The concepts of trend, seasonality and randomness. How to use time series plots to understand data movements over time. How to calculate the linear trend and seasonal component of linear time series and use those to forecast future time series values.
  • Time value of money: Why money has a higher value today than in the future. Develop a set of tools to use throughout the rest of the module. Analysing single cash flows and annuity cash flows.
  • Bond valuation: What bonds are, how to price them and why they are important to the firm.
  • Stock valuation: What stocks are, how to price them and why they are important to the firm. The main stock markets in the world.
  • Risk and return: Portfolio theory. Learn how to characterise and estimate risk and return.

Brief description

Analysis of microeconomic structures and market failures and an introduction to macroeconomic indicators and macroeconomic theory.

Indicative content

  • Demand-supply analysis: Product pricing decisions; Elasticity of demand; Demand forecasting; Cost estimation and forecasting; Input markets ; Labour markets and wages; Commodity markets and prices.
  • Market structure and potential failure: Perfect competition, oligopoly, and monopoly. Deadweight loss and policies to limit excessive market power.
  • The macroeconomic environment: Macroeconomic conditions and indicators; Macroeconomic Theory and policy; Policy impact assessment; Exchange rate and business.
  • Strategic business decisions: Globalisation: Market entry and exporting decisions; Political risks; Theories of FDI; Outsourcing decisions. Vertical Integration. Diversification decisions. Application to business plans.

Year 1 Option Modules

You must study and pass two option modules of your choosing.

Brief description

Develop a range of skills, knowledge and techniques within the natural, technological and social sciences  relevant to the study of environmental sustainability and life in the twenty-first century. 

Indicative content

  • The challenge of sustainable development: Problems associated with life in the 21st Century and the relationship to scientific provisionalism and uncertainty are discussed.
  • The genesis of sustainable development concept: Developments associated with the Club of Rome are outlined while Limits to Growth and the Tragedy of the Ccommons.
  • Evolution of sustainable development: The Reo Summit and suitability, and policy developments..
  •  Mainstreaming sustainability: Sustainability and mitigation, adaptation and resilience, as individual and social concerns.,
  • Communicating sustainability: Human well-being, environmental Justice, environmental policy and the practicalities of sustainability in Scotland. 
  • Sustainable development in practice: Community Empowerment associated with land reform. Energy production and food production in Tayside. 
  • Ethics and sustainability policy: Active citizenship and globalisation..
  • Innovating locally, transforming globally: Transformations required to embrace sustainability.
  • Active relationship for sustainable futures: Thinking globally, acting locally.

Brief description

Social, managerial, economic, political and technical challenges and opportunities associated with emerging renewable energy innovation, production, supply and consumption..

Indicative content

  •  Renewable energy non-technical challenges and opportunities: Social and political challenges and opportunities of renewable energy production supply and consumption. Economic and environmental challenges of renewable energy production supply and consumption. Strategic and managerial challenges of renewable energy production supply and consumption.
  • Renewable energy technological challenges and opportunities: Geotechnical and Geophysical information. Technical limitations and challenges of energy distribution systems and energy storage. Current technological development trend, collaborative innovation in renewable energy.

Brief description

Introductin to tax. 

Indicative content

  • Introduction to taxation: General introduction to UK tax system; Administration of tax system; Tax evasion; Tax avoidance; HMRC Charter; Introduction to Income tax.
  • Taxation of the individual: Sources of income; Basis of assessment and allowable expenditure; Capital expenditure; Personal allowances and reliefs; Income and losses arising from property; Employee’s liability for National Insurance contributions.
  • Income from employment: Basis of assessment; Employment income; Non-taxable employment income; Deductible expenses; Administration of the Pay As you Earn (PAYE) system; Benefit-in-kind.
  • Income from self-employment: The calculation of trading profits; Disallowed and allowable expenditure; Trading income allowance ; Basis periods for trading income; Commencement of trade; Cessation of trade; Change of accounting date; Capital allowances; Trading losses and relief; partnerships.

Brief description

The skills and knowledge required to manage the finance of an event.

Indicative content

  • Sources of funding: Determining where funding will come from for your event; funding policies; funding applications to external sponsors; convincing sponsors of the benefits of funding your event
  • Budgeting and breakeven: Understanding the types of costs involved in the project;  Preparing a simple budget and analysing a complex (pre-prepared) budget; Creating a break-even analysis
  • Controlling finances: Pre-event controls, operational controls, post control mechanisms.

Brief description

The importance of digital technology in the marketing function in today’s organisation. 

Indicative content

  • Introduction to digital marketing: Discussing the impact of digital transformation on the marketing function. Creating digital strategies that are integrated within the wider marketing strategy and support the organisational goals and objectives.
  • Understanding the digital marketing environment: Examining the internal and external facets of the digital environment that the company operates within including competitors, the digital consumer and the wider digital landscape.
  • The planning process: Exploring the models and methods of planning your digital strategies based on audit data, social listening and company objectives. 
  • Media and tools planning: Selecting the appropriate tools and media to use to support the implementation of the digital marketing strategy.

Year 1 Core Modules

You must study and pass all six core modules

Brief description

Business Analytics is generally thought to comprise three broad categories: descriptive analytics, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics. You need no prior higher education experience in statistics.

Indicative content

  • Descriptive statistics: Descriptive statistics to summarize data. Modifying data using Excel, measures of location, measures of variability, measures of association between two variables and data cleansing.
  • Data visualisation: The most common forms of visualising data and when each form is appropriate. The human mind can process visual images such as charts much faster than it can interpret rows of numbers.
  • Probability - modelling uncertainty: Basic relationships of probability, conditional probability, random variables and probability distributions.
  • Descriptive data mining: Cluster analysis, association rules and text mining.
  • Statistical inference: Sample selection, point estimation, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis tests.
  • Simple linear regression: The least squares method and the fit of the model.
  • Multiple linear regression: Extension of the simple linear regression model to incorporate multiple independent variables. Statistical inference in regressions, categorical independent variables, model fitting and prediction using regression models.
  • Time series analysis and forecasting: Time series patterns, forecast accuracy, moving averages and using regression analysis for forecasting.

Brief description

The principles of Scots commercial law, consumer law and finance as they relate to business and consumer transactions.

Indicative content

  • Sale and supply of goods and services to businesses: Contract of sale and related contracts to businesses: implied terms, transfer of property and risk, breach and remedies, operation of the Sale of Goods Act 1979,Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 and the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977
  • Sale and supply of goods and services to consumers: Consumer Rights Act 2015, Consumer Protection Act 1987, Consumer contracts regulations
  • Rights in Security: Rights in security over moveables, lien, pledge, hypothec, standard securities, floating charges, guarantees and cautionary obligations.
  • Debt recovery and personal insolvency: Diligence: attachment inhibition, arrestment, adjudication and money attachment. Personal insolvency and the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 2016.
  • Insurance: The common law of insurance: operation of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010, the Consumer Insurance (Disclosures and Representations) Act 2010, the Insurance Act 2015
  • Consumer credit and consumer finance: Consumer Credit Act 1974, hire purchase, loans, banking practice, mortgages, personal savings and investments, pensions, stocks and shares, basic rules of taxation and money laundering
  • Arbitration and ADR: ADR forms such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Arbitration in Scotland: Arbitration (Scotland) Act 2010.

Brief description

Techniques used in financial and management accounting.

Indicative content

  • Basic financial accounting: Double-entry bookkeeping. Internal Control: errors - their prevention, detection and correction; accounting ledger systems, trial balance, suspense accounts and journals. 
  • Incomplete records: Preparation of final accounts of a limited company from incomplete records, and prepare bank reconciliation statement. 
  • Accounting for costs: Accounting for material: FIFO, LIFO, Weighted Average. Accounting for labour: labour costs, idle time, incentives and labour turnover. 
  • Pricing methods and pricing decisions: Cost plus, target costing, price skimming, penetration pricing 
  • Budgeting: The context of budgets. Approaches to budgeting. Interpreting and acting on budgets. Preparation of functional budgets from given data. Budgeting and performance analysis in not-for-profit organisations and the public sector 
  • Taxation: The impact of taxation on companies, calculating corporation tax.
     

Brief description

The fundamental areas of civil law.and an understanding of the 'legal system' in general. 

Indicative content

  • Legal systems: The nature of law; the distinction between civil and criminal law;sources of law; the structure of the courts; impact of EU law on Scots law.
  • Contract: Nature and formation; essential features and validity; terms of the contract; breach of contract; extinction of contractual obligations.
  • Delict: Nature of delict; culpa and negligence; strict and vicarious liability; Consumer Protection Act 1987; defences to an action in delict.
  • Employment law and business organisations: Nature of employment and contractual relationship; unfair and wrongful dismissal; health and safety in the workplace. Business Organisations and legal framework - Law of Agency, Partnerships and Company law.

Brief description

The basics of management accounting in its role in shaping long term decisions, in planning and in control and presenting reports to management.

Indicative content

  • Further issues in costing: Overhead allocation, apportionment and absorption; compilation of process costing statements and joint costing statements using FIFO and Weighted Average considering opening and closing stocks; throughput costing.
  • Marginal costing: Cost-volume profit analysis for multi-product. Absorption and Marginal costing compared.
  • Capital investment appraisal: Investment appraisal methods; Net Present Value, Payback, Internal Rate of Return and Accounting Rate of Return. Strengths and weaknesses of these methods. Sensitivity analysis applied to capital investment appraisal. 
  • Working capital: The nature and importance of working capital. Management of working capital. Determining working capital needs. 
  • Variance analysis: Calculation and interpretation of variances. Reconciliation of actual to planned performance by means of variances. Distinguish between planning and operational and operational variances. Role of MRP and ERP systems in supporting standard costing systems.Material mix and yield variances, sales mix and quantity variances.

Brief description

This module seeks to expose students¿ to regulatory frameworks that underpin the preparation of financial statements for different forms of business organisations. It also seeks to develop students¿ ability to prepare partnership accounts and limited liability companies¿ general-purpose financial statement based on relevant standards issued by the IASB.

Indicative content

  • Introduction to accounting and reporting frameworks: Accounting framework for a sole trader, a partnership and a limited liability company.
  • Partnerships: Legal background. appropriations, admissions/retirements, dissolutions and conversion to a limited company.
  • Financial statements for limited liability companies: Preparation and presentation of general purpose financial statements based on the provisions of relevant IASs/IFRSs issued by IASB.
  • Accounting treatments for current assets (inventories IAS2, trade receivables)
  • 5. Accounting treatments for non-current assets (tangible/intangible/impairment IAS36)
  • Calculation and interpretation of accounting ratios and trends; Earnings per shareIAS33 limitations of ratios. 
  • Prepare and report financial performance to address financial information users and stakeholder needs. 
  • Financial Reporting and basic group accounting with associates IFRS3, IFRS10

Year 3 Core Modules

You must study and pass all five core modules

Brief description

The use of management accounting for management control and advanced numerical techniques in decision-making.

Indicative content:

  • Control: Divisional performance appraisal. Transfer pricing. Aspects of modern management practice and accounting issues within different sectors (including social enterprise). Business Plans and management reports. Life-cycle costing.
  • Decision analysis: An introduction to Activity Based Costing and Activity Based Management. Decisions under uncertainty, including decision trees and the value of information.
  • Strategic management accounting techniques: Value Management: value chain analysis, economic value added. The use of strategic management accounting techniques within an organisation: target costing, linear programming, Learning Curve and Experience Curve and Regression analysis and cost estimation and other forecasting techniques. Performance analysis in NPF organisations and the public sector.

Brief description

Introduction to corporate finance. Gain knowledge of the main sources of corporate finance and the ability to apply key techniques to use and manage finance in large and small organisations.

Indicative content:

  • Time value of money: Future Value and Present Value; Annuities and Perpetuities; Quotes rates, Effective Annual Rate and Annual Percentage Rate.
  • Bond valuation: Bond Pricing; Bond Ratings; Interest Rate Risk; Determination of Bond Yields.
  • Equity valuation: Ordinary and Preference Shares; Cash Flow Valuation.
  • Capital budgeting: Net Present Value, Payback Rule and Other Investment Criteria; Pro forma Financial Statements; Special Cases of Discounted Cash Flow; Scenario Analysis; Sensitivity Analysis; Break-Even Analysis.
  • Risk and return: Expected Returns and Variances; Systemic and Unsystematic Risk; Diversification and Portfolio Risk; Systemic Risk and Beta; the Security Market Line and CAPM.
  • Cost of capital: The Cost of Equity; the Cost of Debt and Preference Shares; the Weighted Average Cost of Capital.
  • Financial leverage and capital structure policy: The effect of Financial Leverage; Capital Structure and the Cost of Equity; Modigliani & Miller Propositions and the value of the firm; Optimal Capital Structure; the Pecking-Order Theory.
  • Dividends and pay-out policy: Cash Dividends and Dividend Payments; Does Dividend Policy Matter? Low vs. High-Dividend Pay-out; Shares Repurchases.
  • Short-term financial planning and management: Reasons for holding Cash; Understanding Float; Investing Idle Cash; Determining the Target Cash Balance; Optimal Credit Policy; Inventory Management.

Brief description

The individual contract of employment at common law and under statute and the regulation which applies to that contract.

Indicative content:

  • Formation of the contract of employment: Definition; form; jurisdiction and choice of law, continuous employment; fixed-term, retiring age.
  • Administration of employment law: The Tribunals system; the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and other agencies active in this field e.g. ACAS, Equality and Human Rights Commission.
  • Terms of the contract: Minimum statutory requirements; express, implied, custom, collective agreements. Terms imposed by the common law and modified by statute. Employment protection provided by statute: e.g. suspension from work; family friendly working rights; pay; insolvency of employer.
  • Discrimination in employment: General; Equality Act 2010 and protected characteristics of gender reassignment, race, disability, age, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, and marriage and civil partnership; equal pay.
  • Discipline and grievance: Works’ rules and procedures; ACAS recommended practice.
  • Transfer of a business: UK implementation of EU Directives; rights of transferred employees.
  • Termination of the contract of employment: Notice; dismissal: wrongful, unfair; redundancy; remedies.

Brief description

The application of financial accounting theory and practice to current issues in accounting, and the development of international financial accounting theory and practice.

Indicative content:

  • Statements of cash flows IAS7: Preparation of statements of cash flows. Cash and cash equivalents; classification of cash flows by activities, Indirect and direct methods. The Interests, dividends and taxes on cash flows. Working capital changes and cash flows.
  • Accounting for groups: The conceptual basis of accounting for the investment of one entity in another entity; preparation of group accounts including inter- company balances, unrealised profit on inter-company sales and acquisitions during the year.
  • Accounting treatments under IAS and IFRS: Provisions IAS37, post balance sheet events IAS10 Leases, IAS17, IFRS16 Financial instruments. IAS32, IAS39, IFRS7, IFRS9.

Brief description

The legal framework business organisations operate within and the principles of Scots commercial and corporate law.

Indicative content:

  • The Law of Partnership: Definition, relationship between partners and between partners and third parties, limited partners, limited liability partnerships.
  • Incorporation: Organisation of business in the UK, registration, promoters, separate legal personality, piercing the veil, minority protection.
  • Company Officers: Directors, role, and duties; auditors, role and duties; company secretary, role and duties.
  • Shares and share capital: Allotment and transfer of shares; maintenance of capital; repurchase and reduction of shares, dividends.
  • Unfair prejudice and derivative proceedings: Shareholders’ rights in the face of unfairly prejudicial conduct; shareholders’ rights against directors.
  • Insider dealing, meetings: Insider dealing and its prevention; market abuse. Shareholder democracy and decision-making.
  • Corporate insolvency: Receiverships, administration orders, liquidation and company voluntary arrangements.

Year 3 Option Modules

You must study and pass one option module of your chossing.

Brief description

Introduction to financial markets and institutions. The role, functions and tools of the financial services industry in the context of both domestic economies and the world economy and international trade.

Indicative content:

  • Money and the financial system: The Six Parts of the Financial System; What is Money and How Can We Measure It? The Payment System.
  • Bond markets and interests rates: The Bond Market and the Determination of Interests Rates; Ratings and the Risk Structure of Interests Rates; The Yield Curve; Theories of the Term Structure of Interests Rates.
  • Stock markets and derivatives: The Essential Characteristics of Common Stock; Measuring the Level of the Stock Market; Investing in Stocks for the Long Run; What are Derivatives?; Forwards and Futures; Options; Swaps.
  • Financial institutions: The Role of Financial Intermediaries; Information Asymmetries and Information Costs; Bank Management; Bank Risk: Where it comes from and what to do about it?
  • Central banking and monetary policy: Understanding the Central Bank's Balance Sheet; Monetary Base; the Money Multiplier and Money Supply; Monetary Policy; Unconventional Monetary Policy Tools.
  • Regulation and financial crises: The Need for Regulating the Financial System; The Government Safety Net; Regulation and Supervision of the Financial System; Financial Crises.
  • Foreign exchange: Exchange Rates Determination and Foreign Exchange Markets.
  • Current topics on financial markets and institutions: The Euro Debate; Socially Responsible Investment; Islamic Finance; Microcredit.

Brief description

Spend a specified time in a business environment working in an area related to your programme.

Indicative content:

  • Placement preparation: Placement workshops (max 3 x 1 hour) to prepare for the placement, including CV preparation. Discuss placement options with placement tutor.
  • Placement briefing: Responsibilities of all parties involved; expectations; professional conduct.
  • Experiential learning: Supervised placement carried out 1 day per week for 10 weeks (preferred structure) or 10-day block; feedback; employer assessment, student reflection on performance while on placement.
  • Placement check: Discussions between the placement tutor, student and employer to ensure satisfactory progress is being made.
  • Placement presentation: Poster presentation on your placement learning and employability skills development, and on learning through experience to peers and employers.
  • Business investigation/Business project: Research within the placement organisation, a business/management issue, or participate in a workplace project and report on the findings/outcomes.

Brief description

The challenges facing contemporary business organisations in an operating context in which they are expected not only to demonstrate an economic contribution and shareholder value, but increasingly, to do so in a manner that reflects the interests of a range of stakeholder groups and being sustainable.

Indicative Content

  • The changing context of business: The changing nature of organisations: from industrial to post-industrial society; globalisation structures, processes and arguments; 
  • Sustainable business practice: Corporate social responsibility and The Business and Society Relationship; Corporate Citizenship: Social Responsibility, Responsiveness, and Business Performance 
  • Employee well being at work: Employees as stakeholders: issues relating to privacy, safety and employee well-being 
  • The role of third sector organisations; Social and economic exclusion and business; understanding the conditions of inequality and social exclusion; factors influencing social mobility, The social contribution of third sector organisations
  • Corporate social responsibility:  Public Policy and governance: public and third sector 

Brief description

The skills and knowledge needed to launch a small business successfully. Acquire the personal and professional skills needed in order to develop a professional career and/or to succeed as entrepreneurs in Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Indicative content

  • An introduction to entrepreneurship and an analysis of the skills and qualities associated with successful entrepreneurs.
  • Generating successful business ideas.
  • Environmental scanning.
  • Developing a credible business plan that includes evaluating business ideas. Assessing risk and uncertainty; identifying potential customers, markets and market segments; assessing operations, USP and competition; price vs quality and profits.
  • Presenting the business idea.

Year 4 Core Modules

You must study and pass all five core modules

Brief description

Financial accounting in the context of international business and the financial reporting and accounting complications caused by multinational business activities. 

Module content: 

  • International financial reporting and harmonisation: Drivers for international financial reporting; accounting as an international language of business; general financial reporting models; the process of harmonisation and the theory of international disclosure.
  • The concept of valuation in accounting: Income measurement and capital maintenance; Income measurement under the conditions of certainty and uncertainty.
  • Accounting for changing prices: Criticism against historical cost accounting; current purchasing power accounting; replacement cost accounting; realisable value accounting and current value accounting; fair value measurement and IFRS 13.
  • Accounting treatments for Government Grants.
  • Accounting treatments for pensions and foreign currency transactions.

Brief description

Corporate finance issues. Develop the ability to critically evaluate and synthesise issues in the control and decision- making process of multinational corporations.

Module content:

  • The international financial environment: Overview of the MNC and the environment in which it operates (Goals of the MNC, international flow of funds, international financial markets).
  • Exchange rates: Factors that affect exchange rates (Determination of exchange rates, links between inflation, exchange rates and interest rates). 
  • Managing exchange rate risk: Functions involved in managing exposure to exchange rate risk (measuring exposure to exchange rate movements, hedging that exposure). 
  • Management of long-term assets and liabilities: How MNCs manage long-term assets and liabilities (information needs, capital budgeting, cost of capital, country risk, long-term financing decisions, international portfolio investment). 
  • MNC portfolio investment: Domestic and international investment in real projects and financial investments.

Brief description

The principles of Intellectual Property law, looking at key substantive domains such as copyright, patents and trademarks in a critical way.

Indicative content:

  • Introduction: The origin and rationales of IP law in the UK.
  • Copyright: Origins. The statutory framework of Copyright in the UK. The legislative and judicial rationales. The impact of the EU and International Treaties. Copyright in the context of IT applications. Competing paradigms of regulation of copyright. Potential futures. The critical commentaries.
  • Patents: Origins. The statutory framework in the UK. Patents in the context of IT applications. The judicial experience. The EU patent. The European Patent Convention. Challenges to the current patent regime.
  • Trade Marks: Origins. The statutory framework in the UK and the impact of EU law. Trade marks in the context of IT applications. The relationship between trademarks and the law of passing off.
  • Law: Origins, rationale in the UK and EU. The statutory framework. The relationship between design law and copyright.
  • Misuse of Private Information; Confidential Information: Origins, rationale in the UK .The impact of the Humans Rights Act 1998 and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Development of the common law protection in the UK. Proposal for a Directive on trade secrets and confidential business information 2013/0402 (COD).

Brief description

Introduction to international trade. A practical guide to sell abroad profitably including the legal regimes applicable.

Indicative content:

  • Introduction to world trade: The economic rationale for international trade, barriers to trade and international markets. World Bank data, current trade developments.
  • Building the foundations for exporting: Are you ready for export? Writing an export Business Plan, prepping for exports.
  • Creating and using online marketing platforms: Online fundamentals, creating a social media and networking presence, marketing your business worldwide.
  • Mapping your export journey: Choosing a product to export, exploring your territory, preparing and adapting your product for the export marketplace.
  • Managing the transactions: Transport, logistics and fulfilment options; pricing and preparing quotations; getting paid.
  • Some policies of the institutions and organisations: For example the Generalised System of Preferences and the incorporation of Development issues into International Trade regulation.
  • The effect on business of the International Regulation: To include the Vienna Sales Convention 1980, with a UK focus, letters of credit, cross border guarantees, international carriage of goods, by land, sea and air.

Brief description

Students will be expected to undertake some practical research in response to a current business need of a real company and produce a suitable management report with recommendations.

Indicative content

  • Analysing a problem: Using different analysis techniques such as data flow diagrams, entity relationship modelling and process mapping, examine problems to better understand the current position of the business.
  • Innovation and innovation techniques: Using different creativity and innovation tools to help find solutions to business problems.
  • Innovation for global growth (IGG): Work with multiple organisations - public, private and third sector, on a challenge they currently face. This will provide a scoping opportunity for the problem and a chance to test possible solutions. Prior to this event take part in discussions on professional behaviour and communication.
  • Developing and presenting the solution: Take the solutions identified during IGG and further investigate their suitability. Develop one or more solutions to provide an implementation plan for the organisation.

Year 4 Option Modules

You must study and pass one option modules of your choosing.

Brief description

The essential components of modern corporate finance, equity investment and ethical and professional standards.

Indicative content

  • Capital budgeting: Investment appraisal methods, strengths and weaknesses of these methods, cash flow projections, project analysis and evaluation, sensitivity analysis.
  • Capital structure: MM propositions without taxes and with taxes, agency theory and agency costs, pecking order theory, trade-off theory, market timing theory etc., practical issues in capital structure policy.
  • Working capital management: Inventories management, accounts receivable management, accounts payable management, cash management, treasury management, working capital funding strategies.
  • Corporate governance: Definitions, agency theory, conflict between managers and shareholders, conflict between majority shareholders and minority shareholders, a variety of governance mechanisms, such as ownership structure, board of directors, executive compensation, corporate control market, and shareholder activism etc., corporate governance codes around the world.
  • Portfolio management and cost of capital: Capital allocation line (CAL), capital market line (CML), security market line (SML), the beta coefficient, the market risk premium, and the Sharpe ratio, WACC, CAPM, APT, Fama & French three-factor model.
  • Market efficiency and equity valuation: Weak market efficiency, semi-strong market efficiency, strong market efficiency, behavioural finance, discounted dividend valuation, free cash flow valuation, market-based valuation, residual income valuation, private company valuation, applications and processes of equity valuation.
  • Ethics and professional conduct: Components of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, responsibilities required by the Code and Standards, practices and procedure designed to prevent violations of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, CFA research objectivity standards.

Brief description

The analytical tools to make sound investment decisions. 

Module content:

  • The investment environment: The risk-return trade-off and the efficient pricing of financial assets are central to the investments process. The role of financial markets and their degree of efficiency is an important factor to support investors.
  • Fixed-income securities: Debt securities are often called fixed-income securities because they promise either a fixed stream of income or one that is determined according to a specified formula. These securities have the advantage of being relatively easy to understand because the payment formulas are specified in advance and there is no uncertainty about the size and time of their payments.
  • Equity valuation: The price of a stock depends on the dividend and earnings that can be expected from the firm. In analysing a firm’s prospects, it often makes sense to start with the broad economic environment, examining the state of the aggregate economy and even the international economy. This analysis combined with the appropriate equity valuation model provides the guidance to the investor to operate in financial markets.
  • Portfolio theory and practice: Introduction to Risk, Return and the Historical Record. Risk Aversion and Capital Allocation to Risky Assets. Optimal Risky Portfolios.
  • Options, futures and other derivatives: Introduction to Option Markets. Option Valuation. Futures Markets. Futures, Swaps and Risk Management.
  • Behavioural finance and technical analysis: Understanding the behavioural critique. Technical Analysis and Behavioural Finance.

Brief description

Audit theory, concepts and practices.

Indicative content

  • Audit theory: The postulates of auditing and the enduring principles of auditing. Agency theory and auditing. The nature and value (usefulness) of key accounting information. Internal and External users.
  • Legal and professional considerations: Rules of professional conduct (independence etc.). Quality control and process monitoring. Companies Acts - Legal status of an audit; auditor appointment, resignation and removal; auditor rights, duties and remuneration; professional responsibility and liability. 
  • Current issues: The auditor's responsibility for discovering fraud and error; Quality control and monitoring; Corporate Governance; Limiting the auditor's liability; Non- audit engagements undertaken by the auditor. 
  • Risk based auditing: Business risk and its impact on audit risk; Analytical procedures; Understanding the industry; Audit planning. 
  • Audit objectives: Testing controls; Balance sheet assertions; Types of tests; Types of evidence; Sufficiency and reliability of evidence. 
  • The audit process: Specific balance sheet items and related profit and loss account cycles. Audit completion procedures - events after the balance sheet date, contingencies, management representations and the overall review of financial statements. 
  • The audit process: Characteristics of information systems and control over systems reliability. Use of the computer as an audit tool. Applying Computer Assisted Audit Techniques (CAATs). Introduction to group and specialised audits (e.g. Financial services). 
  • Reporting and completion: Reports to management. Statutory audit reports. Special reports.    

Brief description

Contemporary accounting, business and management issues and to gain an in-depth understanding of current thinking. 

Indicative content

  • Business and management: Contemporary issues in general management 
  • Human resource management: Contemporary issues in human resource management, organisation theory and structure
  • Marketing: Contemporary issues in marketing  
  • Accounting and finance: Contemporary issues in accounting and finance

How the Course Works

It’s flexible

Tailor what you study to suit your own interests and career aspirations. This degree is part of a larger portfolio of 12 courses covering business, accounting and marketing.  

The first two years covers a common curriculum including the basics of business, accounting, and marketing meaning there’s the flexibility to swap between all of or some of the courses depending when you join.

The course options within the Accounting stream are:

Joining us in Year 1: You can choose to specialise within Accounting, add one of the  extra subjects above to it, or even move to a marketing or accounting course in year 2. In year 3 you can still move within any of the courses in the Accounting stream.

Joining us in Year 2 or 3: To take Accounting and Finance with Law you need to join in Year 1. 

Shape your own learning journey

Our academics will provide advice and full support about transferring, and help you choose your modules as you progress through the years. 

Your chosen specialism will be reflected in your degree title e.g. BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Law - or if you choose not to specialise, you will graduate in BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance.

Transfering between the courses is straightforward, so only apply for one of them.

Learning and Assessment

You’ll be assessed via a combination of methods:

  • Portfolio projects
  • Presentations
  • Examinations
  • Group work
  • Simulations
  • Work assessments.

We also have international partner institutions, from the US to Asia, and all stops in between, where you can study in English for a term or a year. This is an excellent opportunity to boost your CV, as it shows your willingness to experience different cultures and methods of working.

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have passes in English and Maths - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent.  National 5 ESOL is accepted in lieu of National 5 English. National 5 Lifeskill Maths and Maths Applications are not accepted in lieu of Maths.

Below are the literate subjects we accept for entry on this course:

One of the following: Business Management; Classical Studies; Economics; English; ESOL; Geography; History; Media Studies; Modern Studies; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies; Sociology

If there is a subject that does not appear, please contact our Admissions Office (admissions@abertay.ac.uk) who will be able to confirm whether or not it would be considered for entry.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

See information about studying and applying to Abertay for International students.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher (standard entry) BBBB Literate subject
Higher (minimum entry) We may make you an offer at the minimum entry grades if you meet the criteria. Find out if you're eligible for minimum entry (see below). BBC Literate subject
A-Level CCC Literate subject
Irish Highers B2B2B2B2 or H3H3H3H3 Literate subject
International Baccalaureate 28 Points Literate subject at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma MMM Business, Hospitality, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP Access 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 BBB Accounting and Business Studies
BTEC Extended Diploma DDD Business (Accounting)
HNC - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC courses
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HND courses

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants from across the world. Please select your country from the searchable list below to view different qualification entry requirements. If you have different qualifications to those listed, please contact us using the form below.

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Academic Requirements

Applicants will typically be required to achieve CCC at A-Level, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with an overall score of 28 points, to include any essential subject(s) at S5 or H4.

English language: English B at S5 or H4 is accepted. For English A, no grade is specified. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically require a High School GPA of 3.0, plus one of the following:

  • SAT (I) score of 1100
  • 3 AP Tests at grades 333
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 600
  • ACT Composite score of 25

A combination of AP/SAT II tests may be used, provided they are in different subjects.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with 6 units as follows: 4 units at III, 2 units at IV, to include any essential subject(s) at III.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the European Baccalaureate with an overall grade of 70%, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 7.

English language: English Language 1 at grade 6 or English Language 2 at grade 7 are accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the NECO in at least five subjects at an average of B/C, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 54%/2.00, to include any essential subject(s) at 60%/2.70.

English language: English at C6 or higher in the NECO is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the WAEC in at least five subjects at an average of B/C, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 54%/2.00, to include any essential subject(s) at 60%/2.70.

English language: English at C6 or higher in the WAEC is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diplomë e Maturës Shtetëore with an overall grade of 7.5, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Baccalauréat Technique / Commercial with an overall grade of 14, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire with an overall grade of 14, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants with national school qualilfications will typically be required to pass the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 12/20, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Trayecto Técnico Profesional with an overall grade of 6.5, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Título de Técnico Superior/Universitario with an overall grade of 6.5, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Araratian Baccalaureate at Extended Level with grades CCC, to include any essential subjects.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificate of Secondary General Education wih an average of 13 and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 64%, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Year 12 Certificate plus ATAR rank of 77 or Overall Position of 11, to include any essential subject(s) at Year 12 with grade B, grade 3 or Sound Achievement.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Reifeprüfung/Maturazeugnis with an overall grade of 2.8, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 2.

English language: English at grade 2 in the Reifeprüfung/Maturazeugnis is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Tam Orta Tahsil Hazzinda Aggestat with an average of 4, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 62%, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama/General Secondary Education Certificate with an average of 60%, and the first year of a university degree or post-secondary diploma in a relevant subject with an average grade of 65% or 2.25 (on the 4 point scale), to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Intermediate/Higher Secondary School Certificate at an average of 2.5, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 50% or C+, to include any essential subject(s) at 60% or grade B.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificate of General Secondary Education at an average of 6, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 6.0, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificate d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur with an overall grade of 60%, to include any essential subject(s) at 65%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diploma van secundair onderwijs with an overall grade of 60%, to include any essential subject(s) at 65%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts with an overall score of 60%, to include any essential subject(s) at 65%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diploma de Bachiller at 64%, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 63%, to include any essential subject(s) at 70%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the General Certificate of Secondary Education at an average of 4.5, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 70%, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificado de Conculsão de Segundo Grau with an average score of 8.0, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 8.0.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio with an average score of 8.0, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 8.0.

Applicants will typically be required to pass Brunei A Levels in 3 subjects at grades CCC, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diploma za Sredno Obrazonvanie with an average score of 4.5, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 5.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diploma of Upper Secondary Education at average of C, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 65%, to include any essential subject(s) at 65%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Baccalaureat or Baccalaureat Technique at an overall grade of 12, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 12.

Applicants will typically be required to complete the Secondary School Diploma or Diplôme d'Études Collégiales with five grade 12 subjects at an average of 65%, to include any essential subject(s) at 65%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Licencia de Education at an average of 4.5, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 4.5, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 5.

Applicants will typically be required to complete Senior Middle/High School Certificate/Diploma at an average of 75%, to include any essential subject(s) at 77%; and pass GAOKAO with 500 points (based on the 750 points scheme).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Bachiller Academico at an average of 3.25, and the first year of a university degree or Tecnico Universitario in a relevant subject with an average grade of 3.3, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 3.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Svjedodžba o Maturi with an overall grade of 3.2, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 3.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Apolytírio Lykeíou with an overall grade of 17.0, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 17.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce with an overall grade of 2.4, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 3 (Dobrý).

Applicants will typically be required to complete the Studentereksamen (STX), including 3 Level A subjects an overall grade of 7, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 7.

English language: Studentereksamen English Level A or B at grade 7 is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Título de Bachiller at an average of 7.0, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 13 / 60%, to include any essential subject(s) at 60%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Gumaasiumi lõputunnistus with an average score of 3.2, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 4; and pass 3 state examinations at a minimum of 55% (or 2 states examinations plus C1 Advanced English CAE or IELTS).

English language: 75% in the English state examination is accepted, or C1 Advanced English CAE or IELTS (overall score 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5). For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to complete the Studentsprogv at an overall grade of 7, to include any essential subject(s) at Level A grade 7.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen at an overall grade 4, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 5.

English language: Advanced English at grade 5 within the Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Baccalauréat Général/Professionnel/Technologique at an overall grade 12, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 13.

English language. English at grade 14 in the Baccalauréat Général/Professionnel/Technologique is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat at an overall grade 11, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 13.

English language. English at grade 13 in the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Sashualo Skolis Atestati (Secondary School Certificate) at an average grade of 7, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 65%, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Shualo Specialuri Sastsavleblis Diplomi (Special School Leaving Diploma) at an average grade of 7, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 65%, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Abitur with an overall grade of 2.4, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 11.

English language: Abitur English at grade 10 is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Greek Apolytirion of Geniko Lykeio at grade 17 and 3 Pan-Hellenic exams at an average of 16, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 17.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Hong Kong HKDSE at 3333 in 4 core subjects, with elective subjects at 333 (for 3 electives) or 43 (for 2 electives), to include any essential subject(s) at 3.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Érettségi Bizonyítvány at an overall grade 4.0, with 2 higher subjects at grade 4, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Stúdentspróf at an overall grade 6, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 6.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Indian Senior School (Year 12) exam at an average of 60%, to include any essential subject(s) at 65%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan/Madrasah Aliyah (SMK / MA) at 71%, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Post School Qualification Diploma 1 at 2.2, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants from Ireland should check the UK Year 1 Entry tab for entry requirements with Irish Highers.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Te'udat Bagrut or Bagrut with at least 2 subjects at level 5 and 1 subject at level 4 at an average of 60%, to include any essential subject(s) at Level 5 with 65%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diploma di Esame di Stato at 70%, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 8 (on the 10 point scale) or grade 16 (on the 20 point scale).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate at grade 3.5, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 4.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificate of Completed Secondary Education at an average of 3, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 70% / 2.33, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) at an average of B, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 50%, to include any essential subject(s) at 55%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education at an average of 3, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 3.4, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Atestas par vispārējo vidējo izglītību with an average score of 7, to include 3 state exams at a minimum of 70%, to include any essential subject(s) at 70%.

English language: 80% in the English state exam is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Baccalauréat Libanais or Baccalauréat II with 12, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 12.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Brandos Atestatas with an average score of 7 with a minimum of 70% in 3 state exams, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 8.

English language: 80% in the English state exam is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diplôme de Fin d'Études Secondaires at an overall grade of 42, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 44.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificate of Higher Secondary Education with 70%, to include any essential subject(s) at 73%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Ensino Secundário Complementar with grade 2.6, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 3.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) with grades CCC, to include any essential subject(s) at grade C.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Malawian School Certificate of Education at grade 5, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average of 60%, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with a minimum of 3 subjects at BCC or 2.30 GPA, to include any essential subject(s) at grade B/3.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with 4 subjects at 70% / B5 B5 B5 B5, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 75%/B5.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Matriculation Certificate Examination with grades BC at Advanced level and CCCC at Intermediate level, to include any essential subject(s) at Advanced level grade C.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diplomă de Bacalaureat with an overall grade of 6.0, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 7.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificate of Secondary Education at 70%, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average of 70%, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Higher Secondary Education Certificate (HSC) with 65%, to include any essential subject(s) at 65%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) with an overall score of 6.6, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 7.

English language: English at grade 8 in HAVO is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Secondary School Leaving Diploma/Matura with an overall grade of 3.5, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 3.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Vitnemål for Vidergaende Opplaering with an overall average of 3.6, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 4.

English language: English at grade 4 in the Vitnemål for Vidergaende Opplaering is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Higher Secondary School Certificate at an average of 60%, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 60%/2.5, to include any essential subject(s) at 68%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Matura with an average score of 60%, to include 3 Advanced subjects at a minimum of 50%, to include any essential subject(s) at Advanced level with a score of 70%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diploma/Certificado Nível Secundário de Educação with an overall grade of 14, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 16.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Qatar Senior School Certificate (Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama) at an average of 60%, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 2.0/70%, to include any essential subject(s) at 2.5/75%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diplomă de Bacalaureat with an overall grade of 7, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 8.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Attestat o Srednem Obrzovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) at an average of 4, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 3.5, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihiyah) with an average of 60%, and either the post-secondary diploma or first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 3.0/70%, to include any essential subject(s) at 75%.

Applicants will typically be required to pass Singapore GCE A-Levels with grades CCC, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 75%/B5.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške at grade 2.4, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 2.

English language: English at B2 level at grade 2 in the Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Maturitetno spričevalo at grade 3.5, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 4.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the National Senior Certificate (with Matriculation Endorsement) with 4 subjects at 5555, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Título de Bachiller with an average score of 6.8, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 7.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Sudan School Certificate with an average of 60%/C, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 65%/B, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola with an average score of 15.5, to include any essential subject(s) at level 5 grade B.

English language: English Level 5 at grade B or English Level 6 at grade C in the Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola is accepted. For alternative English language qualifications, please see below.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificat de Maturité or the Maturitätszeugnis or the Attestato Di Maturità with an overall grade of 4.2, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 4.

Applicants will typically be required to pass Maturitätszeugnis with an overall grade of 4.2, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 4.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Attestato Di Maturità with an overall grade of 4.2, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 4.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education at an average of 3, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 3.4, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to complete the Certificate of Secondary Education/Maw 6 with an average of 70%/3.0, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 3; or complete the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average of 2.0, to include any essential subject(s) at 2.5.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the High School Diploma at an average of 55%, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 2.9 (on the 5 point scale) or 55 (on the 100 point scale), to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificate of Secondary Education at an average of 3, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 3.5, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 65% / 2.2 (on the 4 point scale) / 4.0 (on the 5 point scale), to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the General Secondary Education Certificate Examination at 65%, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 2.0, to include any essential subject(s) at grade 2.3.

Applicants will typically require a High School GPA of 3.0, plus one of the following:

  • SAT (I) score of 1100
  • 3 AP Tests at grades 333
  • 3 SAT Subject Tests at 600
  • ACT Composite score of 25

A combination of AP/SAT II tests may be used, provided they are in different subjects.

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Diploma of Academic Lyceum at an average of 3, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 60%, to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Título de Técnico Superior Universitario, and the first year of a university degree in a relevant subject with an average grade of 50% / 6.1 (on the 10 point scale) / 12 (on the 20 point scale), to include any essential subject(s).

Applicants will typically be required to pass the Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level with grades CCC, to include any essential subject(s).


English Language Requirements

All courses at Abertay University are taught in English. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English language requirements. Accepted English language qualifications include:

IELTS - overall score of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5

TOEFL - overall score of 78 (individual elements: L-17, R-18, S-20, W-17)

Cambridge FCE/CAE/CPE - overall score of 169 on Cambridge Grading Scale

International Baccalaureate - English B at S5 or H4, English A no specific grade required

European Baccalaureate - English Language 1 at grade 6 or English Language 2 at grade 7

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English language if you are a national of certain countries. Please see English Language Requirements for the full list of accepted qualifications and further details.

 

If your academic qualifications aren't listed above, or if you have any further questions, please contact our international team using the form below. There is also lots of useful information for international applicants on our international pages.


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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;

... then we encourage you to submit an application.

Fees and funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you depends on factors such as your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. 

More information

Find out about grants, bursaries, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs in our undergraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships to help support your studies with us.

As well as Abertay scholarships for English, Welsh, Northern Irish and international students, there are a range of corporate and philanthropic scholarships available. Some are course specific, many are not. There are some listed below or you can visit the Undergraduate scholarship pages.

Abertay rUK Scholarship

This is a £4000 award for prospective undergraduate students applying from England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Abertay International Scholarship

This is an award of up to £12,000 for prospective international undergraduate students.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £1,000 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

ICAS Foundation Bursary

The ICAS Foundation awards bursaries of up to £2,500 per year, to individuals whose parents or guardians earn under a certain threshold per annum.

Careers

Accounting is always in demand.

It is a growing industry 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

 

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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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Get inspired

Meet some of our Accounting graduates and find out what they've gone on to do.

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Oliver Rymer

Oliver is an Associate Director, Corporate & Institutional Coverage at Lloyds Banking Group.

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Steve Taylor

Steve is a Partner at Murray Taylor Accountants.

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Joe Rice

Joe is Head of Communications at Dundee Utd.

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Unistats

Unistats collates comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. The core information it contains is called the Unistats dataset (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)).