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Division of Accounting, Finance, Economics

Programmes in The Division of Accounting, Finance, Economics and Law consist of:

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance

LLB (Hons) Bachelor of Laws

Where will our accounting courses take you?

Accounting courses – ethics and sustainability

The accounting courses at Abertay focus on developing a solid understanding of accountancy practice, while also focussing on the importance of ethical and sustainable issues in a world of creative accounting. Graduates able to analyse financial data for high ethical and environmental standards are increasingly in demand.

Climate change is also another critical global issue where highly skilled accountants are needed, to understand the huge future economic and sustainability challenges the world faces. By using these real issues in teaching, students quickly learn how to apply their technical skills to current international problems.

Accounting courses – oil and gas accounting

An area of particular expertise in the accounting courses at Abertay is oil and gas accounting. There is great demand for highly skilled professionals in the oil and gas sector, and Abertay's teaching is informed by experienced lecturers and close links to industry.

This postgraduate course prepares graduates to understand the huge future economic and sustainability challenges the world faces, and gives them the skills to analyse complex information and make business decisions that are critical – both for companies and the world economy.

Accounting courses – jobs

The job opportunities opened up by our accounting courses are wide and varied. Traditional positions include business accounting, finance and investment, financial reporting, taxation, and public and private sector financial management.

New job opportunities for skilled accountants include corporate social responsibility positions, social and environmental auditing, applying sustainability issues to financial reporting and management accounting, and applying contemporary management accounting techniques.

Students are offered the opportunity to participate in the European Business Masters Cup in year 2 and 3 and the IBM Universities Business Challenge in year 4. Abertay students have had enormous success in these business simulations in recent years, which show future employers real business skills.

Where will our courses in law take you?

Law courses – LLB

The LLB law course is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and enables graduates, on successful completion of postgraduate training, to become solicitors. The course offers a wide grounding in legal issues for those seeking careers in other areas, such as private business, the media or politics.

Abertay has a number of partner universities in other EU countries and law students will have the option of spending one or two semesters studying abroad. We currently have partner institutions in Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Finland.

Law courses - LLM

This online programme, the first of its kind in the UK, aims to ensure graduates develop a systematic understanding of the law relating to transnational criminal justice and security, with an emphasis on the EU, a critical awareness of current problems in areas of professional practice, and new insights into the field of freedom, security and justice. 

Law courses – jobs

Law courses at Abertay offer many exciting and varied career opportunities. After a period of postgraduate professional training, graduates may be admitted to practise as solicitors or advocates.

Abertay law graduates may also pursue careers in business and commerce, the civil service, local government, or the police force. Abertay was rated the best modern university in Scotland for research in law in the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008, so this course also opens up a range of postgraduate study options.