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Accounting and Finance

Accounting will always be in demand. All organisations need to understand where their finances come from, how they are being used and what is left over. Remember, many CEOs started out as accountants.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BA (Hons)

UCAS Code: NN43 BA/AcF

Duration: 4 years (full-time)


The appeal of an Accounting degree from Abertay is that we will ask you to think in different ways, to be creative and to really understand all aspects of the business world.  We believe that accounting can be an exciting career path.  Remember, many of the CEOs of major companies started out as accountants.

Why choose this course?


  • Accounting is always in demand.
  • This course offers professional body accreditation from CIMA, ACCA and AIA.
  • All students receive CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) student membership. CIMA is the largest professional body of management accountants in the world. 
  • Live business engagement working on problems set in real time by clients.
  • Enhance your CV and job prospects through extra-curricular activities such as the IBM Universities Business Challenge, Entrepreneurship Brains Made on Campus (EBMC) in association with Stuttgart Media University, Germany, Peer Mentoring of Secondary School students and Charity challenges. Many of these opportunities involve inter-university working and overseas travel.
  • Fancy studying abroad? We have many partners in Europe and beyond where you can study, in English, for a term.


Organisations, be they public, private or third sector, all need to understand where their finances come from, how they are being used and whether they have any left.  Without this vital information, the organisation is not sustainable.  

Although many students start at Year 1, there are also many who join this course after an HNC (into Year 2) or an HND (into Year 3). Regardless of what point at which you start this course, staff are actively engaged in ensuring you are well supported and can achieve to the best of your ability.

Last year, a £5000 Murray Taylor Scholarship was awarded to the strongest candidate applying into Year 1. Future scholarships may become available during the academic year.


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What you study

What you study
Core subjects include Financial and Management Accounting, Taxation, Corporate Finance and Economics.

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

How you learn and are assessed
A wide range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques are used.  In the early years, you will engage in team working to help develop your collaborative skills.  Presentations, written assessments and online discussions will increase your communication skills.  Your knowledge will be progressed through lectures, reading and interaction with industry.  Your research skills and independence as a learner will peak during the dissertation module in Year 4.  Your confidence to go out into the world of work will be confirmed through activities such as Innovation for Global Growth week.

Being a professionally accredited programme, there is a strong reliance on exams as assessment.  However, students are well prepared for these with lots of examples being practiced in class in advance.  Additionally, we use a wide range of other assessment techniques ranging from presentations to online discussions to solutions to industry posed questions. 

Entry routes

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Maths and English: 
All applicants must have a pass in Maths and English in any of the following: National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4

 BBBB; A Level CCC; Irish Highers H3H3H3H3; BTEC Extended Diploma MMM; International Baccalaureate 28 Points to include a literate subject at S5 or H4
Essential subjects: ‌literate subject
AHEAD - successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP - our Coming from College pages list approved SWAP courses 

Advanced Higher: BBB (to include Accounting and Business Management)
A Level: BBB (to include Accounting and Business Studies)
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD Business (Accounting)
HNC - our Coming from College pages list approved HNC courses

 - our Coming from College pages list approved HND courses

Not sure if you are 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 know that some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university and that 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 3 Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have:

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

We encourage you to submit an application.

International Applicants
You must provide certified proof of your English language level (minimum requirements are listed here).  Our British Council accredited International English Foundation Course can help you reach that level or, if you would like further develop your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your full potential.

EU applicants:  Entry requirements can be found on our Europe pages.  Overseas (non-EU) applicants:  We're currently developing your country pages, so please email us details of your entry requirements.

Alternative Entrance Requirements
Please email us if you have other qualifications/experience not listed here.

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

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



Further info

Career prospects
Recent graduates have joined companies such as Lloyds Banking, Henderson Loggie, Centrica, Ernst & Young, NCR, BNP Paribas, HSBC in finance and accounting related positions. Some of these positions have included overseas travel.  One of the key aspects of accounting is that it has a global appeal.

Although the obvious route for someone with an accredited accounting degree is to become an accountant, many use their skills and knowledge in the wider business arena where a strong numeric background and understanding of company finances makes them valuable additions to business units.  There are also opportunities for internships through engaging with local and international companies.

The way we teach at Dundee Business School is designed to ensure you have a real-world experience of what it is like to work in finance and accounting and that we prepare you for this through live business projects and simulations.  Our aim is to ensure we create graduates who can 'hit the ground running'.

Industry links
The course has extensive links with industry with speakers and projects coming from a number of areas.  Last year industry links included Dundee Social Enterprise Network, Stagecoach and Children First.  There were also talks from representatives of two major professional accounting bodies - ACCA and CIMA. 

Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
T:  +44 (0) 1382 308080
F:  +44 (0) 1382 308081

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