Accounting & Finance BA (Hons)

Build on your previous experience and skills on this advanced entry course which will equip you for a career in financial services


This course allows you to develop your knowledge and skills in the area of financial services while at the same time preparing you for employment or further professional studies in the field.

In addition, it provides a solid background in accounting and finance although it is important to note that this course is not accredited by the professional accountancy bodies. If you wish to complete an accredited course, our BA Accounting or BA Accounting with Corporate Finance would be more suitable for you.

This course is advanced entry only from Year 4, depending on your previous experience and qualifications.

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Mode of Study:



4 years

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Course details

Designed for students who wish to build on their previous learning and work experience, the course allows you to enter directly into either Year 3 or 4, depending on your prior qualifications.

You may transfer in from another degree course, even if it's from another university, or you may have successfully completed an HND in a related area. Holders of other appropriate qualifications with an underpinning in financial services, accounting or finance will also be considered for entry.

As well as equipping you for employment as an accountant in practice or industry, this course gives you the opportunity to customise your studies to reflect your particular interests and future career aspirations - giving you a leading edge to succeed in an intensely competitive environment.

On completion of this course you'll have developed the ability to:

  • Structure and communicate ideas effectively, both written and orally using appropriate media
  • Use IT and appropriate software
  • Research and collate information, using analytical and problem-solving skills to interpret that information and draw reasonable conclusions
  • Use interpersonal, communication and other transferable skills to contribute effectively in a business situation
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility in undertaking tasks, managing time and working in groups

We offer tuition that is supported by experienced teaching staff and strong industry connections. Guest speakers from the corporate, government and financial world add value to the course.

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    How you’ll be taught

    This is a full-time course studied over two years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

Popular modules

Year 3

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Advanced Corporate Reporting
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Plus three option modules

Year 4

  • Current Issues in Finance
  • Dissertation
  • Plus three option modules

Option modules include:

  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Contemporary Corporate Finance
  • IT & Financial Services
  • Financial Services Risk Management
  • Economics of Business Strategy
  • Global Financial Markets


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Accounting and Finance?

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the undergraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

Minimum Year 3


  • Pass HND Accounting with grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units.

Alternative Entry Requirements

  • You may transfer in from another degree course, even if it is from another university.
  • Holders of other appropriate professional qualifications with an underpinning in financial services, accounting or finance will be considered for entry.

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland £1,820 £1,820
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
Overseas and EU £15,160 £16,680
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


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A degree in accounting and finance can open the door to a wide range of careers including:

  • Trainee accounting roles leading to professional qualification (within accounting firms, commercial organisations or public sector bodies)
  • Assistant accountant in a range of companies
  • Banking - including business banking, investment banking and other specialised functions
  • Stock broking and funds management
  • General management opportunities
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