This course gives you the opportunity to experience strategic professional level exposure within both accounting and the strategic business management of organisations. The programme can prepare you for a career within industry or practice and allow you to progress through the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional pathway to becoming a certified accountant, on successful completion of the ACCA professional exams. On completion of the course, you’ll be in a position to consider professional opportunities in accountancy, auditing, business consultancy and graduate management programmes.
This programme enables you to delve into the world of an accounting professional, at the same time as learning the theory behind the practical approaches of accounting and business management. You’ll be able to obtain and develop critical skills required by accounting professionals and gain an extended view of business and management decisions used to help foster healthy business organisations.
The Research Methods module not only helps develop and enhance your research skills, but also to prepare you for your dissertation. Alongside that, you can gain experience of self-reflection and career development through the Knowing and Developing Yourself for Professional Successmodule. As well as that, you’ll have opportunities to develop advanced accounting skills through the Strategic Corporate Reporting and Advanced Business Strategy and Leadershipmodules, before progressing onto Advanced Taxation and Advanced Audit and Assurance modules.
This course is delivered in a similar way to the ACCA professional modules, with all of the modules underpinned with Business Ethics and Compliance, helping to ensure your knowledge is reinforced by a strong professional ethical understanding.
You’ll be able to gain significant skills to enhance your future career and equip you for a variety of professional roles including accountant, auditor and business manager.
- Enhance your employability with opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of accounting and business management issues for the private and public sectors, both nationally and internationally.
- Your academic studies will enable you to further develop your professional qualification opportunities through the ACCA professional route (ACCA examinations required to obtain the qualification).
- Gain an understanding of the contemporary challenges and opportunities faced by accountants in today’s ever-changing environment.
Structure and assessment
Semester one (September – January)
ACFI5411 Business Ethics and Compliance
ACFI5402 Strategic Corporate Reporting
ACFI 5070 Research Methods
LCBS5028 Knowing and Developing Yourself for Professional Success
Semester two (January – May)
ACFI5410 Advanced Busines Strategy and Leadership (30 credit module)
ACFI5406 Further Taxation
ACFI5407 Further Audit and Assurance
Semester three (May – September)
During the final semester you will complete a:
ACFI5028 Dissertation: provides an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of an international business and entrepreneurship topic of your choice. The topics of the dissertation are chosen in line with your interests and preferences, but mainly look at application of management theory to small firms.
LGPG5030 Business Research Project (BRP): is an individual enterprise consultancy project that serves as a commercially and employability relevant experience. The BRP is a live project where you gain a guaranteed business consultancy experience and are able to use your learned skills to make a genuine impact and benefit for a company.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The programme is based in the Great Hall of what was once Leicester Castle. Originally built in approximately 1150, and then extensively rebuilt in approximately 1523, the Great Hall has recently undergone a restoration project. Based in Leicester’s historical Castle Quarter adjacent to the university, the Great Hall will provide a prestigious and inspirational setting for students who have the passion and talent to change the business world.
Students will also be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million. Facilities include break-out spaces for group work; quiet study zones for individual work, high-spec IT labs and a café. Learning will be supported by access to DMU’s excellent facilities.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
We aim to deliver courses that prepare students for today’s competitive job market. Our range of real-world placements and strong links with employers has helped DMU enter the top 25 UK universities for graduate employment.
In fact, according to the most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 95.8 per cent of our most recent graduates were in employment or full-time education six months after graduating, well above the national average.
Support also extends beyond the classroom and includes employment fairs, graduate internships, enterprise support and a whole range of careers advice.
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