Where better to study international finance and accounting than in the Square Mile, the heart of the world’s leading financial centre?
The world will always need people who manage, record, interpret and communicate the way money moves through the hands of individuals, businesses and governments. Successful practitioners are detail-oriented, responsible and discreet, and may be relied upon for advice by anyone from families to chief executives and governments.
Studying finance and accounting doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll go into accountancy: it’s also excellent preparation for any professional or leadership role, in any industry. People with these skills will always be in demand, and can benefit from stable, highly paid jobs with excellent career progression. Graduates from this course have a very strong chance of getting onto a programme with a top employer.
This course will immerse you in a fascinating subject that can lead to a successful international business career. On graduation or at any point in the future, you could choose to go into finance/ accounting or any other professional or managerial role.
This highly practical course makes the most of the bustling financial district surrounding the campus. You’ll encounter some of the world’s biggest banks and businesses thanks to networking, guest speakers and company visits. *There may be opportunities for internships, consultancy projects and simulations, and you could apply for UK or international work placements.
You’ll be taught by tutors with superb international experience, who will draw on their work and research to illustrate your learning. Since the course is accredited by leading professional accountancy bodies, you’ll gain a range of exemptions from ACCA and CIMA examinations upon successful completion of the course. You’ll learn to use a wide range of industry-standard software, and this is one of few courses leading to SAGE/CIMA certification, demonstrating your ability to use the market leader in accounting software.
*subject to successful application
Why choose this course?
This course is ideal if you have a lively and enquiring mind, and are interested in how business really functions and how strategic decisions are made. It opens up a potentially varied but stable and well-paid career, with excellent prospects: organisations will always need to manage their finances.
This course has been developed by academic experts in collaboration with industry professionals, and is designed to complement the curricula of the leading professional associations. As a result, it is accredited by ACCA and CIMA and leads to a range of exemptions from professional examinations with bodies including ACCA and CIMA. During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and become student members of key professional associations.
You’ll learn in our superb modern facilities in the heart of London’s financial district. As part of this, you’ll have access to industry-standard accounting, trading and research technologies, including Bloomberg, Fame, Sage, SAP and S&P Capital IQ. This means you’ll graduate with the immediate advantage of hands-on experience of the systems used by employers. Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded a certification in Sage, the leading accounting software.
Mixing with business
This is a very practical course, designed to offer hands-on experience through placements, consultancy projects and simulations. Guest speakers from global employers, networking opportunities and overseas trips all offer essential exposure to the word of work. Close proximity to leading financial institutions within the Square Mile (the financial district in the heart of London) offers opportunities to visit organisations such as the Bank of England, Bloomberg and the London Stock Exchange.
Your teaching staff all have wide-reaching international experience. Some have worked for ‘big four’ firms; some serve on business boards; some hold PhDs; some conduct research or consultancy; some are published; most are senior fellows of at least one professional association. Their experience will be invaluable in understanding the practical application of your theory and in explaining how your career might develop. You will find them all to be accessible and supportive in helping you begin to find your own role in the world of international finance. For more information on our academic staff visit our Staff Directory.
This course aims to prepare you for the world of finance and accounting by significantly developing your ability to think critically and strategically. To help you do this, you can engage in interactive, problem-based learning through case studies, live briefs, simulations, consultancies and international projects.
International experience opportunities
One of our major strengths is the way we internationalise your learning. Besides building in a global perspective to every aspect of this course, we offer opportunities for you to spend a year studying or working in another country.
Tutors may include joint projects with partner universities in Europe. There are also other opportunities for short overseas trips to explore aspects of your course. In the past, students have visited Dubai, the USA and destinations across Europe. These trips might involve looking at taxation in other countries, tours of stock exchanges, and visits to the local offices of major global accountancy firms.
When you graduate, you’ll be ready to take the first steps into a high-flying business career in the private or public sectors anywhere in the world.
This course is accredited by leading accountancy bodies including ACCA and CIMA, which means you should be well-prepared to sit exams to qualify as an accountant, and you may be exempt from some exams with ACCA and CIMA. You should also be equipped for a career beyond accounting, because the financial acumen, business skills and global outlook you’ll have begun to develop will be superb preparation for a career anywhere, in any professional or management role.
You’ll be adept at problem-solving and decision-making, and should have an understanding of how to balance risk and investment. You’ll also have had the opportunity to gain a wide range of softer skills, such as teamwork and communication, which will be highly transferable across all industries and employers.