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speciality: Accounting & Finance

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What is an Accounting & Finance degree?

An Accounting & Finance degree focuses on the management of monetary resources available to an organization. Such a degree is aimed at students who want to pursue careers in investment analysis, management, banking, auditing, consulting and financial management. It teaches students how to assess the assets and liabilities of an organization financially and manage the financial risk of their activity.

Accounting & Finance covers the core areas of financial accounting, management accounting and finance but also includes other aspects of the business activity, such as financial management and control, corporate finance, company accounts, investment and business law. Optional module options provided by different universities around the world often allow students to specialize in a particular area such as auditing, taxation, etc.

Benefits of an Accounting & Finance degree

The completion of an Accounting & Finance degree comes along with numerous benefits. Students develop strong analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, which are highly demanded by employers in both the private and the public sector and result in graduates often finding employment in large multinational organizations that offer professional services such as PwC, KPMG and Deloitte. On top of that, established companies around the world offer excellent and well-structured graduate schemes, which help Accounting & Finance graduates to kick-start their careers.

Accounting & Finance degrees are mostly practically oriented. They allow students to put the knowledge and skills they acquire on a daily basis to practice through simulated and real-life business accounts management and work placement opportunities.

Most Accounting & Finance degrees are professionally accredited by professional bodies, such as ACCA, AIA, CIMA, ICAEW and CIPFA, which provides students with the opportunity to become chartered accountants. Students gain professional qualifications in accountancy, which eliminates the need for additional certifications after graduation.

Due to the nature of the Accounting & Finance Degree, which complements business-related subjects, students often have the opportunity to complete a joint honours degree.

Accounting & Finance Degree Structure

An Accounting & Finance degree’s duration varies depending on the country and degree level. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting & Finance can be completed in three years. However, universities also offer students the option to take a sandwich course, which allows them to undertake a year-long placement between their second and third year, which extends the course to four years. Four years is the regular time of completion of this degree in other countries, such as the United States.

The first year of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance introduces the core principles of accounting and finance, including financial accounting, management accounting and finance as well as economics and business law. The second year’s focus is usually on managerial and business economics, financial control, corporate finance and company accounts, but optional modules might enable students to pursue their interests in other aspects of Accounting & Finance such as auditing or strategic business analysis. At this point, students studying at Higher Education Institutions in the UK could choose to take an industry placement in order to apply the theoretical concepts and the acquired knowledge to practice in the professional environment. The next stage of this degree is dedicated to further-developing students’ knowledge of financial and management accounting. Optional modules might enable students to specialize in a particular area of their choice such as auditing or taxation in some countries like the UK.

Masters’ degrees in Accounting & Finance usually take between 12 and 18 months to complete depending on the country that students choose for their studies. 

Research-based degrees, such as MPhil and PhD, can take anywhere between 1 and 7 years depending on the country and type of degree. MPhil degrees in Accounting & Finance in the UK usually take 12 months if it is studied full-time and 24 months for part-time studies. PhD degrees in the UK, on the other hand, take about 36 months to complete if studying full-time and 72 months for a part-time program. In the US, students may be required to dedicate between 4 and 7 years on their degree.

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  • Accounting
    Isabella
    Great atmosphere

    I enjoy the environment at Imperial College London, and all of my professors are wonderful. Additionally, living on campus is a wonderful experience. I love being a student at ICL, therefore I’ll be returning for graduate school.

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    Programme: Accounting
    Degree: Bachelor's
    Graduation: 2023
    Delivery Type: Blended
    Campus: London
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  • Accounting and ...
    Finance
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    Excellent learning experience

    Actually, I had a wonderful experience here. There are many seminars, career activities and resources here for us to join and network. The course set is really reasonable and comprehensive, but a little challenging. The learning environment is good but a little crowded as too many students on working days. Overall, I am satisfied with it.

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    Programme: Accounting and Finance
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: London
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  • Finance and ...
    Investment Management
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    Network opportunity

    The location is not good. Not connected to other universities. No student accommodations for masters. Professor teaching is not closely connected to the job market. Too much programming.
    The library does not have enough capacity.

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    Programme: Finance and Investment Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: London
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  • Risk Management
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    It is good to learn Dafa in the bunker

    There are many team discussion rooms in the IC commercial building, just like the bunker laboratory where people studied science underground in the last century. In the basement of the business building, there is not only a counter where you can buy breakfast and lunch but also many spaces for group discussions, they are called vaults. They are mostly semi-closed, the only trouble is that reservations are required, and online booking channels are hard to find. From Monday to Wednesday, many people are occupying the space for self-study or preview. On Thursdays and Fridays, however, there are fewer people, so you can find an empty vault room without a reservation. I’ve been kicked out several times by people who booked because I didn’t make a reservation, it’s a shame, hahahaha.

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    Programme: Risk Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: London
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  • Risk Management
    Guo
    The Vault learning environment is unique

    I had no idea that there were team discussion rooms inside the IC like the bunker labs where science was studied underground in the last century. In the basement of the commercial building, there are not only counters where you can buy breakfast and lunch but also many spaces for group discussions. They are mainly semi-enclosed and need to be booked. From Monday to Wednesday many people are occupying the space for self-study or pre-preparation. On Thursdays and Fridays, however, there are fewer people, so you can find an empty vault room without booking.

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    Programme: Risk Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: London
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  • Risk Management
    一迪
    Online graduate students

    I was thinking about actually going to the UK at first, but now I have completely decided to stay in China for the entire postgraduate period and take classes remotely. In the past, the school let us go offline, and even forced students to go to London through offline examinations. For me, it is definitely not willing, because I still have a job to do, I hope to be able to study graduate courses and offline work at the same time. However, the chemistry and work pressure of doing this will be very high, and if you don’t have enough multitasking ability, I don’t recommend doing it. Maybe I am a typical exam king, but I am very grateful to Imperial College for being able to complete postgraduate studies online in one year.

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    Programme: Risk Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: Online
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  • Risk Management
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    One year online postgraduate study

    I really think you can finish grad school entirely online, so why do we have to go offline? To bring more financial gain to the school? It’s 2022, so why be so rigid? The online economy is so advanced that it could be replaced by a digital business model for the traditional international university operations! Other than having been forced to go offline before, it was fine because the classes were really hardcore and stressful.

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    Programme: Risk Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: Online
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  • Risk Management
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    The epidemic experience is not bad

    My experience at IC this year has been very good. There are a lot of really good students, everyone is very friendly and I like my classmates a lot. Without a doubt, ICBS is the best career service near G5. Seriously, all kinds of activities and all kinds of consultants are very responsible. It also helped me a lot in finding a job. The professors are great, and there are plenty of opportunities to network with alumni. During the pandemic, most of the communication is online, but the quality is good. But these online activities are still well integrated with offline career-related content. In recent days, the epidemic situation has been weakening, and many people have begun to switch from online to offline.

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    Programme: Risk Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: London
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  • Risk Management
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    Experience in Imperial College during the epidemic

    I have wonderful experience in IC this year. Lots of very good students, everyone was very friendly and loved my classmates. ICBS is the best Career Service around G5 without a doubt. Seriously, all kinds of activities and various consultants are very responsible. It also helped me a lot to find a job. The professors are very good, and there are many opportunities to network with alumni. During the epidemic, most of the networking activities were conducted online but the quality is excellent.

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    Programme: Risk Management
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2022
    Delivery Type: On Campus
    Campus: London
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  • Actuarial Science
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    Good school

    Imperial College London is a wonderful university. The College is located in the heart of London and provides students with an incredible experience. The facilities in Imperial College London are incredibly up to date and provide me a wonderful learning experience. #LGBTQ

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    Programme: Actuarial Science
    Degree: Master's
    Graduation: 2020
    Campus: London
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