The Accounting and Finance Department offer accounting and finance degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Courses The department offers a number undergraduate and specialist postgraduate accounting and finance degrees. Our courses provide industry relevant knowledge and skills and are internationally recognised for excellence in professional education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Graduate employment success rates are good - as The Sunday Times University Guide noted, "a degree from Robert Gordon University is as near to a guarantee of a job as you can get" and we have been rated "Top university in the UK for graduate employment” (HESA, 2015). Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Tables.

Accounting & Finance Degrees

Our undergraduate and postgraduate accounting and finance degrees offer the option to study full-time or via online learning.

Providing relevant industry knowledge and skills, our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Tables.

Undergraduate Courses

The Department is responsible for two innovative and successful undergraduate courses -

The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree is fully-accredited with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and also receives some excellent exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

The online supported distance learning course BSc Accounting (with CIMA) degree allows students to uniquely graduate with both their BSc and a recognition award from the professional body CIMA.

Postgraduate Courses

Professional development modules such as CIMA Professional Development are also now available by online study.

Graduates from our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are equipped with the skills necessary to develop their career to a senior level in accounting and finance or across a variety of other sectors.


In the Department of Accounting & Finance, research is undertaken in a number of areas, as detailed below.

Research is managed by Professor Louise Crawford. Staff regularly publish papers in academic journals, publish refereed monographs and book chapters, and are active in presenting papers at national and international conferences. Several areas of research undertaken by staff in the department have generated practice relevant impact, for example informing international standard setting agendas and international professional accounting education. 

The Accounting & Finance department achieved recognition for their excellent research capability with 70% of the research output deemed to be of international standing and their impact case study assessed as internationally outstanding.  This research rating further consolidates the reputation of the department which is renowned for its teaching capability and demonstrates that the department is a key player in the Accounting and Finance academic community. Departmental research covers:

Accounting education and the profession

  • Graduate selection and performance in the profession
  • Group assessment at final degree level
  • International professional accounting education

Critical Accounting

  • Gender issues in accounting
  • Accounting history
  • Emancipatory accounting and the role of civil society organisation
  • Politics of international standard setting and lobbying

Energy and extractive industries’ activities accounting and finance:

  • Earnings management and creative practices
  • Financial management and strategy for national and international oil companies
  • Accounting and finance in developing economies, with emphasis on governance, accountability and sustainable natural resources and energy development
  • International energy project finance

Financial accounting, audit and taxation

  • Accounting quality, financial reporting quality and measurement
  • Segmental reporting
  • The information content of accounting information
  • Audit fees and audit quality
  • Ethical issues and developments relating to tax avoidance

Market-based accounting and finance research

  • Efficiency Analysis
  • Evaluation of the impact of innovations/reforms in financial markets
  • Gilt-edged market and management of public debt
  • Yield curve analysis
  • Credit ratings and credit risks
  • Determinants and economic consequences of corporate disclosure

Not-for-profit Accountability and governance

  • International standard setting for the sector
  • Accountability frameworks for diverse stakeholders

Full information on publications can be viewed via the staff profile pages.


Staff have both established academic expertise and professional experience in the accounting sector. Their responsibilities, research interests and publications can be found on individual staff profile pages.

Head of Department

  • Elizabeth Gammie

    Elizabeth Gammie

    Professor Elizabeth Gammie is Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance with teaching interests in a variety of accounting and research related modules.  

  • Academic Staff

  • Farooq Ahmad

    Dr Farooq Ahmad

    Dr Ahmad is a lecturer in International Finance and Corporate Financial Management. His research interests include: Financial Markets Efficiency Analysis; Regulation and Evaluation of innovation/reform impacts on Financial markets.  

  • Ayodele Asekomeh

    Asekomeh Ayodele

    Dr Ayodele Asekomeh is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Finance and leader of the MSc Oil and Gas Finance course.  

  • Claire Clark

    Claire Clark

    Claire is a qualified Chartered Accountant and lectures in Accounting and Finance.  

  • Michelle Coull

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    Michelle Coull is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance.  

  • Louise Crawford

    Professor Louise Crawford teaches accounting and finance.  

  • Fiona Duncan

    Fiona Duncan

    Fiona Duncan is Course Leader for the BA (Honours) Accounting and Finance and her teaching interests lie in the areas of Financial Reporting, Auditing and International Accounting.  

  • Valerie Gilchrist

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    Valerie is the module co-ordinator for BS1270, Management Accounting and also tutors on BS3142, External Finance and BS2268, Personal & Business Finance.  

  • Martyn Gordon

    Martyn Gordon

    Martyn teaches Accounting and Finance, his specialist area of knowledge is taxation.  

  • Omaima Hassan

    Omaima is a lecturer in finance and accounting at RGU.  

  • Tong Jiao

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    Tong Jiao is a lecturer in Accounting and Finance.  

  • Susan Lawrie

    Susan Lawrie

    Susan Lawrie is a Teaching Fellow and is course leader for the Part-time Business Management, Graduate Certificate in Management Studies and Graduate Certificate in Project Management courses.  

  • Hugh Little

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    During his tenure as Visiting Professor, Hugh will deliver sessions to accountancy and business management students which will give an insight into his working world.  

  • Shonagh Mackay

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    Shonagh Mackay is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance.  

  • Morag Matson

    Morag Matson

    Morag Matson is Lecturer in Accounting and Finance and her teaching interests lie in Taxation and Financial Accounting.  

  • Brenda Paver

    Brenda Paver

    Brenda is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance.  

  • Gillian Peters

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    Gillian is a lecturer in Accounting and Finance, and is head of year one for the CIMA BSC Accounting. Prior to joining the University, she worked in the oil service industry in both management and financial accounting roles.  

  • Lindsey Stewart

    Lindsey Stewart

    Lindsey Stewart is Lecturer in Accounting and Finance and teaches in the areas of accounting and finance on undergraduate programmes.  

  • Nicola Ward

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    Nicola is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at RGU.  

  • Xin Zhang

    Xin Zhang

    Xin is a lecturer in Accounting and Finance, his specialist teaching areas are Econometrics and Financial Investments.