Accounting & Finance Department
The Accounting and Finance Department offers a number of specialist accounting and finance courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Courses Our courses provide innovative, vocationally-relevant knowledge and skills and are internationally recognised for excellence in professional education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Staff Teaching staff are involved in delivering and regularly updating our innovative and vocationally-relevant undergraduate and postgraduate accounting courses. They are also actively involved in research in a wide range of interest areas.
Research The Department has achieved significant success in terms of publications in internationally ranked refereed journals and has hosted a number of conferences.
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, 2014). Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide.
This is an online course designed to provide the opportunity to gain part of the prestigious CIMA professional qualification and a degree in Accounting. A top-up option is also available by distance learning.
Our Masters in Oil and Gas Accounting will enhance your skills and advance your career.
“My degree at RGU enabled me to gain the right qualifications to get my dream job as a Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Bermuda – a paradise island – where I’ve been living for the past few years.”
Stewart Ritchie Accounting and Finance Degree BA (Hons) Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Our undergraduate and postgraduate accounting and finance courses offer the option to study full-time or via online distance learning.
Providing vocationally-relevant theory and developing applied accounting and finance skills, our course programme is internationally recognised for excellence in professional education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide.
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.
- MSc Financial Management
- MSc Oil and Gas Accounting
- MSc Oil and Gas Finance
- MSc Strategic Accounting
- MSc Accounting and Finance
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.
A thriving research culture has been developed within the department with significant success achieved by staff who have published in internationally refereed journals.
Departmental research covers areas such as Accounting Education and Critical Accounting and is managed by the departmental Research Co-ordinator, Professor Linda Kirkham. Staff regularly publish papers in journals, publish refereed monographs and book chapters and are active in presenting papers at national and international conferences. The department has also hosted a number of high profile conferences including the British Accounting Association conference.
The Accounting and Finance department achieved recognition for their excellent research capability with 70% of the research output deemed to be of international standing. 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 areas such as Accounting Education and Critical Accounting -
Accounting Education: Specific areas of interest -
- graduate selection and the profession (Elizabeth Gammie);
- the performance of undergraduate accountancy students (Elizabeth Gammie and Peter Jones);
- group assessment at final degree level (Elizabeth Gammie, Brenda Paver and Moraq Matson);
- selection techniques within the accountancy profession (Elizabeth Gammie);
- gender issues (Elizabeth Gammie, Brenda Paver and Fiona Duncan);
- professional training and the development of a professional identity (Susan Hamilton)
Critical Accounting: Areas of interest include -
- gender issues in accounting (Linda Kirkham);
- the accounting profession (Elizabeth Gammie and Linda Kirkham);
- accounting history (Linda Kirkham).
Full information on publications can be seen on the individual staff page, such as those for -
For further information on research within the Accounting and Finance department please contact the Research Co-ordinator, Professor Linda Kirkham
Tel: +44 (0)1224 263554
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
Professor Gammie is Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance. Her research interests are the Accounting Profession and Accounting Education and gender issues.
Linda Kirkham is a Professor of Accounting within the Department of Accounting and Finance and the Research Co-coordinator for the department.
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.
Dr Ayodele Asekomeh is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Finance and leader of the MSc Oil and Gas Finance course.
Claire is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is lecturing within the department of Accounting and Finance.
Michelle Coull is a Lecturer in the department of Accounting and Finance.
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.
Amanze is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, he also has extensive work experience gained while working as an Accountant in industry
Dr Susan Hamilton is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance. Her research interests are in accounting education, in particular professional identity formation and professional development.
Tong Jiao is a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.
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.
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.
Karen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance and is Course Leader for the MSc in Oil and Gas Accounting.
Shonagh Mackay is a Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.
Morag Matson is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance and her teaching interests lie in Taxation and Financial Accounting.
Brenda is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.
Paul is developing course material and delivering lectures for the department of Accounting and Finance.
Brian Scroggie is a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance. His teaching interests are in the areas of Treasury, Corporate Finance and Financial Markets.
Lindsey Stewart is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance and teaches in the areas of accounting and finance on undergraduate programmes.
Dr Xu is a Lecturer in Finance. Her current research interests include energy economics, forecasting, bankruptcy assessment and prediction and multi-criteria decision analysis.
Xin is a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance, his specialist teaching areas are Econometrics and Financial Investments.
Department of Accounting & Finance News
27, March, 2015 RGU delivers bespoke training to global energy services company
EnerMech has teamed up with RGU to develop key staff in to leading project managers.
26, March, 2015 RGU students put on casino and cocktail night for CLAN
A group of Event Management students at RGU are hosting a ‘1920’s Crystal Club’ themed Casino night to raise money for CLAN Cancer Support.
11, March, 2015 National graduate recruitment event to take place in Aberdeen
Hundreds of graduate jobs will be advertised at a major recruitment event for the region being held this month in Aberdeen.
05, March, 2015 North-east pupils given unique opportunity to gain an insight into the legal profession
North-east pupils have been given a unique opportunity to attend RGU to learn more about law and gain a real insight to the diversity of the legal profession.
15, April, 2015 RGU Supply Chain Management Forum
Dr McDonald (MSP) will discuss the potential challenges and expectations facing the future of the Scottish government at this year's SCM forum.
13, May, 2015 Professorial Lecture: Fa Div Ye Think Ye Are?
Peter Reid, Head of the Department of Information Management at RGU, will deliver a professorial lecture in Doric, examining various aspects of the region's local culture and heritage.
14, May, 2015 Postgraduate Open Evening
There has never been a better time to embark on a postgraduate course. Find out more at our open evening.
22, May, 2015 MBA Leadership Week 2015
MBA Leadership Week brings together our entire MBA programme cohort for an intensive combination of academic and practical workshops at Aberdeen Business School.