The Accounting and Finance Department offers a number of specialist accounting and finance courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

RGU Accounting and finance coursesCourses  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.

  • BSc Accounting with CIMA - Online

    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.

  • MSc Accounting | MSc Oil and Gas Accounting

    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 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.

    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.


    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.

    Recognition in 2008 RAE
    The Accounting and Finance department achieved recognition for their excellent research capability in the 2008 RAE, with 70% of the research output deemed to be of international standing. This is the first time that the Accounting and Finance department was submitted for external review in this way and the department was one of only 14 departments in the UK to submit in this specialist area.

    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 -

    Research Contact
    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
    Email: l.m.kirkham@rgu.ac.uk


    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 Gammie is Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance. Her research interests are the Accounting Profession and Accounting Education and gender issues.  

  • Research Co-ordinator

  • Linda Kirkham

    Linda Kirkham

    Linda Kirkham is a Professor of Accounting within the Department of Accounting and Finance and the Research Co-coordinator for the department.  

  • 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.  

  • Claire Clark

    Claire Clark

    Claire is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is lecturing within the department of Accounting and Finance.  

  • Michelle Coull

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    Michelle Coull is a Lecturer in the department of 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.  

  • Amanze Ejiogu

    Amanze Ejiogu

    Amanze is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, he also has extensive work experience gained while working as an Accountant in industry  

  • Susan Hamilton

    Susan Hamilton

    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

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    Tong Jiao is a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.  

  • Pete Jones

    Pete Jones

    Pete Jones is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.  

  • 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.  

  • Karen Lund

    Karen Lund

    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

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    Shonagh Mackay is a Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.  

  • Morag Matson

    Morag Matson

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

  • Brenda Paver

    Brenda Paver

    Brenda is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.  

  • Paul Ratcliffe

    Paul Ratcliffe

    Paul is developing course material and delivering lectures for the department of Accounting and Finance.  

  • Brian Scroggie

    Brian Scroggie

    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

    Lindsey Stewart

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

  • Bing Xu

    Bing Xu

    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 Zhang

    Xin Zhang

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

  • News

    Department of Accounting & Finance News

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    1. 29, October, 2014 Business Leaders come together for RGU’s prestigious Entrepreneurship Dinner

      Business leaders of Aberdeen and the north-east came together last night to explore the topic Energy to Build for the Future at Robert Gordon University's (RGU) prestigious Entrepreneurship Dinner.  

    2. 24, October, 2014 STV bids for local TV licences in Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee

      STV has submitted an application to deliver local TV in Aberdeen in partnership with RGU.  

    3. 17, October, 2014 RGU hosts US Ambassador to the UK

      RGU students got the opportunity to pick the brains of the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom during his visit to Aberdeen.  

    4. 13, August, 2014 RGU to hold Postgraduate Open Evening

      Riverside East

      Prospective students can learn more about RGU’s wide portfolio of taught programmes at its latest Postgraduate Open Evening.  


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    1. 01, November, 2014 November Open Day 2014

      Crowd of students

      Your chance to find out about the courses and facilities on offer at RGU.  

    2. 08, November, 2014 Postgraduate Open Day 2014

      Postgraduate Study 2014

      There has never been a better time to embark on a postgraduate course. Find out more at our open day.  

    3. 08, December, 2014 Winter Graduation Ceremonies - Aberdeen Business School (2:30pm)

      Tom Main Graduation 2014

      Ceremony for the Departments of Accounting & Finance, Information Management, Management, Law, Communication & Media, Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Scottish Centre of Tourism (SCoT).  

    4. 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.  


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