Our Accounting and Finance degree has been developed to equip you with up to date and relevant industry knowledge. Once completed, many of our graduates secure full time employment with leading financial organisations.

This is the only Accounting and Finance degree in Scotland which has a year-long salaried work placement. Many of our students do so well in their placements that they are offered a job by their placement employer to return to the organisation after graduation.

We have established close links with professional accounting bodies and employers, which ensures our course is relevant for today’s accounting profession. You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our all of our professionally qualified teaching staff, many of whom qualified with a Big Four firm: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

N420

Course Dates

September to July
January start (For international fee paying students only)

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time; Stage 3 is available part-time

Academic School

Aberdeen Business School

Overview

Year 1

You will be introduced to basic theoretical and practical Accounting whilst developing generic academic skills which are highly sought after by employers: writing reports, presenting and working in a small team.

Year 2

You will study specialist modules in Business Finance and Financial and Management Accounting.  You will use your knowledge and skills to prepare published financial statements using international accounting and financial reporting standards.

Year 3

Most students undertake an optional one year (minimum 48 weeks) paid work-based learning placement in an accounting or finance position.  Alternatively you can choose to study classroom based modules either at RGU or at an overseas university.

Year 4

You will study compulsory modules in Financial and Management Accounting, Taxation, Corporate Finance, Corporate Ethics and Business Strategy.  The grade that you achieve in each module this year determines your honours classification.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Financial Accounting
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Business Perspectives
    Semester 2
  • Introductory Economics
  • People Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Business Law
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Quantitative Business Techniques
  • Advanced Business Law
  • External Reporting
  • Financial Decision-making
    Semester 2
  • Finance for Business Decisions
  • Business Information Systems
  • Management and Cost Accounting
  • Managing Projects
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Placement
  • The Theory Of Auditing
  • Placement
    Route B - Non-Placement - Continuing Students. This taught Stage 3 route is available part time whereby 30 credits are undertaken per Semester for two sessions. Modules to be taken from the route each session will be determined by the Course Leader.
  • Corporate Governance
  • The Theory Of Auditing
  • Money And Financial Markets
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law
    Route C - Non-Placement Direct Entrants. This taught Stage 3 route is available part time whereby 30 credits are undertaken per Semester for two sessions. Modules to be taken from the route each session will be determined by the Course Leader.
  • External Reporting
  • Financial Decision-making
  • The Theory Of Auditing
  • Money And Financial Markets
    Route D - Study Abroad
  • The Theory Of Auditing
  • Study Abroad 8
  • Study Abroad 7
  • Study Abroad 9
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Placement Route
  • The Practice Of Auditing
  • Placement
    Route B - Non-Placement Route - Continuing Students
  • New Business Project
  • The Practice Of Auditing
  • Literature Project
    Route C - Non-Placement Route - Direct Entrants
  • Management and Cost Accounting
  • Finance for Business Decisions
  • The Practice Of Auditing
  • Literature Project
    Route D - Study Abroad
  • The Practice Of Auditing
  • Study Abroad 10
  • Study Abroad 11
  • Study Abroad 12
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Personal and Business Taxation
  • Corporate Ethics
  • Financial Reporting Issues And Applications
    Semester 2
  • Business Strategy
  • Financial Accounting For Groups And Companies
  • Management Accounting Decision-making And Control
  • Corporate and Capital Taxes
  • You will study four modules each semester and each module involves around three hours of class teaching per week.  While this differs from module to module, most have two hours of lectures delivered to the whole class, plus a further one hour tutorial taught to a small group of about 20 students. 

    Your course resources will be available on CampusMoodle. CampusMoodle is an innovative teaching and learning environment which will enhance your learning experience and will keep you up-to-date with coursework and assignments.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 110 students per group
    • Eight hours per week

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 20 students per group
    • Eight hours per week

    Independent study summary

    In addition to lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 24 – 30 hours per week outside of class working on your own.  For example doing prescribed reading, preparing answers to tutorial assignments or researching and writing course reports.

    Staff delivering this course

    All academic staff on the accounting modules are Chartered Accountants, most completed their training in a Big Four accounting firm and they have also all completed a certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching.

    In addition all academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship.   This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

    Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers, librarians and Postgraduate Research students.

    Facilities

    • University Library
    • Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester by:

    • Written Exam: average time of two hours for each module exam
    • Written Assignment including essay
    • Report
    • Oral Assessment

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Skills

    SQA Higher: ABBB

    GCE A Level: BBC

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H2H3

    IB Diploma: 29

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Students entering Year 3 of the course will follow the class based taught route as an alternative to a placement in Year 3. Find out more about Degree Link.

    Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

    International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Unique among Accounting and Finance degrees in Scotland, this course has an optional one-year (minimum 48 weeks) paid work placement in Year 3. Our placement office can provide advice and guidance on accessing placements in local, national and international organisations.  

    Placements are typically in an Accounting or Finance position within a professional accounting firm or the accounting department of larger organisations.  You will undertake two modules in auditing by distance learning whilst on placement.

    Placement Offices

    Professional Accreditation

    The Honours degree is fully accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and receives excellent exemptions from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Association of International Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

    Students who enter the degree in years 2 or 3 are considered on an individual basis by the professional bodies.

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    Scholarships

    A range of scholarships are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at Robert Gordon University, further information via our scholarship pages.

    Bursaries

    Students from this degree with appropriate circumstances would be eligible to apply for an ICAS Foundation bursary.

    CIMA Fees

    View a full list of fees for CIMA registration, exams and subscription

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year
    • £910 for a full placement year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year
    • £2,500 for a full placement year

    International Students

    • £11,400 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full placement year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year
    • £910 for a full placement year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year
    • £2,500 for a full placement year

    International Students

    • £11,000 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full placement year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1820 per academic year
    • £910 for a full placement year

    Part-time

    • £910 per year for stage 3 part-time

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £5,000 per academic year
    • £2,500 for a full placement year

    Part-time

    • £2,500 per year for stage 3 part-time

    International Students

    Full-time

    • £10,500 per academic year
    • £1,000 for a full placement year

    Part-time

    • £5,250 per year for stage 3 part-time

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,900 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,250 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    September Start

    Scottish, EU and Rest of UK applicants

    You must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International applicants

    You have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    January Start (for international fee paying students only)

    If you have missed the September start deadline or are required to complete an English language module you will have an opportunity to start the course in January through ICRGU.

    Find out more

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Graduates from this degree are in great demand by employers, including the Big Four accountancy firms, multinational companies in a wide range of industries, investment fund managers and banks. Possible careers are in areas such as financial and management accountancy, auditing, taxation and corporate finance.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees: 

    Other Fees and Charges

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