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Accounting and Management

BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) Accounting and Management

Our BA (Hons) Accounting and Management degree is a two-year top up programme to an Honours degree, for those with a relevant HND. The course provides you with the knowledge of key accounting principles covering financial reporting, decision making, control, assurance and business finance.

You will study key areas of management theory and practice thereby covering a wide range of topics relevant to a future career in business. This course has strong links with industry, employers and professional bodies, providing you with a unique combination of academic and professional understanding.

In the final year of the course, there are two possible routes offering you the flexibility to tailor your study to your own interests and career aspirations.

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This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

2 years

Year 3

You will further develop your knowledge and understanding by undertaking modules relating to accounting, auditing, finance and management areas. You will also have the opportunity to build your business creativity through exploring how to generate and develop viable commercial ideas in the Business Ideas and Opportunities module. You will work in teams, develop your creativity skills and showcase your ideas at a Trade Fair held on campus.

Year 4

There is a choice of routes allowing you to tailor your study to your own interests and career aspirations. Both routes study compulsory modules in Financial and Management Accounting, Corporate Ethics, Business Strategy and Business and Innovation. Route B also provided the opportunity to undertake a significant piece of independent research in the form of a thesis. The grade that you achieve in each module this year determines your honours classification.


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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.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

Each term has a block of 12 weeks of teaching and you will study 3 or 4 modules per term. Each module normally has approximately 3 hours of class teaching per week. While there are variations between modules, most consist of a lecture delivered to the entire class supported by tutorials delivered to smaller groups. Your course resources will be available on CampusMoodle, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and will enhance your learning experience and keep you up-to-date with coursework and assignments.

How long is a BA (Hons) Accounting and Management course?

The duration of the Accounting and Management degree is 2 years.

Activity Summary

Year 1

  • Lectures - 100 - 280 students per group, Route A  8 - 10 hours per week, Route B 8 - 10 hours per week in term 1, 4 - 5 hours per week  in term 2
  • Tutorial - 25 - 40 students per group, Route A 4 hours per week, Route B 3 hours per week

Independent Study

In addition to lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 25 hours per week outside of class working on your own.  For example undertaking prescribed reading, preparing answers to tutorial assignments or researching and writing course assignments.

Staff delivering on this course

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge. Accounting modules are delivered by professionally qualified accounting academics. This course has strong links with industry, employers and professional bodies, providing you with a unique combination of academic and professional understanding.

Many of our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this.  This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 4 - 5* written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 4 - 5* written assignments, including essays
  • 3 - 4*class tests
  • 1 or 2*  group presentations

*dependent on route chosen

Year 2

Route A

  • 6 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 4 written assignments, including essays

Route B

  • 3 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation


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 Inclusion 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.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

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

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Job Prospects

This course will prepare you for a wide range of careers in areas of business management or accountancy. You may aspire to a career within the field of management, making use of the practical business and creativity skills developed on this course. 

Is Accounting and Finance a good career choice?

Previous BA Accounting and Finance graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Audit Assistant - auditing clients and financial statements
  • Graduate Trainee Auditor
  • Assistant Accountant - processing invoices and compliance testing
  • Associate Assurance Auditor

Alternatively you may wish to pursue a career in Accounting or Finance by undertaking a professional qualification.




What is needed for a BA (Hons) Accounting and Management degree?

Entry into Stage 1 of the course will be for those who have completed an HND in Accounting.

Alternative Qualifications

Equivalent overseas qualifications and some access programmes may be considered.

Applicants from Partner Colleges

A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3.

English Language Requirements

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:

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Tuition fees for this Accounting and Management degree are as follows:

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Scottish Students: £1,820 per academic year
  • EU Students: £6,000 per academic year
  • Rest of UK Students: £6,000 per academic year
  • International Students: £15,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2020/2021

  • Scottish/EU Students: £1,820 per academic year
  • Rest of UK Students: £6,000 per academic year
  • International Students: £15,000 per academic year

Additional Costs

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

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident 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 and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

Widening Access Accommodation and Welcome Pack Offer

If you are applying to RGU for September 2021 and meet widening access criteria, you may qualify for free accommodation in your first year of study, along with our welcome pack to support your transition to university. Find out if you are eligible:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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