BSc (Hons)

The online BSc (Hons) Accounting course at Robert Gordon University is a fast-track 12-month top-up degree for those who already hold the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting, the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business or equivalent professional accounting qualification, and have relevant work experience.

The fast-track degree is ideal for those who wish to advance their career in accounting. The online course provides a solid grounding in both accounting and academic skills, with study areas including organisational strategy, innovation and enterprise, and you will also complete a dissertation or business consultancy project.

New for 2022, BSc (Hons) Accounting now includes a fully funded or reduced fee option. If you are a Scottish resident this means you may no longer be liable to pay fees and could qualify to have your fees fully funded by SAAS. Alternatively, as a Scottish resident you may qualify for significantly reduced course fees. *Find out more and if you are eligible in the Fees & Funding tab.

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This course has multiple study options

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

12 months Top-up

You will study a selection of modules including Organisational Strategy, Innovation and Enterprise and you will also complete an applied academic study dissertation or business consultancy project. Personal and professional skills such as research, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed thereby enhancing your employment portfolio and setting you apart from other graduates in your field.

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Detailed module information

Learning Methods

The BSc (Hons) Accounting is an online course taught through CampusMoodle, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers students flexibility of where and when they can study.

CampusMoodle offers full open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material

How long is a BSc (Hons) Accounting course?

A BSc (Hons) Accounting top-up degree can be completed in 12 months.

Activity Summary

  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 96 hours per term
  • Independent Study - 1104 hours per term

Independent Study

The course requires you to become independent 'open learners' and take responsibility for when, where and how your learning occurs. You will spend approximately 20 hours per week working on your own, undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for group activities and researching and writing course reports.

Staff Delivering on This Course

You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our teaching staff on the accounting modules who are all chartered accountants, many of whom qualified with a Big Four firm: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. All have completed a certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching.

Other staff members include industry professionals and staff with Research experience.


Typically students are assessed:

  • 2 written assessments
  • 1 Capstone project


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

The BSc (Hons) Accounting is a fast-track course which allows you to gain an Honours degree in only 12 months - thereby supporting your career development and giving you a competitive advantage in the accounting profession. 

Is the BSc (Hons) Accounting a good course choice?

The accounting profession is a highly regarded one, both in the UK and overseas and both awards are very well known within the industry. Opportunities for future careers exist within local, national and international companies in the areas of management accounting, financial accounting and also in commercial roles requiring financial analysis skills.

In addition to a professional career, there are opportunities for you study for further academic qualifications at RGU.


What is needed for a BSc (Hons) Accounting course?

Entry requirement for this Top-up course are for applicants to have successfully completed the CIMA Diploma in Management Accounting, the ACCA Diploma in Accounting and Business (along with three from six of the Applied Knowledge level papers (F4-F9)), or an equivalent professional accounting qualification, in conjunction with 2 years of significant and relevant full time work experience. The work experience should span a range of different areas, but should include substantial experience in applied accounting.

English Language Requirements

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

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


Academic year 2022

Scottish Students

Full Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £1820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £4120

EU Students

Full Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £4120

International Students

Full Time

Over 1 year Year 1 £4120

Additional Costs

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

Student Funding

If you are assessed as a Scottish fee payer by our admissions team, you will benefit from significantly reduced fees, and could qualify to have your fees fully funded by SAAS.

For more information about SAAS funding and to find out if you are eligible, visit:

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:


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. 


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