Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

  • The Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics focuses on providing an excellent, all-round academic experience for students with an international perspective, with our graduates being highly sought after in both accounting and economics disciplines.

    Teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level is undertaken by our international team of staff who are active researchers and/or who have a professional background. This means you learn about current issues as well as gaining a sound theoretic grounding.

    Our staff maintain close links with relevant professional bodies, leading practitioners and employers such as Grant Thornton, PWC, Critchleys, Financial Times and the Department of Transport, who come and speak to our students, and our courses can offer exemptions from professional exams. Undergraduate students are encouraged to undertake a placement year and are provided with support in securing one.

    The department runs the Accountants in Mentoring (AiM) scheme, which provides a mentor for final year BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance students to help them with the transition from university to the world of work. The experienced mentors, some of who are our alumni, come from companies including Ernst & Young, Pepsico UK, Honda UK and Royal Dutch Shell. They assist with CVs, interview preparation and give all the advice they would have found useful at a similar stage in their careers, helping to ensure that our students are able to maximise their potential after university.

    The main focus of research within the department is on how accountability is achieved, explored from both theoretical and practical perspectives and encompassing a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches. Research in this department is grouped around three clusters: Accountability and Responsibility, Environmental and Developmental Economics and Corporate Social Responsibility.

    The department has established a Third Sector Study Group and is currently developing research into the governance of Third Sector organisations, particularly charities, building on the ACES project established by the Accounting Fields, in which student volunteers are trained by a local accountancy firm to assist local charities with basic accounting.

    Our programmes offer a range of exemptions from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).