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The BSc Hons Accounting and Management creates the opportunity to progress your studies within growing areas of professional services.


The BSc Hons Accounting and Management creates the opportunity to progress your studies within growing areas of professional services.

Graduating with a BSc in Accounting and Management keeps all your options to the various employment opportunities open whilst still maintaining a high level of financial and management acumen.

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About this course

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This course provides you flexibility, both in your choice of subject areas to match interests and career aspirations, as well as the period of time over which the course will be completed. Accreditation from previous relevant programmes of study may allow you to progress more rapidly to the final level of the course.

The Course Committee encourages interest from mature students who have shown an aptitude for the advanced study of accounting and management, and it continually seeks to attract students from overseas onto the course.

The course is academically rigorous and includes a wide range of different disciplines which place accounting in a wider context. You will develop analytical and problem solving skills, through the study of the theory and practice of accounting management. The result of this is that you will become confident in relating to the challenges of a changing accounting and management environment. Opportunities to acquire these skills are provided through independent research, group learning situations, practical application in class-based activities, computer laboratories, and skills workshops.

Upon being successful in the course you will have the opportunity to continue your studies at postgraduate level or to pursue professional qualifications.


The programme is delivered over an academic year (September - June) part-time, through lectures, seminars and independent study. When possible, all part-time courses will be delivered in the evening.

Start dates

  • September 2019
How to apply


Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Financial Mathematics and Statistics

Year: 1

This module develops students' quantitative skills and provides the building blocks for subsequent quantitative analysis.

Introductory Accounting

Year: 1

This module forms a foundation for the further study of Accounting in later modules. The aim of the module is to provide students with an academically challenging and intellectually stimulating study of foundation accounting. It focuses on the skills and techniques appropriate to practical accounting, as well as providing an understanding of basic accounting theory.

Principles of Financial Accounting

Year: 1

Principles of Financial Accounting provides the student with an introduction to the concepts underpinning corporate financial reporting for single companies and groups of companies. This provides students with the foundations required for further study in Financial Accounting module.

Principles of Management Accounting

Year: 1

This module provides students with an introduction to the principles of management accounting. It examines the role of the management accountant within an organisation and how management accounting information contributes to making judgements and decisions. The module focuses primarily on the theory and practice of cost accounting and introduces students to various cost accounting concepts, techniques and processes. It provides a firm foundation for further study in the area of Management Accounting.

Academic, Professional and Managerial Awareness

Year: 1

This module provides students with an opportunity to consider, reflect on, and develop the key skills that will provide the basis for successful study on their programme of study and in their future professional life. It provides an opportunity to consider personal strengths and learning styles, and to develop strategies to obtain maximum benefit from these.

Business and the Economy

Year: 1

This module will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and applications of economics as they affect individuals, firms and governments, as well as the policy decisions taken in industry, commerce, and local government.

Year two

Personal and Business Finance

Year: 2

This module introduces financial decision making for individuals and small- to medium-sized companies. Within the personal finance element students will study the financial lifecycle, the financial plan and the main personal finance decisions. Within the business finance element students will study the role of business finance, ethics in financial decision making, the influence of the environment on financial decision-making, capital investment appraisal and working capital management.

Financial Accounting

Year: 2

Financial accounting provides the student with an understanding of the concepts underpinning corporate financial reporting for single companies and groups of companies. The role of financial accounting regulation, particularly International Financial Reporting Standards is examined and students are provided with the skills to apply these to practical examples.

Management Accounting

Year: 2

Having completed this module the student will be able to: understand the role of the management accountant and how this contributes to the achievement of organisational objectives; understand the role of modern management accounting practices which enable organisations to develop and assess performance; and apply appropriate management decision tools to a specified range of scenarios.

Assurance and Risk Management

Year: 2

This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of assurance and risk management combined with the processes surrounding risk management in both the private and public sector organisations. It identifies the skills that a professional accountant must have and how best to utilise those skills in today's challenging business environment.

Law for Accountants

Year: 2

This module introduces students to basic legal structures, principles and concepts relevant to business and the business environment in the United Kingdom (with a particular emphasis on Northern Ireland). It also enables them to acquire certain skills, such as those of instant recall, analysis, argumentation and articulation, which will prove useful in their work as business professionals.

Organisation Design

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is concerned with exploring why differences in structure and design exist across organisations. It considers ways of describing, analysing, classifying and differentiating organisations and the factors that cause this differentiation.

Operations Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module equips students to understand the issues concerned with managing an organisation's resources and to appreciate the complexity of problems related to monitoring and managing operational performance. The teaching and learning methods incorporate inherently practical activities that are representative of the subject. The module demonstrates the importance of operations management to every organisation's success.

Managing People

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is about the various processes that can be utilised within an organisation to maximise an individual's motivation, abilities and performance, within the context of organisational goals, especially in maximising employee performance. To that end, the syllabus concentrates on potential transformation processes that might lead to 'commitment' rather than a reliance on 'compliance' in the workplace.

Year three

Diploma in Professional Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain structured and professional work experience, in a work-based learning environment, as part of their planned programme of study. This experience allows students to develop, refine and reflect on their key personal and professional skills. The placement should significantly support the development of the student's employability skills, preparation for final year and enhance their employability journey.

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module is optional

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year four

Governance, Risk and Ethics

Year: 4

The module informs and equips students to effectively respond to the governance challenges organisations face today. The module aims to investigate the key components for securing the highest standards of effective corporate governance.

Financial Reporting

Year: 4

The nature and purpose of accounting theory; the theory of capital and income; the role of accounting regulation including the development of the latest accounting standards; contemporary issues in accounting; recent and future trends in financial reporting.

Performance Management

Year: 4

An important role of management accounting is to present accounting information to assist managers to plan, make decisions, measure and assess performance and control. The modulate activities of the organisation. This module will develop students' appreciation of management accounting, through in-depth study and critical appraisal of advanced practices and theories of the discipline.

Advanced Financial Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module examines some of the fundamental concepts underpinning managerial finance, including agency theory, EMH, theories on capital structure and dividend policy. The module focuses on financial management decision-making in large companies that interact with the capital markets and have an international presence.

Strategic Business Planning

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module introduces the concept of strategic business planning. With the dynamic business environment and the requirement for enterprise development to be linked to strategic management architecture, there is a need to enhance the level of understanding and competency in business planning.

Public Sector Accounting

Year: 4

This module is optional

Public sector accounting analyses organisational structures and management control in central government, local authorities and National Health Service. This module will introduce students to the financial accounting and management accounting techniques and methods within public sector. The module also provides an insight into the nature of recent managerial and accounting reforms within public sector organisations.

Forensic Accounting

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module allows students to combine their understanding of accounting, finance and governance structures, with the evidence gathering, investigative techniques, and report writing skills necessary to be a forensic accountant.

Modern Taxation

Year: 4

This module is optional

A knowledge of taxation is essential to students intending to pursue a career in accounting and is an essential part of most financial and economic decision making. This module provides a fundamental undertaking of the main aspects of the UK tax system covering personal, business taxation, corporation tax, inheritance tax and capital gains tax as well as an understanding of the administration of the self-assessment system.


Year: 4

This module is optional

This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of auditing combined with the practical application of auditing principles and the issues encountered in a financial reporting and audit environment. It identifies the skills that a professional auditor must have and how best to utilise those skills in today's challenging business environment.

Total Quality Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

Total Quality Management is a holistic approach to managing organisations, which focuses on continual improvement in all areas, achieved by the active involvement and participation of all employees. At its core are the processes involving customer/supplier chains, supported by the 'hard' elements of Teams, Systems, and Tools, interwoven with the 'soft' elements of Culture, Commitment, and Communication, all combined into an effective whole.

Supply Chain Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module should assist students in the analysis of contemporary developments affecting the role of supply chain management and should enable them to develop and manage supply chain strategies to meet corporate objectives. Topics to be covered include the evolution of purchasing and supply management; supply chain strategies and achieving strategic fit; supply chain drivers; e-commerce and the supply chain; outsourcing; supply chain relationships and supply chain dynamics.

Strategic Human Resource Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module draws on the disciplines of business management and strategic understanding and is designed to equip students to understand an organisation's need to manage its people within a rapidly changing environment. In particular, the module aims to analyse how human resource practitioners assist an organisation maintain its competitive sustainability within a rapidly changing and challenging trading environment.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

For applicants who have taken the traditional A level route or equivalent, the entry requirements are 104-120 UCAS points, with a GCSE grade B in Mathematics or equivalent and GCSE English grade C.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants without formal academic qualifications may be admitted if they can demonstrate their ability to complete the programme through accreditation of prior experiential learning.

Exemptions and transferability

Students enter this course in year A (level four). However applicants who provide evidence of previous relevant successful study may be considered for entry to year B (level five) of the course.

Transfer will normally be admitted with exemptions. There is a facility for transfer to other undergraduate degree courses depending upon the nature of the subject matter of the other degrees and academic achievement.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

There is a considerable demand for accountants and managers in business, industry and the public services. This degree will provide you with an excellent basis for pursuing a professional qualification with one of the accountancy and management bodies. A qualified accountant may take up a position as a practitioner providing audit, accountancy and taxation services to a variety of businesses and individuals; a financial or management accountant in a large commercial enterprise or within central or local government; a taxation specialist; a management consultant; or an educationalist.

The degree may, depending on classification obtained, permit further study at postgraduate level.

Professional recognition

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for the purpose of exemption from some professional exams.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.


How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2019

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Admissions contact regarding application process:

Karen McCarroll

T: +44 (0)28 9036 8983


Course Director

Mr Dean Coulter

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6039


For more information visit

Ulster University Business School

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics