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A unique course which enables you to specialise in a dynamic area of accounting and gives you an edge for your future career.

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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • KPMG
  • EY
  • Deloitte
  • CITI
  • BDO
  • Moore Stephens

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Trainee Chartered Certified Accountant
  • Trainee Management Accountant
  • Trainee Chartered Tax Adviser
  • Entrepreneur
  • Operations Analyist
  • Office Manager

Overview

A unique course which enables you to specialise in a dynamic area of accounting and gives you an edge for your future career.

Summary

This course will enable you to distinguish yourself from other accountancy graduates by also acquiring a specialism in either: taxation, management or information systems.

This course will be heavily accredited and it is the course for you if you wish to obtain a premium accountancy degree with a difference. You will be able to graduate with one of the following:

  • BSc Hons Accounting with Taxation or
  • BSc Hons Accounting with Management or
  • BSc Hons Accounting with information systems.

Students may also choose a Placement or Study Abroad year.

The University regularly ‘refreshes’ courses to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible. The University calls this process 'academic revalidation’. This course will be ‘refreshed’ during the 2017/18 academic year, with changes put in place for students entering in September 2018.

For the most up-to-date course/ module information, please contact theCourse Director.

International Students

If you don't meet our entry requirements for this course you may want to consider our International Foundation Programme (IFP)

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) will prepare you for studying an undergraduate degree at Ulster.

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About this course

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About

If you are interested in following a career in accountancy or in going on to obtain professional accounting qualifications prior to entering a career in finance or business then this course is suitable for you. This course will be accredited by the major accounting bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Upon graduation, you have the opportunity to gain maximum exemption from the above mentioned professional body examinations. The level of exemptions available will depend on the specialism route you select and your achievements in your modules. As the Ulster University Business School at Magee has strong links with the accountancy and taxation bodies, you will be guided on the best choice of modules to suit your career aspirations. This course offers you the option of undertaking a paid placement year in a range of local and international locations or you can opt to study abroad for a year.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

3 years without placement/4 years including placement year.

This is a full time course where you will normally complete 3 modules per semester, with class contact time approximately 3 hours per week per module.

Therefore there will be 9-10 teaching hours per week, depending on level.

Normally students are in class for 3 days per weeks. On top of this you would be expected to spend approximately 10 additional hours of independent study time per module.

Taking all modules into account this would equate to 40 hours per week over a semester.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply

Modules

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

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Year: 1

The module establishes a strong foundation for students as they undertake the study of accounting. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important within the context of double entry book-keeping, preparing financial statements, undertaking financial reporting and performing detailed analyses supporting aspects of the internal financial management of a business entity.

Costing

Year: 1

This module provides an understanding of key principles and practices of the discipline of costing, cost classification, cost behaviour, role of costing in an organisation, ethical issues in the context of costing, cost accounting, costing of materials, labour and overheads, Activity Based Costing, Job, Contract and Service Costing, Process Costing, joint and by-product costing, Absorption and Variable Costing, Cost control.

Principles of Management

Year: 1

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of management and cognate topics, including the business environment, business ethics, motivation, problem solving and decision making, planning, human resource management, organisational structure, change and innovation, and operations and quality.

Students will acquire an understanding of the issues and challenges facing managers in both domestic and global environments.

Academic and Career Enhancement skills

Year: 1

The module establishes a solid foundation for students as they make the transition to become effective learners at third level. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important for academic achievement. In this module, student learning, progression and achievement is closely monitored and supported by the module coordinator.

Principles of Economics

Year: 1

This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of economics and provides an essential underpinning for more advanced study of economics and economic issues.

Database Systems

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module covers the fundamental principles and theory of database design and provides practical experience in designing and developing database systems using a range of techniques, tools and technologies. It emphasises the important role of databases within an organisation and addresses the use of scalable and secure relational database management systems to facilitate the development of software systems involving large volumes of data and over the web.

Principles of Marketing

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module specifically provides students with understanding of the key principles and concepts of marketing to allow further learning of the strategic importance of the area in the future.

Year two

Financial Accounting I

Year: 2

The form and content of published financial statements; profit and loss account; balance sheet; cash flow statements; introduction to group accounts; analysis and interpretation of financial statements; regulatory framework of accounting.

Management Accounting I

Year: 2

An important role of management accounting is to present accounting information to assist managers to plan, make decisions and measure performance. Key elements of practice in the discipline include approaches to costing, use of management accounting information, absorption costing, marginal costing, breakeven analysis, decision making, budgeting, standard costing, variance analysis, investment appraisal, statistical approaches, activity based costing and ethical issues.

Managerial Finance I

Year: 2

This module provides a student with an introduction to the discipline of managerial finance and an understanding of key financial decisions, and their implications, commonly considered by organisations. The module is concerned with the integrative nature of corporate decisions related to financial, economic and investment performance of a business relevant to corporate financial management. The module enables students to understand the key principles of financial management affecting business operations and undertake investment appraisal.

Business Law

Year: 2

The module deals with the main principles of the law of contract and law of tort as well as providing explanations of the legal structures within which businesses operate. These legal formats of business organizations are critically explored as are the methods whereby businesses are managed and analysed and how the external environment, in terms of legal regulation, impacts on the operation of businesses. The topics under examination provide a solid framework for understanding of the legal basis in which businesses operate and enable students to undertake further study of related Business and accounting subjects.

Capital Gains Tax, Estate Planning and Ethics

Year: 2

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 examines capital gains tax and inheritance tax. Coupled with this specific taxation knowledge, this module addresses the ethical framework within which taxation practitioners work and also their legal obligations regarding money laundering.

Business Taxation I

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides an insight into the economic, legal and practical background to the UK taxation system and its application to business decisions.

Organisational behaviour

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module will introduce the fundamental concepts of Organisational Behaviour and encourage students to develop an understanding of managing and developing people in a business context. The module will examine a range of theoretical approaches that will be used to help analyse and evaluate situations and issues relevant to behaviour within organisations.

Project Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is designed to develop an understanding of project management issues, roles and activities within organisations by exploring the balance between theory, practical skills and knowledge.

Web Application Development

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module concerns the basic principles underlying the creation and maintenance of dynamic, database driven web applications. The module focuses on how to build and maintain real-world, dynamic websites using open source languages including PHP and MySQL.

Internet Technologies

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides students with the combination of creative and technical skills necessary to implement design concepts using internet technologies. Lectures and tutorials are used to introduce ideas and techniques, and practical skills are developed through group based and individual mini-projects.

Year three

Diploma in International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module is optional

The Diploma in International Academic Studies aims to develop students on a personal and professional level. Skills developed include CV writing, interview skills, knowledge of study and career choices, career management strategies, understanding of employability skills and cultural development.

Diploma in Professional Practice

Year: 3

This module is optional

The Diploma in Professional Practice aims to develop students on a personal and professional level. Skills developed include CV writing, interview skills, knowledge of career choices, career development strategies, understanding of employment trends, graduate employment market and employability skills.

Year four

Managerial Finance II

Year: 4

Managerial Finance in an international context, Foreign Direct Investment, Foreign Currency Management, Business Valuation Issues, Interest Rate Risk Management, Corporate Restructuring, Takeovers, Dividend Policy, Market Based Accounting Research, Business mathematics. Issues in personal finance, financial planning, financial life cycle, personal financial investment and ethics.

Management Accounting II

Year: 4

This module traces the development of management accounting theory and practice in the context of change in the modern business environment. The module examines the social, technological and international challenges to management accounting.

Financial Accounting II

Year: 4

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

Personal Taxation and VAT

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides an insight into the economic, legal and practical background to the UK taxation system and its application to business decisions.

Corporate and Capital Taxes

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides an insight into the economic, legal and practical background to the UK corporate and capital taxation systems and their application to business decisions and also a taxpayers family/personal decisions regarding asset transactions.

Audit and Assurance

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 commercial environment.

Enterprise Strategy

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module seeks to blend the disciplinary underpinnings of business management with strategic thinking. Through an independent research project, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the external environment affects strategy development; and how context and the internal capabilities of the organisation can shape the generation and evaluation of strategic options.

Business Intelligence

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides the student with a sound understanding of Knowledge Management and the Learning Organisation. Particular attention is awarded to technological development within these fields. The opportunity to construct a simple knowledge-oriented computerised system is provided.

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

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB or if a GCE A Level in Mathematics is achieved the A Level requirement for this course is BBC.

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile DDM to include Unit profile of 7 - 9 distinctions.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Irish Leaving Certificate Offer H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 or H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 to include Maths at Higher Level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC or BBCCC to include a minimum of Grade C in Maths.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC or CCD to include a minimum of Grade C in Maths.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 24 - 26 points (12 - 13 at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile of 70%.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include Maths with a minimum Grade B.

GCSE Profile to include English Language with a minimum 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.

Teaching and learning assessment

Learning and Teaching

The range of modules offered on this course allows a varied and interesting mix of methods to be used, to enhance knowledge and understanding as well as allowing you to practice and develop your professional and transferable skills.

For each module on this course you will have weekly lectures and seminars. Lectures are used to explain and develop the skills identified as being important to you in developing your professional and personal development within the subject areas. Lectures provide the framework for directing independent student learning activity and skills development. Weekly seminars will provide opportunities for you to engage in an in-depth appreciation of theoretical and practical issues related to the subject area. A number of modules will utilise the simulation suite available on campus to enhance your learning experience. In addition, a number of modules involve small group teaching in a workshop format.

Assessment

Considerable effort has been devoted to ensuring that the assessment requirements built into each module on this course are appropriate to the learning outcomes, qualities and abilities being assessed. Assessment methods range from class tests, essays, business reports, group projects and practical skills audits, a variety of group and individual presentations incorporating self and peer assessment, practical simulations, case study applications, reflective portfolios, on-line assessment, class tests, management reports, projects and work-based assignments and unseen end of semester examinations.

Exemptions and transferability

The majority of students enter this programme in year 1 – Level 4. However applicants who provide evidence of previous relevant successful study may be considered for entry to level 5 of the programme. Exceptionally applicants may be considered for entry at Level 6. Transfer will normally be admitted with exemptions depending on prior accredited knowledge.

There is a facility for transfer to other undergraduate degree programmes depending upon the nature of the subject matter of the other degrees and academic achievement.

Students who transfer from another university can present module information. Ulster can consider giving them module exemptions on a like for like basis for prior studies.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • KPMG
  • EY
  • Deloitte
  • CITI
  • BDO
  • Moore Stephens

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Trainee Chartered Certified Accountant
  • Trainee Management Accountant
  • Trainee Chartered Tax Adviser
  • Entrepreneur
  • Operations Analyist
  • Office Manager

Career options

A degree in accounting with a specialism in either taxation, management or information systems from Ulster University will help you to develop a wide range of skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, research, commercial awareness and organising and communicating information. The majority of graduates from the Ulster University Business School follow their degree with graduate careers in accounting, finance, taxation, auditing, economics, business, actuarial science, marketing, insurance, banking, finance or management both in the commercial and public sectors.

Accounting specialists with knowledge of the finance and the business environment are in great demand, providing they have the right skills and expertise. The combination of subjects you will study on this course will provide a sound basis for a career in many different areas of business such as accounting, finance, taxation or management in public, private or not-for-profit organisations. Due to the exemptions available, you will also be a step ahead in your professional accountancy training. On successful completion of this course, it may be possible for you to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma / Masters in Advanced Accounting or the Graduate Diploma in Accounting at Ulster University.

Work placement / study abroad

In Year 3 you will have the option of a paid placement year in a range of local and international locations. This will provide a link between the subjects you have studied and your application in a 'real world' setting. Satisfactory completion of the placement year will lead to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice. You have also the option to study abroad for a year. Satisfactory completion of a study abroad year will lead to the award of the Diploma in International Academic Studies.

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.

Academic profile

The Department of International Business has strong ties with the major professional accountancy and taxation bodies. All accounting staff in the department are members of professional accountancy bodies including:

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA)
  • The Irish Taxation Institute (ITI)

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages to find out more

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available
International:
£13,240.00  Scholarships available

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Student achievements on the BSc Hons Accounting with Specialisms are recognised by a number of prizes and awards. Sponsors of the prizes and awards include EY, PwC, CIMA, 8over8 Ltd, Bank of Ireland, MLMG, J.G. Carlin & Co. and Shaun McAteer and Co Ltd. Some of these awards offer students valuable practical work experience in the accounting, finance and business world.

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.

Contact

Course Director: Mrs Claire Scott McAteer

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5560

E: cm.mcateer@ulster.ac.uk

Irene Karmiotis

T: +44 (0)28 7012 4798

E: i.karmiotis@ulster.ac.uk

Testimonials

Throughout my time at University I have transitioned from being completely lost as to what career path to take, to becoming determined and focused on qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. This stems from the dedicated, approachable, caring and knowledgeable accounts department at Magee. The support and guidance I have received as a student and an alumni have far surpassed my expectation. The accounting lecturers go above and beyond their call of duty and I couldn't recommend Magee highly enough to study Accounting.

Clodagh Cully (Trainee Chartered Accountant with PKF-FPM)

Studying accounting and finance at Ulster University's Magee Campus gave me a head start for my future career in accountancy and also in my personal development. The friendly and supportive atmosphere is second to none. All my lecturers knew me by name and they were all very supportive. The accounting team on the Magee Campus are all professionally qualified accountants and so their experience helped me and my fellow classmates work out how we would like to shape our careers.

Mairead Walsh (Trainee Chartered Accountant with KPMG)