School of Business and Management

Department of Accounting and Financial Management

About us

Accountancy and Finance lie at the very heart of every business organisation, whether it is a company, a government department or a charity. These disciplines equip business owners and managers with the knowledge and skills for critical decision-making. In the Department of Accounting and Financial Management, we offer you the opportunity to gain the experience necessary to negotiate the fast-changing world of business that you will encounter after graduation.

At the heart of the Department are our staff, who engage with our students through research-led teaching. We have research staff in the Department with international reputations in both Accounting and Finance. In the Accounting, Accountability and Research Group, our staff conduct valuable research that contributes to our collective understanding of accounting's role within organisations, markets and society. In the Behavioural Finance Working Group colleagues are engaged in collaborative, world-leading research in Behavioural Finance.

We are a growing department and offer five distinct programmes. Our undergraduate programmes include BSc Accounting and Finance and BSc Accounting and Management and our postgraduate programmes include: MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Accounting and Management and MSc International Financial Management. Our programmes offer a solid foundation for those hoping to enter the accounting profession or pursue careers in finance and management.  We aim to help you to develop a wide range of skills that are transferrable to the job market including: critical thinking, analytical problem solving, teamwork, research, strategic thinking, and communicating information. We also offer a wide range of optional courses within our programmes that will help you to gain a skill-set to fulfill your chosen career objectives.

Our accounting programmes are accredited by the main professional associations in the UK: the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). You will have the opportunity to gain exemptions from some professional exams and will, during the course of the programme, have opportunities to listen to inspirational speakers from the accounting profession and finance specialists from the City of London.

In this Department we value collegiality and collaboration and, at the same time, welcome diversity of opinion and rigorous academic discourse. The research conducted by staff in the Department utilises a variety of methodologies and relates to a variety of topics.
— Dr Suki Sian, Head of Department