BSc

Accounting and Finance with Mathematics

Key Facts

Code N4G1
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in Mathematics

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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The Accounting & Finance with Mathematics Degree (N4G1) at Aberystwyth University will provide you with a thorough grounding in the key areas of business finance and accountancy, underpinned by advanced mathematical and statistical techniques. The Accounting & Finance with Mathematics Degree is accredited by a number of UK accounting bodies, and on graduation you will receive exemptions towards professional qualifications. In studying for the Accounting & Finance with Mathematics Degree you will acquire the specialist knowledge and proficiencies that meet the needs of the modern accountancy profession as well as essential transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Accounting and Finance (NSS 2016)

Aberystwyth Business School: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Aberystwyth Business School who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of Mathematics: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

94% of undergraduates from the Department of Mathematics who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

The Accounting & Finance with Mathematics degree is a major/minor programme, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Accounting & Finance with the Aberystwyth Business School, and one-third studying Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics.

Why study Accounting & Finance with Mathematics at Aberystwyth?

Our Accounting and Finance programmes are accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). This means that, on successful completion of your Accounting & Finance with Mathematics degree, you will be able to gain exemption from certain examinations and achieve professional qualifications at an earlier stage.

The Aberystwyth Business School has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts.

As well as being active researchers, our lecturers have a professional accounting background, and in applying their real-world knowledge to theoretical concepts, your learning experience is firmly located in the context of proper professional practice. We also believe strongly in a teaching model which requires active student involvement rather than passive information-gathering, ensuring that you can meet the demands of potential employers on graduation. Our programmes are supported by visiting speakers who also bring their professional experience to the classroom.

The Aberystwyth Business School has arrangements with many partner universities overseas to deliver short academic programmes (2 weeks) to small groups of management and business students (on a self-funding basis), to enable you to experience the impact of the cultural environment when conducting business abroad. We currently have partner universities in India, China, Russia, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Brazil and our portfolio of countries is rapidly expanding.

Cutting-edge research inspires our mathematics teaching: the Department of Mathematics entered almost 90% of its staff in the latest UK-wide periodic assessment of university research (the 2014 Research Excellence Framework). The results showed that one in eight of our research papers are world leading, and more than 60% are either world leading or internationally excellent. All of our research, and the impact it has outside universities, was judged to be of an international standard. You are therefore guaranteed to be taught by staff who are at the forefront of the subject.

A number of Mathematics modules are available through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department of Mathematics.

Our Staff

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Most lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Many have a postgraduate teaching qualification.

Modules

Employability

Career prospects

A degree in Accounting & Finance with Mathematics will prepare you for a specialist career as a Chartered accountant, Chartered certified accountant, Chartered management accountant, Chartered public finance accountant or accounting technician. Other career pathways include tax adviser, auditor, investment analyst, financial trader, retail banker, economist and actuary. Your specialist numerical and financial skills and capacity for analytical and logical thought will be an asset to any employer.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Accounting & Finance with Mathematics will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• enhanced information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

In the first year you will lay the foundations for your future studies through the three key areas of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, and Financial Management. You will also be introduced to the business environment. In Mathematics you will study core modules in algebra and calculus, with optional modules available in probability, statistics and mathematical analysis.

In the second year you will further build upon the key areas of accounting and financial management, and will explore investment analysis and the legal issues relevant to the business environment. In Mathematics you will have a choice of two pathways: the first incorporates real and complex analysis and linear algebra; the second is based around statistics and statistical methods.

In the third year you will further develop your competencies in management accounting and financial accounting, and will additionally focus on corporate finance. You will have a choice of elective modules in Mathematics, enabling you to specialise in particular areas.

How will I be taught?

Core material is delivered through lectures, and reinforced by small-group seminars and tutorials. These will help you to deepen your understanding of the subject matter and develop a range of essential, transferable skills. Group-working and delivering presentations will help you to improve your communication and leadership skills. All modules are backed up by electronic resources to help you study beyond the classroom, and a wealth of printed texts is available in the University library, and the National Library of Wales, which is situated next to the main campus.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations, assessed essays, reports, projects and presentations. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present data clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation and communication skills.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

The Accounting and Finance degree has given me a broad understanding of business and allowed me to build on my knowledge of industry and the economy as a whole. I love studying accounting because it gives me a totally different perspective on the world of business. Accounting is so much more than most people think it is; it's not just people sitting around doing book-keeping. It has allowed me to break down companies and given me a much better understanding of their intricacies as well as their potential. Emma Louise Taberner

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in Mathematics

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with B in A level Mathematics

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
26 points overall with 4-5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75% overall with 75% in Mathematics

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