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Economics, Accounting and Finance Degrees and Masters

Studying one of our economics, accounting and finance courses at the University of Northampton will see you develop excellent problem solving skills, which will allow you to tackle real world challenges.

With an economics degree, you will learn to employ different perspectives of the major economic thinkers of the last two centuries to discuss issues that are faced by individuals, companies and governments. We are the first modern university in England to introduce CORE as part of our Economics courses, which provides you with a global community of teachers and learners, provides you with tools and knowledge of recent developments, and allows you to learn about the subject in an interactive and problem-motivated approach.

With a finance degree, you will learn practical techniques and develop analytical skills to prepare you for a career in finance, while our accounting degree options will help you broaden these talents and apply them to other business areas including law and human resources. With a finance degree, you will learn practical techniques and develop analytical skills to prepare you for a career in finance, while our accounting degree options will help you broaden these talents and apply them to other business areas including law and human resources.

Professional Accreditations

The Accounting and Finance Division has also retained its accreditations from ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and AIA (Association of International Accountants). Representatives from these bodies and visiting speakers from a variety of businesses attend the university regularly. You will be invited and encouraged to attend these useful accounting and finance events and engage in the debates.

Accounting and Finance BSc offers significant exemptions from the main professional body exams including:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

If you are seeking a finance career such as banking, personal financial planning, investments and wealth management, then Banking and Financial Planning BSc is ideal for you. This course is accredited by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the regulator of the financial services industry.

Course Structure

Our three year single honours programmes at undergraduate level are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year, you will find it an invaluable source of economics, accounting and finance work experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

Our undergraduate Top Up courses are specifically designed for holders of HND qualifications or similar UK and international qualifications. We also offer postgraduate courses, including Masters in economics and Masters in accounting and finance for those who wish to expand upon their current skill set and increase their appeal to potential employers.

Entry Requirements

If you’re considering applying for one of the below courses, we request that you ensure you meet the economics, accounting and finance degree entry requirements for your chosen programme. You can check the specific course page to see a full list of criteria, as these vary by programme and level of study.

You can find more information on the specific entry requirements on the course pages below.

Career Prospects

FAME (Finance, Accounting, Management and Economics) subjects are essential within the global business market. While all our programmes will give you the tools you need to build up your numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills, there are variances between our courses. While our accounting courses focus more on the application of those skills within specific business environments, our economics courses and finance courses take a broader approach to the various areas of business and banking.

Regardless of which subject you choose though, you will graduate with diverse and wide ranging career prospects. Some of the common economics, finance and accounting careers that our graduates have gone on to pursue include;

  • Economist
  • Financial consultant/risk analyst/planner/manger/trader
  • Investment banker
  • Insurance officer
  • Hedge fund manager
  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Treasurer
  • Tax advisor
  • Budget analyst
  • Credit controller
  • Payroll administrator

Undergraduate Economics, Accounting and Finance Programmes

Accounting and Finance Degree Programmes

This accounting and finance course will give you the opportunity to develop key practical skills and equip you to critically analyse the theoretical approaches behind these techniques.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC

Gain valuable experience in reporting, recording, monitoring and strategic decision making with this joint honours undergraduate accounting course. Popular combinations taken with Accounting are: Business, Economics, Law or Sports Studies.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC

Studying this finance course will ensure you’re able to diversify your current knowledge and capabilities to succeed within the financial market. Your learning path will consist of theoretical, analytical and technical modules best suited to build a portfolio of work.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: BBC at A Level or DDM at BTEC

If you’re interested in entering the world of international business, this accounting programme equips you with the skills needed to work in an international organisation. Develop your ability to analyse and evaluate real organisations and effectively communicate your views and opinions.

Entry Requirements: Applicants with a Higher National Diploma or equivalent (Edexcel, ABE, NCC) or Foundation Degree in a related field will be considered. Alternatively, if you hold professional qualifications up to level 5 such as AIA, IFA, ACCA, or CIMA, you will also be considered.

This finance undergraduate course will see you prepare for work in finance and banking job roles with multinational companies by studying theories and practices of international finance, international trade and banking.

Entry Requirements: Edexcel / SQA, HND, a relevant Foundation Degree, Advanced Diploma, Chinese Dazhuan Diploma.

With a focus on contemporary issues, this Professional Accounting Top Up degree course will help you discover the wider implications of issues facing this sector and its impact on organisational performance.

Entry Requirements: Students who have successfully completed all papers up to the professional level (ICAP CAF 1-9, ACCA applied knowledge and applied skills levels, CIMA operational and management levels, ICAN foundational and skills levels) or equivalent will be admitted into this program.

Banking and Financial Planning Degree Programmes

Gain the solid foundation you need to pursue banking and financial planning careers or prepare for further academic study with this vocationally orientated course.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC

This research driven Top Up International Banking and Finance course sees students exploring the contemporary issues that exist within the dynamic sector of global banking and finance.

Entry Requirements: You should have successfully completed the first two years of a relevant business, economics, accounting or finance degree, or HND (or equivalent overseas qualification such as the Chinese Dazhuan).

Economics Degree Programmes

Develop excellent problem solving skills and gain different perspectives which will help you to tackle real world issues faced by governments, companies and individuals with this economics undergraduate course.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC

This Economics Joint Honours degree provides the opportunity to explore contemporary economics within the UK and on a global scale. Popular combinations taken with Economics are: Business, Accounting, International Development or Human Geography.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC

Postgraduate Economics, Accounting and Finance Programmes

Develop the essential skills you need to pursue high level careers across all organisations and markets with this Masters in Accounting and Finance course. Exemptions are available from main professional bodies (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Entry Requirements: A recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in finance, banking, accounting or a related discipline. Professional qualification will also be considered.

This Accounting and Finance Top Up degree will further develop the specialist skills and knowledge you have gained during your professional experience, enhancing your ability to think strategically when it comes to organisational change and management.

Entry Requirements Typical Offer: If you have successfully completed professional qualifications such as AIA, ACA, ACCA, CIMA, ICAP or CPA Australia graduates then you will be eligible to apply for this course.

Gain an in-depth understanding of leadership and corporate governance from various perspectives for corporate, governmental and nonprofit organisations. This course is benchmarked against ICSA: The Governance Institute, meaning you’ll be eligible for the award of Grad ICSA upon completion.

Entry Requirements: An undergraduate degree or a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant subject obtained from a UK university or an equivalent degree or Postgraduate Diploma from a recognised university abroad. We also accept professional qualifications such as ACA, ACCA, CIMA, AIB, ACII etc, if they are obtained by examination.

This Masters in Economics for Business course uses a pluralist approach and the innovative ESPP curriculum to equip you to successfully pursue a career in sustainable business management and consultancy. It includes a Prince 2 and Bloomberg Market Concepts qualification.

Entry Requirements: Applicants should hold a recognised First or Second Class Honours degree from a UK university (or an international equivalent).

The practical skills and in-depth theoretical understanding developed as part of this Masters in investment and financial analysis course is ideal for candidates seeking specialist roles in the finance and investment industry.

Entry Requirements: If you hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in finance, banking, accounting or a related discipline, you will be eligible to apply. If you hold professional qualifications, you will also be considered.

This MSc International Banking and Finance specialist degree reflects the dynamic and rapidly changing nature of the modern international banking industry, and covers themes of finance, risk management, regulation and ethics, Islamic banking and investment analysis.

Entry Requirements: Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in finance, banking, accounting or a related discipline. If you hold professional qualifications, you may be eligible.

Those looking to pursue a successful career in economic policy making across the public and private sectors will benefit greatly from the critical understanding developed as part of this economics and politics Masters programme.

Entry Requirements: Applicants will normally need to hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelors’ degree in Economics. At least 50% of your undergraduate degree must normally be made up of modules in Economics.

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