Approved official program description for BA in Economics and Finance

BA in Economics and Finance

The University of Manchester

BA in Economics and Finance

The University of Manchester

BA in Economics and Finance

In the latest Research Assessment Exercise it was one of only two places in the UK to receive the highest 5* rating while it also gained a maximum score of 24 in the most recent teaching quality assessment. External surveys of graduate recruiters in the accounting and finance area have consistently ranked our division in the UK's top three with employers. The `Big 4' accounting firms along with many large international companies have offices in the Manchester area. Many of these firms (inc. PwC, Kellogg's and Rolls Royce) along with the three main UK accounting bodies: ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA, have strong links with the Manchester Accounting and Finance group. This greatly benefits the research and teaching efforts of the staff and the facilities and activities available to students.

The  Economics and  Finance specialisation of the BA (Economics and Social Studies) programme is long established, and forms a link between social science subjects throughout the University, including Economics and Law, and Manchester Business School, where the Accounting and Finance subject group finds its home. This allows you to take advantage of internationally recognised and research-led teaching in subjects that are complementary to accounting and finance and, in so doing, this contributes to a learning experience that is broad-ranging, flexible and topical.

Accounting and finance specialisms within the BAEcon combine to make one of the largest degree programmes in the University. These specialisations are taught by the School of Social Sciences in partnership with Manchester Business School. The two specialist areas are distinctive and suitable for all those considering careers in the different fields of accounting, finance or banking.

The degree is also suitable for those wishing to study accounting or finance alongside another social science. Combinations with economics, politics and sociology are all possible within the BA (Econ) structure. If you wish to specialise in accounting and/or finance within the BA (Econ) you must apply separately for the option using course code N420 for accounting, N300 for finance, NN43 for accounting and finance, NL41 for accounting and economics, or LN13 for economics and finance. Joint specialisation in accounting and finance is available to all applicants in either N420 or N300.

The First Year of the accounting and finance stream of the BA(Econ) programme gives students a solid foundation in Accounting and Finance course units as well as embedding this within the broader context social sciences with students taking units from Economics, Maths and and the wider Social Sciences.

In the Second and Final Years students on the Accounting specialisation and the accounting and finance stream more generally are able to choose from a whole range of different course units and focus more on their own specialisation. It is at this stage that students have the greatest choice of options and are able to focus their academic studies on their chosen specialisation in greater detail.

Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree.




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Campus based
Duration 3 years
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Place UK, Manchester
Start date March 2015, September 2014
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