BA Accounting


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Program Description

The BA Accounting provides you with an understanding of the principles, techniques and applications of accounting and finance in a practical context, as well a solid foundation in the underlying academic concepts and theory in the field. Graduates can go on to become competitive trainee accountants.

The programme involves studying accounting, business, finance, and management. You will learn about accounting and finance within an organisational context to understand how financial decisions are made. You will also learn to prepare and interpret accounts, and develop an appreciation of accounting practices in both the UK and China.

Graduates can claim up to a nine-paper exemption from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK qualification; an eight-paper exemption from the Association of Chartered Accountants, UK qualification; a twelve-paper exemption from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK qualification; and a six-paper exemption from the Certified Practising Accountants Australia, Australian qualification.

International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)in 2016 and 2018 respectively. AACSB accreditation is a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded accreditation. The EQUIS accreditation is a quality certification system for business schools set up by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). It has become the most global authoritative and select business school certification body in the world with its comprehensive and rigorous review process. IBSS becomes the youngest business school in the world to have received both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. There are only less than 100 business schools that have received both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. This is an important milestone in becoming a world-class business school and highlights the strength and significant influence of IBSS at the international level.

Why Should I Study Accounting at XJLTU?

  • Learn from specialists who possess PhD qualifications from top universities and/or have comprehensive industry experience;
  • Gain a broad knowledge of accounting and finance, as well as the professional skills needed to succeed in the accounting profession and in the industry;
  • Benefit from the University's close ties with leading international chartered accountancy bodies and accounting firms, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Certified Practising Accountants Australia, Deloitte, KPMG, and PwC;
  • Get support to secure internships or placements, giving you invaluable real-world business experience;
  • Earn two degrees: an XJTLU degree from the Chinese Ministry of Education and a globally recognised degree from the University of Liverpool, a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.

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Knowledge and skills

By the time you graduate from the BA Accounting, you will have:

  • a solid understanding of the technical language and practices of accounting and finance, such as financial and managerial accounting, auditing, and taxation;
  • the skills to record and summarise transactions, prepare financial statements and forecasts, and analyse business operations;
  • the ability to evaluate the performance and financial situation of organisations;
  • the knowledge to select and apply appropriate accounting and financial management tools to support organisational planning, decision-making, and control.

"I firmly believe that my academic experience has laid a solid foundation for my future career."

Ziyao Zhang
Alumnus, BA Accounting, China


Year One

UK degrees are three years long whereas in China they are four, therefore we do accept students with certain qualifications directly into Year Two, which is the start of the main academic programme. Most students, however, enter into Year One, which provides you with a range of interesting modules, language classes and core skills for your degree.

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four


In addition to entering the accounting profession, graduates from this programme can find employment in positions such as stockbroker, investment banker, and insurance broker, or in roles in the commerce industry or in public service.


International students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Early bird discount

All international who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount

Join a free Chinese language course

We now offer a free summer Chinese language course for all undergraduate and postgraduate students starting their degree in September 2020.

Choose from a two-week, four-week or six-week language course.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Early bird discount

All Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao students who accept their offer by 1 May 2020 will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students who apply to XJTLU through the Joint Entrance Examination on the governmental online application system (Education Examination Authority of Guangdong Province) will automatically qualify for an RMB 8,000 early bird discount.

Mainland Chinese students

RMB 88,000 per academic year.

Entry Requirements

International students

Entry into Year One

We welcome applications from high-quality candidates in all subjects with appropriate high school or equivalent qualifications. Students will normally be expected to have a high standing in their high school performance with a minimum ‘B’ average in all subjects as well as relevant subjects.

Entry into Year Two

Students who have completed A-levels or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent) will be considered for entry into Year Two, different programmes have different subject-relevant requirements.

  • A-level: BBB
  • IB Diploma: 30 points
  • Advanced Placement Tests/Subject SATS--High school diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above, plus:
    • Redesigned SAT: 1280+ (students that took the SATs previous to 2016 will require 1800+) or ACT: 27, and 2 AP examinations: 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests: 600+ or
    • 3 AP examinations: 4+ or
    • 3 SAT subjects: 600+

Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan students

Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan may apply with the following:

  • A minimum grade of 400 on the Joint Entrance Examination to Chinese Universities for Overseas Chinese Students and Students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, or
  • General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) ranking of at least the top 50 per cent for 4 subjects, including English and Maths. For detailed information see information in Chinese.

English language requirements

For international applicants, if you are a non-native English speaker, or if you have not previously studied in English, you must have satisfactory English language skills to study at XJTLU. Various English qualifications are accepted:

Year One entry

  • IELTS: 5.0
  • TOEFL: 62 (iBT)

Year Two entry

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL: 90 (iBT)

English qualifications are not required for students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan who take the Joint Examination or the GSAT.

Students who are entering into Year One with less than IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in their English proficiency will take 10 credits EAP, and students with IELTS 6.5 or above will take five credits EAP.

Prior to moving into academia, Sun Liu worked for China Merchant Bank as an accountant for four years. He joined IBSS in 2011 after completing his PhD in Accountancy at University of Aberdeen.

Dr Sun Liu
Programme Director

How To Apply

Applications should be submitted via our online application system:

  1. Click/tap the apply link
  2. Create an account or log in to your existing account
  3. Complete your application

Once your application account is successfully created, enter all the information required in the application form carefully and make sure the information you provide is correct, complete and up to date. Upload the required documents to the corresponding fields.

You may log-in to view your application form at any time.

For further details of how to successfully apply to study at XJTLU, please visit the how to apply page.

Last updated Apr 2020

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About the School

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is an international joint venture university founded by Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 2006. ... Read More

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