• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: BAcc (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

We prepare graduates for careers both locally and internationally. Dundee offers full accreditation from ICAS, ACCA, AIA and Chartered Accountants Ireland.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

As the accounting and financial reporting world becomes more globalized we concentrate on the developing international standards adopted by the key trading blocks.

You’ll discover the power and limitations of accountancy as a tool in society and the financial techniques you’ll need to help society function.

Dundee has close links with the accountancy profession. You’ll benefit from the experience of practicing accountants and understand their contemporary challenges through their insights and guest lectures.

A number of students opt to undertake an internship with an accountancy firm during their vacation, combining their study with work experience.  The degree also provides the opportunity to study overseas at one of our partner institutions in Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA.

We are focused on providing a stimulating, supportive, friendly and well-organised environment for students. This commitment was recognised by our rating of ‘Excellent’ by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

Accreditations

Dundee offers one of the most comprehensive lists of accreditations and professional body exemptions in the UK:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) - Maximum level of exemptions
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) - Maximum level of exemptions
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA) - Maximum level of exemptions
  • Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) - Maximum level of exemptions
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) - Exemptions from nine of their ten
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) - Exemptions from six out of their eight
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) - Exemption from some of their professional exams

 

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2018
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBC (minimum) - ABBB (typical) at Higher. English and mathematics (Standard Grade at 2 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) is recommended. BBB including mathematics, economics and accounting at Advanced Higher. English (Standard Grade at 2 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) is recommended.
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) at A-Level. GCSE English and mathematics at B / 6 is recommended. BBB including mathematics, economics and accounting. GCSE English at B / 6 is recommended.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H2H3 at Higher Level. Ordinary Level English and mathematics at O2 is recommended Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level, plus Standard Level English and mathematics at grade 5.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
30 points including mathematics, economics and accountancy at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5, plus Standard Level English at grade 5
Graduate Entry
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels at BB Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Your degree will include a good grounding in professional knowledge and skills as well as exposure to many of the latest developments in accounting research to which our staff make a major contribution.

How you will be taught

Our degrees are taught using a variety of methods including: lectures; seminars; workshops; tutorials; projects and hands-on computer labs.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework (eg essays); computer labs; projects based on group assignments and exams.

The weightings allocated to coursework and the final exam vary from module to module. Typically 80% is allocated to the final exam but this is less in some modules and higher in others.

What you will study

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time. You study levels 1-4, as described below. If you choose to study a degree without honours, you study for three years, levels 1-3.

Advanced entry

You can study for this degree in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. This route allows you to reduce study time by one year and to start working and earning earlier.

Course content

Level 1 These modules give you an insight into the business world in which accounting operates.  Core skills are developed to equip your interaction with commercial enterprises and society beyond business.

Level 2 The concepts of earlier modules will be more fully developed.  At this stage you’ll be encouraged to do your own critical thinking, essential in gaining a good Honours degree classification.  This is also the year in which you’ll have the opportunity of travelling overseas to study with one of our partner institutions. 

Level 3 Level three comprises the junior Honours subjects.  In the first three years of the BAcc degree all students undertake the same modules. Those who have elected to study a language will begin these studies in this year.

Level 4 At this stage you can choose from a range of senior Honours modules.  By now you’ll be able to recognise your strengths and tailor your final year to best suit your specific interests in line with your career ambitions.

 

Year 1 Core modules

(Exit Point: Certificate of Higher Education, 120 credits at Level 1)

Introductory Financial Accounting 

Introduces students to the basic concepts of accounting practices, including bookkeeping and the production of external financial reports.

International Business Environment 

Introduces you to the relationship between firms and their local and global environments, as well as discussing aspects of managerial theory and material relating to personal financial planning.

Develop an understanding of recent developments in management research and practice. An awareness of the uses and application of the various systems within the business organisation and the development of problem solving and group-working skills within a short project.

Introductory Management Accounting 

Introduces students to the foundations of costing and accounting for planning and control.

Introduces the tools needed to analyse how an economy works. It helps students to understand consumer choice, how prices are set, the way firms and markets operate, whether monopoly is efficient, why governments might choose to regulate industry or provide services such as health and education. Issues such as the determination of national income are examined along with policy options available to governments to reduce unemployment and inflation.

About the module

This module provides an introduction to statistics and probability. This module is mandatory for students taking the BSc or MMath in Mathematics, the BSc or MSci in Mathematics and Physics or the BSc in Mathematics and Accountancy. This module is optional for students taking the BSc in Mathematics combined with any of Economics, Financial Economics or Psychology. If you have questions about this module please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Tutor.

Prerequisites

Students taking this module must have a C in Mathematics in Scottish Highers, AS-, or A-Level, or an equivalent qualification. Note: You may not take this course if you have previously passed or are currently taking AB12007 or MA22003.

Indicative Content

  • Data Analysis

    Populations and samples; types of data. Data presentation. Mean; standard deviation. Interpretation of data

  • Probability

    Selection problems. Sample space; events; compound events; complements. Addition rules. Conditional Probability; the multiplication rule; independence. Bayes’ Theorem.

  • Discrete Random Variables

    Probability distribution. Probability mass functions (Uniform, binomial, geometric, Poisson distributions). Joint probability mass functions; covariance and independence. Expected value and variance of sums of random variables.

  • Continuous Random Variables

    Polynomial and negative exponential probability density functions. The Normal distribution and tables. Expected value and variance of continuous random variables. Sums and differences of independent normal random variables. The central limit theorem; Normal approximations. Random samples.

  • Hypothesis Testing

    Hypothesis formulation. Test statistics. p-values. Confidence intervals.

  • Linear Regression

    Least squares. Assessing usefulness of a model. Using a model.

Delivery and Assessment

This module is delivered in the form of lectures and workshops/computer labs and assessed via an exam (50%) and coursework (50%) consisting of tests and lab reports.

Credit Rating

This module is a Scottish Higher Education Level 1 or SCQF level 7 module and is rated as 20 SCOTCAT credits or 10 ECTS credits.

Year 2 Core modules

(Exit Point: Diploma of Higher Education, 120 credits at Level 1, 80 credits at Level 2)

During Year 2 there is an opportunity for students to study abroad in Europe, North America and Australia for one or both semesters.

Financial Decision Analysis 

Builds on the Level 1 Business Statistics module, introducing students to the modern techniques used in financial decision analysis, including linear programming, queuing and inventory modelling.

The module introduces some of the main topics and issues with which financial accounting is concerned. The aim of the module is to provide a link between Introductory Financial accounting and Advanced Financial accounting.

Management Concepts in Context (BU21003)

Explores the development and application of management and organisational theories over time with the aim of enhancing students' appreciation of business management and organisational knowledge and skills needed for practice.

Business Law (BU22001)

Focuses on the main legal principles that affect companies' commercial activities by covering aspects of modern contract and company law as well as relevant aspects of delict, agency and commercial law.

Intermediate Management Accounting

Builds on Level 1 material by introducing higher level concepts in costing and managerial reporting in general.

Intermediate Financial Management

Builds on Level 1 material by introducing students to techniques used in practice to appraise financial and capital investments as well as discussing working capital management and long-term fund raising.

Year 3 Core Modules

(Exit Point: Bachelor of Finance, 360 or more credits (but less than 480) including at least 120 at Level 3; BA General 300 or more credits, 60 of which must be at level 3)

To further develop knowledge and skills gained in the year 2 module, Intermediate Financial Accounting.  To provide a comprehensive coverage of the practical and theoretical aspects of applying accounting standards, preparing and understanding published financial statements.

Advanced Financial Management

Provides students with an awareness of key theories in financial management, including modern portfolio theory, the Capital Asset Pricing Model, the Efficient Markets Hypothesis, dividend theory and capital structure theory. Consideration is also given to how investment decisions are made in practice, particularly when capital is rationed.

Advanced Management Accounting 

To emphasise competencies required for professional management accounting and for emerging roles of accountants especially in relation to strategic management accounting.

To provide practical applications of some of the theoretical issues in management accounting

This module discusses some of the key topics in auditing, such as: Audit framework and regulation; planning and risk assessment, internal control, audit evidence and audit review and reporting.

Deals with the personal taxation aspects of the UK Tax system.  In doing so it considers the most common forms of income for the majority of individuals, namely income from employment and self-employment.  Enables the students to calculate the income tax liability based on a variety of sources of income and expenditure.

The module aims to provide students with an overview of the development and contribution of the variety of theoretical perspectives that inform the practices of accounting and our understanding of its place within society.

The module explores financial markets and financial management issues in an international context. Specifically, the module examines currency, bond and derivatives markets, and explores how multinational companies and international investors can use these markets.

To develop students' understanding of the methodologies and methods appropriate to conducting of research in Business Management (BM) and their ability to write a robust dissertation research proposal.

Year 4

(Degree with Honours; requires 480 more credits in total, including at least 120 at Level 3 and 90 at Level 4 within a period of five academic years from date of first matriculation)

BAcc with an Accountancy Specialism

Together with Introductory Financial Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting, Advanced Financial Accounting, the module is designed to provide comprehensive coverage of the theoretical and practical aspects underpinning the preparation of published financial statements.

Together with Auditing, the module is designed to provide comprehensive coverage of the theoretical and practical aspects underpinning the audit of published financial statements.

Optional modules

The total number of credits in Senior Honours must be equal to 120 credits (at least 90 in junior and senior honours combined must be in modules that are at Level 4).

Six from (or five plus Dissertation):

The module explores financial markets and financial management issues in an international context. Specifically, the module examines currency, bond and derivatives markets, and explores how multinational companies and international investors can use these markets.

Examining Business Information Systems 

The module integrates traditional and contemporary theories related to the development of business information and these approaches are inherent to the way(s) and to the environments in which business is conducted.

Social Responsibility 

This module takes a critically engaged and socially aware perspective, to provide a theoretical foundation for understanding developments in social and environmental responsibility and accountability.

This module builds upon the introduction to financial statement analysis in Advanced Financial Accounting and shows how financial statement data can be analysed and used in a variety of decision-making contexts.

Aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake supervised, independent research into a topic of their choice, relevant to their degree subject, and to apply the full range of associated research skills required to produce a dissertation.

This module covers the principles of Capital Gains Tax (CGT), Inheritance Tax (IHT), Corporation Tax (CT), Scottish Taxes, UK Tax Planning and Ethics. Relevant aspects of international taxation and current tax issues are also discussed.

It will introduce students to the key elements of human rights discourse and help them to explore the potential influences of human rights and their impacts on business, other organisations and individual lives.

To introduce students to the key issues in modern debates on corporate governance, including analysis of regulatory codes, board practices, reward structures, failures, international  comparisons and innovations.

To introduce students to both the theoretical and the applied literature which investigates how securities should be priced and how investors appraise securities in practice.

This module introduces students to up-to-date debates and issues of critical importance in modern finance. These include developing an understanding of issues introduced in 3FM including the cost of capital and market efficiency, as well as modern theories relating to mergers, acquisitions and other forms of restructuring.

The module will consider the different approaches to measuring portfolio performance and investigate the performances of portfolios which include emerging market securities, ethical investments, bonds and hedge funds.

BAcc with a Finance Specialism Core modules

Core modules

To introduce students to the key issues in modern debates on corporate governance, including analysis of regulatory codes, board practices, reward structures, failures, international  comparisons and innovations.

This module introduces students to up-to-date debates and issues of critical importance in modern finance. These include developing an understanding of issues introduced in 3FM including the cost of capital and market efficiency, as well as modern theories relating to mergers, acquisitions and other forms of restructuring.

Any three from

The module explores financial markets and financial management issues in an international context. Specifically, the module examines currency, bond and derivatives markets, and explores how multinational companies and international investors can use these markets.

Examining Business Information Systems 

The module integrates traditional and contemporary theories related to the development of business information and these approaches are inherent to the way(s) and to the environments in which business is conducted.

To introduce students to both the theoretical and the applied literature which investigates how securities should be priced and how investors appraise securities in practice.

The module will consider the different approaches to measuring portfolio performance and investigate the performances of portfolios which include emerging market securities, ethical investments, bonds and hedge funds.

A further three ( or one plus a Dissertation) from

The module explores financial markets and financial management issues in an international context. Specifically, the module examines currency, bond and derivatives markets, and explores how multinational companies and international investors can use these markets.

Examining Business Information Systems 

The module integrates traditional and contemporary theories related to the development of business information and these approaches are inherent to the way(s) and to the environments in which business is conducted.

Social Responsibility 

This module takes a critically engaged and socially aware perspective, to provide a theoretical foundation for understanding developments in social and environmental responsibility and accountability.

This module builds upon the introduction to financial statement analysis in Advanced Financial Accounting and shows how financial statement data can be analysed and used in a variety of decision-making contexts.

Aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake supervised, independent research into a topic of their choice, relevant to their degree subject, and to apply the full range of associated research skills required to produce a dissertation.

This module covers the principles of Capital Gains Tax (CGT), Inheritance Tax (IHT), Corporation Tax (CT), Scottish Taxes, UK Tax Planning and Ethics. Relevant aspects of international taxation and current tax issues are also discussed.

It will introduce students to the key elements of human rights discourse and help them to explore the potential influences of human rights and their impacts on business, other organisations and individual lives.

To introduce students to both the theoretical and the applied literature which investigates how securities should be priced and how investors appraise securities in practice.

The module will consider the different approaches to measuring portfolio performance and investigate the performances of portfolios which include emerging market securities, ethical investments, bonds and hedge funds.

Optional modules are subject to change.

View our Terms and Conditions for Applicants and Students

The BAcc offers accreditation from the professional accounting bodies in the UK and Ireland.  This makes our graduates highly employable and attractive to accounting firms offering training contracts.  While many BAcc graduates choose to move directly into accounting some of our alumni have followed different career paths.  These include banking, fund management, financial management and many others.

You’ll be able to make use of the University's careers service to help you to prepare for your next career step.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fees for students starting 2018-19

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2017 entry). Fees for September 2018 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2018.
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £16,450 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.


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  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
Apply NowAccountancy BAcc (Hons)N400
Apply NowAccountancy (without Honours) BAccN410
Apply NowAccountancy and Mathematics BSc (Hons)GN14
Apply NowAccountancy with Business Finance BAcc (Hons)N400 (ABF)
Apply NowAccountancy with French BAcc (Hons)N400 (AL)
Apply NowAccountancy with German BAcc (Hons)N400 (AL)
Apply NowAccountancy with Spanish BAcc (Hons)N400 (AL)