BSc Accounting and Finance

  1. UCAS code:
    NN43
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. Accredited: ACCA & CIMA

Course Overview

The BSc Accounting & Finance is designed for students with an interest in one or both areas of accounting or finance. This programme gives you the foundation skills of both accounting and finance (management accounting, financial accounting, corporate finance) and then allows you significant freedom to pick from a range of optional modules to suit your developing interests. In the final year there are no compulsory modules and you will have the choice to specialise in any area of accounting or finance.

Key Features

  • All modules are taught by our world-class faculty who have a breadth of industrial and academic knowledge
  • Swansea is joint 1st in Wales for international-ranked research (REF 2014)
  • A wide range of professional accreditations to accelerate your career (ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CFA) depending on the optional modules you take
  • Opportunity to undertake work placements in both three year (single week or summer internship) and four year (year in industry) variants
  • 93% of Swansea students in employment six months after graduating
  • High contact time – our modules come with a lecture (in class sizes capped at approximately 150 students) and seminar/tutorial (in class sizes capped at 30) every single week
  • Fully refurbished facilities – we have invested half a million pounds in a recent refurbishment to our student facilities
  • Scholarships available for outstanding students – click here for more details 
  • Swansea is 1st in Wales for world-leading impact - 60% at 4-star level (REF 2014)

 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

For information on the course structure for 2015/16 and 2016/17, please click here ‌.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MN-2004Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Finance 1
MN-2032Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Management Accounting 1
MN-2502Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial Markets and Institutions
MN-2505Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Investments: Assets; Equities and Bonds
MN-2535Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Financial Accounting 1
Optional Modules
Semester 1 Options 

Choose Exactly 15 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 15 credits from the following list for Semester 1. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-2003Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Governance and Ethics
MN-2005Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Maths and Statistics 2Students cannot select this module if they are previously completed MN-1507 or MNA101
MN-2006Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Managing Teams
MN-2007Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strategic Marketing Planning
MN-2008Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Digital Marketing
MN-2009Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Change Management
MN-2010Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Marketing 1
MN-2011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Information Systems
MN-2013Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Organisational Behaviour
MN-2015Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Programming for Analytics
MN-2017Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Management Science 1
MN-2019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Composition & Critical Writing
MN-2021Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Micro-economics 2Students must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1015 or MN-1014 or MN-1511 or MNE102. Split-year placement students need to have completed MN-2524 OR one of the specified pre-reqs.
MN-2023Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Economic History and Industrial Development
MN-2027Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Development Economics 1Students must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1512 or MN-1015 or MN-1014 or MN-1511 or MNE102
MN-2028Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Econometrics 1Students cannot select this module if they have previously completed either MN-1509 or MNA100
MN-2029Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Environmental and Resource EconomicsStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1011 or MN-1015 or MN-1014 or MN-1511 or MNE102.
MN-2035Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Global Business Environment: International Political Economy
MN-2040Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strategic AnalysisStudents cannot select this module if they have previously taken MN-1506 Strategy
MN-2041Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Economic PolicyStudents must have completed one of the following pre-reqs: MN-1011 or MN-1015 or MN-1014 or MN-1511 or MNE102.
MN-N001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0English for Management 1This is a non-credit bearing module aimed at School of Management Students whose first language is not English and who wish to improve their English language skills.

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Semester 1 Options 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : There are no compulsory modules at Level 6. Students have to select exactly 60 credits, comprising 30 from Accounting and 30 from Finance. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-3002Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial Market Efficiency and Behavioural FinanceStudents will need to have previously completed either MN-1503, MN-1012, MN-2517 or MNA107
MN-3004Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Investment BankingStudents will need to have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3005Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial ServicesStudents will need to have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3006Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15International Financial ManagementStudents will need to have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3007Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Auditing 1Need to have completed either MN-2031, MN-2535, MNA201 or EBF223, and NOT taken MNA202 or EBF224
MN-3008Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Corporate Finance 2Need to have completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232, and NOT taken MNA205 or EBF234
MN-3010Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Management Accounting 2Students need to have previously completed either MN-2032, MN-2534, MNA200 or EBF211
MN-3011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Financial Accounting 2Students will need to have previously completed either MN-2031, MN-2535, MNA201 or EBF223
MN-3038Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Taxation 1Students cannot select this if they have previously completed MN-2533
MN-N001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)0English for Management 1Non-credit module for SoM Students whose first language is not English and who want to improve
AND
Semester 1 Options2 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : There are no compulsory modules at Level 6. Students have to select exactly 60 credits, comprising 30 from Accounting and 30 from Finance. Optional modules will be offered subject to demand, availability and timetable constraints. Students should note and check BEFORE selecting whether modules have any special requirements, such as pre-requisites, co-requisites or incompatibles. NOTE: Pre-reqs need to have been taken in a previous year and co-reqs have to be selected in the current year

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MN-3501Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial EconomicsPre-reqs: MN-2004 or MN-2506 or MNA203 or EBF232. Requires a high degree of mathematical ability
MN-3502Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Auditing 2This module can only be selected if MN-3007 Auditing 1 has been selected as a co-requisite
MN-3503Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial Innovation and Risk ManagementStudent must have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3505Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Asset ManagementStudent must have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3506Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Derivatives and Risk ManagementStudent must have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3507Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Risk Management in BankingStudent must have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3508Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Contemporary Issues in FinanceStudent must have previously completed either MN-2004, MNA203 or EBF232
MN-3536Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Financial Accounting 3This module can only be taken if MN-3011 Financial Accounting 2 has been selected as a co-requisite
MN-3537Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Management Accounting 3This module can only be taken if MN-3010 Management Accounting 2 has been selected as a co-requisite
MN-3540Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Econometrics 2Pre-reqs are either MN-1509, MN-2028 or MNA100. Cannot select if MN-2528 or MNE206 has been done
MN-3541Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Taxation 2Will need to have completed MN-2533, and also selected MN-3038 Taxation 1 as a co-req.
MN-3542Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Business and Employment LawCannot select if previously completed MN-2504 or MN-2519
MN-3551Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Law of International Corporate Governance
MN-3554Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Contemporary Issues in Accounting
MN-3555Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Forensic Accounting
MN-N002Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 2Students will need to have completed MN-N001 before being able to select this module
MN-N003Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)0English for Management 1 (TB2)This is a repeat of the module taught in TB1 - MN-N001

Description

All of our undergraduate programmes combine a range of compulsory modules that you must study in your first year before giving you significant freedom to pick optional modules in later years to allow you to focus in on your own interests and specialisation.

Our BSc Accounting and Finance is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), meaning that graduates will be exempt from the CIMA professional examinations. Swansea also offers a number of exemptions from ACCA examinations that are possible from University study. This means that graduates of this scheme may be exempt (depending on module selection) from 8 out of 9 of the ACCA  ‘Fundamentals’ examinations.

Entry Requirements

A-level Qualification

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) A-Level grades of ‘ABB-BBB’ or better.   No A-level in Business, Economics, Maths or Accounting/Finance is required. We do not however consider General Studies as an A-level subject for offer purposes. Students may combine A-levels with other qualifications below.

International Baccalaureate 

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) IB of 32-33 or higher.

BTEC (18-unit)

The School of Management will make offers to students with predicted (or achieved) BTEC results of DDM or better.

English Language

Non-native English speakers must achieve 6.0 overall with no component less than 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent tests.

For students who fall short of only the English language requirement we offer a range of pre-sessional training programmes that you may take before starting your degree programme. Further details can be found here.

International Qualifications

View the international qualifications that we accept, and the level required, for International Students (non EU) and EU Students.

How To Apply

If you are a UK or EU student, you should apply here.

Students from outside the UK or EU should apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,550

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Scholarships

Swansea University offers excellence scholarships for new students entering the first year of the programme as below: 

  • AAA at A-level (or equivalent) - £3000 over two years 
  • AAB at A-level (or equivalent) - £2000 over two years

For more information, please visit academic scholarships

Bay Campus

In September 2015 Swansea University will become one university with two stunning campuses, located in acres of tranquil parkland and on the majestic sweep of the bay. The School of Management is excited to be moving over to this magnificent 65 acre campus. All programmes delivered by the School of Management will be taught at the Bay Campus from September for both new and continuing students.

The Bay Campus is situated in an outstanding location on the eastern approach into Swansea, with direct access onto the beach and its own seafront promenade. The campus will feature modern and bright student accommodation, including standard, premium, twin and wheelchair accessible rooms.

There will be a Tower Information Centre which will be home to central support services for students, a state of the art library and resource centre, the Students’ Union, facilities and meeting rooms and an impressive Great Hall will house an auditorium for 800, lecture theatres and a cafe offering magnificent views across the Swansea Bay towards Gower and Baglan Bay. There will be extensive catering provision throughout the campus to include cafes, bars and a restaurant, retail units include a mini market, laundrette and cash points. All of this will be in addition to recreational sporting facilities and a beach, for all to enjoy.

Year in Industry Option

This programme is also available as a four year degree with either a year in industry or two six month work placements. Click on the links for further details.

Meet our Students

Do you want to know what life is like as a SoM Student? Read our student blogs

Careers and Employability

We have an excellent track record of placing our graduates with major multinational companies and our graduate employment rate is 92%.

From the moment you arrive at the School of Management we will work with you to help you build your skills and experience to enhance your career prospects. During your time with us you’ll have the chance to:

  • Undertake a work placement or internship through the Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN) or ‘Week of Work’ initiative
  • Work and network with employers from a range of national and multi-national companies through our visiting speaker programme
  • In conjunction with the International Development Office, undertake an Internship in India with a company such as GE, Thomson Reuters, 3M, Private Equity or Kanvic Consulting
  • Boost your skills and meet employers during our biannual Employability Week
  • Complete the Swansea Employability Award
  • Participate in one of our student challenges and competitions, such as the Branding Challenge, and CIM student competition ‘The Pitch’

Discover how our in-house Careers Service has supported our students:

Graduate Destinations

Some of our recent graduate destinations:

  • Advanced Analytical Modelling Consultant, AC Neilsen
  • Assistant Tax Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Business Analyst, Bloomberg
  • Commercial Graduate, Tata
  • Finance Analyst, Cable and Wireless Worldwide
  • Finance Graduate Trainee, Tate & Lyle plc
  • Finance Graduate, Ford Motor Company
  • Financial Accounts Controller, Airbus UK
  • Financial Management Trainee, L'Oreal
  • Foreign Exchange Trader, HSBC
  • Graduate management scheme, Enterprise Rent- a-Car
  • Graduate Trainee programme, Barclays
  • Investment Banker, Julian Hodge
  • IT Consultant, Capgemini
  • Management Consultant, Accenture
  • Management Trainee, Marks and Spencer
  • Management Trainee, Shell UK
  • Marketing Assistant, Alfa Romeo
  • Recruitment Consultant, Microsoft
  • Share Dealer, OSTC
  • Trainee Accountant, Deloitte
  • Trainee Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Facilities and Support

The School of Management has heavily invested in upgraded facilities and support over the past years, including:

A student enterprise suite (opened by Swansea alumnus Sir Terry Matthews in 2013): The School of Management is one of the few UK universities which offers students access to a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up suite. We offer a range of business support facilities, such as business mentoring for start-ups and an active entrepreneurship society. We also provide a range of physical facilities for students including a hot-desking suite for student start-ups, printing/copying facilities, 3-D printing for rapid proto-typing and a range of meeting or production spaces.

A Financial trading and simulation room: In summer 2013 the School of Management opened a new trading and simulation room. This facility includes state-of-the-art computing facilities and is designed to support simulation activities – both within the financial sector such as investment and trading as well as a range of business topics, such as supply chain management, decision analysis and operations management. We are one of a select few schools in the UK to offer a dedicated trading and simulation suite to our students. The suite is home to our investment society and is backed by global trading and investment company OSTC.

Expanded student social space: In our main building, we provide a Junior Common Room (JCR) for all our undergraduate and postgraduate students to meet, relax and socialise with each other. We also provide several group work rooms with presentation facilities for students to come together on group projects and practice team working or presentation skills.

Virtual Open Day

Missed one of our Open Days? Experience a Virtual Open Day within the School of Management.

Contact

For more information on this programme, please contact our recruitment team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1792 602438  

Email: SoMundergrad@swansea.ac.uk