Accounting and Finance graduate destinations

Many Economics, Finance and Management graduates go into career areas directly reflecting the skills they have gained through studying the subject. These graduates are a target group for many major graduate employers and are high on their recruitment schedule.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Accounting courses (BSc), including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 22 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 81.5%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 56%
Part-time work 6%
Due to start work 6%
Full-time study 6%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 28%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 0%

Sector information

The sectors to which Bristol students have traditionally applied include finance, accountancy, investment banking, management consultancy, and other City and commercial careers.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Accounting and management consultancy 7
Manufacturing 1
Finance and insurance 1
Other sectors (2 sectors) 2

There are also a number of Economics, Finance and Management graduates who do not enter careers directly related to the content of their studies. Instead, these graduates may chose from the huge range of occupations that do not require a specific degree (approx. 70% of all advertised vacancies) and that are open to graduates of any discipline.

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Moore Stephens
  • Handelsbanken
  • Mazars

Examples of occupations

  • Auditor
  • Accounts Associate
  • Financial Services Manager
  • Business Technology Analyst
  • Assurance Graduate

Further study

Graduates who have studied Economics, Finance and Management may gain exemptions from the first year professional exams of the various accountancy bodies who validate the professional training.

One graduate from 2016/17 entered further study, undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (Mathematics).

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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If you need more information about our graduate destinations please fill out our information request form.

Bristol enabled me to gain more exemptions from CIMA than other colleagues who studied the same course elsewhere. A degree from Bristol opens so many doors.

Ross, Operations Accountant, Balfour Beatty (BSc Accounting and Management, 2010)

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