Accounting and Finance

Gain exemptions from professional accounting exams on our accredited courses.

Join our friendly school and benefit from our extensive links with major employers in Bristol's thriving financial services industry. Through our industry connections and Inside Track Lecture Series, you will gain targeted employability advice and insight into careers in a range of relevant sectors.

You may be able to extend your degree to four years with a professional placement or a year studying abroad in English.

Why study Accounting and Finance at Bristol?

As one of the UK's leading departments for research in accounting and finance*, we produce high-quality graduates with strong quantitative skills and a global outlook.

Our professionally accredited degrees are informed by research and professional practice, combining theoretical education with an understanding of how to tackle the many challenges faced by organisations today.

We provide a rigorous training in accounting and finance and offer a range of optional units across accounting, finance, economics and management, enabling you to tailor your degree to reflect your career ambitions. We offer fully integrated degrees in accounting and finance, accounting and management, and economics and accounting.

The school is friendly and supportive yet large enough to offer an international experience. As one of the UK's major centres for financial services, Bristol offers plenty of opportunities for those wanting to work in the sector. We have strong links with accounting and consultancy firms who support our students with careers guidance, mentoring and professional skills development.

*The Department of Accounting and Finance and the Department of Management were together ranked sixth in the UK for research impact in analysis of REF 2014 by Times Higher Education, see About the School for further information.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

You will enjoy our accounting courses if you are interested in issues such as:

  • how financial information can support decision-making, for example how to choose between different projects or investments;
  • how financial markets operate;
  • how to value shares and other financial assets.

You will also enjoy studying with us if you like a balance of approaches in your learning. Our courses combine academic/theoretical study and technical/professional learning, allowing you to experience the practical side of studying accounting while benefiting from the rigours of an academic discipline.

How is this course taught and assessed?

We teach using a variety of methods. As well as standard lectures introducing new material to a large group of students, we run exercise lectures, which involve application of material, and small-group classes. Our small-group teaching is a distinctive aspect of our approach at Bristol, enabling valuable and effective interaction with your tutor and with peers.

You will prepare assignments during the year and receive feedback on them but they will not all count directly to your final mark for the course.

Most subjects are assessed predominantly by exam at the end of the semester in January or May/June, although there are some units where coursework will also count towards the final assessment.

What are my career prospects?

Our graduates have strong employment prospects, with a significant proportion entering graduate careers in accounting, finance and consulting industries after graduation.

Of recent graduates entering employment about two thirds chose the accounting and management consultancy sectors with employers including Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC. A sizeable proportion chose to pursue other careers in the financial services industry with employers including Morgan Stanley and UBS. Others chose from a variety of graduate training schemes in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors or opted for further study.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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