Accounting and Finance

Our courses are accredited by professional accounting bodies so you gain exemptions from professional exams.

We have links with major employers in Bristol’s thriving financial services industry, providing tailored guidance on employability and interview skills.

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

The Inside Track lecture series gives insights into careers in a range of relevant sectors.

Why study Accounting and Finance at Bristol?

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

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

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

The department is small and supportive yet large enough to provide 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 and professional skills development.

*The Department of Management and Department of Accounting and Finance 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. 

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.

The assessments used to determine your score for each subject at the end of the semester predominantly take the form of examinations in January and in 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 and a significant proportion enter graduate careers in the finance and consulting industries within six months of graduation.

Of recent graduates entering employment just over half chose the accounting and management consultancy sectors with employers including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, 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.

Read more about what students from Accounting and Finance go on to do after graduation.


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