Accounting and Finance

The School of Accounting and Finance is built on a tradition of scholarship and learning in the joint disciplines of accounting and finance, established over a long period here at the University of Bristol.

Our courses are shaped by the very latest thinking and our students work with academics who are experts in their field.  

Many of our undergraduate courses are accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Our courses combine theoretical and technical education with an understanding of how to tackle the many challenges faced by those working in accounting and finance today.

Why study Accounting and Finance at Bristol?

We have a reputation for producing high-quality graduates with strong quantitative skills and a global outlook. Choose to spend your third year studying in English overseas or take one of our professional placement degrees and spend a year working in a financial environment.

We are rare among research-intensive UK universities in having both teaching-focussed and traditional research-active career paths for academics; your learning will benefit from a variety of skills, experience, and expertise, as well as a strong commitment to teaching. We also pride ourselves in having small class sizes on most courses.

Not only do we provide you with a rigorous education in accounting and finance but we also ensure you gain a solid foundation in economics and mathematics. We offer a wide range of optional units, meaning you can broaden your study beyond accounting and finance or tailor your degree to your own interests within those disciplines. You may also combine your accounting and finance studies with economics or management. 

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;
  • 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 and theoretical study with technical and 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 part of our approach at Bristol, enabling valuable and effective interaction with your tutor and 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?

The University of Bristol is one of the ten most targeted universities by top UK employers (High Fliers 2021) and our accounting and finance graduate career destinations include KPMG, PwC, EY, Deloitte, Capita and many others. Find out more about what our students do after graduating

As well as the events and services provided by the Careers Service and the school's employability adviser, you can take the first steps toward your future career with our Professional Liaison Network (PLN). 

The PLN is a dedicated employability service that connects students, academics and researchers at the University with external organisations through activities designed to enrich your academic studies. Activities include internships, insight talks and our professional mentoring scheme. 


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