ULSTER UNIVERSITY

Accounting with Specialisms

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   Yes

If you are interested in following a career in accountancy or in going on to obtain professional accounting qualifications prior to entering a career in finance or business then this course is suitable for you. This course will be accredited by the major accounting bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Upon graduation, you have the opportunity to gain maximum exemption from the above mentioned professional body examinations. The level of exemptions available will depend on the specialism route you select and your achievements in your modules. As the Ulster University Business School at Magee has strong links with the accountancy and taxation bodies, you will be guided on the best choice of modules to suit your career aspirations. This course offers you the option of undertaking a paid placement year in a range of local and international locations or you can opt to study abroad for a year.

Programme description

If you are interested in following a career in accountancy or in going on to obtain professional accounting qualifications prior to entering a career in finance or business then this course is suitable for you. This course will be accredited by the major accounting bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Upon graduation, you have the opportunity to gain maximum exemption from the above mentioned professional body examinations. The level of exemptions available will depend on the specialism route you select and your achievements in your modules. As the Ulster University Business School at Magee has strong links with the accountancy and taxation bodies, you will be guided on the best choice of modules to suit your career aspirations. This course offers you the option of undertaking a paid placement year in a range of local and international locations or you can opt to study abroad for a year.

Key Modules

A degree in accounting with a specialism in either taxation, management or information systems from Ulster University will help you to develop a wide range of skills such as analytical problem solving, teamwork, research, commercial awareness and organising and communicating information. The majority of graduates from the Ulster University Business School follow their degree with graduate careers in accounting, finance, taxation, auditing, economics, business, actuarial science, marketing, insurance, banking, finance or management both in the commercial and public sectors.

Accounting specialists with knowledge of the finance and the business environment are in great demand, providing they have the right skills and expertise. The combination of subjects you will study on this course will provide a sound basis for a career in many different areas of business such as accounting, finance, taxation or management in public, private or not-for-profit organisations. Due to the exemptions available, you will also be a step ahead in your professional accountancy training. On successful completion of this course, it may be possible for you to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma / Masters in Advanced Accounting or the Graduate Diploma in Accounting at Ulster University.

Module & Subject

Year one

Introduction to Financial Accounting

Year: 1

Status: C

The module establishes a strong foundation for students as they undertake the study of accounting. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important within the context of double entry book-keeping, preparing financial statements, undertaking financial reporting and performing detailed analyses supporting aspects of the internal financial management of a business entity.

Costing

Year: 1

Status: C

This module provides an understanding of key principles and practices of the discipline of costing, cost classification, cost behaviour, role of costing in an organisation, ethical issues in the context of costing, cost accounting, costing of materials, labour and overheads, Activity Based Costing, Job, Contract and Service Costing, Process Costing, joint and by-product costing, Absorption and Variable Costing, Cost control.

Principles of Management

Year: 1

Status: C

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of management and cognate topics, including the business environment, business ethics, motivation, problem solving and decision making, planning, human resource management, organisational structure, change and innovation, and operations and quality.

Students will acquire an understanding of the issues and challenges facing managers in both domestic and global environments.

Academic and Career Enhancement skills

Year: 1

Status: C

The module establishes a solid foundation for students as they make the transition to become effective learners at third level. As such, the module identifies, develops and assesses a range of skills that are important for academic achievement. In this module, student learning, progression and achievement is closely monitored and supported by the module coordinator.

Principles of Economics

Year: 1

Status: C

This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of economics and provides an essential underpinning for more advanced study of economics and economic issues.

Database Systems

Status: O

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module covers the fundamental principles and theory of database design and provides practical experience in designing and developing database systems using a range of techniques, tools and technologies. It emphasises the important role of databases within an organisation and addresses the use of relational database management systems to facilitate the development of software systems involving large volumes of data.

Principles of Marketing

Status: O

Year: 1

This module is optional

The module specifically provides students with understanding of the key principles and concepts of marketing to allow further learning of the strategic importance of the area in the future.

Year two

Financial Accounting I

Year: 2

Status: C

The form and content of published financial statements; profit and loss account; balance sheet; cash flow statements; introduction to group accounts; analysis and interpretation of financial statements; regulatory framework of accounting.

Management Accounting I

Year: 2

Status: C

An important role of management accounting is to present accounting information to assist managers to plan, make decisions and measure performance. Key elements of practice in the discipline include approaches to costing, use of management accounting information, absorption costing, marginal costing, breakeven analysis, decision making, budgeting, standard costing, variance analysis, investment appraisal, statistical approaches, activity based costing and ethical issues.

Managerial Finance I

Year: 2

Status: C

This module provides a student with an introduction to the discipline of managerial finance and an understanding of key financial decisions, and their implications, commonly considered by organisations. The module is concerned with the integrative nature of corporate decisions related to financial, economic and investment performance of a business relevant to corporate financial management. The module enables students to understand the key principles of financial management affecting business operations and undertake investment appraisal.

Business Law

Year: 2

Status: C

The module deals with the main principles of the law of contract and law of tort as well as providing explanations of the legal structures within which businesses operate. These legal formats of business organizations are critically explored as are the methods whereby businesses are managed and analysed and how the external environment, in terms of legal regulation, impacts on the operation of businesses. The topics under examination provide a solid framework for understanding of the legal basis in which businesses operate and enable students to undertake further study of related Business and accounting subjects.

Capital Gains Tax, Estate Planning and Ethics

Status: O

Year: 2

This module is optional

A knowledge of taxation is essential to students intending to pursue a career in Accounting and is an essential part of most financial and economic decision making. This module examines capital gains tax and inheritance tax. Coupled with this specific taxation knowledge, this module addresses the ethical framework within which taxation practitioners work and also their legal obligations regarding money laundering.

Business Taxation I

Status: O

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides an insight into the economic, legal and practical background to the UK taxation system and its application to business decisions.

Organisational behaviour

Status: O

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module will introduce the fundamental concepts of Organisational Behaviour and encourage students to develop an understanding of managing and developing people in a business context. The module will examine a range of theoretical approaches that will be used to help analyse and evaluate situations and issues relevant to behaviour within organisations.

Project Management

Status: O

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module is designed to develop an understanding of project management issues, roles and activities within organisations by exploring the balance between theory, practical skills and knowledge.

Web Application Development

Status: O

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module concerns the basic principles underlying the creation and maintenance of dynamic, database driven web applications. The module focuses on how to build and maintain real-world, dynamic websites using open source languages including PHP and MySQL.

Internet Technologies

Status: O

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides students with the combination of creative and technical skills necessary to implement design concepts using internet technologies. Lectures and tutorials are used to introduce ideas and techniques, and practical skills are developed through group based and individual mini-projects.

Year three

Diploma in International Academic Studies

Status: O

Year: 3

This module is optional

The Diploma in International Academic Studies aims to develop students on a personal and professional level. Skills developed include CV writing, interview skills, knowledge of study and career choices, career management strategies, understanding of employability skills and cultural development.

Diploma in Professional Practice

Status: O

Year: 3

This module is optional

The Diploma in Professional Practice and Diploma in Professional Practice (International) aims to develop students on a personal and professional level. Skills developed include CV writing, interview skills, knowledge of career choices, career development strategies, understanding of employment trends, graduate employment market and employability skills.

Year four

Managerial Finance II

Year: 4

Status: C

Managerial Finance in an international context, Foreign Direct Investment, Foreign Currency Management, Business Valuation Issues, Interest Rate Risk Management, Corporate Restructuring, Takeovers, Dividend Policy, Market Based Accounting Research, Business mathematics. Issues in personal finance, financial planning, financial life cycle, personal financial investment and ethics.

Management Accounting II

Year: 4

Status: C

This module traces the development of management accounting theory and practice in the context of change in the modern business environment. The module examines the social, technological and international challenges to management accounting.

Financial Accounting II

Year: 4

Status: C

The nature and purpose of accounting theory; the role of accounting regulation including the development of the latest accounting standards; contemporary issues in accounting; recent and future trends in financial reporting; accounting for transactions in financial statements and group financial statements.

Personal Taxation and VAT

Status: O

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides an insight into the economic, legal and practical background to the UK taxation system and its application to business decisions.

Corporate and Capital Taxes

Status: O

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides an insight into the economic, legal and practical background to the UK corporate and capital taxation systems and their application to business decisions and also a taxpayers family/personal decisions regarding asset transactions.

Audit and Assurance

Status: O

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module introduces the student to the conceptual and theoretical fundamentals of auditing combined with the practical application of auditing principles and the issues encountered in a financial reporting and audit environment. It identifies the skills that a professional auditor must have and how best to utilise those skills in today's challenging commercial environment.

Enterprise Strategy

Status: O

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module seeks to blend the disciplinary underpinnings of business management with strategic thinking. Through an independent research project, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the external environment affects strategy development; and how context and the internal capabilities of the organisation can shape the generation and evaluation of strategic options.

Business Intelligence

Status: O

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides the student with a solid understanding of Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management principles, their application and impact. Particular attention is awarded to technological tools and business process improvement techniques. The opportunity to construct a knowledge-related system is provided. On completion of the module students will have an appreciation of their own personal Knowledge Management skills and be able to apply them in a sustainable knowledge organisation.

 

Entry Requirements

A level:

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB or if a GCE A Level in Mathematics is achieved the A Level requirement for this course is BBC.

Access to Higher Education (HE):

Overall Access profile 70%.

GCSE:

GCSE Profile to include Maths with a minimum Grade B.

GCSE Profile to include English Language with a minimum Grade C.

  • English language requirements for international applicants
    The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
  • Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

 

Foundation Campus
Pathway Foundation Campus: BANGOR UNIVERSITY Bangor
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 Years
Course Fee:  13680.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Magee campus, Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, County Londonderry, BT52 1SA, uk
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER