Accounting and Finance BSc

The Accounting and Finance course at the Dubai Campus is a three year BSc degree. The programme of study will enable you to develop an excellent technical and conceptual competence in the accounting and finance disciplines, to enhance your communication, team-working and leadership skills, and to cultivate the reflective and critical skills necessary for your future professional career and your commitment to lifelong learning. 

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Nooresahah Hussain

Final Year, BSc Accounting and Finance

“Not only did my course prove to be flexible, but it covered a wide range of topics which will help to shape my career after graduation. I would recommend Birmingham Business School to anyone intending to study a related degree because the broad scope of knowledge which is gained in a small amount of time is rather impressive compared to other Institutions offering the same discipline”

The Accounting and Finance BSc course will equip you for a successful career in the accounting and finance fields, whether you choose to work in private-sector business or public-sector government settings. It provides an excellent grounding for further study at postgraduate level, and for continuing to a professional qualification in accountancy.  To enhance your professional development, the Accounting and Finance Course places a strong emphasis on learning how to apply accounting and financial expertise in the exercise of ethically informed judgment in the complex contexts of the modern world.

The University of Birmingham's Accounting and Finance Programmes on the home campus are accredited by ACCA and CPA Australia.  

Students successful completion of the Accounting and Finance degree will be eligible for exemptions from the accrediting professional bodies and will also be eiidgibly for exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional exams, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).  

Each body has their own assessment process but currently students taking the required modules can gain up to seven (7) exceptions from their professional exams. As the Dubai programme is directly comparable to the home programmes we except students to gain similar exemptions. We are currently in the process of registering our exemptions and these will be confirmed as soon as agreed.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW)


Year one

As part of your first year of study on our Accounting and Finance course, you will complete 6 core modules.

Year two

During the second year of the Accounting and Finance Course, you will notice a focus on employability through a range of department organised events designed to help you secure a graduate position at the end of your degree.

Year three 

The modules you take in the third year are designed to bring the knowledge gained on the Accounting and Finance Course, to a managerial level, equipping you with the tools you need to be successful at a senior level within the accounting and finance sector.


Year one

  • Economics for Business
  • Financial Accounting and Accountability
  • Decision-Making and Control
  • Numeracy, Statistical Analysis and Financial Literacy
  • Critical Thinking and Academic Skills
  • Business Communication Skills

Year two*

  • Financial Reporting
  • Further Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Taxation: Principles and Planning
  • Audit
  • Business Law

* Modules from Professional Pathway were selected because they maximise exemptions from professional exams

Year three

Core modules

  • Advanced Financial Accounting Practice and Theory
  • Advanced Finance
  • Advanced Management Accounting and Control
  • Extended Essay

Optional modules

Choose two from the below list:

  • Professional Development (internship)
  • Public Sector Accounting and Governance
  • Financial Statement Analysis

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee which is AED 94,080 per year of study.


We have a number of scholarships available for 2019 entry. Find out more.

Entry requirements


3 A Levels. Typical offer AABGCSE Mathematics and English at grade B required.
General Studies not accepted as one of three A2s, but a good performance may be taken into account if you fail to meet the conditions of the offer and have General Studies as a fourth A2.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

6,6,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall.


Please view the Middle East section on the international country page for further information on entry requirements. 


AAB = 80% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 80% West Bengal or 90% Other State boards. Mathematics and English at GCSE grade B equivalent required.

Please view our India page for further information on entry requirements.


The University will consider students who have taken A Level examinations and/or the International Baccalaureate (IB).

American System

Either a total of 3 distinct subject tests from APs and/or SAT subject tests or one year at a Community College or USA University.

Other entry requirements can be found on our international students pages.

International students:

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

How to apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

Learning and teaching methods on the Accounting and Finance Course will take the form of lectures, classes, case study work, online assignments and quizzes, presentations and self-directed study.

Work will be assessed via exams, coursework, presentations and a dissertation.

Contact hours

Modules will be taught in blocks over 30 hours per week.

As the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16, Birmingham is the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job.

Our degrees are highly regarded by employers and our graduates are very successful in the job market. In most cases, our graduates go into roles related to their degrees, such as trainee accountancy in professional practice, industry or the public sector, tax consultancy or banking.

Your Birmingham Degree

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends.