We pride ourselves on our graduates’ high levels of employability. We will help you to plan, manage and achieve your career goals, giving you the competitive edge when it is time to start job hunting. The University of Birmingham has ranked the 3rd most targeted university of top UK employers (High Fliers Research 2023).
Our BSc Accounting and Finance graduates are highly sought after by diverse employers globally. They go on to become: accountants, auditors, tax specialists, financial analysts, fund managers, traders, brokers, and investment researchers working for employers such as Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, Lloyds Banking Group, Grant Thornton, Deutsche Bank, BDO, HSBC to name a few.
Learn from industry professionals
Some of your classes will be led by representatives from the most prestigious professional service firms in the country, allowing you to develop your network and understanding of what they do. Many of the firms and some of the accountancy institutes sponsor prizes awarded for academic performance in each year group.
BBS Careers and Careers Network
As a Birmingham Business School student, you benefit from two award-winning Careers teams.
Careers Network is the University of Birmingham careers and employability team offering: career fairs, employer events with top firms across the UK, start-up and entrepreneurial activities, and support. Internships and bursaries are also available exclusively to University of Birmingham students.
BBS Careers is a dedicated service for Birmingham Business School students. The team provides guidance, support, and work experience opportunities, tailored to business school students, to help you succeed during and after university. We offer workshops, alumni & employer events, and 1-to-1 consultations. These will help you to develop your skills and learn how to submit high-quality internship, placement, and graduate applications.
BBS Careers is one of a few, if not the only business school career service to offer life-long support.
We are here to support you! Whether you are applying for a summer internship, a third-year sandwich placement, a graduate job, or applying for a management role five years after graduation.
Visit the BBS Careers website for more details
Work Experience, including Placement Year
You will have the chance to gain work experience, including year placements, summer internships, voluntary work, work shadowing, insight programmes, and part-time work.
All BSc Accounting & Finance students can apply for a placement year during their 2nd year and undertake a year-long placement during their third year. If you successfully secure a placement you will be moved on to the four-year BSc Accounting & Finance with Placement Year degree.
Students can apply for any paid placement opportunity from multi-national, third sector, and SME employers in the UK and internationally. BBS Careers also source exclusive opportunities that are only available to BBS students.
Professional Development Module
The Professional Development Module (PDM) is an award-winning 20-credit module that is optional for students in their final year who don’t undertake a placement year. The module includes a minimum of 40 hours of work placement in the summer or during term time.
The module aims to help you bridge the gap between your academic life at Birmingham and your future professional life after graduation. The module is flexible, so you can use it to extend your experience into a specific area of work that interests you.
This event happens in the second year when professional service firms such as Deutsche Bank, Deloitte, and PwC visit campus. Representatives are available for students to talk to so you to get a better idea of what each company does, allowing you to build professional networks.
Exclusive to Birmingham - the Capgemini Challenge
Global consultancy firm Capgemini works exclusively with us to deliver a second-to-none consultancy training experience that you won’t find at any other UK university. Taking place over one week at Capgemini’s world-renowned facilities, this is an amazing opportunity to make a difference by engaging in projects for charitable organisations.
Learn more about the Capgemini Challenge