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BA Honours Accounting and Finance

BA Honours Accounting and Finance

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3 years full time
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You will gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of accounting and finance and learn to understand management concepts within an international business context. BA Honours Accounting and Finance is the ideal first step to becoming a qualified accountant.

Why Study BA Honours Accounting and Finance

  • Degree is tailored so that students receive the highest possible number of exemptions from the professional body examinations including the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
  • Unique programme combining accounting and finance knowledge and skills.
  • As well as theoretical knowledge, the programme includes the use of Sage to develop additional employment skills.
  • Middlesex Accountancy and Finance graduates progress into careers with a wide range of prestigious organisations, including KPMG and Deloitte and Touché
  • Internship opportunities available through the Careers and Employability Service.
  • Option to transfer to London campus*

* Subject to prevailing UK visa regulations  

Course Fees : AED 157,500

In Year 1 you will learn to use CIMA Sage accounting software and gain an official CIMA Sage user’s certificate. Middlesex was the first university in the UK to provide certificated CIMA Sage training.

From the second year onwards you will choose from an extensive range of modules that explore the broader business environment, and gain an understanding of the pivotal role of accounting to the success of organisations across the globe.

Our three-year degree covers: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Finance, Business Law, Business Economics, Audit & Assurance and Taxation.

You will develop a set of transferable skills to support you in your career journey, such as advanced analytical thinking and problem solving. You will learn how to work effectively in teams as both a leader and collaborator and become a confident communicator both written and verbally, ensuring you can communicate effectively in a business environment.

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Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  • Year 1

    • Management Accounting (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to provide an understanding of the basic concepts of management accounting. The techniques learned on this module will form the basis for future studies and include investment decision making, the classification and interpretation of cost behaviour in decision making and control.
    • Financial Data Analysis (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module provides a thorough grounding of the basic statistical methods and computer software for the analysis and presentation of accounting and economic data. It caters for students with some prior mathematical knowledge, and while students are expected to complete mathematical calculations by hand and using a computer the emphasis is on the interpretation and communication of quantitative results.
    • Financial Accounting (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module is an introduction to bookkeeping and financial accounting. Its main aim is to provide students with the basic techniques and skills required in order to record transactions by the method known in accounting as double entry and then prepare a set of single company accounts based on those records. Students will also start to be able to interpret the accounts prepared by others.
    • Business Economics (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to provide students with an understanding of economics from a business perspective. This includes an understanding of how competition, the behaviour of the financial markets and government economic policy can influence an organisation as well as providing the ability to apply economic theory in both microeconomic and macroeconomic contexts.
  • Year 2

    • Business Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module will examine the laws regulating the conduct of business and business organisations. The first part of the module sets the context and provides essential material on English Business law (English Legal system, Contract, Tort & Employment) whilst the second part covers Company law and Corporate Governance.
    • Advanced Management Accounting (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the management accounting techniques and practices available today and the development of recent advances in methods of overhead cost allocation to reflect the changing nature of modern business.
    • Advanced Financial Accounting (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module enables students to extend their knowledge of the principles and techniques used in financial accounting and reporting. Students will develop the ability to understand and critically analyse key techniques and practices within the framework of financial accounting and reporting. Students will also develop and refine their transferable skills, including communication, presentational skills, critical analysis, time management and team-working
    • Securities and Derivatives ( Credits) - Optional

      The module will focus in particular on the rationale, mechanics and risk/rewards for investors in fixed income instruments, equities, options, futures and forwards, interest rate and exchange rate swaps, commodities and energy derivatives. A practical understanding of the pricing mechanics of fixed income securities and derivative instruments will be developed. The module will also cover the applications of derivative instruments in hedging and investment. A strong emphasis on the structural and regulatory characteristics of each financial instrument and their respective markets will be placed.

    • Business Environment Analysis (30 Credits) - Optional
      In this module you will begin to acquire the knowledge and skills typically required for more advanced study of businesses and in managerial decision-making. You will learn to analyse business environments and handle information using techniques, models and frameworks that will also start to build higher level employability skills.
    • Operations Management (30 Credits) - Optional
  • Year 3

    • Taxation (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to introduce students to UK personal and business taxation. It deals with the fundamental principles of UK tax law and practice, including the computation of tax liabilities. This leads students to tackle more complex computational problems and to identify tax planning opportunities. Students are also introduced to tax software packages, and gain hands on experience of their use.
    • Finance (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to provide students with a solid understanding of contemporary corporate finance both theoretically and practically. The module will explain all the main aspects of financial management, including capital budgeting and investment decision-making, capital structure and finance decision-making, and working capital management. It will enable a critical appreciation of the link between accounting and finance, and the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour. Students will also develop and refine their transferable skills, including communication, presentational skills, critical analysis, time management and team-working skills.
    • Accounting Theory (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module examines accounting theory and its influence in accounting. The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to evaluate and apply different strands of accounting theory to research in accounting. The first part of the module is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of philosophical debates connected to the generation of knowledge, whilst connecting such debates to those currently employed in accounting. The second part module enables students to undertake a research investigation into an accounting area.
    • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to provide students with the tools for the analysis of financial information, in particular for the purpose of business valuation. In doing so, students will become familiar with how investors and corporate financiers utilise financial and non-financial information in corporate reports.
    • Authentic Leadership Development (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on leadership. It will explore key concepts which present the complexity of leadership effectiveness in the 21st Century which include: communication and conflict management, ethics, social responsibility, diversity, change, power and politics. The module provides the student with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in order to develop and enhance their own personal leadership effectiveness in preparation for their chosen career.
    • Audit and Assurance (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to develop knowledge of the purpose and need for auditing of financial statements; to understand some of the theoretical contexts of auditing and to develop an ability to evaluate the use of modern auditing techniques in a variety of practical situations. Students will learn how to develop and apply audit strategies and learn the practical application of Auditing Standards ISAs .

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:

  • Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
  • Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards with a minimum grade of 70% overall may be considered.
  • British A-Levels: maximum three subjects, with minimum grades of B,B,B
  • International Baccalaureate: completion of IB diploma with good grades

·  GCSE (or equivalent for other education systems) English and Maths with a          
   minimum of Grade C are required

  • UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)***  or equivalent programmes
  • Pakistani National Curriculum: completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Iranian Pre-University Certificate: minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Nigerian Senior School Leaving Certificate: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • West African GCE: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme

Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes

***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office and we will be able to advise you further.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


PearsonPTE General

Level 3

Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 70% in English

International Baccalaureate

Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)

West African/Nigerian Curriculum


Minimum grade “C6“

For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email

An Accounting and Finance degree opens the doors to a range of careers, many with excellent progression and competitive salaries. You can also pursue a career as a professional accountant following accreditation.

Middlesex Accounting and Finance graduates progress into careers with a wide range of prestigious organisations in the following roles: Trainee Accountant, Accounts Assistant, Audit Trainee, Financial Risk Analyst, Finance Assistant, Credit Controller, etc.

Caroline Carroll
BA Accounting and Finance graduate

 "I will complete my ACCA qualification soon which has taken a year (thanks to Middlesex I have 8 exemptions). I then hope to get a promotion to the next level of seniority as a Tax Manager, and I will then study CTA. In five years time I hope to have 2 professional qualifications on top of my degree and be well on my way to a Senior Manager position."

Aware of the stereotypical image accounting and finance tends to generate, Caroline hopes to set an example for other young women interested in the field. "I would like to become a successful career woman setting an example to young females that the finance industry has a place for them as well. And that being a tax accountant doesn't mean you are boring and frumpy!"

Thomas Papanagiotou
BA Accounting and Finance graduate

 "The strongest selling point is the recognition by the various professional accountancy bodies in the UK. Further more, the experience and reputation of the teaching staff; most of my tutors were qualified accountants with many years of experience in the sector.

"I gained good technical skills in my subjects and the course provided me with a sound overall knowledge of the business environment. The various workshops and skills training were also useful, developing the vital skills needed in working life and to succeed at interviews.

"I chose Middlesex because of its fine reputation in business studies, especially in accountancy. I enjoyed the excellent teaching and the diversity of my fellow students. I met lots of new people and made many good friends."

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