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BA Honours Accounting and Finance

BA Honours Accounting and Finance

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Start
September
Duration
3 years full time
Attendance
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).
  • We cover the costs of students to join the ACCA’s Accelerate and CIMA University Schemes which gives graduating students associated membership of both bodies, offering further reduction in professional exam fees and access to professional body employability and academic resources and networking.
  • 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

  • Opportunity to interact with finance professionals in discourse sessions and guest lectures
  • Information session with accounting and finance professional bodies on campus
  • Get maximum exemptions from ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW
  • Opportunity to start ACCA  while studying
  • ACCA Accelerate scheme offers further reduction in exam fee
  • Opportunity to gain SAGE CIMA certification in Year 1
  • We cover the cost for you to become CIMA Student Members
  • Opportunity to learn accounting and finance software to enhance employability

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 certified 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. You will develop 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.

There are six compulsory modules in the first year.  These modules are designed to give a solid grounding in the subject and bring all students to a standard level of competence to pursue further study in the subject. 

In the second year you will study three compulsory modules: two are designed to enhance your capabilities in areas of financial accounting and management accounting while the third is Business Law.

The financial and management accounting module that you study in year two depends on the grade achieved in year one. You need to get a grade 8 or above in Financial/Management Accounting (ACC1110/ACC1115) to study the exemptions bearing Advanced Financial /Management Accounting (ACC2120/ACC2125) respectively otherwise you will study Applied Financial/Management Accounting (ACC2810/ACC2820). You will choose one optional module.

In the final year you will study four compulsory modules designed to advance skills and knowledge appropriate to graduate level.  You will choose one optional module.

In the second and third years, you are required to devote more time to ethics, governance and controversial accounting principles. You will study accounting rules and apply accounting skills. There is more emphasis on discussion, critical evaluation, reflection and anticipation of likely future developments. 

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information: http://www.mdx.ac.ae/life-at-university/academic-calendar

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

  • Year 1

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Corporate Responsibility and Ethics (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module introduces the concepts of corporate responsibility and business ethics. It aims to introduce knowledge of key stakeholders, together with the rights and responsibilities that businesses have in connection with them. It explores external influences that affect a business in its environment and examines how behaviour at all levels within business should be underpinned by accepted professional ethics and professional values. The module also provides an opportunity to research and debate how a business should respond to ethical concerns and how it should discharge its corporate responsibility.
    • Financial Business Environment (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to provide you 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.
    • Accounting Information Systems (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to introduce the significant role accounting information plays in each fundamental business transaction process. You will learn to analyse and handle information using accounting systems and advanced IT techniques.
    • Financial Data Analysis (15 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.
  • 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 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
    • 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.
    • Personal Financial Behaviour (30 Credits) - Optional
      The aim of the first part of this module is to introduce a variety of personal finance products and issues so as to increase your financial literacy. The second part will give you an understanding of personal financial behaviour. This includes an understanding of how market anomalies, financial bubbles, fake news and manipulations in financial markets can influence individual financial decision making as well as providing the ability to apply cognitive and emotional behaviour biases in irrational behaviour contexts.
    • Financial Project Management (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to introduce the techniques and practices in project management. The first part of the module is designed to examine the conceptual framework and key theories that underpins each phase of project management. The second part critically evaluates project optimisation mechanisms and explores ethical issues in project management. You will have the opportunity to manage a simulated project throughout the time of this module.
    • Operations Management (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to broaden and expand students knowledge of the concepts and techniques required for the design, operation and control of business processes. Cases and practical exercises are relevant to a variety of commercial, manufacturing and service organisations. The module builds on the IT and quantitative skills developed in the first year.
    • Financial Mathematics (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module explores the mathematics that underlies financial processes and financial decision making, and complements the study of these areas in economics and accounting. Specific areas include probability, extending interest ideas to annuities and bonds, modelling financial data using time series models and Markov chains, applying discrete methods for option pricing, and using utility to make decisions in risky environments.
  • Year 3

    • Corporate Finance (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to provide you with a conceptual understanding of contemporary corporate finance and the practical tools and techniques for the financial decision-making process. The module explores 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 you to form a critical appreciation of the link between accounting and finance, and the interaction between financial decision-making and capital market behaviour.
    • Ethics and Sustainability (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      The aim of this module is to provide you with the critical tools and mindset to analyse and identify responses to modern ethical business challenges. You will be sensitised to different ways of thinking, learning from debating and collaborating with your peers from different cultural backgrounds so as to build your methodological, analytical and communication skills.
    • 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.
    • Accounting Theory (15 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.
    • Investment Analysis (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to develop your knowledge of modern investment theory and practice. A detailed study of classic portfolio theory provides the basis for an appreciation of, and further investigation into, themes that are currently at the forefront of reflection and research in investment theory, including sceptical views of the classic paradigm whose status has been boosted by the international banking crisis that began in 2008. In tandem with a critical approach to theory, the module offers insights into the quantitative methods (and supporting technology) that are used to inform the construction and management of investment portfolios. Furthermore the module analyses institutional, product and technological innovation in the sphere of investment management, particularly in relation to a heightened concern with risk control, market liquidity and disclosure of information.
    • Advanced Financial Data Analysis (30 Credits) - Optional
      This module explores and applies several quantitative methods and computer software for the retrieval, analysis and presentation of project management accounting data, the emphasis being on the interpretation and communication of quantitative results for project planning, control and decision making.
    • Corporate Accountability (30 Credits) - Optional
      The module provides you with an understanding of the concepts and key issues in corporate governance and corporate accountability. You will also get an overview of the high profile cases of corporate failure and analyse them from corporate governance perspective. By extending the traditional corporate governance theoretical framework to address broader corporate social responsibility issues, you will understand the significance of corporate transparency and accountability in modern corporations.
    • 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 admissions@mdx.ac.ae 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

51

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

WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE 

Minimum grade “C6“


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae

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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