Accounting, Economics and Finance 
Accounting, Economics and Finance

Welcome to the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
New Offerings Judged by Experts to be at the Cutting Edge

Before new programmes can start, they have to be examined by experts and we are very proud to announce that they have not only given the green light for the launch of our BA Business Economics and BScEcon International Economics and Finance, but also judged them to be at the very cutting edge.

They and the existing BSc Economics have been designed to maximise the career potential of our graduates. Economics graduates earn higher starting salaries than almost any other graduates. This and our emphasis on applying theory to the real world is what makes us different, compared to other universities in the region.

The department was created in September 2007 and the name reflects the three areas of interest within the department:

Accounting refers to the traditional areas of accountancy such as financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, audit and taxation but also includes the wider notions of accountability and governance. Both our accounting undergraduate degrees are ACCA accredited.

Economics is a social science and the department has wide interests incorporating, both heterodox and mainstream, and covering areas such as the social economy, local governance, regional growth disparities, international monetary economics and entrepreneurship. Currently we offer an undergraduate degree in this area but are seeking to expand our portfolio in the near future.

Finance studies the interrelated concepts of time, money and risk, and studies banks and other financial institutions together with the provision of credit which is particularly relevant in the context of the current ‘credit crunch’. We offer a BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance but concentrate on Masters programmes in this area.

We pride ourselves on combining a very supportive learning & teaching environment for our students with our research interests which include ethics and accounting, taxation, accountability in higher education, the economics of devolution, herd behaviour in markets, green economics and co-operatives.