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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

 

Top10Accounting and Finance at Derby ranked Top 10**The Guardian University Guide 2020
Top10Accounting and Finance at Derby ranked 9th for Teaching Quality**Times/Sunday Times 2019 University Guide
Why you should study Accounting and Finance at the University of Derby

This Joint Honours gives you the chance to add a complementary subject to your study of Accounting, showing employers a broad scope of knowledge. It adds variety and interest to your studies, and marks you out as an adaptable business all-rounder.

Relevant, respected, rewarding

Combine Accounting with another subject to create a varied and interesting joint honours degree.

With the encouragement of enthusiastic staff - most of whom are qualified accountants - you develop your understanding of the world of accountancy and its relevance to the modern business environment.

If successful, depending on the modules studied, you’ll be eligible to apply for exemptions from the relevant paper of a range of professional accounting body qualifications.

In the final year, a dissertation of your choice lets you focus on a specific issue of interest to your career.

An optional third year placement not only gives you hands-on experience, it can also count towards work experience requirements for professional body entry

What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4AG501

Introduction To Financial Accounting

The aim of this module is to develop basic knowledge and skills of financial accounting in the context of International GAAP to enable students to learn advanced areas of accounting later in their studies. The module will introduce students to the accounting function in business and various techniques used including double-entry bookkeeping. Students will learn basic techniques of financial accounts preparation for different types of business entities. Students will be introduced to accounting standards relevant to their syllabus.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4AG502

Introduction to Management Accounting

This module will introduce students to the concepts of cost and management accounting. Management Accountants require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide managers with useful information. This information requires a clear presentation and to be communicated in an appropriate manner.

The primary areas of study will be cost accounting systems, budgeting and standard costing systems. Awareness should be shown of the specific requirements of different industries. This module is over one semester and consists of lectures, seminars, Computer-Based Assessments and a portfolio of formative and summative assessments and a final written assessment.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4EC500

Market Economics and Key Mathematical Concepts

Knowledge of economics provides students with an essential insight into how markets work and how firms and consumers make decisions in market economies. This module aims to highlight the goals of organisations and how these affect the decisions made by managers.

The market system and the role of government involvement in the market will be examined. Subsequently, fundamental macroeconomic issues (such as growth, inflation, unemployment, demand management, and supply-side policies) and how they affect organisations will also be looked at. The ability to understand and use quantitative information as part of business analysis is a key skill. 

This module allows students to develop key quantitative skills in the context of problem-solving. Basic mathematics, probabilities, and various techniques for analysing data will then be introduced to the students. The final coursework component of this module enables the students to combine the economic and quantitative skills they’ve acquired to produce a written report by the end of the module.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4LA508

Law for Accounting

The module provides the essential foundations of the legal system and the opportunity to study key substantive legal areas that will be directly applicable to those entering into a career in accountancy or even those wishing to pursue employment within the general business environment. Although a knowledge of the rules is required, the focus of the module delivery will be on practical applications and solutions for business.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG500

Audit and Assurance (Exam Route)

This module will introduce you to the current role of audit and assurance in society by considering its historical roots and how these have developed over time to the application in business today. The module aims to develop a deeper understanding of the principles, concepts and contemporary issues in modern audit, within the dynamics of the rapidly changing accounting and business environment, under legal and professional rules. Issues such as independence, responsibility for financial crime detection and reporting and auditor liability are explored in some depth. The role of internal audit and its relationship with external audit is also considered.

The audit process from the initial engagement to planning, risk assessments, completion, review and reporting are reviewed from a practical perspective. Within the module, emphasis is placed upon your application of audit techniques, and the use of decision-making techniques to current situations. It therefore offers a practical, as well as a theoretical perspective, on audit and assurance.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG502

Financial Accounting (Exam Route)

The aim of this module is to further develop your knowledge and skills of financial accounting and reporting. It will provide a natural transition from your first year module, developing many of the themes introduced at that level.

The module will commence with an exploration of the role and requirements of corporate financial reporting in the UK, including the increasingly important subject of risk. You will be provided with a solid foundation in the techniques of financial accounts preparation and a critical understanding of the key areas of financial accounting. Single level group structures are introduced, which will help lay the foundation for more advanced study in your final year.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG503

Financial Management (Exam Route)

The Financial Manager of any organisation needs to ensure that sufficient finance / funding is available at the right time to meet the needs of the organisation. The Financial Management module therefore focuses on making decisions about how the organisation is financed / funded and then focuses on managing these finances to generate profit / wealth and to add value. Such financing and investment decisions are being made in an increasingly uncertain, dynamic and complex business environment. For this reason it is vital that you have a comprehensive understanding of how the financial management function fits into the overall objectives of the organisation.

The module proceeds to look at how finance is allocated to invest in fixed (non-current) and current assets for the company, enabling an appreciation of long term investment appraisal techniques and the internal aspects of short term financing, cash flow management and the management of working capital. Whatever the organisation size, when it comes to cash flow, organisations continue to suffer from a “liquidity gap”. This module will help you explore some of the best approaches being employed to help manage cash flow and meet working capital needs. You will also address how to analyse and evaluate the implications of financial management decisions through the application of key financial ratios.

The relevance of the Financial Management module as part of an undergraduate Accounting and Finance programme is further supported by the fact that it aligns to the syllabus requirements of professional accounting bodies such as CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and ACCA. It will also equip you to enter the work environment with knowledge and competencies that will enable you to comprehend, improve and influence operational efficiency; enhance decision making and analysis in a way that adds value to the organisation.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG504

Management Accounting (Exam Route)

As an accountant you will require a good understanding of management accounting concepts and techniques. If you are aiming for a more general business career, a detailed understanding of internal business reports and financial information will greatly enhance your effectiveness and possible career progression. You will require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide management with useful information. This information requires clear presentation and to be communicated in an appropriate manner. This module expands on the knowledge and understanding gained at year one. Awareness should be shown of the appropriate level and specific requirements of different industries. This module is over one semester and consists of seminars and workshops, including computer based activities. Learning outcomes will be demonstrated through computer based assessments and a range of formative and summative assessments and a final written examination.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG518

Business Taxation

Taxes have been a fundamental part of society for thousands of years enabling governments to raise vital revenue to support national expenditure. There have been many types over the centuries, including the window tax, the bachelor tax and the clock tax. Today taxes are levied on both income, capital gains and consumption. They are payable by a range of entities; this module, however, focuses on businesses, but is set within a global context, especially with respect to companies.

During the course of this module, you will be introduced to a range of direct and indirect taxes that apply to businesses. You will learn the underlying key principles and how to apply the regulations in order to compute the sums taxable and the associated tax liability. This will involve learning to analyse a range of simulated real-life cases so that you can identify the relevant information necessary to perform the computation and develop an understanding of the impact of taxation on business decisions. This will enable you to begin to develop your ability to intelligently support the decision-making process, thereby adding value. You will also explore a range of simple tax planning ideas so that you start to develop your skills of managing the tax affairs of businesses effectively, but ethically. Together these areas provide you with the opportunity to start to develop your problem-solving skill set.

 An essential part of taxation is ensuring the taxpayer fully complies with the rules in order to prevent penalties and fines being imposed by the tax authorities. For the man on the street, the tax rules and regulations can be very complex and so difficult to understand and comply with. The ordinary person often needs a specialist to ensure they can understand their tax affairs and comply fully with the relevant rules. Therefore it is important that the tax specialist can communicate the relevant information in layman terms. This module will provide you with the opportunity for you to develop this type of expertise.

 The specialist technical knowledge and the range of vital employability skills that you will acquire through this module will enable you to add value to the businesses you work with.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG501

Financial Reporting (Exam Route)

Financial Reporting provides financial information for external users and the wider stakeholders of financial statements enabling them to assess the risks and returns of investment opportunities, so that they can make useful economic decisions.

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the financial accounting principles that support the international accounting standards on which financial statements are prepared. It will enable you to evaluate the significance of the fundamental principles that underpin the drafting and revision of appropriate international accounting standards. It will provide you with the ability to select, interpret and apply the relevant international accounting standards to a range of financial reporting issues and transactions that entities experience within the contemporary business environment. This is a key skill to ensure that the published financial information the entities provide is useful for external users and stakeholders.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG502

Financial Statement Analysis

The analysis of financial statements can tell us a great deal about the health of a company and its ability to deal with future challenges, which is a key skill in any business environment, whether or not profit is the primary motivation. This module concentrates on using the financial, economic and non-quantitative information available to assess the relative strengths of entities and their ability to react to the impact of outside forces on their performance.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG503

Financial Strategy (Exam Route)

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results” (Winston Churchill). - The Financial Strategy module will focus on the advanced aspects of the investment decision (capital budgeting) and the way in which the organisations capital structure can be strategically adjusted to ensure the maximisation of shareholder wealth / added value.

It will build on prior knowledge from the Financial Management module and explore how the financing decision and the investment decision interrelate with each other and with the dividend / reallocation of funds decision. The module will explore the interrelationship between these three areas that help formulate the financial strategy of an organisation.

Although the emphasis will be on enabling you to be able to make decisions at a strategic level, the module also recognises the need for you to be able to analyse the implications of those decisions in light of the organisations objectives, it is further recognised that in arriving at such decisions you need to take account of broader strategic issues as well the financial analysis.

The module will introduce relevant theory and models, practical financial tools and techniques, with appropriate references to real-life organisations. A strategic approach to critically analysing and evaluating financial information is encouraged, with a view to advancing your knowledge and understanding of capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy.

In addition, it is vital you can confidently and effectively communicate the rationale behind your decisions. With this in mind, the Financial Strategy module will utilise every opportunity to expose you to situations where you will be required to lead a seminar, facilitate a workshop, chair a meeting and or present a report.

The relevance of the Financial Management module as part of an undergraduate Accounting and Finance programme is further supported by the fact that it aligns to the syllabus requirements of professional accounting bodies such as CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and ACCA. It will also equip you to enter the work environment with knowledge and competencies that will enable you to critically analyse, evaluate and communicate the financial decisions that will help transform the organisation to address its key priorities.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG507

Management Accounting Performance Evaluation (Exam Route)

This module expands on the knowledge and understanding you have gained on previous management accounting modules. Management Accountants require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide managers with useful information. You will need to be able to clearly present this information to employees and managers at all levels in a business especially those without any financial knowledge.

You will learn how to critically evaluate tools and techniques and then apply them to scenarios. The main areas of study will be control, performance measurement and strategic management accounting.

This module runs over one semester and consists of lectures, including guest lecturers from industry and seminars. Be prepared to join in with group work during the seminars as we discuss many of the current issues in management accounting. At this level the focus of your work will be on the communication of the information and not the creation of the numbers.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG509

Issues in Global Business and Corporate Accountability

As a result of the global shift in the world’s economies, cross border activities and economies are much more inter-dependent on each other. This has resulted in increasing internationalisation of accounting and finance, resulting in ever changing ethical, governance and corporate accountability issues

This module promises to be interesting to students of accounting and finance on many levels. It will encompass learning and mastering many of the skills required of accountants in various differing international environments and consider areas of ethics, both business, professional and personal. It will uncover just how important it is in the modern workplace to maintain clear and transparent work practices, through a comprehensive analysis of corporate governance and Corporate Social Responsibility. 

More interestingly it will allow students to comprehend the central working relationship that accountants and finance professionals have in the workplace, both in differing industrial or sector environments, between departments/divisions within organisations or even between organisations in differing countries.

Using a consultative approach, students will be challenged to make decisions based on their own research into contexts, ultimately providing practical advice and solutions to real-life scenarios. It will reward enterprising accountants or finance professionals as they can adopt, challenge, create, research their own pathways for decisions made in their own professional career.

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40 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6AG518

Financial Strategy (Non-Exam Route)

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results” (Winston Churchill). The Financial Strategy module will focus on the advanced aspects of the investment decision (capital budgeting) and the way in which the organisations capital structure can be strategically adjusted to ensure the maximisation of shareholder wealth / added value. It will build on prior knowledge from the Financial Management module and explore how the financing decision and the investment decision interrelate with each other and with the dividend / reallocation of funds decision. The module will explore the interrelationship between these three areas that help formulate the financial strategy of an organisation.

Although the emphasis will be on enabling you to be able to make decisions at a strategic level, the module also recognises the need for you to be able to analyse the implications of those decisions in light of the organisations objectives, it is further recognised that in arriving at such decisions you need to take account of broader strategic issues as well the financial analysis.

The module will introduce relevant theory and models, practical financial tools and techniques, with appropriate references to real life organisations. A strategic approach to critically analysing and evaluating financial information is encouraged, with a view to advancing your knowledge and understanding of capital budgeting, capital structure and dividend policy.

In addition it is vital you can confidently and effectively communicate the rationale behind your decisions. With this in mind the Financial Strategy module will utilise every opportunity to expose you to situations where you will be required to lead a seminar, facilitate a workshop, chair a meeting and or present a report.

The relevance of the Financial Management module as part of an undergraduate Accounting and Finance programme is further supported by the fact that it aligns to the syllabus requirements of professional accounting bodies such as CIMA, CPA Australia, IFA and ACCA. It will also equip you to enter the work environment with knowledge and competencies that will enable you to critically analyse, evaluate and communicate the financial decisions that will help transform the organisation to address its key priorities.

More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG519

Management Accounting Performance Evaluation (Non Exam)

This module expands on the knowledge and understanding you have gained on previous management accounting modules. Management Accountants require a good understanding in management accounting concepts and techniques in order to provide managers with useful information. You will need to be able to clearly present this information to employees and managers at all levels in a business especially those without any financial knowledge.

You will learn how to critically evaluate tools and techniques and then apply them to scenarios. The main areas of study will be control, performance measurement and strategic management accounting.

This module runs over one semester and consists of lectures, including guest lecturers from industry and seminars. Be prepared to join in with group work during the seminars as we discuss many of the current issues in management accounting. At this level the focus of your work will be on the communication of the information and not the creation of the numbers.

More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG533

Contemporary Reporting Issues

There are many developments and debates around corporate and integrated reporting. Organisations are required to report on more than just the financial results. This module will investigate various contemporary issues relating to this area of performance management and integrated reporting. Delivery will include lectures, seminars and interactive sessions using Bloomberg, projects and case studies.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6AG534

Personal Taxation (Exam route)

If there are two things that are certain in this world then they are taxation and death - (Benjamin Franklin). Taxation affects the lives of individuals on a daily basis. The complexity of the tax regulations and rules is making it increasingly difficult for most people to manage their tax affairs in an efficient and effective manner, without reference to a tax specialist. This module allows you to address this growing need by developing your knowledge and understanding of the main types of taxes impacting individuals.

During the course of this module you will deepen your understanding of each of the taxes studied and gain insight into how they interact. It will equip you with the skills to evaluate the impact of taxation on individuals, so that you can intelligently support them in managing their tax affairs efficiently, effectively and ethically. Part of the process will involve developing your problem solving skills. 

The module also explores the socio-economic and political pressures that shape government tax policies, so that you can evaluate the interaction between tax payer behaviour and formulation of tax policies, giving you the opportunity to develop your independent thinking.

Underlying these themes are the ethical issues tax practitioners encounter in their role as tax advisors and tax agents. These ethical issues will be explored in order to help you understand the issues, giving you a framework in which to evaluate them should they arise. Together these themes will provide you with the opportunity to acquire specialist technical knowledge and a range of vital employability skills.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

From group working and time management through to report writing and presentation skills, we’ll equip you not only with the subject knowledge, but also with the personal, transferable skills that are vital to your career and which you need to be successful in the graduate job market. You'll take part in simulated case studies, guest lectures and consultancy projects with employers. 

Our teaching staff are all professionally qualified and have industry as well as academic experience. As well as teaching on degree programmes, they are also teaching on the professional body courses - ACCA and CIMA.

This means that they are aware of and work to the latest and most current professional standards, so you’ll benefit from their expertise and understanding of the modern business world.

Assessment

There are a range of assessment methods used throughout the degree. In the first stage these include computer-based assessments, examinations, essays, business reports and portfolios. All of these are designed to help you gauge your own level of learning, by giving you feedback on how you do so that it helps your learning in a constructive way.

At the second and third stages you will be assessed mainly by examinations, but also by essays, business reports, portfolios and presentations. Again, all of these are designed to help you gauge your own level of learning, by giving you feedback on how you do so that it helps your learning in a constructive way.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

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Juliet Hogsden
Programme leader

Juliet is a senior lecturer in taxation and financial accounting and programme leader of the Integrated Masters in Accounting and Finance. Juliet's research area is the not for profit sector.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120*
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For Joint Honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

There is always a demand for graduates with accounting skills. Our past students have gone on to work for local public practices, multinational accounting firms and taken up accounting careers in merchant banks and other large businesses. As an accountant you will have the opportunity to work in many diverse fields, anywhere in the world.

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† Additional information about your studies

4 years with optional placement year

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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