Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS code


Course level


Start date



Derby Campus

Course description

Our BA (Hons) International Accounting (Top-up) equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to generate and or support new business opportunities and income for organisations worldwide. It has been introduced at a time of growing demand for high-calibre accounting professionals who can work in international settings.

The course is specially designed for students who already have a HND – or equivalent qualification from overseas – in a relevant subject like Business Management, Finance or Accounting. It enables international students to achieve a highly regarded UK honours degree within a year. It will also appeal to mature students with significant professional experience who could use the degree as a platform for promotion and improved career prospects.

We will give you in-depth technical knowledge of financial practices and processes, plus a thorough understanding of how they relate to the global business environment. You can also choose from optional modules, covering subjects such as international taxation and financial reporting, so that you can tailor your degree to match your professional interests, career ambitions and professional developments in your home country.

Hands-on learning

Thanks to our strategic partnerships with key employers, you could get involved in live projects and fieldtrips to translate theory into practice. A recent visit to Chatsworth House featured an informative talk by the Chief Executive of the Devonshire Trust and the Head of Visitor Experience for the Chatsworth Group. Such opportunities deepen your understanding of the wider business world.

To help broaden your international outlook further still, you could take part in optional overseas fieldtrips. On a trip to Copenhagen, our students visited the Louisiana Modern Art Museum to learn more about the problem of art fraud, bringing to life themes such as business ethics, forensic accounting, audit and assurance.

Expert teaching

Our accounting and finance teaching staff are all professionally qualified, with industry as well as academic experience. Because they have also taught on courses for professional bodies such as ACCA and CIMA, they can keep you up to date with latest standards and developments.

Our staff have recently edited an influential book entitled Contemporary Issues in Accounting – the Current Developments in Accounting Beyond the Numbers, exploring the challenges and opportunities which are likely to impact accounting professionals in the near future.

Further networking opportunities are arranged through our dynamic Accounting Society, established and run by students. They organise activities such as mentoring sessions, social and fundraising events.

Facilities and resources

You can make the most of our exciting Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab, a high-specification facility for you to access to support your learning across various modules and assessments on the course. You could even work towards the Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate to add to your CV.

What you will study

To complete the BA (Hons) International Accounting (Top-up), you will study modules such as:

Semester one

One of the following optional modules:

Semester two

One of the following optional modules:

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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Undergraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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How you will learn

You will learn mainly through:

Throughout your studies, you will develop a wide range of transferable skills which will support your progress in a graduate career. These include technical numeracy, digital competency, critical analysis, presentation and communication skills.

How you are assessed

We use a combination of assessment methods to match the different learning styles of our students. Types of assessment include:

Some modules may include both an exam route and a non-exam route to give you added flexibility.

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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Dr Hilary Coyle
Programme leader

Hilary Coyle is a fully qualified accountant with a wealth of industrial experience. Her research interests focus on the public sector, specifically local government. Hilary brings her knowledge of both the private and public sector into her teaching to support students to ensure they have the skills that they need to gain excellent jobs after university.

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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
Entry requirements

HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject

Relevant subjectsN/A

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A

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


£9,250 per year



£14,045 per year


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

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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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

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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The BA (Hons) International Accounting (Top-up) prepares you for finance and business careers in organisations that operate both in your home country and across borders. Your knowledge of accounting in a global context will give you the edge when applying for roles with multinational accountancy firms, merchant and investment banks, high street banks and building societies, insurance companies, management consultancies and public sector employers.

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you will also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.

The support continues once you have completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Derby with the MSc Accounting and Finance or the MSc International Business. You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

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.

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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