BAEcon Accounting and Finance / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

  • Are you interested in the dynamic relationship between accounting, finance and the social sciences?
  • Are you looking for a flexible learning experience that's informed by real-world business practice?
  • Do you want to benefit from teaching that is jointly delivered by Alliance Manchester Business School and the School of Social Sciences?
  • Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester?

The Accounting and Finance pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies programme - or BA (Econ) for short - is a long-established and popular degree.

Taught by experts across the University, including Alliance Manchester Business School, the degree features a broad range of internationally recognised and research-led teaching in accounting, finance, economics and law.

You will also benefit from the ties that the University has with the three main accounting bodies (ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA) along with international businesses, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Kellogg's and Rolls Royce.

Above all, the course offers a flexible and relevant learning experience for anyone considering a career in finance, accounting or banking.

Accounting and Finance (NN43), Finance (N300) and Economics and Finance (LN13) all share a common first year. In some cases it's possible to swap to a different pathway after the first year.

Special features

  • The BAEcon has an award-winning Peer Mentoring Scheme (2015) that helps you to find your feet both academically and socially.
  • The BAEcon features a foundation year so you don't have to have studied social sciences before.
  • The Manchester Accounting and Finance Group (MAFG) is one of the leading and also one of the largest accounting and finance units in Europe, with over 60 research staff and four BAFA (British Accounting and Finance Association) distinguished fellows including: Professor Martin Walker, Professor Andy Stark, Professor Robert Scapens and Professor Chris Humphrey.
  • External surveys of graduate recruiters in the field have consistently voted us in the UK's top three. We also have strong links with three main UK accounting bodies: ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW, as well the 'Big 4' accounting companies and other large graduate employer organisations.

Accounting and Finance (NN43), Finance (N300) and Economics and Finance (LN13) all share a common first year. Just apply for one to start with. In some cases it's possible to change between pathways after the first year.

At the end of your course your degree title will be: BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies, Accounting and Finance.

Our students

Accounting and Finance BA (Econ) students in figures (2018):

  • Students on the course came from 59 countries
  • Their ages ranged from 17 - 37
  • The male / female ratio was 48 : 52

Meet our students

Teaching and learning

Most course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing and presentations.

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, an academic member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

The BA (Hons) Economics and Social Studies programme, and the Accounting and Finance specialisation in particular, offers a wide variety of course units.

The way that you study and are assessed will depend on which units you choose. The range of methods is carefully designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding.

  • Essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations allow fuller development of and feedback on students' knowledge and understanding.
  • Coursework, essays and dissertations promote the development of argument and fuller understanding of academic material and test the extent to which students can carry out work independently.
  • Presentations or group projects promote the development of teamwork.

Course content for year 1

The first year is designed to give you a solid foundation in the study of Accountancy and Finance as well as the broader social sciences. This overview will equip you to make the right decisions about what to study in your second and final year.

In your first year you take 120 credits overall (so between 10-12 individual course units) made up of:

  • 30 credits of Accountancy and Finance
  • 40 credits of Economics
  • 20 credits of Mathematics/Statistics
  • Remaining 30 credits from other disciplines - including Social Sciences, Development, Applied Statistics, Economic History or Study Skills.

At the end of your first year you can change onto another pathway such as Finance or Economics & Finance depending on your own academic interests, as these share a common first year.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Financial Reporting BMAN10501 10 Mandatory
Introductory Management Accounting BMAN10512 10 Mandatory
Financial Decision Making BMAN10522 10 Mandatory
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON10071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
Computing for Social Scientists ECON10151 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10171 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10172 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10181 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10182 10 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON10192 10 Optional
Economic History ECON10212 10 Optional
Microeconomics 2 ECON10232 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10241 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 2 ECON10262 10 Optional
Microeconomics 1 ECON10331 10 Optional
Introduction to Ethics PHIL10021 20 Optional
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology PHIL10622 20 Optional
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind PHIL10631 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Optional
Making Sense of Politics POLI10301 20 Optional
British Politics: Power and the State POLI10401 20 Optional
Politics of the Global Economy POLI10502 20 Optional
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
Power and Culture: Inequality in Everyday Life SOAN10301 10 Optional
Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective SOAN10312 10 Optional
Key Ideas in Social Anthropology SOAN10320 20 Optional
Introduction to Business Anthropology: Consumers, Companies and Culture SOAN10361 20 Optional
Study Skills (BA Econ/BASS) - semester 2 SOCS10902 10 Optional
Study Skills (BA Econ/BASS) - semester one SOCS10911 10 Optional
Social Inequalities in Contemporary Britain SOCY10401 20 Optional
Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Media, Culture & Society SOCY10441 20 Optional
Global Social Challenges SOCY10462 20 Optional
Sociology of Personal Life SOCY10471 20 Optional
Work, Organisations and Society SOCY10912 20 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 41 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

In your second year you begin to study your chosen pathway in much greater depth and take 120 credits over the year.

Single pathway

If you specialise in one pathway, such as Finance, you can take a maximum of 80 credits (or two thirds of your courses) in that single pathway and up to 40 credits from other pathways from the BA (Econ).

Joint pathway

If you specialise on a joint pathway such as the Accounting and Finance you also take a maximum of 80 credits in any one pathway, but you have the freedom to split these between the two disciplines depending on what you'd like to study.

Free choice units

In your second year you can also take 20 units from across the University.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Investment Analysis BMAN20072 10 Mandatory
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Mandatory
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Mandatory
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Mandatory
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Mandatory
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Mandatory
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer BMAN24042 10 Optional
Mergers & Acquisitions: Financial Perspectives BMAN24102 10 Optional
FinTech, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies BMAN24582 20 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Managerial Economics I ECON20001 20 Optional
Microeconomics 3 ECON20021 10 Optional
Microeconomics 4 ECON20022 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 3 ECON20031 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 4 ECON20032 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON20071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON20072 10 Optional
Environmental Economics IIA ECON20101 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Quantitative Methods ECON20222 20 Optional
Business Economics I ECON20312 20 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Economics for Public Policy ECON20431 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 3 ECON20501 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 4 ECON20512 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 3 ECON20521 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 4 ECON20532 10 Optional
Crisis and Prosperity in Twentieth-Century Europe HIST21112 20 Optional
Philosophy of Religion PHIL20021 20 Optional
Formal Logic PHIL20041 20 Optional
Locke, Berkeley, Hume PHIL20211 20 Optional
Ethics PHIL20231 20 Optional
20th Century Analytical Philosophy PHIL20242 20 Optional
Philosophy of Science PHIL20262 20 Optional
Philosophy of Mind PHIL20272 20 Optional
Phenomenology PHIL20612 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
The Politics of (in)Security POLI20332 20 Optional
Questions About International Politics POLI20521 20 Optional
Politics & Society in Britain Since 1940: From Blitz to Brexit POLI20532 20 Optional
Arguing About Politics: Political Theory in the World POLI20602 20 Optional
The Politics of Globalisation POLI20711 20 Optional
The Politics of Development POLI20722 20 Optional
Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective POLI20742 20 Optional
The Politics of Policy Making POLI20801 20 Optional
Ideals of Social Justice POLI20881 20 Optional
Challenges for Democratic Politics POLI20961 20 Optional
Environmental Politics POLI20982 20 Optional
Comparative West European Politics POLI21001 20 Optional
Southern European Politics POLI21012 20 Optional
Asia-Pacific Security POLI21041 20 Optional
Anthropology of Kinship, Gender and Sex SOAN20802 20 Optional
Anthropology of Religion SOAN20811 20 Optional
Political and Economic Anthropology SOAN20821 20 Optional
Career Management Skills (BA Econ / BA Social Sciences) SOCS21002 10 Optional
Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Sociology of Popular Music SOCY20012 20 Optional
Work, Economy and Society SOCY20031 20 Optional
Social Network Analysis SOCY20041 20 Optional
Education and Society SOCY20052 20 Optional
Sociology of Science SOCY20081 20 Optional
Qualitative Research Design & Methods SOCY20091 20 Optional
Sustainability, Consumption & Global Responsibilities SOCY20232 20 Optional
New Media SOCY20241 20 Optional
Global Migration SOCY20272 20 Optional
Social Change in China SOCY20281 20 Optional
Self and Society SOCY20402 20 Optional
Social Thought From The Global South SOCY20501 20 Optional
Social Class and Inequality in Britain SOCY20602 20 Optional
Gender, Sexuality and Culture SOCY20892 20 Optional
Essentials of survey design and analysis SOST20022 20 Optional
Research Design & Statistical Inference SOST20031 20 Optional
Market Research SOST20041 10 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST20142 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 78 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

In your final year you take 120 credits overall.

Single pathway

If you specialise in a single pathway, such as Finance, you can take a minimum of 80 credits in that single area and up to 40 credits from other pathways from the BA (Econ).

Joint pathway

If you specialise in a joint pathway such as Accounting and Finance you would take a minimum of 50 credits from each of the two disciplines, and choose the split between the two pathways that you prefer.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Business Law 2: Law and the Modern Corporation in an International Context BMAN24052 10 Optional
Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting and Regulation BMAN30030 20 Optional
International Finance BMAN30060 20 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Accountability and Auditing BMAN30131 10 Optional
Advanced Business Information Systems BMAN30151 10 Optional
Empirical Finance BMAN30190 40 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Financial Analysis of Corporate Performance BMAN31000 40 Optional
Advanced Management Accounting BMAN31040 20 Optional
Financial Market Microstructure BMAN31792 10 Optional
Advanced Macroeconomics ECON30002 20 Optional
Natural Resource Economics ECON30232 10 Optional
Mathematical Economics II ECON30290 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON30320 20 Optional
Micro Econometrics ECON30342 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON30370 20 Optional
Mathematical Finance ECON30382 10 Optional
Financial Economics ECON30432 10 Optional
Development Economics IIIA ECON30451 10 Optional
Business Economics II ECON30821 20 Optional
Money, Banking & Financial Markets ECON30852 10 Optional
Managerial Economics II ECON31000 20 Optional
Financial Econometrics ECON31012 10 Optional
Power, Economics, and a Return to Political Economy ECON32132 10 Optional
Development Economics IIIB ECON32142 10 Optional
Behavioural Economics ECON32152 20 Optional
Communicating Economics ECON32162 10 Optional
The Politics of the European Union POLI30031 20 Optional
Russian Politics POLI30072 20 Optional
Gender, Sex and Politics POLI30231 20 Optional
Ethical Issues in World Politics POLI30321 20 Optional
Introduction to International Political Economy POLI30721 20 Optional
Gender, War & Militarism POLI30791 20 Optional
War Memories and Reconciliation in East Asia POLI31011 20 Optional
Children, Family and Social Justice POLI31032 20 Optional
Understanding Political Choice in Britain POLI31042 20 Optional
Global Capitalism, Crisis and Revolt POLI31091 20 Optional
Contemporary Parliamentary Studies and the British Political Tradition POLI32042 20 Optional
Postcolonial Politics POLI32062 20 Optional
The International Political Economy of Trade POLI32082 20 Optional
Sex, Bodies and Money: Gendering International Political Economy POLI32092 20 Optional
United States Foreign Policy: Dominance and Decline in a Complex World POLI32132 20 Optional
United Nations Security Council in Practice POLI32151 20 Optional
Race, Ethnicity, Migration POLI32162 20 Optional
Anthropology of Development and Humanitarianism SOAN30111 20 Optional
Anthropology of the Arctic SOAN30241 20 Optional
Screening Culture SOAN30791 20 Optional
Anthropology of Vision, Senses and Memory SOAN30811 20 Optional
Sociology of Human Animal Relations SOCY30042 20 Optional
Urban Sociology SOCY30061 20 Optional
Forced Migration SOCY30082 20 Optional
Changing Social Attitudes SOCY30091 20 Optional
Housing & Home SOCY30122 20 Optional
Sociology of Cultural Participation and Cultural Policy SOCY30181 20 Optional
Material Culture: The Social Life of Things SOCY30191 20 Optional
Applications of Social Networks SOCY30292 20 Optional
Theory & Method in Demography SOST30012 20 Optional
Advanced Social Network Analysis SOST30022 20 Optional
Modelling Social Inequality SOST30031 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 64 course units for year 3


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