BSc Accounting / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course description

Top 5 reasons to study Accounting at Manchester

This unique, professionally-oriented course has been designed alongside the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Undergraduate Partnership Programme (UPP).

The focus of the ICAEW is to work with others to develop strong, accountable and open economies where people can trust data, leaders can make good decisions, public finances are transparent and businesses are accountable.

This degree will provide you with a fast-track to an accountancy qualification and our four-year degree  also offers you the opportunity of a full-year paid work placement in your third year of study.

Special features

  • Attend networking events led by the ICAEW with companies affiliated with the UPP - including Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Grant Thornton, Mazars and PwC
  • Benefit from exclusive opportunities e.g. Coop offer five paid summer internships to BSc Accounting students and speed interviewing with Airbus, PwC and Beever and Struthers
  • Support with personal and professional development - employability coaching support, study skills programme, wellbeing, mentoring and support from experienced academic advisors
  • Integrate the theory and practice of accounting and gain up to eight exemptions from ICAEW ACA examinations
  • Qualify as an ACA chartered accountant within two years after graduation
  • Hear first hand from world-class lecturers about how their experience as chartered accountants saw them lead on company strategy and play a vital role at the highest level of their organisations.

Teaching and learning

You will normally study four or five course units per semester. Each week there are usually two hours of lectures for each course unit and a one hour workshop in alternate weeks, although this varies slightly. You are expected to double this in private study. Group work and group or individual presentations will form a regular part of your assignments.

Coursework and assessment

Essays, multiple choice tests, project reports and presentations, in-class tests and weekly assignments constitute the coursework component of assessment, although the nature and proportion of coursework varies across course units. The remainder of assessment is by unseen examination. Depending on the degree course, in your final year you can choose to do a research-based dissertation or project. We aim to strike a balance between examinations and assessed coursework as well as providing opportunities for feedback on progress through non-assessed work.

Course unit details

The focus of the degree is on accounting and finance. Other relevant subjects such as management, law, mathematics, statistics and economics are also covered. There is some scope for you to study related subjects to broaden your knowledge of business and management, subject to the requirements of professional accreditation. You will receive a strong theoretical and practical grounding in the principles of accounting and acquire appropriate transferable skills.

Course content for year 1

Your first year is designed to introduce you to the foundations of accounting and finance. You will also study course units in mathematics, statistics, economics and law. A specialist course unit - only available to BSc (Hons) Accounting students - will introduce you to the skills and techniques required by the accountancy profession and will begin to prepare you for the workplace. Your first year project involves you preparing a competitive tender for an audit with support from employers such as KPMG.

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 M BMAN10522M 10 Mandatory
Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance BMAN10750 20 Mandatory
Auditing & Professional Accounting Practice I BMAN10760 20 Mandatory
Law in a Management Context BMAN10901 10 Mandatory
Microeconomics 1 ECON10221 10 Mandatory
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10252 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Management BMAN10011 10 Optional
Marketing Foundations BMAN10101 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Technological Change BMAN10252 10 Optional
Introduction to Work Psychology BMAN10872 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

Your second year will develop your analytical skills and give you a more in-depth understanding of accounting. You will take core course units in accounting and finance, plus a ten-credit business law course unit. You will develop your understanding of business strategy, accounting and auditing practice through a specialist course unit.

You will also select an optional 10-credit course unit - either from the list of optional second-year course units below, or from a range of University College level 2 course units, including the Manchester Leadership Programme .

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
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Mandatory
Business Strategy BMAN20812 10 Mandatory
Professional Accounting Practice BMAN20881 10 Mandatory
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Mandatory
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Mandatory
Foundations of Finance B BMAN23000B 20 Mandatory
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer BMAN24042 10 Mandatory
Principles of Taxation BMAN24111 10 Mandatory
Investment Analysis BMAN20072 10 Optional
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Mergers & Acquisitions: Financial Perspectives BMAN24102 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning - with Teaching Placement UCIL20001 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Unit UCIL20022 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20031 10 Optional
Leadership in Action Online Unit UCIL20032 10 Optional
Crisis of Nature: Issues in Environmental History UCIL20092 10 Optional
Understanding Mental Health UCIL20112 10 Optional
AI: robot overlord, replacement, or colleague? UCIL20122 10 Optional
Trust and Security in a Digital World: From Fake News to Cyber Criminals UCIL20132 10 Optional
From Antarctica to Outer Space: Surviving and Thriving in Extremes UCIL20142 10 Optional
Are We Alone? The Search for Extraterrestrial Life UCIL20211 10 Optional
Information Visions: Past, Present and Future UCIL20282 10 Optional
Creating a Sustainable World: 21st Century Challenges and the Sustainable Development Goals UCIL20311 10 Optional
From Cholera to COVID-19: A Global History of Epidemics UCIL20331 10 Optional
Current Topics in Biology UCIL20882 10 Optional
Leadership of Learning - with Teaching Placement UCIL21002 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21301 10 Optional
Communicating with Confidence UCIL21302 10 Optional
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset UCIL21331 10 Optional
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: Your Role in Shaping a Fairer World UCIL22302 10 Optional
Entrepreneur: Innovator and Risk-Taker UCIL24002 10 Optional
Digital Society: Your Place in a Networked World UCIL26002 10 Optional
The Global Journey Towards Health for All: Health, Development and People UCIL30232 10 Optional
Madness and Society in the Modern Age UCIL30832 10 Optional
The Nuclear Age: Global Nuclear Threats from Hiroshima to Today UCIL31212 10 Optional
From Sherlock Holmes to CSI UCIL32011 10 Optional
Climate Change and Society UCIL33201 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 38 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Your final year is designed to allow you to choose from a range of more specialised topics. You will put theory into practice, develop transferable skills and gain an insight into the accounting profession. You will also study a core 30 credit project course unit involving an individual company project. You will continue your studies in business law and take core course units in taxation, accounting and finance. Your remaining course units will be chosen from a range of accounting, finance, economics or management subjects.

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 Mandatory
Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting and Regulation BMAN30030 20 Mandatory
Accountability and Auditing BMAN30131 10 Mandatory
Corporate Financial Communication and Valuation BMAN31610 40 Mandatory
International Finance BMAN30060 20 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Advanced Management Accounting BMAN31040 20 Optional
Business Decision Analytics BMAN31152 20 Optional
People Management and Change BMAN31842 10 Optional
Human Resource Strategy and Practice BMAN31901 20 Optional
Leadership and Success at Work BMAN31921 20 Optional
International and Comparative Human Resource Management BMAN31982 20 Optional
Applied Practical Investing BMAN32082 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 17 course units for year 3

Scholarships and bursaries

The Manchester Bursary is available to UK students registered on an undergraduate degree course at Alliance MBS who have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance England. 

In addition, Alliance MBS will award a range of Social Responsibility Scholarships to UK/EU and international students. These awards are worth £2,000 per year across three years of study. You must achieve AAA at A-level (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. The School will also award a number of International Stellar Scholarships to international students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent). Additional eligibility criteria apply - please see our scholarship pages for full details.

What our students say

Our previous BSc (Hons) Accounting student and blogger Wei Ka live-tweeted a day in the life of a BSc Accounting student at Manchester - read her Twitter timeline .

I chose this course because it was different to anything on offer elsewhere. I was really excited by the opportunity to spend a year out between my second and final year in an internship with a high-calibre accountancy firm - I will be joining KPMG's audit department in Canary Wharf. Interns in big four accountancy firms don't just make the tea; I expect to be given the same jobs as a first year graduate recruit. 

- Andrew Simner

As an aspiring accountant this course seemed perfectly geared towards my career. My course allows me to receive maximum exemptions from professional accounting exams, enabling me to accelerate my career.

- Bansari Kamdar


John Rylands University Library is renowned as one of the most extensive libraries in the world. This is complemented by our specialist business and management Eddie Davies Library which provides a dedicated service to Alliance Manchester Business School undergraduates. There is increasing provision of information via various web-based services and much of your reading material will be available through e-journals. These and other standard computing services, such as access to the internet and word processing, are available through computer clusters across campus in departmental buildings, libraries and halls of residence. Many buildings in and around the campus are also equipped with free wifi access.

Personal development plans

PDPs are aimed at helping you develop awareness of generic transferable and subject-specific skills, improve independent learning and provide a record of your academic learning and achievement.

Academic advisors

All new Alliance Manchester Business School students are allocated an academic advisor who you will meet in regular sessions as part of a first-year course unit. Where possible, you will keep the same academic advisor throughout your time here. Your advisor will support you throughout your studies on matters of an academic nature, from providing feedback on a practice essay in preparation for your `formal' assessment at the end of each semester to discussing your PDP or writing you a reference. We also have a dedicated undergraduate assessment and student support centre within the School, who will be your first point of contact for any ill health or other personal problems which are affecting your work.

Student mentoring

We operate a peer mentoring scheme which aims to provide you with a second or final year 'mentor' to provide practical assistance with orientation and induction as well as advice and information on any aspect of student life.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: