Keen to become an accountant? Then you'll know you ideally need both a university degree and a recognised professional qualification.
This course provides the first part, to a superb standard, and it also helps you start towards the second, as many professional bodies will grant you significant exemptions from their exams when you have a Stirling degree.
We have a great deal to offer you. Our teaching and research both have superb reputations for quality. We also provide a great range of courses and an exciting and rewarding system of learning and assessment.
You may take the BAcc degree as a three-year specialist degree or a four-year Honours degree. Students taking the BAcc Honours degree must write a dissertation on an accounting topic of their choice.
We also offer a BAcc Honours degree in Accountancy and Finance, which provides considerable scope for you to study a variety of topics. The BAcc Honours degree in Accountancy can also be combined with other subjects, please see below.
It is usual, if you are planning to do professional accountancy training, to get both a university degree and recognised professional qualification. All the Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) degrees (single and joint) are accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS) who will all grant you significant exemptions from their exams when you have a Stirling degree.
For full details on exemptions, please contact the Accounting and Finance Division.
ICAS Charles Scott Prize
A prize of £100 is awarded annually to the Bachelor of Accountancy student with the highest overall performance in modules ACC9A1 and ACC9A2 in the same academic session.
There are three prizes of £200 awarded annually to the students with the highest overall performance in each of the modules ACC9A4, ACC9AA and ACC9A6.
Accounting and Finance Undergraduate Dissertation Prize
A research-based prize of £200 is open to all students on the single Honours BAcc course and is awarded to the student(s) who submits the best undergraduate dissertation(s). The prize may be shared if more than one dissertation achieves the highest grade.
Ede and Ravenscroft Prize
Ede and Ravenscroft donate £1,500 to the University of Stirling, which is awarded annually to the Year 2 undergraduate student for best academic performance. In 2013 a joint prize was awarded and one of the deserving winners was Xin Hu, a Stirling Management School student studying the Bachelor of Accountancy course.
There are annual visits by professional bodies including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
We also host the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) for students in Year 4. The BAT is a professional and unique way to demonstrate
your strengths and connect with financial employers worldwide.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.
INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. These courses offer a route to study at the University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus.
Successful completion of the International Foundation in Business, Finance, Economics and Marketing to the required standard provides direct entry to year two of this degree.
The International Diploma in Business, Finance, Marketing and Humanities prepares you for entry to year three of this degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
More information on our English language requirements
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.
The Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc) course is designed specifically for students planning a career in the Accountancy profession.
Semesters 1 – 3
You will take core modules in the following:
You are also required to study Economics, Business Management and Business Law.
Semesters 4 – 8
You will develop a critical understanding and analytical approach to subjects directly relevant to Accountancy.
Core advanced modules include:
You will choose further advanced modules in accountancy and finance from a list of electives.
View full Accountancy and Finance module descriptions.
Teaching is by a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials. The course of small group tutorials provides feedback and reinforcement of lecture topics throughout each semester. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examinations.
For Honours students, all advanced modules undertaken during the final two years of the course count equally towards their overall degree classification.
Students can also exit with a BA in any of these subject combinations.
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.
You may apply to study at a European university as part of the ERASMUS programme. In addition, you may also apply to study in the US under the University’s exchange scheme with a wide range of universities in North America, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.
I chose the Bachelor of Accountancy with Honours as it had a good variety of modules which allowed me to develop my skills and decide on my career path. My studies have contributed to the skills I will be required to use in my employment as a graduate trainee accountant with a local company.
Donna Sapsed, BAcc honours, graduated 2015
One of the main reasons for choosing the Bachelor of Accountancy with Honours was it had exemptions available for possible future career opportunities. I enjoyed my time at the University and found the variety of modules interesting. Towards the end of my studies I secured a graduate tax trainee position.
Robyn Smith, BAcc honours, graduated 2015
Read further viewpoints on what some of our alumni have to say about their experiences at the University of Stirling Management School and life after graduation.
Accountancy graduates are currently working in 21 countries around the world including: USA, Australia, Thailand, Switzerland, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. They are contributing to the performance of both finance-related organisations, as well as a range of other private and public sector bodies including:
|JP Morgan||NHS Scotland||HSBC|
|Ernst & Young||PwC||Arcadia Group|
|IBM||Audit Commission||Goldman Sachs|
|Grant Thornton||Royal Bank of Scotland||Morgan Stanley|
|Lloyds Banking Group||Halifax Bank of Scotland||Proctor & Gamble|
Recent graduates from Stirling’s Accountancy degree have started their careers in the following roles:
Graduates who left Stirling up to ten years ago have now forged careers in the following areas:
Some of our more established graduates are currently employed as: Senior Partner in their own firm Chief Financial Officer, Energy Australia Finance Director, BiP Solutions VP (Operational Risk Management), J.P. Morgan Head of Quality Review, ICAS Investment Director, Bank of Scotland Equity An Accountancy degree doesn’t only set you up for a career in the financial sector; some of our graduates have built upon their initial university experience and are now working as Solicitors (McClure Naismith), Reporters (EquityRadar), Social Worker (Barnardos), Editor/Cameramen (BBC Scotland), and even a High Court Judge (Court of Session, Edinburgh). A wide range of employers recognise that a student with an accounting/finance background has had a strong business-focused education which will have equipped them with important skills (numerical, communication, problem-solving etc). This explains why graduates from this Division have such a strong employment record.
The University has an excellent Career Development Centre, situated in 3A1, which not only provides access to professional career advice and employment resources, but also runs career planning units and workshops.
The Careers Liaison Officer for the Division is Chris Coles and he offers a link between the Division and the Career Development Centre.
Positions for Chartered Accountancy training (CA) are normally advertised in the autumn prior to graduation (Semester 7) with many firms taking part in a ‘milk round’ of interviews in October and November each year. It is very important for Year 3 students hoping to get a CA training contract to prepare application forms and CVs before returning to fourth year, as the deadlines set by firms can be as early as mid-October. Many organisations offer internships and placements and it can also be useful to contact local firms to see if relevant experience can be gained. All of which will help when applying for a Training Contract position. There are CA positions with the three Chartered Accountancy Institutes in the UK:
Other bodies offering accounting qualifications include: the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). These vacancies come up throughout the year and students should check the relevant websites:
For further help and advice visit the Career Development Centre in room 3A1, call 01786 407070 or email email@example.com
An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to students (or interns) over a fixed period of time, which enables the student to gain practical experience. The Career Development Centre has details of internships available around the world with large private sector organisations, as well as opportunities with smaller local businesses which are promoted through the Third Sector Internship Scheme, the Saltire Foundation, and our very own Stirling Internship Programme. As a student, you will automatically be registered onto the University’s Vacancy & Events System which means that you will receive regular updates regarding new opportunities as they become available.
Six reasons why you should consider an internship:
For more information, and to discover other ways in which our alumni get involved with our students, please click here.
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,555.00|
|Scottish and EU students||TBC|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£ 11,275.00|
|Scottish and EU students||£ 1,820.00|
|Students from the rest of the UK||£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years|
Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Please note: Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information