Professional Accountancy

BA (Hons)

A three-year full-time programme which offers both an honours degree and significant exemptions from the examinations of many of the recognised accountancy professional institutions.



The BA (Hons) Professional Accountancy is a 3-year degree designed for students holding advanced qualifications who wish to pursue a career in accountancy. The degree provides significant exemption from the professional examinations of leading accountancy bodies. It's also particularly attractive because it provides an excellent foundation towards establishing a career in professional accountancy, while simultaneously gaining a university degree and acquiring useful transferable skills such as communication skills and research skills.

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree.

  • UCAS: N402
  • Qualification: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Campus based, Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: Three years
  • Start date: September
  • Faculty: Stirling Management School
  • Location: Stirling Campus
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The programme consists of modules that are accredited by the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Association of International Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance.

What makes us different?

A three-year full-time programme which offers both an honours degree and significant exemptions from the examinations of many of the recognised accountancy professional institutions.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

*SQA Advanced Highers ABB

*GCE A-levels ABB

*IB Diploma 35

Preference given to those with Mathematics

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

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.

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Fees and costs

If you plan to commence your studies at the University of Stirling in January 2018, please note you will be subject to our 2017/18 fees. Please contact us for more information.

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 should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

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Payment options

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Scholarships and funding

None available.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

In Year 1, you will study a series of core modules to give you a grounding for subsequent stages of more advanced studies. These core modules will be in: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Finance, Economics and Business Law. In subsequent years, you will develop a more critical and analytical approach to your studies. You will take modules in Advanced Financial Accounting, Accounting Information and Employment and Applied Management Accounting, together with modules in Personal Financial Planning, Quantitative Methods, International Finance, and Financial Analysis, plus modules in Auditing, and Taxation. Higher-level skills of critical evaluation, analysis and synthesis are extended in the modules Issues in Accountancy and Critical Analysis of Accountancy and Finance. There will be numerous opportunities to develop your work-related skills at every stage of your studies.

Delivery and assessment

The normal mode of delivery is for three 20-credit modules to be delivered over an 11-week period in two semesters per annum.  Each module usually consists of 2-hours of lectures and a single one-hour seminar per week.

In order to achieve professional accreditation, many of the modules are assessed as both a 2-hour unseen, closed book, written examination plus a one-hour unseen, closed book, computer based class test.  At final year stage, more emphasis is put on assessment via essays and presentations.


  • Accounting 1
  • Business Law
  • Finance 1
  • Introductory Economics
  • External Reporting
  • Accounting 2
  • Quantative Methods for Business decisions
  • Accounting Information and Employment
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Taxation
  • Applied Management Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Issues in Accounting
  • International Finance
  • Critical Analysis of Accounting and Finance Issues
  • Financial Analysis
  • Auditing

Recommended reading

No pre-programme reading is needed.

Modes of study

Full time only.

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

Professional Accountancy Example Timetable October 2017

Why Stirling?


Accountancy and finance at Stirling is rated highly in the “Good University Guide” and in the 2016 and 2017 “National Student Survey.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.


Our students are in high demand for their skills and many have been able to gain training contracts with accountancy firms of all sizes from the “Big 4” to some of the excellent smaller practices. We maintain strong contacts with the profession and work closely with the University’s careers advisory service.

Very high ratings achieved in 2016 and 2017 National Student Surveys.

Very high rating achieved for postgraduate teaching (PTES)

Rated highly in the “Good University Guide”

Our students

Our students are in high demand for their skills and many have been able to gain training contracts with accountancy firms of all sizes from the “Big 4” to some of the excellent smaller practices.

Our staff

Our staff have a wide range of experience; many are professionally qualified accountants and finance personnel with many years spent in a variety of industry roles, plus we are fortunate to have several research-active staff who have achieved eminence in their respective field of study.  

Christopher Coles is an accountant by profession, and qualified (ACCA and CIOT) whilst working for KPMG.  He previously taught at the University of Glasgow, where he was in charge of Glasgow's taught postgraduate programmes in accounting and finance, and mentored the winning team in the 2013 UK round of CIMA's Global Business Challenge. Christopher holds a Masters degree in Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, both awarded by the University of Dundee. At Stirling, his responsibilities include Director of undergraduate programmes plus teaching on a variety of financial accounting, management accounting and taxation modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Accountancy offers a wide choice of careers with organisations in every field, from healthcare and sport to charities and local and national governments. Careers include financial and management accounting, auditing, taxation, consultancy and financial services.


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