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Prepare for a high flying career as a management or company accountant. Gain the technical knowledge and communication skills that could set you on the path to be a financial director roles or even a CEO. 

Management accounting is a forward-looking practice. On this degree, you will learn how to influence the future of the businesses you’ll work in, potentially changing their direction in both subtle and major ways. In business you need to be able to come up with new ideas and strategies. You also need to be able to cost those ideas and present them in a compelling way. This is the day-to-day business of the management accountant, and you’ll get first hand experience of it on this course.

You don’t need to have studied business before to thrive on this degree. You just need to be diligent, accurate, numerate and a keen communicator.

Overview

On our BSc Accounting and Management course you will gain the essential skills to work at the centre of a business’s decision-making, influencing its future direction.

Accounting and management is a common route to the top of business, with many CEOs of large companies coming from an accountancy and financial director background. So if you have ambitions to go all the way, and if you don’t just love working with numbers but also with people, this degree is ideal. 

Your degree will prepare you for a successful career as a management accountant or financial director, dealing with issues such as how much products cost, how much new products or services will cost to develop and take to market, and the financial implications of opening new divisions or closing old ones. On this degree you’ll learn the financial accounting skills needed to ask the right questions and collect and interpret the relevant information. You’ll also learn how to effectively present this information to decision-makers, and how to make recommendations and decisions of your own. This includes learning how to present specialist financial and accounting information to non-experts in a way they can understand.

You will take a core of accountancy and management modules, where you’ll learn important accountancy skills and discover different management theories. You’ll also have a lot of freedom to design your own course, choosing from a wealth of optional modules. This means you’ll be able to focus on the areas of management and accountancy that interest you most. For example, you could focus on strategic management, resource management, HR management and more. Or you could choose to concentrate on more traditional financial accounting, audit, or tax modules.

As a management accountant you need to be able to communicate your findings and ideas, including to non-experts and people who aren’t from an accounting background. On this course you will develop your written and presentation skills, becoming a confident, passionate and persuasive communicator. You’ll learn to take complex accounting and financial information and present it in a way that’s simple, engaging and clear.

We have close links with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) who hold regional meetings on campus, which you are invited to attend.

You will graduate well-equipped to gain accreditation from CIMA. Depending on the modules you choose you’ll also have the chance

to gain exemptions from other professional bodies, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. We work very closely with these professional bodies and structure our degrees to maximise the number of exemptions you can gain.

NBS is a friendly and supportive school, with a lively and international cohort. We are in a region that’s safe and welcoming, with a thriving business innovation and enterprise community. All our teaching is informed by our world-leading research and real-world business experience. That’s means you’ll gain knowledge of the latest issues and debates facing industry and employers.

In the Guardian University Guide 2020, we were ranked in the UK top 10 for Accounting and Finance and top 15 for Business, Management and Marketing. We were ranked top 15 for Marketing in The Complete University Guide 2020 and were 9th for the quality of our research and 17th overall in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) which looked at 101 institutions across the UK. UEA has been awarded a Gold for teaching excellence (TEF, 2017).

Our current research interests include finance, accounting, employment systems and institutions, responsible business regulation, marketing, entrepreneurship and business strategy, and innovation, technology and operations management.

Course Structure

All our undergraduate degrees share a common first year. This structure means you’ll get a broad view of business, and can be confident you are on the right course for you. As you progress through your degree you will be able to specialise and tailor your studies to the areas that you find most interesting and are most relevant for your career goals.

Year 1

Across six fascinating core modules you’ll explore the essentials of modern business. This will give you an excellent grounding in not just management and accounting, but also economics, organisational behaviour, human resources management, marketing, supply chain management, and operations management. By the end of your first year, you won’t just have a firm foundation of your chosen subject, you’ll understand all the key disciplines of business. Throughout your future career you are likely to work closely with these disciplines so this understanding is extremely valuable – being able to communicate with and understand other disciplines is a crucial part of management accounting. And should you discover during your first year that your true passion lies with one of these other subjects, you are welcome to change pathways in order to focus on it – an option roughly 25% of our students take advantage of.

Year 2

After exploring all the essentials of business in your first year, you’ll move on to core modules in management and accounting in your second year. You’ll also choose optional modules from any of those offered by NBS. This means you can start to tailor your expertise to your interests and the goals you have for after graduation.

Year 3

In your third year you’ll take just one core module in management and accounting. The rest of your modules will be optional and can be chosen from any of those offered by NBS. This means you can continue to specialise according to your career aspirations. For example you might choose to give your studies an international flavour by choosing International Financial Services and International Business. Or you could focus on the UK by taking modules focused on UK tax and auditing. The annual NBS Module Fair will help you choose the right options for you. Some third year options are only available if you’ve taken specific second year modules, but we can advise you on this.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching

Throughout your degree you will hone your skills and build your knowledge through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops.

All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience. That means you benefit from the latest thinking in the industry. Business is ever-changing, so you won’t just learn to understand, evaluate and utilise the leading theories of today, you’ll also develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use any new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career.

Independent study

You will also learn through self-directed study – a skill that’s highly prized by employers. You’ll undertake IT lab work, using online resources to practice text book questions. You’ll also have the option to take part in various projects, including solving a live business problem for a real company. In addition you can choose to enhance your studies by getting involved in the various student-led, extracurricular business related societies.

Team work and communication

During your first year and some of your second and third year modules you will work alongside students from other NBS degrees. This will build your teamwork and communication skills, as well as helping you gain insight into other business disciplines. To be a successful management accountant, you need more than technical know-how. You need to be able to communicate your findings and ideas to non-specialists and those without an accounting or financial background. Working alongside other NBS students during your degree is a great way to develop this skill. We also attract students from the UK and all over the world, so the relationships you build here will also be great practice if you aspire to an international career, or to working for a multi-national company.

Guest speakers

During your time at UEA you’ll have the chance to gain unique perspectives from leading industry figures, with opportunities to hear guest speakers from the business world, including UEA alumni. Past speakers from Goldman Sachs, PwC and EY have given students valuable insights into the transition from student to business life, sharing their unique experiences and advice about how to succeed in business.

Employability

Your career is our priority, and employability is embedded in our degrees in all sorts of innovative ways, from guest speakers from industry and projects with real businesses, to accreditations and exemptions from key professional bodies, to our flagship Employability Week. During this annual event you can meet potential employers and speak to successful UEA alumni about how they got where they are now.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through a mix of course or online tests, coursework, group and individual presentations and writtenexams. The balance is approximately 80 per cent written exam and 20 per cent coursework, depending on the optional modules you choose.

Study abroad or Placement Year

Choose BSc Accounting and Management with a Year Abroad and spend your third year abroad before returning to UEA for your final year. You can choose from several European universities, or go further afield to one of our partner institutions in Australia, North America or Asia. A year abroad is a unique, fulfilling experience that will help you develop skills that you’ll use throughout your career, and that are coveted by employers.

After the course

In an ever-changing and increasingly complex world one thing is certain, Norwich Business School is where great business careers begin. Our degrees have a proven track record of leading to successful careers in accounting, management and financial services.

After the course you could go on to work as a management accountant, a company accountant, or in planning and costing. Later in your career you might progress to financial director or even CEO. You’ll also be well prepared to start your own business, or to take your family business to new heights.

You could work in any number of industries, from manufacturing, to retail, to the service industries, media, arts, entertainment, sport and more, at multinational and major companies such as Sky, Unilever, Manchester United and British Airways. All businesses need to be able to make decisions based on financial information, so the list is endless.   

We have alumni working at most of the major accounting firms nationally, as well as numerous local firms.

Graduate Trainee Management Scheme

After you graduate you could secure a nine-month paid graduate trainee placement as part of our Graduate Trainee Management Scheme (GTMS). Created in partnership with local employers, every year the GTMS features a number of exciting placements that are ring-fenced for our graduates. Our best students are then put forward for those positions. This is your chance to gain industry experience in a salaried position. Placements often lead to employment, so it’s also a chance to kick start your career. All students that are eligible to work in the UK and meet a certain level of academic achievement during their studies are eligible to apply for the GTMS.

Career destinations

Career destinations related to your degree include:

  • Management accountant
  • Company accountant
  • Senior manager
  • Financial director
  • CEO

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of additional course-related costs.

Accreditation

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

The current period of accreditation runs from 1.1.2018 to 31.12.2020

We would expect to apply for renewal of accreditation at the end of this period.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

The accreditation agreement between the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and University of East Anglia has been extended indefinitely and will not expire.

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

We are recognised Partners in Learning with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales and our students receive Credit for Prior Learning (exemption) from some professional examinations.

Course Modules 2019/0

Year 2

When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module.

Compulsory Modules ( 80 credits)

 
Description Credits
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 20
MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 20
OPERATIONS STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT 20
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 20

Options Range A

This is your Defined Option Range choice.
Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT 20
BUSINESS AND COMPANY LAW 20
QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS 20
BUSINESS ETHICS 20
BUSINESS FINANCE 20
DIGITAL MARKETING AND THE SERVICE ECONOMY 20
EMPLOYABILITY, CREATIVITY AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 20
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 20
PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT 20
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS 20
AUDITING AND ASSURANCE 20

Year 3

When selecting modules from an option range, please ensure that you satisfy the rule requirements to take that module i.e. having taken a pre-requisite module.

Compulsory Modules ( 20 credits)

 
Description Credits
ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING 20

Options Range A


Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 20
PERSONAL AND CORPORATE TAXATION 20
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES 20
FINANCIAL MODELLING 20
INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT 20
PROFESSIONAL VALUES 20

Options Range B


Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR 20
BUILDING STRENGTHS AT WORK 20
STRATEGIC BRAND MANAGEMENT 20
ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS 20

Options Range C

Students are required to choose a further 40 credits from the choice of modules included in the Options Range below, where the module has not already been selected under Option Range A or B.
Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING 20
PERSONAL AND CORPORATE TAXATION 20
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES 20
FINANCIAL MODELLING 20
CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR 20
STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT 20
INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT 20
BUILDING STRENGTHS AT WORK 20
STRATEGIC BRAND MANAGEMENT 20
ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS 20
COMPETITION AND CONSUMER POLICY FOR MANAGERS 20
PROFESSIONAL VALUES 20

Options Range D


Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

 
Description Credits
FURTHER MATHEMATICS 20
INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGEMENT 20
BUSINESS AND COMPANY LAW 20
BUSINESS ETHICS 20
BUSINESS FINANCE 20
DIGITAL MARKETING AND THE SERVICE ECONOMY 20
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 20
PRACTICAL LAW FOR MANAGEMENT 20
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS 20
AUDITING AND ASSURANCE 20
MEDIA, GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE 20
POWER AND SOCIETY 20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

Year 2 entry will be assessed by Norwich Business School at UEA on a case by case basis.  Year 2 entry will also be considered by reviewing previous studies alongside our minimum Year 1 entry requirements. 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

UK and Overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students 

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

FURTHER INFORMATION  

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

 

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