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Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

The Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics is one of the largest  such departments in the UK  with 50 members of staff. We deliver a comprehensive suite of programmes at  undergraduate, professional and post graduate level. Programmes are delivered for both  private and public stakeholders. Our goal is to put ourselves in our stakeholder’s position to be able to understand their needs. We aim to add value to our stakeholders through our knowledge and expertise.

Inside the economics,finance and professional services industry, we have played a key part in ground breaking programme developments, and the design of new teaching and learning methods. Through our leadership and advisory role in professional organisations we are in an ideal position to deliver ‘first and best’ information education and advice. We are closely connected with bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales,(ICAEW) the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Institute of Financial Planning. We also currently work with PWC and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

Global growth, the economic environment and resource scarcity are putting new resource pressures on universities. The education sector is in the spotlight as students, companies and governments grapple with issues such as value for money, resource restraint and affordability.

The Department works with companies and stakeholders both locally and in many parts of the world and has been instrumental in many major developments that have and will shape the nature of  education in the future. Our role is to assist in raising stakeholder value, be it fee paying students or corporate clients.
The Department offers a strong and reliable network of dedicated experts. Our goal is to help our stakeholders add value, to develop their academic and professional expertise and to ensure, in an immensely challenging and changing environment, that all stakeholder expectations are met.

Professor Chris Pyke
Associate Dean and Head of Department

Specialist undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

The Department focuses on delivering professionally based education to various stakeholders. We are able to deploy trusted professionals with unparalleled knowledge of business, industry insight, and technology skills, as well as financial and accounting expertise. Our courses place our stakeholders at the leading edge of knowledge.
Undergraduate Programmes

BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degrees are designed for those who are interested either in a career in the accounting profession or who wish to develop the expertise to analyse business activities from a financial perspective. The programmes attract extensive exemptions from a number of professional accountancy bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

There is also sandwich degree programme which offers a one year work placement in the third year which presents a further opportunity to develop work-based skills and to gain a deeper understanding of finance, accounting and management theory in practice.
BA Professional Accounting

This part-time degree programme, developed in partnership with AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) provides an accelerated route to achieving the AAT and ACA professional qualifications, a BA (Hons) degree and a Masters award.

During the programme you will have the opportunity to achieve:

  • AAT Diploma in Accounting Level 4
  • ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB)
  • BA (Hons) Professional Accounting
  • ACA from ICAEW
  • MSc Professional Accounting.

BA Sustainable Performance Management

Manchester Metropolitan University and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants have teamed up to link professional qualifications to a fast-track university degree. Students can top up their accountancy exams to gain the degree award .

BA (Hons) Financial Services, Planning and Management Degree

The BA (Hons) Financial Services ,Planning and Management degree has been designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the role and responsibilities of financial planners and to enhance the broad range of personal, academic and vocational skills that are in demand from employers in the financial services sector.

This programme will appeal to those seeking a career in the financial services sector or looking to further their career by attaining a degree level qualification. Past graduates have found employment in retail and merchant banking, insurance, financial planning, investment management or other finance-related organisations. The programme is accredited by the FSA and is run in a part time version was developed in conjunction with the Bank of New York Mellon

BA/BSc Economics

Initially, a common set of units establishes a broad knowledge base by developing the analytical, quantitative and study skills that you will need to apply your economics knowledge to the real world. This foundation enables you to pursue your revealed strengths and interests along one of the different routes in the second and third years of study. These routes include economics and finance,and business economics


MSc Accounting & Finance and Affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

MSc Accounting and Finance

These programmes offer dual awards of a professional ACCA qualification and a Masters degree, as students will study for ACCA Professional level papers concurrently with Masters units. Alternatively students may study the Masters programme first and then complete the ACCA examinations.

MSc Finance and Business

This programme is designed for individuals with a first degree in a business discipline, including some accounting and/or finance, who wish to develop their business management capability. The programme’s emphasis is on financial management in organisations, including management control, performance management, international financial systems and the reporting of corporate performance.

MSc Financial Planning and Wealth Management

This programme will help individuals to develop an understanding of the principles and practice of financial planning and wealth management. This will include important developments in risk management, regulation, ethics and applied behavioural finance techniques. Ideal if you are planning a career as a financial planner or wealth manager. The programme integrates conceptual understanding with key practical skills and provides a platform for entry into a developing professional field.

MSc Strategic Financial Management and Passed Finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

This programme offers a dual award of professional CIMA qualification and a Masters degree. You will study for CIMA Professional level papers concurrently with Masters units. Successful completion of CIMA will provide credit towards the Masters degree allowing both awards to be completed within 15 months.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Professional Qualification


ACCA Professional Stage

The ACCA qualification is intended for people wishing to qualify as an accountant within public practice or as an accountant in commerce, industry or the public sector. This ACCA Professional Stage full-time course allows students that have successfully completed or been granted exemptions by ACCA from papers F1 to F9 of the Fundamental Stage to complete the remainder of their ACCA professional examinations.

ACCA Fundamental Stage

We offer tuition for all subjects of the Association's examinations. You may choose day release, evening classes, or a mixture of both.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Professional Qualification


We offer tuition for all subjects of CIMA’s examinations. You may choose day release, evening classes, or a mixture of both.

We enjoy the highest level of accreditation from both CIMA and ACCA



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