Accounting and Astrophysics 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Accounting and Astrophysics.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
Placement year
3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: NF45

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Course Overview

During the Accounting element of the course, you will study accounting theory and practice and gain practical experience in the use of a range of professional tools such as Bloomberg and Sage in our dedicated computer laboratory enabling you to interact with real world data. You will learn how to prepare, analyse and interpret accounting data and can choose to enhance this practical experience by taking an industrial placement year between years two and three of your studies. Typical modules covered on the course include accounting principles, financial accounting, taxation, management accounting and advanced financial reporting.

During the Astrophysics element of the course, you will learn to formulate and tackle problems in astrophysics – from below the level of the atomic nucleus to astronomical scales. Astrophysics is active wherever the laws of physics are being tested to the limit – and beyond. Keele will help you to use astronomical observations, mathematical models and computer simulation to develop theories explaining some of the most complex phenomena. You’ll develop your mathematics and computing skills, and apply them to solving a range of problems in the laboratory and beyond (you’ll have access to Keele’s own on-site observatory). We operate an open-door policy, which enables you to have excellent and flexible access to staff to seek advice or feedback on their work. This course is enriched by our research interests and international collaborative research programmes. This combined course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey.

An Astrophysics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers, which need not be directly related to astrophysics. You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public services, including teaching, health and finance. Many employers recognise that the versatility and flexibility of astrophysics means that graduates possess a wide range of very valuable skills, from independent and critical thinking to the solving of sophisticated problems.

Accounting has one of the highest employment rates and with the increasing internationalisation of business and the capital markets, you will have extensive opportunities. You might work as a chartered accountant, chartered certified accountant, chartered public finance accountant or chartered management accountant. Or you might work as a commodities trader, stockbroker, management consultant, banker, financial or tax advisor or insurance broker, or go on to study at master’s or PhD level.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity
  • Nature of Matter
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Electricity and Stellar Structure
  • Accounting Principles
  • Business Law
  • Financial Accounting

Options Include:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives

Second Year

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • Statistical Mechanisms and Solid State Physics
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting

Options Include:

  • Taxation
  • Professional Development
  • Statistics with Bloomberg
  • Banking
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Portfolio Choice

Third Year

  • Electromagnetism
  • Astrophysics Project and Communication Skills
  • Cosmology
  • Astrophysics Dissertation
  • Particle Physics and Accelerators
  • Physics of Compact Objects
  • Binary Stars and Exoplanet
  • Life in the Universe
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Physics of the Interstellar Medium
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Plasma Physics
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Management Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Audit Framework

Options Include:

  • Analysing Company Performance ISP
  • Data Analysis ISP
  • Advanced Management Accounting


Laurence El-Belbol

Laurence El-Belbol

"I enjoyed the accounting modules, their real world application and the additional training such as Bloomberg Market Concepts."

Accounting and Finance, 2017