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

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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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.

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Accounting - Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Accounting achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.
Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Accounting optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

Astrophysics -  A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Astrophysics modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

60

0

0

0

0

3*

30

30

30

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Accounting Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Accounting Principles MAN-10015*3

15

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100261*

15

   

Business Law LAW-10027*

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025*

15

   

Management in Context MAN-100182

15

   

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028*

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900038

15

       

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Financial Accounting MAN-100244 *

15

Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027*5 6

15

   

Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives MAN-100237

15

   

Economics of Financial Markets ECO-10017*

15

Notes:

(*) counts towards accreditation (see annex B)

  1. This module is compulsory for anyone who does not have A Level Maths (or equivalent). The module cannot be taken by anyone who already had A Level Maths (or equivalent)
  2. Required if want to take Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising (MAN-20093) in year 2
  3. Required for Financial Accounting MAN-10024 and Cost and Management Accounting MAN-20049
  4. Prerequisite Accounting Principles MAN-10015
  5. Prerequisite either A Level Maths (or equivalent) OR Quantitative Methods 1 (ECO-10026)
  6. Required if you wish to take Statistics with Bloomberg and/or Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042 in year 2
  7. Live company project recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  8. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Astrophysics Year 1 (Level 4)

At level 4, Physics and Astrophysics students require a common knowledge and skills base. Therefore, many of the modules taught at level 4 are common to Physics and Astrophysics disciplines. You will study FOUR lecture-based modules of core Astrophysics.

 

The lecture-based modules are supported by problem classes and assessed problem sheets with an end of semester examination in each. These modules also include lectures, problems classes and tutorials in mathematics, and laboratory classes, which are an essential part of Astrophysics. The module descriptors provide detailed synopses of each module with suggested study reading and are available on the KLE.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity

15

None

 

Nature of Matter

15

   

Oscillations and Waves

15

   

Electricity and Stellar Structure

15

   

 

 

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Accounting Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Cost and Management Accounting MAN-20049*1

15

Asset Pricing ECO-20041

15

   

Statistics with Bloomberg 2 3

15

   

Professional Development MAN-200904

15

   

Banking ECO-20045

15

   

Taxation MAN-20052*

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900037

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900048

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

 Intermediate Financial Accounting MAN-20051*

15

Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042*5

15

   

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-200936

15

   

Corporate Governance and  Social Responsibility MAN-20082*

15

Notes:

(*) counts towards accreditation (See Annex B)

  1. Prerequisite Accounting Principles MAN-10015
  2. Prerequisite Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027
  3. Required for those wishing to take Introduction to Econometrics ECO-20042
  4. Recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  5. Prerequisite Statistics with Bloomberg and Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027
  6. Prerequisite Management in Context MAN-10018
  7. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  8. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

Astrophysics Year 2 (Level 5)

At level 5 you continue to be taught the fundamentals of Physics. Modules are common to Physics and Astrophysics in the first semester of the second year, but diverge significantly from the second semester of the second year onwards. In the first semester you take an Optics Laboratory and a short series of classes in developing your mathematical skills. In the second semester you take an Astrophysics laboratory.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Quantum Mechanics

15

None

 

Optics and Thermodynamics

15

   

Statistical mechanics and Solid State Physics

15

   

Stellar Astrophysics

15

   



Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

 

Accounting Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Management Accounting MAN-30045*

15

Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048

15

   

Advanced Financial Reporting MAN-30041*

15

   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900041

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900052

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Advanced Management Accounting MAN-30046*

15

The Audit Framework MAN-30039*

15

   

Analysing Company Performance (ISP) MAN-30064

15

Note:

(*) counts towards accreditation (See Annex B)

  1. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  2. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Astrophysics Year 3 (Level 6)

At level 6, you complete a group research project and follow one compulsory module plus two optional core modules of your choice from a list of available modules.

Compulsory Core modules

Credits

Optional core modules

Credits

Group Project and Science Communication

15

Cosmology

15

Electromagnetism

15

Physics of the Interstellar Medium

15

   

The Physics of Compact Objects

15

   

Quantum Physics of Atoms and Molecules

15

   

Polymer Physics

15

   

Particle Physics and Accelerators

15

   

Binary Stars and Extrasolar Planets

15

   

Life in the Universe

15

   

Computational Methods in Physics and Astrophysics

15

   

Data Analysis and Model testing

15

   

The Physics of Galaxies

15

   

Quantum Mechanics II

15

   

Physics of Fluids

15

   

Atmospheric Physics

15

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Accounting in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 
   

choose a minimum of one of the following:

 

Management Accounting MAN-30045*

15

Risk Management with Derivatives ECO-30048

15

Advanced Financial Reporting MAN-30041*

15

SME Live Project

15

   

Corporate Finance ECO-30039

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900041

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900052

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Advanced Management Accounting MAN-30046*

15

International Finance ECO-30037

15

Analysing Company Performance (ISP) MAN-30064

15

   

Audit Framework MAN-30039*

15

   

 

Notes:

(*) counts towards accreditation (See Annex B)

  1. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  2. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Accounting.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

 

If you choose to specialise in Astrophysics in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory Core modules

Credits

Optional core modules

Credits

Group Project and Science Communication

15

Cosmology

15

Electromagnetism

15

Physics of the Interstellar Medium

15

Dissertation

15

The Physics of Compact Objects

15

   

Quantum Physics of Atoms and Molecules

15

   

Polymer Physics

15

   

Particle Physics and Accelerators

15

   

Binary Stars and Extrasolar Planets

15

   

Life in the Universe

15

   

Computational Methods in Physics and Astrophysics

15

   

Data Analysis and Model testing

15

   

The Physics of Galaxies

15

   

Quantum Mechanics II

15

   

Physics of Fluids

15

   

Atmospheric Physics

15

   

Plasma Physics

15

 

You may, in addition to modules listed, include in level 6 of your Astrophysics course one suitable programme approved elective module from another Principal Course, provided that you are not taking the Principal Course from which that module is derived as part of your Combined Honours combination.

 

You will find that in teaching you we put emphasis on problem solving. This occurs in examples classes where you solve practice problems in Astrophysics in class with staff to assist you, in laboratory teaching where you will be expected to address practical problems and in your directed work for assessment. You are encouraged to call upon module leaders and the director of study for guidance. The academic staff will be willing to see you at almost any time and you will have one-to-one progress interviews each semester. The teaching team will monitor your progress and we will contact you if we find that you are not achieving all that you should and advise you on how to improve.

 

You will benefit from a flexible approach to learning the mathematical skills that are essential to the learning and application of Astrophysics. You will find that the classes on mathematics in level 4 are presented in a series of blocks. An assessment test is taken at the end of the class blocks. You will also attend supplementary supporting tutorials in mathematics.

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az

 

 








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