Accounting and Mathematics 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Develop your business and accounting acumen as well as your mathematical problem-solving skills.

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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3 years/ 4 years with international or placement year

UCAS code: NG41

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Course Overview

You will learn to use maths to develop precise and logical arguments, construct rigorous proofs and formulate solutions to new problems. You will also learn about the design and use of accounting systems and how they are affected by individuals, organisations, markets and society.

Our computer laboratories, equipped with Sage accounting software provides you with the opportunity to interact with real world data and situations. Should you choose to build on this practical experience you could opt to take a placement year between years two and three of your studies. Blending theory with practice, the placement increases your awareness of real world organisations and helps develop skills which are much sought-after in the graduate job market.

What will this mean for my future?

The study of accounting and mathematics helps you to take a novel approach to problem solving, make critical interpretations of data and text and to demonstrate a theoretical and practical knowledge of the use of professional accounting software programmes. Accounting has one of the highest graduate employment rates and combining this with the logical thinking skills of a mathematician means you will be able to find employment in a wide range of sectors. Your chosen career path could be as diverse as finance, data analytics, chartered management or certified accountant, medical statistics or management consultancy. You might also decide to continue on to study for a postgraduate qualification in accounting or mathematics.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Accounting Principles
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Business Law
  • Investigations and Problem Solving
  • Financial Accounting

Second Year

  • Differential Equations
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Complex Variable and Vector Calculus
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Abstract Algebra

Third Year

  • Management Accounting
  • Professional Mathematics
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Medical Statistics
  • The Audit Framework
  • Perturbation Methods

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.

 

Mathematics - 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. Combined Honours Mathematics students must study 60 Mathematics credits in each academic year. This document has information about Mathematics 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

15

45

45

0

0

3*

0

60

60

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.

 

Mathematics Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Algebra

30

None

 

Calculus

30

   

 

 

 

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

 

 

Mathematics Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Differential Equations

15

Probability

15

   

Analysis I

15

   

Computational Mathematics

15

   

Complex Variable I and Vector Calculus

15

   

Dynamics

15

   

Mathematical Modelling

15

   

Abstract Algebra

15

   

Analysis II

15

   

Introduction to Mathematics Education

15

   

Optional Modules: in each semester students take two 15-credit modules

 

 

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.

 

 

Mathematics Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Nonlinear Differential Equations

15

Linear Algebra

15

Partial Differential Equations

15

Complex Variable II

15

Group Theory

15

Waves

15

Number Theory

15

Medical Statistics

15

Professional Mathematics

15

Mathematical Biology

15

Applied Time Series

15

Ring and Field Theory

15

Linear Statistical Models

15

Codes and Cryptography

15

Metric Spaces and Topology

15

Introduction to Mathematics Teaching     

15

Graph Theory

15

Project

15

Fluid Mechanics

15

Medical Statistics Project

30

Optional Modules: students normally choose two 15-credit modules in each semester. The choice will depend on any timetabling restrictions and will be subject to the student having met the necessary prerequisites. Some modules may not be available every year.

 

 

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.

 

 

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








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