Accounting and Physics 

(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 Physics.

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

UCAS code: NF43

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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.

For the Physics element of the course, you will learn to apply mathematics and computing to formulate and solve a wide range of physical problems. You’ll use mathematics to describe the physical world, and learn to plan and conduct investigations before reporting your results. Your course will be informed by the research interests of your teaching staff: primarily astrophysics and condensed matter physics. Regular laboratory sessions will enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and acquire specialist techniques, but you’ll also develop invaluable transferable skills such as communication, IT and interpersonal skills. We operate an open-door policy which enables you to have excellent and flexible access to staff to seek advice or feedback on your work.

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. 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. A Physics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers, which need not be directly related to physics. You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public services. You might work as a research scientist, medical physicist, software engineer, geophysicist or radiation practitioner, or you might branch out and become a science writer, chartered accountant, patent lawyer, IT consultant or air traffic controller. Many graduates go on to study at master’s or doctorate level.

Indicative modules

First Year

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

Options Include:

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

Second Year

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics 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
  • Physics Projects
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Particle Physics and Accelerators
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Plasma of Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Physics of Compact Objects
  • Physics Dissertation
  • Life in the Universe
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Polymer Physics
  • Physics of the Interstellar Medium
  • Management Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Audit Framework

Options Include:

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


Leigh-Anne Hawkins

Leigh-Anne Hawkins

"The lecturers are friendly, kind and helpful and add to the community atmosphere of the university"

Accounting and Finance, 2017