Course options

There are other course options available which may have a different vacancy status or entry requirements – view the full list of options

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

Our BSc Finance with Accounting is a joint degree course which gives you the opportunity to acquire accounting skills as well as an extensive knowledge of the financial sector. This finance with accounting degree offers you a well-integrated interdisciplinary core, allowing you to obtain a broad and balanced perspective.  You will begin with basic training in principles of:

  • finance
  • financial reporting
  • management accounting.
Following that, you will gain expertise in the fields of:
  • corporate finance
  • taxation
  • auditing.
You will also be able to tailor your degree to your interests with a range of options in topics which may include portfolio management, behavioural economics and finance, financial markets and other accounting-related modules from the Department of Management.  Birkbeck’s BSc Finance with Accounting is suitable for anyone whose ambition is to work as a financial analyst in investment banks and other financial institutions, regulators or economic consultancies. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights
  • The course offers a well-integrated interdisciplinary core, allowing you to obtain a broad and balanced perspective, while the unique two-pathway structure allows you to tailor your studies and focus on either the technical or applied aspects of finance and accounting.
  • The Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics brings together research and teaching in economics, finance, mathematics and statistics in a single department, which creates significant interdisciplinary synergies.
  • Birkbeck was ranked in the top 25 universities in the UK for its Economics and Econometrics research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
  • You will be taught by academics who are professional practitioners in the world of economics and international finance, and who provide specialist advice and in-house training for government departments and City firms and banks.
  • For this course we offer 10 Goldman Sachs and Birkbeck Diversity Scholarships of £5,000 per year to full-time students with home fee status from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds. The scholarships provide additional opportunities to take part in events, mentoring with experienced professionals and networking.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in the financial sector, economics or accountancy. Possible professions include:
  • financial risk analyst
  • economist
  • statistician
  • chartered accountant.
We offer a comprehensive Careers Service - Birkbeck Futures - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

For most modules, you will do coursework and sit examinations. The relative weights of these components will vary from module to module and you will be given this information on the individual module syllabus/reading list. Coursework assignments will vary, but may include essays, problem-solving (modules involving quantitative techniques are likely to involve exercises designed to test your ability to apply these techniques to solve problems) and in-class and mid-term tests.


How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. Acceptance may be subject to an admissions test and/or interview.


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
70%
Student satisfaction
70%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
Go onto work and study

The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16020 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Finance with Accounting with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS