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International Accountancy (Top-up) BA(Hons)

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

Start date

19 September 2022

9 January 2023

Duration

Up to 10 months full-time

Places available (subject to change)

50

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. You'll benefit from working with students from across the globe, growing your cultural awareness and network.
  2. Our staff rank in the top three in England for the proportion who hold doctorates, who have higher degrees, and hold teaching qualifications (HESA 2022).
  3. We are second in the country for National Teaching Fellowships, which mark the UK’s best lecturers in Higher Education, winning a total of 18 since 2008.

Why International Accountancy?

A qualification in Accountancy could help you find employment not just with businesses in the UK but with global businesses too. This one-year top up course puts traditional accountancy into a global context. It could be ideal if you’ve already studied accounting and want to explore contemporary issues in an international setting.

If you’re going to be an accountant in the UK or abroad it’s vital you understand how organisations are financed and managed. That’s what’s at the core of our degree. We’ll give you invaluable insights into how international companies are run, and then give you the chance to specialise in particular areas.

How will I learn?

You will learn through practical application and delivered lectures, workshops, seminars and group work sessions.

  • Here at Huddersfield, you'll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We've been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally qualified teaching staff for three years running.*
  • You’ll be able to connect with leading accounting firms thanks to our Partners in Accountancy scheme.

What subjects will you cover?

You’ll look at Advanced Management Accounting and International Business. At the start of the year you’ll be able to choose the optional modules that interest you to build your own career path. Options may include subjects such as Strategy in Context, Investment Management and Tax Framework.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017 and 2018.

Course detail

Core modules:

Performance Management

This module introduces you to the subject of taxation, covering the underlying principles and technical computations required for the main taxes that affect the activities of individuals and businesses within the UK. The module also introduces the economic aspects of tax with a view to providing you with a broad understanding of fiscal policy in the UK.

International Business

This module considers the fundamental issue of competitiveness and helps you consider strategic business responses to globalisation. You’ll explore the different types of international business operations (international trade and foreign direct investment activities) and the factors that shape these operations (organisational resources and cultural and institutional environments in different national markets). You’ll also learn to make practical strategic decisions as international managers.

Option modules:

Choose four from a list which may include -

Principles of Taxation

This module introduces you to the subject of taxation, covering the underlying principles and technical computations required for the main taxes that affect the activities of individuals and businesses within the UK. The module also introduces the economic aspects of tax with a view to providing you with a broad understanding of fiscal policy in the UK.

Strategy in Context

In this module you’ll gain an understanding of how organisations develop their strategies in relation to different aspects of their environment. You’ll study how both the internal context (e.g. organisational structure, routines and resources) and external context (e.g. institutional systems, industry structures and competition) shape organisational activities and the strategic decisions that individual managers make.

Monetary and Financial Framework

This module examines contemporary and policy issues in Monetary Theory, Monetary Policy and International Finance. You’ll have the opportunity to analyse the impact of different types of risk and uncertainty in money and finance and use appropriate theory to help decide the financial methods to avoid or reduce risk.

Principles of Audit

This module examines the audit process enabling you to gain an understanding of the nature and purpose of auditing and assurance which is essential to the function and sustainability of financial markets and fundamental for accountable organisations. You’ll gain analytical skills and have the opportunity to apply these through the use of case studies.

Investment,Portfolio And Risk Management

This module looks at investment analysis and portfolio management using an innovative experiential learning environment – “The Portfolio Game.” You’ll have the opportunity to learn about financial markets, recognise the measure and value of the risk and return and be aware of the relationships between them and be aware of the opportunities and dangers offered by international diversification, alongside learning about the available hedging techniques of managing a successful investment portfolio.

Accounting Regulation and Governance

This module seeks to introduce and develop your ability to critically evaluate a wide of range of concepts, principles, theories, mechanisms, reforms, regulations and to research. The module will use case studies and in-depth analysis of ‘real’ companies to develop your understanding of governance practices and the various ways in which accounting regulation can be manifest through reporting. The module looks at the the inter-relationship between accounting regulation, its impact on reporting and governance and how these are being influenced by current world events, including sustainability and environmental factors.

Management Science Applications

This module covers the quantitative aspects of managerial decision making that are of particular value to accountants. You’ll be introduced to methods for problem structuring, model building and problem solving. Widely used quantitative techniques are practised, to assess the robustness, validity, applicability and limitation of solutions using up-to-date computer software.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally one of the following:

  • A Foundation degree or 120 ECTS in the accountancy/finance area.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Entry qualification from outside the UK should meet the equivalent of 240 credits (120 ECTS) and The National Academic Recognition Information Centre can provide information on the comparability of these.

Applicants holding professional accountancy examination passes (or exemptions) may apply. Equivalence to 240 credits (120 ECTS) being obtained would need to be demonstrated.

What our students have to say


The University of Huddersfield offers a diverse and vibrant student environment, located on one central town centre campus site. Huddersfield Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment to learn and develop, located right next to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal it's in a leafy and picturesque location at the heart of the campus.

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Your Career


The University's Business School has an excellent record in business education and our courses offer you a wide variety of career opportunities. You’ll be attractive to employers as you’ll understand how organisations operate and how they are financed, whether you wish to work in the private, public or voluntary sectors.

Previous graduates from the Department of Accountancy and Finance have gone on to roles such as Accounts Assistant, Graduate schemes and Management Accountant in organisations including Pentagon Vauxhall, HSBC Commercial Banking, Teale Services AT Ltd and BJA Refrigeration.**

 

* Percentage of graduates from this subject who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19, UK domiciled graduates).

**Source: LinkedIn

80% Graduates employed from this subject*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Within Huddersfield Business School, there are numerous student support services that you can access to ensure that you make the most of your time with us. In terms of academic support, we have highly qualified Academic Skills Tutors who are able to provide support to those of you who require help in improving your academic skills in areas such as academic writing, presentation techniques, referencing etc. We also offer additional support to our International students by giving free language support sessions to our Final Year/Top-Up and Postgraduate students and co-ordinate the ‘Bud In Hud ‘ programme which provides opportunities for both International and Home students to meet and socialise in an informal setting.

We also have a team of Student Guidance and Support Officers within the School who can provide support and advice to you with any non-academic issues such as health issues, financial problems or personal issues, you may be facing which are having an effect on your ability to study to the best of your abilities. Drop in sessions are always available so you can pop in and have a confidential chat about how we can help and what support is available to you.

Our support services are here to ensure that you are able to achieve your academic, professional and personal potential during your time with Huddersfield Business School.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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