International Accountancy (Top-up) BA(Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18, 2019-20)

From corporate reporting to management accounting, we put accountancy into a global context to enhance your chances of an international career.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018


1 year full-time



Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472956

About the course

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.

You’ll look at 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 include audit framework, strategic management, investment management and tax framework.

Our Accountancy courses give you a great opportunity to develop your employability skills as well as technical accounting knowledge which opens up a wide range of career opportunities.

Lynn Avison, Course Leader

Entry requirements

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

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

Overseas applicants and applicants from EU countries whose first language is not English will be required to hold IELTS minimum score of 6.0, or equivalent.

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. The Business School provides you with a modern, professional environment in which 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.

Watch our profile video to hear Danielle describe why he chose the University of Huddersfield.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Advanced Management Accounting

This module examines advanced topics in management accounting, focusing on its role in providing relevant information for strategic planning, decision-making, budgetary control and performance management. The module has a clear focus on cost management and the large business enterprise, and considers recent developments in relation to the integration of cost accounting with modern manufacturing techniques, supply chain management within and between business enterprises.

International Business

This module considers the fundamental issue of competitiveness and helps you to consider a strategic perspective on globalisation. You'll explore the benefits of location (such as costs, consumer preferences and technology) and the internationalisation of business through the impact of multinationals and global supply chains. In term 2 you'll focus on international business functions such as marketing and human resources.

Option modules:

Choose three from a list which may include -

Audit Framework

Auditing is an integral part of accountability, governance and the management of risk within organisations. This module examines the audit process and gives you the opportunity to gain analytical skills and insight into professional judgement and scepticism.

Strategic Management

This module highlights the role of strategic management in organisations and helps make you aware of the key strategic management approaches that assist managers in delivering both short and long term aims, goals and objectives for the organisation. It is underpinned by theory that then provides a tool kit for strategic analysis and demonstrates how this can aid management teams make business decisions in today’s complex and turbulent environments.

Corporate Finance

You will have an opportunity to extend and develop your knowledge of financial management through an examination of the theory of business finance and its contribution to financial decision making. The module introduces the environment of financial decision-making, involving corporate objectives, the role of the finance function and the importance and functioning of the capital markets.

Investment and Portfolio Management

You will have an opportunity to study investment analysis and portfolio management, using an innovative experiential learning environment – “The Portfolio Game”. This providing you with the opportunity for personal development whilst developing a critical appreciation of the features of managing a successful investment portfolio.

Tax Framework

The module aims to ensure that you’ll develop a good working knowledge of income tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax, including relevant computations and provision of basic advice. In addition, the module introduces you to value added tax and aims to help you develop a broad understanding of the role of taxation in the UK economy.

Advanced Corporate Reporting

You will have an opportunity to expand your knowledge from previous studies of corporate reporting, with regard to conceptual understanding and more detailed application of knowledge of current reporting practices for individual companies and groups of companies.

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used including lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, directed study and project work. Assessment will vary depending on the module focus and outcomes and may include examinations, group or individual presentations, essays or reports, and time constrained assignments.

If you are concerned about adapting to study at university level, then our Learning Development Group, (LDG) based in the Huddersfield Business School building offers a dedicated service helping our students to improve their academic skills in areas such as presentations skills, time-management, academic reading, referencing or academic writing, research for essay preparation and how to prepare effectively for examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your Career

We know you're coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you're here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

* Whilst this is a top-up course and therefore there are no graduate statistics for this specific course, 87% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

87%Graduates employed*

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.

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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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