Overview and entry requirements
This BSc Accounting and Finance programme is ideal for students whose ambition is to pursue a career in accounting, banking, investments, auditing, taxation, and other finance-related strategic roles in business.
You will learn how to analyse financial statements, how to critically evaluate investment opportunities, how to design financial plans, and how to make strategic decisions in the areas of accounting, banking, finance and investments.
Our teaching offers you exceptional insights into financial institutions and markets in London and other major cities in the world. In addition, we offer specialist knowledge of financial and management systems in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia and the Middle East – something that will set you apart from graduates of other universities that normally focus on the analysis of Europe and the Americas.
By joining this programme, you will become a member of the world-leading Centre for Global Finance at SOAS University of London and participate in high-profile events and weekly seminars. This will provide you the opportunity to exchange ideas with leading scholars, practitioners and policy makers who shape local and global developments today.
See School of Finance and Management
Why study BSc Accounting and Finance at SOAS
- 5th in UK for graduate employability (Guardian League Tables 2021)
- we are ranked 2 in London and 11 in the UK for Business and Management by the Guardian University League Tables 2019
- we are the hub of bespoke professors in accounting and finance, who have extensive academic and practitioner experiences in banking, investments, industry, and A-list International Organisations
- this programme is accredited by CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants giving you eight exemptions upon successful completion of this degree entering the CIMA Qualification at the Management Level.
- we have the Centre for Global Finance (CGF), a world-leading research centre in finance, which hosts cutting-edge research projects that involve students and a global network of experts in generating innovative solutions to real-time challenges
Obtain real-world skills, right here in London, the global financial hub
- you will be equipped with skills, competencies and capabilities to prepare you for professional tasks in key areas such as: financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, financial reporting, auditing, and taxation
- on successful completion of the BSc Accounting and Finance programme, students may apply for exemption from respective modules of ACCA and CIMA professional accounting qualifications, supported by testimonials provided by our leading professors
- SOAS is in close proximity to the City of London, the leading financial centre in the world, with 75% of the top global companies based in the city, 100% of leading financial institutions represented, and 200 + foreign banks
Benefit from language support and diverse optional modules
- we are proud of our specialists in the delivery of languages, well over one hundred years
- your command of a language at SOAS will give you competitive advantage in global job market
- you will be able to flexibly structure your programme using our programme optional modules and/or our open options modules from other departments
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings
Start of programme: September
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- Subjects Preferred: Applicants without A-level Maths (or equivalent) must have a minimum of Grade B in GCSE Maths
- A Levels:
- GCSE Maths B (grade 6 in the new structure)
- 35 (665 at HL)
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Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
Scottish Highers: AAABB
Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
Euro Bacc: 80%
French Bacc: 14/20
German Abitur: 2.0
Italy DES: 80/100
Austria Mat: 2.0
Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects
- 3 years
Fees for 2021/22 entrants per academic year
- UK fees:
- Overseas fees:
Please note that fees go up each year. Further details see 'Fees and funding' (tab on this page) or the Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.
Students take 120 credits each year.
The programme has been designed so that second and third year modules build on modules taken in first year.
PLUS Choose two 15 credit or one 30 credit modules to be selected from List A below.
List of modules (subject to availability)
List A - Year 2
List B - Year 3
The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.
Teaching & Learning
In the School of Finance and Management, the modules draw from real life business experience and cutting-edge research.
Most undergraduate modules have a one or two-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar every week. Lectures and seminars are often taken by different professors in order to provide a variety of angles on the subject. The majority of the student’s time will be through their own independent study. Students become more active in class through their reading and essay-writing and should greatly enhance their participation in discussion groups.
The Independent Study Project (ISP)
The ISP is usually taken by final-year students only. Its aim is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct original historical research on their own initiative, to engage in in-depth analysis of particular subjects and to use a range of primary historical sources. It is assessed by a single 10,000-word dissertation (including notes but excluding bibliography).
SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.
Fees for 2021/22 entrants per academic year
BA, BSc, LLB
|BA/BSc Language year abroad
Please note that fees go up each year.
For full details of undergraduate tuition fees, see our Registry's undergraduate tuition fees page.
For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section
Graduates will have a firm grasp of accounting and financial management disciplines that should place them in a good position to pursue a career in accounting, banking, auditing, investments, taxation and other finance-related strategic roles in business. Students who attain a first or upper second class degree will be well-placed to embark on postgraduate study. The School of Finance and Management Studies maintains close links with employers in the United Kingdom and its focus regions; the Centre for Global Finance has solid international links with multinational firms, governments and multilateral financial institutions.
SOAS BSc Accounting and Finance graduates have taken up work in a wide range of organisations including:
- Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
- Euro Monitor International
- HM Treasury
- Western Securities Co. Ltd
Types of roles SOAS Accounting and Finance graduates gain include:
- Trainee Chartered Accountant
- Business Relationship Manager
- Financial Analyst
- Investment Banker
- Market Research Executive
- Management Consultant
- Foreign Exchange Trading Business Manager
- Deputy Chief Executive Officer
- Events Manager
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A Student's Perspective
Erum Abdullah Al-Howaish
It is only at SOAS is where you would find your Jamaican friends enjoying listening to classic Arabic music at the student’s union, the Japanese classmates enthusiastically taking part at the African societies’ activities, and prayer rooms where students from different faiths would gather in one place in full peace.