SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

BSc Accounting and Finance (2021 entry)

On-campus programme

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

  • Structure
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Employment


Overview and entry requirements 

This BSc Accounting and Finance programme is ideal for students whose ambition is to pursue a career in accounting, finance, 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.

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Why study BSc Accounting and Finance at SOAS

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  • 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 ACCA and CIMA – giving you exceptions from relevant modules of the ACCA and CIMA professional exams upon successful completion of this degree.
  • 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
ACCA Accredited Programme

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

Entry requirements

  • 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

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3 years




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. 

Year One
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Financial Accounting 1 151030002 15 Term 2
Management Accounting 1 151030047 15 Term 1
Business Law 151030031 15 Term 1
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Principles of Management 151030026 30 Full Year
Economic Principles (Macro) 155901494 15 Term 2
Economic Principles (Micro) 155901495 15 Term 1
Organisational Behaviour 151030025 15 Term 2
Year Two
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Management Accounting 2 151030007 15 Term 1
Corporate Finance 151030034 15 Term 2
Financial Accounting 2 151030033 15 Term 1
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Managerial economics 151030009 15 Term 1
Research Methods in Accounting and Finance 151030048 15 Term 2
FinTech for Accounting and Finance 151030042 15 Term 1

In addition to the above, modules to the value of 30 credits are selected from List A below. 

Year Three
Core Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Independent study project in international management 151030016 30 Full Year
Taxation 151030039 15 Term 2
Advanced Corporate Reporting 151030037 15 Term 1
Compulsory Modules
Module Code Credits Term
Financial strategy 151030012 15 Term 1
Financial Markets and Instruments 151030038 15 Term 1
Audit and Assurance 151030036 15 Term 2

In addition to the above, one 15 credit module is selected from List B below. 

List of modules (subject to availability)

List A - Year 2

Module Code Credits Term
Analysing Company Financial Statements 151030032 15 Term 2
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility 151030027 30 Full Year
Business Mathematics 151030041 15 Term 2
International business strategy 151030008 15 Term 1
Qualitative and case study research 151030011 15 Term 2
International marketing 1: the environment 151030010 15 Term 2

List B - Year 3

Module Code Credits Term
Forensic Accounting 151030043 15 Term 2
Public Sector Accounting 151030030 15 Term 2
Finance in East Asia 151030013 15 Term 2
Finance in the Middle East and North Africa 151030022 15 Term 2
Finance in Japan and Korea 151030021 15 Term 2

Programme Specification

Important notice

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 and Learning

Teaching & Learning

In the School of Finance and Management, the modules draw from real life business experience and cutting-edge research.

Contact hours

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).

Learning resources

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.



Graduates from the School of Finance and Management leave SOAS with a coherent and solid knowledge of management and finance, with skills in statistics and computing, critical reasoning and analytical thinking.

Recent Finance and Management graduates have been hired by:

  • Christian Aid
  • Dagong Global
  • Deloitte
  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Elbus Group
  • Financial Times
  • FM Capital Partners
  • HM Treasury
  • Houlihan Lokey
  • Huaxia Bank, China
  • IDB (Islamic Development Bank)
  • Investec
  • J.P. Morgan Asset Management
  • KPMG
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Santander
  • UBS
  • University of Oxford
  • White & Case LLP
  • World Food Programme

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A Student's Perspective

Part of the reason I chose SOAS over others is because it offered the Islamic Banking and Finance elective module. This is a one-of-a-kind class and an interesting subject that only SOAS offers. My hope is that the knowledge attained in this class will make me more suited for international corporate jobs that deal with the states that are a part of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Tariq Islam

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