Studying Accounting, Finance and Economics at Salford
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Why study at Salford?
Benefit from real-world learning opportunities and an optional placement year in industry — put your learning into practice, gain invaluable experience and earn without any tuition fees.
Join our vibrant global Business School community where staff know you by name and fellow students become your friends for life. Benefit from dedicated support services and facilities.
Study on our green campus in the heart of Greater Manchester’s dynamic business and digital sector. Benefit from close partnerships with SMEs and multi-national household names.
Building Employability Skills at Salford Business School
We’re committed to ensuring you graduate with the skills and resources needed to start a thriving, exciting and lucrative career within your chosen industry. Not only do we equip you with academic knowledge of your subject, but we will also ensure you have the professional skills and experience needed to join the accounting and finance or business sector. To achieve this, you’ll have access to:
- An optional paid work placement year in your chosen field and internship opportunities.
- Mock interviews, assessment centres and networking sessions.
- VR body-swap technology to practice interview skills which can then be watched back, reviewed, and learnt from.
- Live projects with industry, business challenges and access to business simulation suites.
- Launch@Salford – Our very own incubation centre for business start-ups. Supported by experts.
What can I expect my timetable to look like?
Your weekly timetable will vary from term to term and from year to year depending on what modules you are studying. Classes can be scheduled for any day of the week between 9am and 6pm, however, we do as much as we can to groups classes together and the University does not schedule teaching on Wednesday afternoons so that students can participate in clubs, societies and extracurricular activities. Most students are in three or maximum four days a week.
You also need to schedule in personal study time when you will be reading, writing assignments or working with your fellow classmates on group work.
You will receive your timetable at the start of each term.
How many contact hours will I have each week?
Contact time with your tutors varies by course, but you will have a minimum of 10 hours per week of required attendance. You’ll study three modules per semester, each with three hours of classes per week (a one-hour lecture and a two-hour seminar) plus one hour of course-specific guided study to make up your 10 hours of attendance.
Large group lectures provide an opportunity to introduce key concepts before you explore these in more detail in smaller group classes (seminars). Seminars take an interactive approach to ensure your learning can be applied in a real-world context. If you want further help from your tutors with assignments and study tasks, you can arrange a one-to-one session or attend a drop-in with them.
Will the university help me to find work experience and placements?
While students are responsible for finding their own work experience and industry placements, the dedicated Business School employability team will guide and support you throughout the process. Industry experience not only enables you to apply your knowledge in real-world situations, but it allows you to form those vital connections early on in your career. We have links with a range of leading organisations and will help you in securing your placement with support such as CV writing and interview skills.
Are there any relevant student-run societies?
There is a Business Society run by students based in the Business School. In addition, the Salford students Enactus group gives you opportunities to develop your skills by working on community projects. The University of Salford Students’ Union is home to a huge range of societies and teams you might be interested in; they’re a great way to meet people and make friends.
How important are professional bodies in the Accounting and Finance profession?
The Accounting and Finance programme at Salford Business School is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
Our relationships with these professional industry bodies ensure the modules you study are closely aligned with current best practice. These partnerships mean that you benefit from exemptions on professional accountancy exams and become a student member of CIMA, taking you closer to achieving your professional goals.
On successful completion of the course, you will have exemptions from:
8 CIMA exams
6 ICAEW exams
What connections with industry does this course have?
Salford Business School works closely with industry partners. They provide feedback about our modules and course, ensuring our teaching is close to the demands of the job market and what is expected from an accounting graduate. There are regular job fairs with a range of companies on campus, so students have the chance to talk to them and get more information about placements, internships, and graduate jobs. Also, students will have networking opportunities with professionals at guest talks/lectures, and dedicated networking events.
What advice can you give students just starting out on the course?
Some useful advice for new students would be to listen to or read business news, it helps to keep up-to-date with current developments in business. The course is structured in a way where you will learn the basics from day one, and receive the reading list at the beginning of the trimester. You will also receive a printed booklet produced by the School for each module, particularly for core accounting modules, which includes lecture notes, in-class exercises and tutorial exercises.
What extracurricular activities are there to enhance my studies even further?
There are different extra-curricular free courses available like eLearning of Xero accounting software, for which students will get a certificate. One of the modules in trimester two of year one is called Accounting Information Systems. As part of this module, students learn how to work with Sage 50 Accounts; this is accounting software that will be taught and practiced in computer rooms and if students get an assignment mark of 80+, they will be certified by Sage, a really good add-on to your CV.
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