Finance, Accounting and Risk

Department of Finance, Accounting and Risk

The Department of Finance, Accounting and Risk (FAR) provides a distinctive portfolio of industry-focused programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study delivered on campus and by distance learning.  We bring together academics with interests and expertise in the areas of finance, banking, risk, resilience, econometrics, quantitative risk modelling, corporate and international finance, big data analytics, accounting, ethics, governance and responsible leadership.

Our programmes are recognised by industry and offer a distinctive learning experience by providing a combination of theoretical underpinning with practical, real-life experience. Our learning and teaching strategy ensures all students have the opportunity to progress through their chosen programme experiencing wider industry engagement, enhancing graduate career prospects through ‘real-world’ learning on their programme. The accountancy team consists of 80% qualified accountants who have worked either in practice or industry. Our degrees are professionally accredited, which in turn drives elements of the curriculum, learning outcomes and assessment instruments.  GCU is the only University in the UK to offer a BA (Hons) Risk Management which also provides an opportunity to take a full-year work placement during level 3. In addition to degree programmes, we offer continued professional development, workshops, short courses and applied research to industry.  

Staff have close working relationships and strong links to industry which enables a number of student opportunities including external business placements, guest speakers, industry sponsored student prizes, accreditation and free membership of leading professional bodies which are appropriate to the sector students enter upon graduation.  This prepares our graduates by providing them with industry relevant abilities, business acumen and well-developed interpersonal and communication skills. Our alumni have secured employment in organisations including Vodafone, Morgan Stanley, Bank of England, Turner & Townsend, Barclays Bank, Mott McDonald, EY, Network Rail, KPMG, AIG Insurance, HSBC, Grant Thornton and RSM.

Our staff collaborate with international universities and organisations in Europe, Africa, and the USA, for example the Central Bank of Nigeria; Nexim Bank Nigeria in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, University of North Carolina and Lagos Nigeria; University of Malta; Uni Research Rokken Centre, Bergen, Norway. Our partnerships enhance the student experience through multicultural teaching, learning and practice. Our degree have academic partnerships with universities in HKU Space in Hong Kong and Jinan.  

Research 

Our programmes are underpinned by cross disciplinary research and consultancy projects, which adds value to the student experience. 

Accreditations and partnerships

The BA (Hons) Accountancy is accredited by the main UK Professional Accountancy Bodies, including ICAS, ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA and CIPFA. The BA (Hons) Finance, Investment and Risk is accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).  The Risk Management programme is accredited by the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

GCU is the academic partner for the Business Excellence Programme delivered by AIRMIC

Degree courses

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  • Accountancy

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • ACCA
    • ICAS
    • CIPFA
    • ICAEW
    • CIMA
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    Accreditations:
    • ACCA
    • ICAS
    • CIPFA
    • ICAEW
    • CIMA
    Study accounting, financial management, tax and auditing at degree level. You can become an accountant in blue chip firms and financial organisations, working with facts and figures and being meticulous in your work.
  • Accountancy (year 3 entry)

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • ACCA
    • ICAS
    • CIPFA
    • ICAEW
    • CIMA
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    Accreditations:
    • ACCA
    • ICAS
    • CIPFA
    • ICAEW
    • CIMA
    If you hold a college certificate you can progress to become a degree qualified accountant. Study accounting, financial management, tax and auditing skills at degree level.
  • Accountancy Pathway

    • 2021/22
    • BA/BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • ACCA
    • ICAS
    • CIPFA
    • ICAEW
    • CIMA
    Award:
    • BA/BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Aug 2021
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    Accreditations:
    • ACCA
    • ICAS
    • CIPFA
    • ICAEW
    • CIMA
    Begin your degree at college and achieve an HND in two years. If you are passionate about being a logical thinker and working with facts and figures, you can become an accountant. Study accounting, financial management, tax and auditing.
  • Accounting, Finance and Regulation

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • MSc
    • MSc (Two-year)
    • MSc (Fast-track)
    Awards:
    • MSc
    • MSc (Two-year)
    • MSc (Fast-track)
    Start dates:
    • Jan 2021
    • Sep 2021
    • Jan 2022
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    Financial management is vital to all organisations and the role of the accounting professional is complex and varied. You will develop a deeper academic and professional knowledge and understanding of the key challenges facing the financial sector.
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • CPD

    Accredited by:

    • ACCA
    Award:
    • CPD
    Start dates:
    • Feb 2021
    • Aug 2021
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    Accreditation:
    • ACCA
    GCU is a gold-approved learning partner with ACCA. Study for this globally-recognised accountancy qualification to gain a badge of excellence and enhance your career in a wide range of fields.
  • Finance, Investment and Risk

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    Become a financial expert and put your analytical and problem solving skills to the test. Study personal finance, corporate finance, investment, banking, international finance and risk at degree level.
  • Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Aug 2021
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    Study an HND at college for two years and progress to year 3 of this degree. Study personal finance, corporate finance, investment, banking, international finance and risk at degree level. Enjoy a career as a financial expert and analyst.
  • International Banking, Finance and Risk Management

    • 2020/21
    • 2021/22
    • MSc

    Accredited by:

    • CII
    • CISI
    • CBI
    Award:
    • MSc
    Start dates:
    • Jan 2021
    • Sep 2021
    • Jan 2022
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    Accreditations:
    • CII
    • CISI
    • CBI
    Accelerate your professional career in commercial and corporate banking and the finance, insurance and investment industries. Learn from academic and industry experts how to apply financial theories to the real world.
  • Award:
    • MSc
    Start dates:
    • Jan 2021
    • Jul 2021
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    The Professional Accountancy (ACCA route) degree aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to work as a professional accountant in a global market place, while building on your academic skills.
  • Risk Management

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • CII
    • IRM
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    Accreditations:
    • CII
    • IRM
    You can become a risk manager if you enjoy analysing and making impactful decisions using specialist skills. Study the identification, assessment and reduction of threats to an organisation's success along with core business skills at degree level.
  • Risk Management Pathway

    • 2021/22
    • BA (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • CII
    Award:
    • BA (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Aug 2021
    Subject:
    • Finance, Accounting and Risk
    Accreditation:
    • CII
    Begin your degree at college and achieve an HND in two years. Study the identification, assessment and reduction of threats to an organisation's success along with core business skills at degree level.
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