Introduction

Accountancy and French at Aberdeen brings international opportunities to students with an existing grounding in accountancy, business and finance. You will gain a competitive advantage by understanding a modern European language, gaining insights into a different culture and being fast tracked into a career in European and international organisations.

This programme is studied on campus.

You will gain a wide perspective and thorough grounding in management, statistics and economics.

You will thrive in the international, dynamic environment of our Business School with classmates from 45 nationalities, inspired by staff who are leaders in accounting practice and theory. You will benefit from working in small classes and being supported by dedicated careers advisers.

In French, you will benefit from the University's outstanding reputation. We scored the highest possible rating in the last national Teaching Quality Assessment

You will have the opportunity to develop your language skills informally as well as through classes and you will become familiar with French culture, history, and contemporary life. You will also study for half of your third year as a language assistant or visiting student in a French-speaking country in Europe.

Should you choose a career in international business, you will have many valuable skills to offer employers operating in multinational companies in Europe and the European Commission. You will also be able to seek opportunities in French-speaking countries in Africa, which have fast-developing economies and growing energy industries.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
60 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
NR41

What You'll Study

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Business (AW1003)

This compulsory evaluation is designed to find out if your academic writing is of a sufficient standard to enable you to succeed at university and, if you need it, to provide support to improve. It is completed on-line via MyAberdeen with clear instructions to guide you through it. If you pass the evaluation at the first assessment it will not take much of your time. If you do not, you will be provided with resources to help you improve. This evaluation does not carry credits but if you do not complete it this will be recorded on your degree transcript.

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Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

This course, which is prescribed for level 1 students and optional for level 2 students, is studied entirely online and covers topics relating to careers and employability, equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing. During the course you will learn about the Aberdeen Graduate Attributes, how they are relevant to you and the opportunities available to develop your skills and attributes alongside your University studies. You will also gain an understanding of equality and diversity and health, safety and wellbeing issues. Successful completion of this course will be recorded on your Enhanced Transcript as ‘Achieved’ (non-completion will be recorded as ‘Not Achieved’). The course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and can be taken in one sitting, or spread across a number of weeks and it will be available to you throughout the academic year.

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Accounting and Accountability (AC1011) - Credits: 15

This course introduces the theoretical and contextual foundation of accounting. It does not involve any technical aspects of accounting or bookkeeping but provides an introduction to the political, economic, institutional, professional and managerial context of accounting. The main content includes:

  • Socio-political and economic mechanisms of accountability; theories of accountability.
  • Constitution of organisations and the role of accounting within organisations.
  • Constitution of accounting as a business function: how accounting is organised within organisations.
  • Constitution of Accountancy as a Profession: how accountancy is organised as a profession.
  • Sustainability and accounting: how accounting is reorganised to address sustainability issues.

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The Economics of Business and Society (EC1006) - Credits: 15

This course is an introductory course in microeconomics where we study the decision making of individual actors (consumers, employees, firms, governments, etc.) in an economy. Actors must make decisions about behaviours because they face scarce resources, but often they find that trading with other actors in markets can increase the wellbeing of all parties. This course models and examines the nature of these interactions, highlighting when they work well and when they fail to increase wellbeing and what might be the solution to these failures.

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Finance 1: Finance, Risk and Investment (FI1004) - Credits: 15

This foundation course in finance, risk and investment is the requisite for several degree programmes and for level 2 real estate and finance courses. The module considers the nature and operation of investment markets, focusing on three asset classes; shares, bonds and real estate. It looks at the characteristics of these investment options in terms of their risks and returns. The module introduces basic financial mathematics: time value of money, calculation of present values and investment rates of return. Finally, it considers the role of financial institutions and regulatory bodies in personal finance, where consumers and financial markets interact.

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Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 (FR1021) - Credits: 15

This course offers students who are registered for the beginners' course in French language an introduction to twentieth century French culture and society through the study of films, short prose texts and poetry. The course is organised around the broad themes of childhood and adolescence, gender, sexuality and love and marginalisation in contemporary France. The texts will be studied in translation or with subtitles.

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Level 1 French Language 1a: Beginners / Near Beginners (Standard Grade / Gcse or Below) (FR1023) - Credits: 15

This intensive language course is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of French.

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Accounting and Entrepreneurship (AC1515) - Credits: 15

This is an introduction to accounting which aims to provide an understanding of how organisations – particularly small and medium sized businesses – capture, create and use accounting information both to guide their activities internally within the management function and to communicate their financial performance and position to external users of the accounts. This course allows students to develop practical and analytical skills through a problem-solving approach to accounting-related aspects of business performance reporting and control, particularly in relation to bookkeeping, accounts preparation, budgeting and management accounting.

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The Context of Business (MS1509) - Credits: 15

In The Context of Business, you will be introduced to the external context in which businesses operate. The course is designed to explore the political, economic, sociocultural, technological, ethical and market influences on business. It examines the role and place of business in an increasingly globalized world by looking at the ways in which businesses respond to their environment through innovation, strategy, operations and marketing. The aim of the course is to give an overview of issues that are relevant to the modern business environment and to prepare you for further study by stressing learning skills relevant across disciplines.

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Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France In Context (FR1527) - Credits: 15

This course offers students who are registered for the beginners' course in French language an advanced introduction to twentieth-century French and Francophone culture and society, focusing on the occupation of France during World War II and the experience of colonialism and post-colonialism. Written texts will be studied in translation or with vocabulary help and films will be studied with subtitles.

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Level 1 French Language 1b: Beginners / Near Beginners (FR1523) - Credits: 15

This course builds on the work done in FR1023, providing students with an adequate command of French language to allow them the possibility of continuing their studies into level 2 and Honours.

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Optional Courses

One of the following Options:

Option 1: Beginner

  • Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 (FR1021) or Introduction to Literature and Culture of Modern France 2 (FR1521)
  • Level 1 French Language 1A: Beginners/Near Beginners (FR1023) or Level 1 French Language 1B: Beginners/Near Beginners (FR1523)

Option 2: Intermediate/Advanced

  • Literature and Culture of Modern France 1 (FR1022) or Literature and Culture of Modern France 2 (FR1522)
  • Level 1 French Language 2A: Intermediate (FR1024) or Level 1 French Language 3A: Proficient (FR1025)
  • Level 1 French Language 2B/3B: Intermediate/Proficient (FR1524)
Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Management Accounting 2 (AC2031) - Credits: 15

This course extends the operational tools and techniques introduced in AC1514. It develops more complex problem-solving techniques in the planning, control and decision-making process. It shows how quantitative methods and analytical techniques can be applied in management accounting solutions to management problems. It also emphasises the diverse industrial, commercial and not-for-profit settings in which management accountants work. It seeks to develop in students an understanding the organisational context as well as the nature of management accounting information. The focus is to enhance students’ problem-solving and communication skills, and develop their ability to select and apply appropriate techniques in specific contexts.

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Finance 2: Business Finance (FI2004) - Credits: 15

The main aim of this course is to develop a sound understanding of fundamental principles underlying the theory and practice of finance, thereby providing a strong basis for further study of advanced finance theory and cognate disciplines. The course introduces students to important concepts in finance: principles of assets pricing, concept of risk and return, theory of interest rates and pricing fixed income securities, evaluation of investment project with a focus on embedded real options. It equips students with good analytical skills in order to understand the implications of financial decisions by understanding the fundamentals that govern them.

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Advanced Introductory French Language 1 (FR2012) - Credits: 15

This second year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to students who have passed FR1523. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language courses (along with FR2512) that has to have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

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Introduction to French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2014) - Credits: 15

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the individual and society in France from the 18th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of novels, a play and a film.

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Financial Accounting 2 (AC2530) - Credits: 15

The objective of FA2 is to build upon material introduced in first year in order to develop students' technical skills in financial statement preparation. Students will gain an appreciation of the regulatory framework for financial reporting. They will examine the usefulness of financial statement information, by looking at the form and content of accounts produced by partnerships and public limited companies. Students will explore how to account for basic transactions through the implementation of current accounting standards and apply their knowledge in both the manual and the computerised environment, the latter through the SAGE accounting package.

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Advanced Introductory French Language 2 (FR2512) - Credits: 15

This second year French language course which runs in the second half-session is only open to students who have followed FR2012. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language pre-requisite courses (along with FR2012) that one must have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

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Introduction to French Identities Centre and Periphery (FR2514) - Credits: 15

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the centre and periphery in France and the Francophone world from the 17th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of a play, poetry, postcolonial theory and a film.

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Understanding Statistics (PO2508) - Credits: 15

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of statistical concepts and methods relevant to accounting, management, finance, real estate and economics. The course is intended to enable students

i) To understand the principles of descriptive statistics, index construction, statistical inference, correlation, regression and time series analysis

ii) To apply statistical techniques to the analysis of accounting, business and economic issues and interpret findings

iii) To identify important sources of data in accounting, business and economics

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Optional Courses

One of the following Options:

Option 1: Beginner

  • Advanced Introductory French Language 1 (FR2012)
  • Introduction to French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2014)
  • Advanced Introductory French Language 2 (FR2512)
  • Introduction to French Identities: Centre and Periphery (FR2514)

Option 2: Intermediate/Advanced

  • Advanced French Language 1 (FR2002)
  • Advanced French Language 2 (FR2502)
  • French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2013) and French Identities: Centre and Periphery (FR2513), or
  • French Identities: Individual and Society (FR2013) and Introduction to French Linguistics (FR2510), or
  • Introduction to French Linguistics (FR2510) and French Identities: Centre and Periphery (FR2513)
Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Financial Accounting 3 (AC3049) - Credits: 15

This course builds upon the material in Financial Accounting 2. The aim of the course is to strengthen practical and analytical accounting skills through the study of accounting problems and to develop the ability to critically appraise conventional accounting practice through an understanding of alternative accounting theories and their application to topical issues in financial accounting.

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Management Accounting 3 (AC3054) - Credits: 15

Building upon the material in Management Accounting 2, the course examines in greater detail behavioural, managerial, and strategic aspects of management accounting and management control. The course content includes management accounting issues pertaining to:

  • Strategic management accounting
  • Operational management issues including quality management
  • Performance evaluation and management systems
  • Management control systems, and
  • Advance decision making techniques such as decision-trees, learning curves and project evaluation and review techniques

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Junior Honours French Language (FR3089) - Credits: 15

This Junior Honours French language course, whose pre-requisites are FR2502 or FR2512, runs over the full session and is only open to Single and Joint Junior Honours degree in French students.

Building on the skills gained during their first two years of study of French, this course will improve the students' French language skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as their sensitivity to linguistic variety.

It carries 15 credits and is assessed by way of four equally weighted assignments.

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Auditing (AC3557) - Credits: 30

The objective of the course is to allow students to develop an understanding of financial statement audit processes and the role of auditors in society. Students will gain an understanding of the history, and legal and professional frameworks within which audit operates. They will gain an appreciation of audit techniques , the role of judgment and ethical requirements and will explore current developments in the profession. There is regular interaction with local accountancy firms. The course requires a high degree of personal study and students will be required to prepare individual and group presentations which are key audit skills.

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Optional Courses

  • Select a further 45 credit points from French courses.

Year 5

Compulsory Courses

Accounting Theory (AC4033) - Credits: 30

The content is organised into three main areas covering mainstream, positive and critical theoretical literature in accounting related to:

• Financial reporting practices and regulations

• Management accounting practices and history

• Accounting research methodologies

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Level 4 French Language 2 (FR4060) - Credits: 15

This fourth year French language course is run over the full session and is only open to Joint Honours degree in French students. The pre-requisite for this course is FR3042.

This course is assessed by way of continuous (4 equally weighted assignments) and summative assessments (Examination Papers 1 & 2).

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French Dissertation (FR4052) - Credits: 15

Candidates will write a dissertation of 8,000 words on a subject to be decided in consultation with the Course Co-ordinator, to be researched and written (under supervision by a member of staff) in the second half session of Junior Honours, and submitted at the beginning of Senior Honours.

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Optional Courses

  • French Senior Honours Seminar (FR4071) or French Senior Honours Seminar (FR4571)
  • Dissertation in French (FR4052) or Dissertation in Accountancy (AC4528)
  • Select a further French courses to obtain 60 credit points at Level 4
  • Select Business School courses to obtain ensure a total of 120 credits for the year.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Accountancy and French?

  • The language skills you will acquire from this programme will help you prepare for a global or European career. Language skills are increasingly important to future employers in any country.
  • You will develop your linguistic skills in your third year by spending time overseas in a French speaking country.
  • The University's Business School offers a wide range of courses to build your degree in Accountancy and Finance. Some of these courses give you accountancy accreditation, widening the range of careers you can pursue.
  • Our curriculum reflects contemporary trends whilst providing you with essential traingin methods.

Entry Requirements

You will find all the information you require about entry requirements on our dedicated 'Entry Requirements' page. You can also find out about the different types of degrees, changing your subject, offers and advanced entry.

Qualifications

SQA Highers - AABB
A Levels - BBB
S Grade/GCSE - Maths
IB - 32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL
ILC - 5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

Advanced Entry - Available only with experiential or other qualifications at post A Level or Advanced Higher Standard.

Further detailed entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees.

English Language Requirements

To study for a degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Tuition fee rates can be found on our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
RUK £9,000
All Students
International Students £13,800
Students admitted in 2016/17
International Students £14,300
Students admitted in 2017/18

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

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Careers

  • Chartered and Certified Accountants
  • Professional Finance positions
  • French speaking company accountancy positions
  • French speaking country positions

Accreditation

The University of Aberdeen courses are accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) which can form part of a direct path to being granted exemptions from the examinations necessary to get professional qualification status.

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