Accounting and Financial Management and Mathematics


UCAS code: NG41
Typical offer:
Three years

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See also: Maths courses

About the course

Advanced mathematics skills are essential for a career in finance and accounting. This course is led by the Sheffield University Management School, but includes modules taught by mathematicians here in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, so that you understand key mathematical principles, and how to apply them in an accounting or finance career.

Your Management School modules are based around three core topics: management accounting, financial accounting, and financial management. You'll study these subjects at a more and more advanced level as you progress through your degree. In third year, you'll also have a range of optional Management School modules to choose from, including company analysis and valuation, auditing, taxation and finance in emerging markets.

Learn more: Accounting and Financial Management at Sheffield University Management School

Through my course, I have realized the beauty and intricacy of numerical models and theorems, and equipped myself with the skills to perform advanced calculations needed in business. Most importantly though, Iā€™m encouraged to question, assess and evaluate the information that I learn.

Rui Ma, BSc Accounting and Financial Management and Mathematics  READ MORE

Your mathematics modules will cover a range of topics across pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and probability and statistics. You'll start by building on your existing knowledge, studying subjects including calculus, differential equations, geometry and algebra. In second year, you'll continue to build a powerful toolbox of mathematical techniques, which you can apply to increasingly complex problems. As well as advanced calculus and algebra, you can study topics including statistical inference, probability modelling, and how the tools of mathematics and statistics can be applied to real-world problems.

There is a wide range of optional mathematics modules for you to choose from in third year. Topics range from number theory and Bayesian statistics, to codes and cryptography and the history of mathematics. This gives you the freedom to focus on the topics that interest you the most and develop specialist knowledge for your chosen career. Lots of modules include project work, so that you get the chance to put your mathematics skills into practice in lots of different scenarios.

Course structure

Below are some examples of topics covered in this degree from the current academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

You can find module descriptions on our webpages for current students: Module list

For descriptions of the accounting and finance modules, visit the Sheffield University Management School website:

BA Accounting and Financial Management: Modules

First year

Compulsory mathematics modules:

  • Mathematics Core I
  • Mathematics Core II
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Compulsory accounting and finance modules:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Introduction to Management Accounting

Second year

Compulsory mathematics modules:

  • Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra
  • Mathematics and Statistics in Action
  • Probability Modelling
  • Statistical Inference and Modelling

Compulsory accounting and finance modules:

  • Financial Management
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Intermediate Management Accounting

Third year

Compulsory modules:

  • Advances in Financial Accounting
  • Advances in Management Accounting

Optional mathematics modules:

  • Applied Probability
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Codes and Cryptography
  • Combinatorics
  • Complex Analysis
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Graph Theory
  • History of Mathematics
  • Linear and Generalised Linear Models
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Statistics
  • Operations Research
  • Practical and Applied Statistics
  • Sampling Theory and Design of Experiments
  • Time Series
  • Topics in Number Theory
  • Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme in Mathematics

Optional accounting and finance modules:

  • Accounting and Accountability: Theory and Practice
  • Auditing
  • Case Studies in Accounting and Financial Management
  • Company Analysis and Valuation 
  • Emerging Markets Finance
  • Taxation in Theory and Practice

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Degree with Employment Experience

If you're studying this degree programme, you can join the University of Sheffield's Degree with Employment Experience programme and do a year-long work placement between your second and third year. This makes the degree four years long, rather than three. You'll pay reduced fees for the year you're on placement and you'll still have access to your tutor and the support you need from the university. Most students earn salaries during their placements too.

It isn't something you apply for before you get here and placements aren't guaranteed ā€“ it's your responsibility to secure one but we'll do everything we can to help.

Complete your placement successfully and we amend your degree title to reflect your experience: BA Accounting and Financial Management and Mathematics with Employment Experience.

Our students have done placements at organisations that include:

  • Unilever
  • IBM
  • Virgin
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Department of Work and Pensions

Placement years and employment experience

Ashis, pictured, spent a year of his degree working as a financial risk analyst for Lloyds Banking Group.

Ashis Patel

The placement year really helped me to develop a range of skills, including team work, organisation, communication and presentation skills. Over the year, I became much more independent.

Ashis Patel, BSc Mathematics  READ MORE