Be accountable in business
Accounting at Essex is about accountability – not just to financiers and investors, but increasingly to a wider range of stakeholders and to our planet and people.
Our undergraduate accounting degrees are grounded in the profession itself. You’ll learn how to prepare accounts and provide financial advice and information to companies and clients, whether they are in the commercial, public or not-for-profit sectors.
Many of our accounting degrees are professionally accredited by organisations such as ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW. This means you can earn exemptions from some professional exams and give your career a head-start once you’ve graduated.
"I chose to study BSc Accounting and Finance because at sixth form I studied accounting, business, economic, maths and further maths so all my subjects were linked to accounting and finance. I realised I liked the subject and chose to study further at university."
Our teaching and research in accounting are grounded in how accounting is practised around the globe.
We offer Masters courses for students who want to continue their studies in accounting or business, as well as programmes for students who are new to the subject and want to fast-track to a career in the accounting profession.
Accounting at Essex goes well beyond the preparation of financial statements. We teach you to be accountable, act ethically and make financial decisions that positively impact both organisations and society. We aim to inspire a business-minded and socially driven Essex accounting graduate.
Accounting informs almost all areas of business, from strategy to outsourcing, and operational planning to environmental policies.
To us accounting means more than cutting costs and managing transactions. It’s vital for ensuring accountability by encouraging sound, ethical decision making.
We’re home to world-class researchers and academics and we are ranked in the top 200 for Accounting and Finance in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2022). The University of Essex is also ranked in the Top 175 for Business and Economics in THE World University Rankings by Subject 2024.
We belong to the Social Sciences Faculty within the University, meaning we have strong connections with other departments and can supervise innovative interdisciplinary projects. We support our PhD students to design and conduct the research project they choose, rather than telling them to complete it in a particular way.
We’re pleased to be able to offer a number of integrated PhDs, for students who have a strong research proposal but who do not have previous research or Masters-level study experience.
We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.