The Accounting with Spanish programme teaches accounting and business finance in an organisational context with a focus on corporate financial decision making and corporate governance. It integrates Spanish-language modules taught by the School of Arts, English and Languages. You will gain practical knowledge and understanding of the preparation of accounts and financial techniques, their interpretation and use in a variety of contexts to an advanced level. Alongside this you will study key aspects of management, relevant to your future career. Our links with professional accounting bodies and companies help create highly sought after graduates.
Integral to the Accounting with Spanish programme is the placement year students complete in a region of the globe where the language being studied is the dominant tongue.
Accounting with Spanish Degree highlights
Accounting and Finance at Queen's is ranked 4th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2017.
- There is the opportunity to study or work abroad, supported by schemes such as Erasmus and Study USA. Many topics include an international dimension which reflects the globalisation of the accounting profession and financial markets.
- Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.
- Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.
- Accredited by Chartered Accountants Ireland for the purpose of exemption from some professional exams.
- Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.
- The Accounting with Spanish course attracts the maximum exemptions available for any undergraduate programme from the examinations of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), subject to meeting specified criteria. Exemptions are also available from the examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and Association of International Accountants (AIA).
- Accounting students take part in tailored employability and skills workshops, and an annual Accounting Mini Fair, where representatives from accountancy firms and professional bodies provide students with information on placement and graduate opportunities.
- During the third year of the degree, students complete a 9 to 12 month placement in a Spanish speaking country.
World Class Facilities
- You will have access to Bloomberg terminals in the Trading Room, giving students the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to prepare them for a career in the financial services sector.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Many of our staff are leading international experts in their fields of research and a significant number are qualified accountants with many years of professional experience.
- The Accounting programme received an overall score of 4.6 out of 5 in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS), ranking 4th place in the UK.
- The majority of the Accounting modules have prizes which are sponsored by employers or professional bodies. Students can join the Trading and Investment Club, a student run organisation which aims to educate its members on trading and investing through guest speakers, competitions and educational seminars.
'Accounting at Queen's University offers one of the best routes to graduate employment with major firms in Northern Ireland. The proportion of accounting students snapped up by companies even before final year starts is testament to the respect that the degree commands in this country. In addition to this, in my experience detailed help and feedback is available to you when asked for from your lecturers.'
David Grant (3rd Year Accounting)
Those pursuing a career in Accounting with Spanish should enjoy working with numbers, be effective communicators and work well with people as they will have to analyse and interpret financial information to meet the needs of different users, including managers and investors. Accountants must be prepared to take on challenges and be able to adapt to a constantly changing and dynamic business environment.
Normally the majority of our students become qualified accountants. However, many of the skills that students will acquire during their studies at Queen's will be of great value in different career and life situations. Core transferable skills include the ability to learn independently, problem solve, understand financial information and work productively as part of a team.
Employment after the Course
Typical career destinations of graduates include:
Graduate employers include: PwC; EY; KPMG; Deloitte; Grant Thornton; BDO; Moore Stephens; Baker Tilly Mooney Moore; ASM, Ulster Bank; and Bank of Ireland.
'As one of the first winners of the BDO Prize for Financial Accounting, I was able to gain first-hand experience working in the professional business advisory firm. This ultimately helped me to obtain a year-long placement with BDO Paris where I had the opportunity apply what I learned through my studies. Now an audit trainee at BDONI, I look back fondly at my time at QUB and I'm grateful for the outstanding teaching and opportunities of practical experience both at home and abroad that were offered'.
Jessica graduated in 2016, is now an accountant with BDO.
A degree in Accounting with Spanish from Queen's offers a firm base either for taking the examinations of the main professional bodies or further academic study. Career options as a qualified accountant are extremely varied and the employment opportunities for our Accounting graduates remain strong, both nationally and globally. Queen's has traditionally provided a high proportion of graduate entrants to the Accounting profession in Northern Ireland and many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields.
If you choose to work 'in practice' for an accountancy firm you might be involved in preparing tax returns, tax planning, audit and forensic work, internal audit, corporate finance, consultancy or even preparing accounts. For more information on what these jobs entail, please visit the websites of both the local and international accountancy firms.
The majority of qualified accountants work 'outside practice'; for example, in industry, in the public sector, voluntary sector or the banking sector. They are involved as financial or management accountants, internal auditors and often in senior management roles.
What employers say
'PwC actively engage and recruit students from Queen's Accounting course. The students demonstrate both a strong academic standard but also the skills essential for employment. The students consistently perform well in PwC and they are deemed a vital resource to deliver business needs."
Stephanie Gowdy, Student Recruitment Manager, PwC, Northern Ireland
Additional Awards Gained
On completion of the Accounting degree, students will be able to apply for exemptions from the examinations of the main professional bodies.
Prizes and Awards
Top performing students are regularly awarded prizes and scholarships from leading financial companies; PwC, KPMG, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, BDO, ASM and EY.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.