Mathematics and Accounting and Finance (BA (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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Course starts
September

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About Mathematics and Accounting and Finance at University of Kent

Our joint honours programme combines the in-house expertise of our internationally-renowned mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries, with the industry know-how of Kent Business School lecturers to ensure you are fully prepared for your future career. You will be encouraged to fulfil your potential whilst studying in our friendly and dynamic school based in the multi-award-winning Sibson Building. Our degree programme To help bridge the gap between school and university, you’ll attend small group tutorials in Stage 1, where you can practice the new mathematics you’ll be learning, ask questions and work with other students to find solutions. You’ll study a mixture of pure and applied mathematics, statistics and economics, providing you with a solid foundation for your later studies. In Stage 2, you study some core modules from both the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science and the Kent Business School which build upon the material learnt at Stage 1. You also start to tailor your degree to your interests through our range of optional modules, continuing to explore the areas you enjoy into Stage 3.  Throughout your studies you’ll gain specialist skills and knowledge that respond to the needs and expectations of the modern accountancy and finance profession, allowing you to get a head-start in your chosen career. Year in Industry If you want to gain paid industry experience as part of your degree programme, our popular Year in Industry programme may be for you. If you decide to take the Year in Industry, our in-house Placements Team will support you in developing the skills and knowledge needed to successfully secure a placement through a specialist programme of workshops and events. Foundation Year If your grades do not qualify you for direct entry to this programme, you may be able to take this degree with a foundation year. For more details see Mathematics including a Foundation Year. Study resources You have access to a range of professional mathematical and statistical software such as: MapleMATLABMinitab. Our staff use these packages in their teaching and research. Extra activities The School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science Student Society is run by students. It aims to improve the student experience for its members, socially and academically. In previous years the Society has organised: talks and workshopsextra revision sessionssocials and networking events.seminars and workshops employability events. The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science also puts on regular events that you are welcome to attend. In the past, these have included: seminars and workshopsemployability events.

Teaching is by a combination of lectures and seminars. Modules that involve programming or working with computer software packages usually include practical sessions.

Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.  Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your final degree result.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • Core mathematical understanding in the principles of calculus, algebra, mathematical methods, discrete mathematics, analysis and linear algebra. 
  • Statistical understanding in the subjects of probability and inference. 
  • Information technology skills as relevant to mathematicians. 
  • Methods and techniques of mathematics. 
  • The role of logical mathematical argument and deductive reasoning. 
  • Some of the contexts in which accounting operates 
  • Aspects of the conceptual underpinning to accounting 
  • The main current technical language and practices of accounting in the UK
  • Some of the alternative technical languages and practices of accounting


Intellectual Skills

You develop your intellectual skills in the following areas:

  • Ability to demonstrate a reasonable understanding of the basic body of knowledge for Mathematics. 
  • Ability to demonstrate a reasonable level of skill in calculation and manipulation of the material written within the programme and some capability to solve problems formulated within it. 
  • Ability to apply a range of core concepts and principles in well-defined contexts relevant to mathematics. 
  • Ability to use logical argument. 
  • Ability to demonstrate skill in solving mathematical problems by various appropriate methods. 
  • Ability in relevant computer skills and usage. 
  • Ability to work with relatively little guidance. 
  • Critically evaluate arguments and evidence.
  • Analyse and draw reasoned conclusions concerning structures and, to a more limited extent, unstructured problems.
  • Apply numeracy skills.


Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of core mathematical concepts and topics, both explicitly and by applying them to the solution of problems. 
  • Ability to comprehend problems, abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically and in symbolic form so as to facilitate their analysis and solution. 
  • Ability to use computational and more general IT facilities as an aid to mathematical processes. 
  • Ability to present their mathematical arguments and the conclusions from them with clarity and accuracy. 
  • Record and summarise economic events.
  • Prepare financial statements.
  • Undertake financial analysis and prepare financial projections.


Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following areas:

  • Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information. 
  • Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication. 
  • Numeracy and computational skills. 
  • Information technology skills such as word-processing and spreadsheet use, internet communication, etc. 
  • Personal and interpersonal skills, work as a member of a team.
  • Time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working. 
  • Study skills needed for continuing professional development. 
  • Locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources.
  • Undertake independent and self-managed learning.
  • Use communications and information technology in acquiring, analysing and communicating information.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Work in groups and apply other inter-personal skills.


For programme aims to:

  • equip students with the technical appreciation, skills and knowledge appropriate to graduates in Mathematics and Accounting and Finance.
  • develop students’ facilities of rigorous reasoning and precise expression.
  • develop students’ capabilities to formulate and solve mathematical problems.
  • develop in students appreciation of recent developments in Mathematics, and of the links between the theory of Mathematics and its practical application.
  • develop in students a logical, mathematical approach to solving problems.
  • develop in students an enhanced capacity for independent thought and work.
  • ensure students are competent in the use of information technology, and are familiar with computers, together with the relevant software.
  • provide students with opportunities to study advanced topics in Mathematics and develop communication and personal skills.
  • (for the programme involving a year in industry) enable students to gain awareness of the application of technical concepts in the workplace.
  • develop students’ understanding of some of the contexts in which accounting operates
  • develop students’ understanding of aspects of the conceptual underpinning to accounting
  • provide students with knowledge, understanding and skills, predominantly from a UK perspective, relevant to a career in accounting or a related area and professional training in accounting provide students with opportunities to obtain a range of exemptions at the initial stages of professional examinations.

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