Strathclyde Business School
Department of Accounting & Finance

Accounting & Finance

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The Department is committed to excellence in both teaching and research. Our research is focused on international reputation, benchmarking our output against peer departments in leading UK universities and having regard to a range of external ranking of research achievement.

External Rankings

Consistently ranked in the top 5 in the UK in the leading University Guides

Our department is currently ranked 2nd in the UK for Accounting & Finance in the Complete University Guide Subject League Table for 2015The Guardian, ranking Accounting & Finance for the first time have ranked us 3rd in the UK. Our position in these guides is consistently in the top 5 year-on-year. 

  2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Ranking: 2nd  2nd 2nd 4th 1st
Complete University Guide Ranking: 2nd 4th 4th 5th 4th
The Guardian University League Tables  3rd - - - -


Financial Times Ranks Department as top MSc Finance programme in Scotland 

In the Financial Times' Pre-experience Masters in Finance Programmes Survey 2013, our programmes have achieved 30th place in the world rankings. This keeps us at number 1 in Scotland and moves us up to 6th in the UK as a whole. Indeed the only programmes ranked ahead of us in the UK are offered within one hours travel of the capital, London.  

Excellence in meeting Student Expectations

Our average student satisfaction rating by the NSS for Accounting and Finance over the past 4 years is 96% with a high for Accounting of 99% and 97% for Finance. This means we are consistently ranked as one of the top Accounting and Finance Departments not only in Scotland but also the UK .  Full details of this years results can be found by searching on subject.

Business School No.1 for Research

Strathclyde Business School has been rated No.1 in Scotland in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008

5th in Europe

In Chan et al. (2007) our finance research in 21 top journals over the period 1990-2004 is ranked fifth in Europe. Full details.

Top 5%

In Heck et al (2009) studies of the most prolific authors for that past 50 years in Finance and in Accounting have shown that 4 of our Professors are in the top 5%. With 10 or more appearances in 26 core journals.

Accounting Accreditation

You can study Accounting in combination with a range of business subjects at Strathclyde. In the majority of study combinations, Accounting is fully accredited for entry to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) as well as offering exemptions to other professional bodies, eg Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Research / Teaching Strengths

The main research strengths of the department are in finance and critical accounting theory.

The Department also offers a very successful PhD Program that is supported by the ESRC, and our range of  Masters courses provides an excellent basis for research work in finance or accounting. Many Graduates have gone on to complete their Phd Degree at Strathclyde and are to be found teaching finance in Universities both in the UK and the rest of the world.

Our Undergraduate degree programme with principal subjects in Accounting / Finance are also very popular, with the majority of graduates going on to find relevant professional employment.


To find the location of the Department please click on the Curran Building link in the address below.

accounting and finance Curran Building
G4 0LN
t:01415483261 f:01415523547

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