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Accounting, Finance and Economics

Where investment pays off

  • Highly accredited

    Our accounting, finance and economics courses have a huge number of accreditations from professional bodies. You will graduate with exemptions from professional accountancy exams and with the skills that employers really need.

  • Superb Facilities

    We have one of the largest Bloomberg training suites in the country. It gives you unparalleled access to the high-tech trading equipment that professionals in accounting, finance and economics use every day.

  • career-focused courses

    Our courses are designed with your career in mind. We have superb links with businesses in Canary Wharf, London and across the world. The course content is contemporary, skills-based and valued by employers.

About us

  • On our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, you’ll be trained to use the same tools as professional City traders - we have a dedicated Bloomberg Room at our USS campus specifically for this purpose. You'll develop practical skills and technical expertise that employers value highly.
  • You’ll be taught by research-active staff who bring their insights into the lecture theatre and seminar room to inform, stimulate and inspire. Our lectures feature eminent guest speakers, are interactive and follow an interdisciplinary approach; they’re not just economics, maths and statistics - they expand to the fields of political economy, international relations and history.
  • You’ll learn and be assessed in ways that mirror the real world, through presentations, pitches and assignments in addition to the more traditional lectures and seminars. All our classes are taught by lecturers and tutors with strong academic credentials as well as significant commercial experience with world-leading companies such as PwC, Prudential and Standard and Poor’s. 
  • Many of our courses provide an essential step towards gaining the professional accreditation you need to make a mark in your chosen field. We help you to convince employers that you have what it takes to make a positive difference.

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Studying at UEL has been a great experience for many reasons. What is great is that I can study my master's without it affecting work and other routines. We also have access to the Bloomberg room which helps us to find and analyse all sorts of data related to Finance and Econometrics subjects. Everyone at UEL, especially teachers are very friendly. I would encourage everyone to apply to UEL.
Mehmood Jamshed , MSc International Accounting and Finance
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Our facilities

Our facilities give students a huge helping hand during their studies and a head-start when they begin their careers. As well as our 24hr libraries, state-of-the-art teaching facilities and student support services, we have one of the largest Bloomberg training suites in the country. It gives you access to the same world-class financial trading facilities that professionals in the City of London use, so you can learn using the best resources available.

Bloomberg terminals provide real-time financial data and analysis, giving you accurate information about stocks and economic trends to inform your projects and to stay informed on financial and economic issues.

Our libraries and learning services are at the very heart of the University. We have a superb range of resources and facilities to help you with your studies and we’re committed to offering you a first-class student experience. Our Stratford library, opened at a cost of £14 million, is a state-of-the-art building that provides an inspirational environment for study and research. Overlooking the Royal Docks, our modern Docklands library is another fantastic space for learning, offering a wide range of resources as well as group and silent study facilities. It’s also home to the UEL Skillzone, where you can get extra help with your academic writing.

Both libraries are open 24/7 during term time, giving you maximum flexibility about when you choose to study. As well as visiting our libraries in person, you can also take advantage of the growing collection of electronic resources, including e-books, e-journals and databases.

To ensure our students get the best possible support, we’ve opened brand-new Student Support hubs at our Docklands and Stratford campuses - at a cost of £3.1 million. These contain centralised helpdesks as well as comfortable areas to relax and socialise. The helpdesks provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for every possible need, from course-related enquiries to personal issues such as health and money matters. They’re designed to be your first port of call if you have an enquiry or problem. 

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day or take a virtual tour.

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What we're researching

The world of finance, banking and economics has undergone a seismic shift in recent years. As global economies nose-dived into recession and major political events unfolded in the wake of international economic crises, it became obvious that the financial world affects us all in many ways.

Our teams are researching many of the issues that are headline news, looking at problems that affect millions of lives to challenge prevailing wisdom, offer new ways of thinking and make a positive impact on society. This means you’ll be taught by people who are passionate about passing on the latest knowledge to students and broadening their minds.

More detail on our specific research focuses can be found below.

Research themes

Good corporate governance is a fundamental part of well-functioning capital markets as it strengthens the protection of investors’ rights and increases management’s accountability to a wider audience. Research in this area examines the effectiveness of governance arrangements, what constitutes good governance structure, how different components and characteristics of corporate governance influence companies’ decision making and performance, and compliance with governance regulations. 

Members of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Subject Group at UEL have published in a variety of journals and topics. Current projects include studies on the effect of certain corporate governance characteristics on firm performance, financing and financing costs, the interplay between governance, ownership, and executive pay, and the effect of governance characteristics on disclosure.

Regulators and users of corporate financial reports all over the world have had an increased concern on the usefulness of corporate disclosure. On the one hand, the concern had led to increased guidance and principles on presentation and disclosure in corporate annual reports. On the other hand, increased regulatory guidance had led to concern on clusters in corporate annual reports. This research theme examines the extent of corporate compliance with mandatory disclosure requirements, the determinants of mandatory and voluntary disclosure, and the economic consequences of mandatory disclosure.

Current projects in this area include studies on the effect of managerial discretion on the extent and timeliness of corporate disclosure, institutional determinants of mandatory disclosure, intra-industry variation in mandatory disclosure, corporate segmental disclosure practices, corporate giving and philanthropic disclosure, and effects of disclosure on trading volumes, bid-ask spread and cost of capital.

The need to stimulate and manage economic growth is a global topic of utmost importance for all economies. The existence of a well-functioning banking sector is crucial, not only for the development of the financial sector, but also for the stability of financial systems and the improvement of overall economic growth. The banking industry plays a vital role of financial intermediation by providing funds to private and public investment projects and by financing government deficits.

Members of the Accounting, Finance and Economics Subject Group at UEL are undertaking many research projects into the most topical issues in banking, including the determinants of banks’ profitability, the relationship between market structure and financial performance of banks, the competitiveness conditions in the banking sector, and measuring the efficiency and productivity of banks.
This research strand explores one of the most topical topics in accounting, namely how corporate managers would exercise their discretion over accounting practices and estimation to mislead other stakeholders who rely on financial reports to make decisions. Research in this theme ranges from developing new models to detect earnings management, exploring the impact of earnings management on decision-makers and the determinants of earnings management.

Examples of active projects which are currently undertaken at UEL includes empirical studies on the impact of overvaluation on the stock market on earnings management, using the profile of CEOs to detect earnings management, choices of earnings management tools following share-financed mergers and acquisitions.
Disclosure among SMEs is not mandatory but rather voluntary. Therefore, if SMES choose to disclose financial information, the level of disclosure is principally within the jurisdiction of entrepreneurs to determine the extent of disclosure. The existing literature suggests that there is a correlation between disclosure and financial performance which is why research in corporate disclosure of SMEs explores one of the most topical concepts in accounting, namely how SME entrepreneurs would exercise their discretion over corporate disclosure and financial reporting practices to influence financial performance. 

Research on this theme at the Accounting, Finance and Economics Subject Group at UEL arrays from developing a mandate to provide researched solutions on the phenomenal concept of corporate disclosure and how it is a reliable tool to enhance SME performance.

Researchers in the Economics Research Group and STAMP (Centre for the Study of States, Markets & People) are carrying out research projects spanning a range of the most topical issues in the fields of political economy, financial economics, macro-economic history and development economics. They edit the refereed periodical Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (Routledge, 6 issues a year since 1998). Research areas include: Political economy of Europe and the Balkans; globalisation and financialisation in developing/peripheral economies; the rise of consumer debt in the UK and the political economy of de-globalisation; banking, international finance, financial crises and their intensification.

This research cluster operates through the economics subject area, STAMP and a PhD project by Oluwaseun Alele.

Current projects in this area include:
• The rise of consumer debt in the UK since the collapse of the Bretton Woods system
• Study of OECD, WTO and EC reports on trade contraction
• The new wave of protectionism
• Linkages between the rise of protectionism and right-wing authoritarianism in Europe and the USA
• Donald Trump’s de-globalisation agenda and “America First” policy
The banking sector is crucial for the stability of financial services. But crises occur and need to be studied. Members of the Economics Subject Group have developed synergies with their colleagues working on Accounting and Finance, especially in the field of banking and the expanding subject area of financialisation.

Current projects in this research cluster include:
• Financial liberalisation and trade liberalisation in developing countries (Dr. Jassodra Maharaj)
• Foreign Direct Investment especially within emerging economies (Dr. Jassodra Maharaj)
• International balance sheet linkages (Dr. Carmela D’ Avino)
• Net interoffice accounts of global banks (Dr. Carmela D’ Avino)
• Pro-cyclical banking leverage in France (Dr. Carmela D’ Avino)
• Financial intermediation and the US banking system (Dr. Carmela D’ Avino)
• Banking regulation, shadow banking and financialisation (Dr. Mimoza Shabani)
• The asset price mechanism and applied econometrics
• Post-Keynesian/heterodox economics (Dr. Mimoza Shambani, Dr. Shampa Roy-Mukherjee and Prof Vassilis K. Fouskas)

This research theme operates through the economics subject area and STAMP’s research cluster on “African Political Economy” and includes early career researchers (ECRs) and PhD students, the lead researcher being Dr. Ejike Udeogu.

Current projects in the area include:
• Financialisation, capital accumulation and economic development: a theoretical and empirical investigation of the Nigerian economy (Dr. Udeogu)
• Taming financial capital: the role and limitations of Basel capital regulation in Pakistan (Mr Shazaib Butt)
• Impact of globalisation on poverty reduction in Ghana (Mr Francis Frimpong)
• The role of Islamic banking in overcoming the 1997 crisis in Thailand (Ms Aini Sahar)
• The political economy of the Arab uprisings (Dr. Shampa Roy-Mukherjee)

This research strand explores one of the most topical themes in the politics and economics of European integration and enlargement, namely how the ordoliberal policy of Germany has been transplanted across the EU-Euro-zone and its affiliated states in the Western Balkans. Research in this theme ranges from exploration of the history of ordoliberalism in inter-war Germany to the 1980s; the impact on Constitutions; and the advancement of supra-national, rule-based Treaties replacing national Constitutions. In this context, members of this research strand discuss the implications of Brexit upon the future of the EU/Euro-zone and globalization, and vice versa. A PhD student from STAMP is actively participating in this cluster

Current projects in this area include:
• Austerity and growth in Europe and the Balkans
• Can ordoliberalism tame the EU’s economic, debt and banking crises?
• New authoritarianism and neo-liberalism in the EU
• Ordoliberalism and the EU’s eastward enlargement
• The Constitution ordoliberalism: rule-based technocracy?
• Austerity in Greece and the Greek debt crisis
• Brexit and “de-globalization/de-Europeanization”
• The role of the banking sector in the non-EU Western Balkans
• Alternative routes to borrowing and solving debt crises
• Bio-politics and the fragmentation of the social

The researchers actively engaged in this thematic area are Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee, Dr. Carmela D’Avino, Dr. Mimosa Shambani, Ms Vishnu Priya Kolyot and Professor Vassilis K. Fouskas

Accreditations

Careers

Our Accounting, Finance and Economics courses are designed with your career in mind. The degrees are accredited by a huge number of professional organisations to give you a head-start in your career, and we incorporate a wide variety of employability-focused activities into our courses; from workshops and guest lectures to field trips and practical assessments.

Our undergraduate courses are ideal for careers in financial accountancy, management, budget control, investment analysis, data analysis, stockbroking, tax advice and auditing. Our postgraduate degrees are highly specialist, professional courses that will enable you to take a step up in your finance or accountancy career. Our graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Nomura, IAG Cargo, Macquarie, HSBC, Barclays, Wells Fargo and Metro Bank.

If you are keen to start your own business, our state-of-the-art Knowledge Dock business incubation space will provide you with access to business advisers, workshops and mentors to help you get started. You can also enter our annual E-factor competition, which carries a £6,000 cash prize.

At UEL, you’ll also have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.
Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

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