Top accounting & finance universities in the UK

If your passion is finance and accounting and you want to study in the UK, here is a list of TOP universities in that industry. You will also find out a few steps in order to secure yourself a job in a top tier firm.

These programs prepare the students for jobs in the financial and business sectors and accountancy. Some of their courses include financial risk, auditing, corporate finance, people and accounting management and others.

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Top 10 UK universities for finance and accounting:

  1. University of Leeds
  2. Loughborough University
  3. University of Warwick
  4. Nottingham Trent University
  5. University of Bath
  6. University of Glasgow
  7. London South Bank University
  8. University of Derby
  9. University of East Anglia
  10. University of Buckingham

If you are an international student and you wish to apply to work at a firm in the UK, you need to go through a few steps.

Before the application process you need to know that:

  • You need to get a job offer before your student visa expires
  • You need to check if the companies you wish to apply for are licensed to issue work permits (Tier 2 visa). You can find this list on UK's home office website
  • Your salary must meet the appropriate rate for the job you have been offered

So, now that you are familiar with these steps, here are a few more to help you with your application process:

Application starts earlier than you think

Most top 100 companies (such as Bet365) recruit a year before the actual job begins. Usually, the job requires you to start next Spring or Autumn, so if you don't want to miss your shot for a company's graduate scheme you must apply as soon as possible.

Know the industries you should target

If you are an international student, your options can be limited, because firms hire locally first. But don't be discouraged. The largest Tier 2 industries you can target are:

Investment banking



Financial services

Professional services

The easiest industries to apply to are investment banking and professional services. They accept applications from people with any educational background. You need to have a good level of Business english and be on track for a 2:1, and they will likely hire you as their intern.

Find where to search for companies

One way to search for potential future employers is the internet. Find a trusted job searching site and look for open slots at companies within the top sponsoring businesses (only if the company is in the Home Office's Tier 2 list). For example CV-Library. If you don't want to manually search the Tier 2 list which has almost 30,000 entries, you can also check out the sites that filter the Tier 2 list by sponsorship status and industry.

Get to know the UK job application process

There are six steps in the job application process of the United Kingdom. They are:

  • CV and application form submission
  • Online tests
  • Telephone or video interview
  • Assessment center
  • Final interview