What to expect from undergraduate accounting degrees
Generally, undergraduate-level accounting degrees last four years in the US, three years in Singapore, the UK and Australia (and most other countries), and two years in Malta provided the student has obtained exceptional grades in a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
In the first year or half of their degree, students will be introduced to key topics within accounting, finance and business. They can then choose to specialize in particular accounting topics and that interest them, contingent on the institution’s available modules.
Students generally work towards completing a major research project, with other assessment methods including reports, group presentations and portfolios. Teaching is usually classroom-based, involving individual and group exercises, case studies, lectures, seminars and IT workshops, including the use of accounting software.
Most institutions provide teaching staff with professional experience in the accounting and finance sectors, while many also allow students to spend a year on an industrial placement, gaining valuable work experience, language and accounting skills and professional contacts, either locally or abroad.