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Accounting and Finance

by on September 28, 2015 | Career Guide

Accountancy is the study of maintaining, auditing and recording financial transactions. If you pursue this field, you will develop an understanding of accounting principles and processes needed to organise, maintain, analyse and evaluate corporate and personal financial records.

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In contrast, finance deals with the planning, directing, organising and controlling of financial activities and services for organisations, institutions and individuals through an understanding of the theories and practice of financial planning and investment, monetary and financial systems and markets, and the principles of insurance.

What you will learn

1. Accounting (accounting, auditing and taxation)

Courses in accounting will develop your decision-making and analytical skills and teach you how to apply the principles, procedures and theories of organising, maintaining and auditing records of business and financial transactions. You will learn subjects like financial accounting, management accounting, auditing and accountability, international accounting and taxation.

2. Finance (finance, banking, investment and security, and insurance)

The sub-field of finance studies may include a combination of subjects in banking, investment and security and insurance. The course will enable you to undertake the financial management of industrial and commercial enterprises, of commercial, savings, and mortgage banking, and of investment analysis and portfolio selection, foreign exchange and currency management. Investment and security subjects develop your skills in directing, planning and providing investment and securities services. The study of insurance will prepare you to understand insurance and actuarial services including planning services in relation to life, disability, property, liability and other risk theory, new business, claims, re-insurance and superannuation.

Courses offered in this field

Courses offered in this field include diploma and bachelor degree programmes. Get course listings at in the Accounting and Finance Fields of Study section.

Some Examples

Bachelor Degree Programmes
Private University/College
B.A.(Hons) Accounting
By: UCSI University
B.A.(Hons) Accounting & Finance
By: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
B.A.(Hons) Accounting & Finance
By: HELP Academy
B.A.(Hons) Accounting & Finance
By: Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMU)
B.A.(Hons) Accounting & Finance
By: Nilai University
B.A.(Hons) Accounting & Finance
By: SEGI University
B.A.(Hons) Accounting & Finance
By: Taylor's University
B.A.(Hons) Accounting and Financial Management (3+0) University of Sunderland, UK
By: SEGi College, Sarawak
B.A.(Hons) Finance, Accounting and Management
By: The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)
B.A.(Hons) in Banking & Finance
By: LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
B.A.(Hons) in Banking and Finance
By: KDU University College
B.B.A.(Hons) Banking & Finance
By: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
B.B.A.(Hons) in Islamic Finance
By: International University Of Malaya Wales (IUMW)
B.Sc.(Hons) (Accounting & Finance)
By: City University College of Science & Technology (CUCST)
B.Sc.(Hons) Accounting & Finance (3+0) Anglia Ruskin University, UK
By: HELP College of Arts and Technology
B.Sc.(Hons) Finance & Investment
By: UCSI University
B.Sc.(Hons) in Accounting and Finance
By: AIMST University
B.Sc.(Hons) Insurance
By: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) Accounting and Finance (Hons) University of London, UK (External Degree)
By: HELP Academy Accountancy (Hons)
By: Management & Science University (MSU) Finance (Hons)
By: Management & Science University (MSU)
Bac.of Accountancy (Honours)
By: Raffles University Iskandar Malaysia
Bac.of Accountancy (Hons)
By: Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)
Bac.of Accountancy (Hons)
By: Quest International University Perak (QUIP)
Bac.of Accountancy (Hons)
By: University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS)
Bac.of Accounting
By: SEGI University
Bac.of Accounting (Hons)
By: Manipal International University (MIU)
Bac.of Accounting (Hons)
By: Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC)
Bac.of Accounting (Hons)
By: UNITAR International University
Bac.of Accounting (Hons)
By: Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
Bac.of Accounting (Hons)
By: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
Bac.of Accounting (Hons)
By: MAHSA University
Bac.of Accounting & Finance (Hons) (3+0) University of Greenwich, UK
By: SEGi College, Kuala Lumpur
Bac.of Accounting & Finance (Hons)
By: SEGi College, Subang Jaya
Bac.of Accounting with Honours
By: Open University Malaysia (OUM)
Bac.of Business (Hons) Accounting
By: HELP University
Bac.of Business (Hons) Accounting
By: LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology
Bac.of Business (Hons) Banking and Finance
By: Taylor's University
Bac.of Business (Hons) Finance
By: HELP University
Bac.of Business (Hons) Finance and Economics
By: Taylor's University
Bac.of Commerce (Accounting & Finance)
By: Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia
Bac.of Commerce (Accounting)
By: Monash University Malaysia (MUSM)
Bac.of Commerce (Hons) Accounting
By: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
Semi-Professional & Professional Qualification


Possible Occupations

  • Accountants
  • Accounts Clerks
  • Actuaries
  • Audit Executives
  • Auditors
  • Bank Managers
  • Bankers
  • Banking Consultants
  • Banking Executives
  • Bill and Account Collectors
  • Brokerage Clerks
  • Budget Analysts
  • Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
  • Claims Examiners, Property and Casualty Insurance
  • Credit Analysts
  • Credit Authorisers, Checkers, and Clerks
  • Financial Analysts
  • Financial Consultants
  • Financial Controllers
  • Financial Managers
  • Financial Quantitative Analysts
  • Financial Specialists
  • Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts
  • Insurance Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
  • Insurance Appraisers
  • Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks
  • Insurance Claims Clerks
  • Insurance Sales Agents
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Investment Analysts
  • Investment Fund Managers
  • Investment Managers
  • Investment Underwriters
  • Islamic Financial Officers
  • Loan Counsellors
  • Loan Interviewers and Clerks
  • Loan Officers
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Risk Management Specialists
  • Sales Agents
  • Securities and Commodities Traders
  • Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
  • Stockbrokers
  • Tellers
  • Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers
  • Treasurers and Controllers
  • Underwriters

Featured Courses

1. BSc (Hons) Financial Analysis at Sunway University

Sunway University If you're looking for a programme that prepares you for the Chartered Financial Analysis (CFA) professional examination, then you should consider the BSc (Hons) Financial Analysis degree offered at Sunway University.

This programme equips students for the quantitative aspects of all three levels of the CFA exam and has been designed to meet the increasing demand for quality skills and expertise in the financial services industry. Focusing on the quantitative aspects of finance, students will study equity, fixed-income and derivatives markets and will learn to apply mathematical and statistical knowledge to the fields of investment, risk management and the financial services industry in general.

Typical subjects in this course include:

  • Programming Principles
  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Linear Algebra & Applications
  • Introduction to Probability
  • Theory of Interest
  • Introductory Economics
  • Calculus
  • Principles of Business Finance
  • Advanced Calculus
  • Financial Economics
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Portfolio Management
  • Equity Valuation
  • Financial Management
  • Bonds with Embedded Options and Structured Securities
  • Portfolio Management for Institutional Investors
  • Fixed Income Portfolio Management
  • Business Ethics & Social Responsibilities
  • Risk Management Applications of Derivatives

What are some examples of career prospects?

This degree will equip you for a career in a wide variety of fields including foreign ministries, international organisations, international businesses and finance, non-governmental and aid sectors, international media and journalism, local and national government, think-tanks, policy advice and lobbying.

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Investment Banker / Analyst
  • Portfolio / Fund Manager
  • Money & Wealth Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Engineer
  • Financial Strategist
  • Financial Research Analyst
  • Investment Banker

Entry Requirements

STPM Average C+ or CGPA 2.33 (minimum 2 Principals)
A Level CC / CDE (minimum 12 points)
Australian Matriculation ATAR 60
Canadian Matriculation 60%
MUFY 60%
Sunway Foundation in Arts 60%
UEC Maximum 26 points from 5 subjects (all Grade Bs)
IB Completed with minimum 25 points (excluding bonus points)

English Language Requirements

TOEFL 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 80 (internet-based)
PTE Academic 50 overall (minimum 46 in each skill)
MUET Band 4
SPM English B3 or B+
UEC English B4
O-Level English (1119) Credit
Sunway Intensive English Programme Pass Level 4 with minimum 65%
2. 3+0 BA (Hons) Accounting, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom at
INTI International University & Colleges

INTI International University & Colleges The BA (Hons) Accounting (3+0) programme focuses on the core practice of accounting which comprises Financial Accounting and Management Accounting. The programme accreditations also allow students to gain exemptions from the foundation examinations of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Part 1 of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Upon completion of the programme, you will earn an international degree from the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

Typical subjects in this course include:

  • Economics for Business
  • English for Business Studies
  • Global Perspective in Economics
  • Law for Accounting & Finance
  • Principles of Accounting & Finance
  • Quantitative Analysis for Accounting & Finance
  • The Accounting & Finance Professional
  • Cost & Performance Management
  • Enhancing Employability in Accounting & Finance
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Financial Management
  • Modelling Business Problem
  • Advanced Corporate Reporting
  • Business & Commercial Awareness
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting & Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Practice of Auditing
  • Strategic Management Accounting

What can students who enrol in this course look forward to?

Students will get exposure to real industry projects and practical learning experience via international faculty, overseas guest professors and live lecture conferencing. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Semester Abroad Programme (SAP) and experience a different culture and environment.

Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), the key implementing agency, has formed MyUniAlliance to upskill local professionals and upgrade undergraduates with an industry-relevant syllabus. INTI is part of the MyUniAlliance-SAP leg.

What are some examples of career prospects?

Graduates can work as accountants, tax advisors, auditors, consultants, financial controllers, accounting assistants, management trainees, bankers, financial planners or counsellors.

Graduates may assume responsible, entry-level managerial positions in: government ministries, departments and enforcement agencies; local authorities; accounting firms, corporations and companies; audit firms; banks; securities firms; insurance companies; multimedia telecommunication companies; and marketing agencies.

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