Business & Finance BA / MA (Hons)

The programme

An understanding of business and finance is an essential prerequisite for those who intend to pursue a career in commerce, industry or public administration. Operating in international markets requires an understanding of international accounting standards, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and exchange and interest rates. It is not surprising that there is a continuing demand for graduates who have specialised in these subjects. Professional bodies will offer substantial examination exemptions and reduced periods of pre-qualifying service to approved graduates.

The Heriot-Watt programme in Business and Finance is a joint degree programme with equal emphasis on the subject areas of management and finance. The aim of the programme is to encourage the development of cognitive skills so that as students progress they develop knowledge and understanding, learn to apply that knowledge and understanding, and become versed in the deeper approach to learning as evidenced by powers of analysis, synthesis and evaluation..

First year

Students will follow introductory courses in four key subject themes of Accountancy and Finance, Economics and Management.

Second year

The main aspects of management and finance are developed. Management subjects include Marketing, Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. Finance subjects include Finance Theory and Markets. Quantitative Techniques courses are taken to equip students with knowledge and skills required in subsequent years.

Third year

Students will undertake core finance subjects in Corporate Finance and Security Markets. In addition, students will take business related subjects including Strategic Management, Business Research Methods, Project Management and Operations Management.

Fourth year

The final year provides an opportunity for specialisation in management and studies in International and Contemporary Issues in relevant Business and Finance areas. Students must also undertake a dissertation in an area of business or finance of particular interest to them.

Why study Business & Finance at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai?

  • High quality British degree programme.
  • Gain a relevant degree that matches industry needs.
  • Develop and enhance your skills.
  • Further your career prospects.

Early application discount - apply now

Apply now and confirm your place on this programme to avail of the early application discount of 3000 AED for a limited period of time.

Entry requirements

January intake

The January intake is only open to students who meet all of the following requirements:

  • Transferring from another university
  • Meet the entry requirements for first year entry
  • Carry additional learning or credits of a post-schooling programme that exempts them from the first semester of the programme

First year entry

  • GCE A Level CCC or equivalent.
  • CBSE or equivalent 65%
  • American High School Diploma Pass plus SATs with an overall score of 1500.
  • UAE Tawjihiyya 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 24 points or above.
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma MMM
  • Foundation Year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Management) with a BBBB.

Second year entry

  • GCE A Levels BBB in relevant subjects
  • International Baccalaureate 28 points
  • CBSE 85%
  • American High School + 3AP at grade 4
  • American High School + SATs 1800
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) PPP
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma DDD
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case by case basis.

Third year entry

  • Successful completion of an HND in a related field of study (with a merit profile). Please contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office to discuss further.
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case by case basis.

Additional information

  • Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English Language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 550 (paper-based exam); 213 (computer-based exam); 80 (internet-based exam).