MA Accountancy

The course

Delivery type
Full-time: 3 years (BA) / 4 years (MA Hons)
Intake date



Whether you are considering a career as a chartered accountant in professional practice, industry or the public sector, or you are looking to work in other professional, commercial and industrial areas, our MA Accountancy programme has been designed to ensure you have the knowledges and skills that employers value.

Over the course of studying our MA Accountancy programme, students can expect to develop a broad understanding of the context in which modern accounting operates, and develop accounting expertise in several areas including, but not limited to:

  • Recording and summarising business transactions
  • Preparing and analysing financial statements
  • Analysing and making decisions on business operations
  • Conducting financial analysis
  • Producing and reporting projections
  • Conducting audit
  • Analysing governance issues
  • Gaining awareness of the importance of business ethics.

In addition to these key accounting skills, our MA Accountancy programme allows students to expand their overall skillset through a combination of individual and group work, written reports, presentations and examinations. Throughout this programme we will develop skills such as:

  • Analysis
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Presentation delivery.

On the whole, our MA Accountancy programme provides students with a solid foundation for their future career in accountancy, business or beyond.

Guest lectures and internship opportunities

Depending on the availability of speakers, students will have the opportunity during their studies to gain first hand insights into accountancy practice through guest lectures.

Go Global

Dubai will be introducing this programme, so Go Global Dubai may be possible depending on the coronavirus situation. We will update this information when we know more.


We are working with the following accreditation bodies to gain the maximum exemptions possible for this degree: 

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.

Accredited by the Association of International Accountants (AIA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations through the Accredited degree accelerated route.

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS) for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

Course content

Year 1

  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Academic Skills
  • Becoming a Professional
  • Discovering Business

Year 2

  • Principles of Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting in Organisations
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Financial Markets Theory

Optional courses available for Year 2 include:

  • Introduction to Economics
  • Management in a Global Context

Year 3

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting Techniques and Decisions
  • Corporate Financial Theory
  • Commercial Law
  • Taxation
  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Business Entities
  • Business Research Methods

Year 4

  • Accounting Information System and Technology
  • Advanced Financial Accounting

Choose 4 optional or elective courses from the following:

  • Governance and Professional Ethics
  • Accounting History
  • International Bonds and Currency Markets
  • Strategic Management
  • Corporate Reporting and Theory
  • Contemporary Issues in
  • Professional and Critical Theory

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • GCE A-Level CCD (or BBBB at AS-Level)
  • CBSE or equivalent 65%
  • American High School Diploma + SAT 1s - 1000
  • UAE Tawjihiyya 80%
  • International Baccalaureate 24 points
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma MMM
  • Foundation year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Management) with a BBBB.
  • African WAEC / NECO / WASSCE B2
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent – 70%
  • Curriculum Russian/Kazakhstan (Attestat) with minimum grade of 5 + IELTS 6.0
  • EmSAT minimum 1400 English and 1200 Maths

Year 2

  • GCE A-Level CCC in relevant business subjects
  • International Baccalaureate 27 points
  • CBSE 75%
  • American High School 70% + 3 AP at grade 4 OR Minimum 3 SAT 2’s 500 each
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) PPP
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma DDD
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent – 85%
  • Students with an HND, an OND Upper Credit or have completed first year at a Nigerian University with strong grades, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis

If English is not your first language, you will have to show us that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please refer to our English language requirements.

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Academic (with no element below 5.5).

Fees and funding

  • AED 58800 per year*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of degree entry, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and PhD scholarships and discounts.