MA (Hons) Business and Finance

The course

Delivery type
Day
Duration
4 years (full-time)
Intake date
September, January
Location
Dubai

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Overview

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.

Why study Business and Finance at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

  • High quality British degree programme.
  • Enhance your career in either the business or finance sector
  • Develop and enhance your skills.
  • Further your career prospects.

Accreditation

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.  All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

CFA Affiliation

This programme is affiliated with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. This gold star recognition implies that students who pursue this programme with Heriot-Watt University Dubai will cover all the courses in their degree pathways to successfully complete the CFA Level 1 examination.

Student profile

Being a Heriot-Watt graduate will give me a competitive advantage in the industry as I will have the right skills and potential for the right job. Also coming from a renowned university makes a big difference.

Sarita Bhattarai, BEng Civil Engineering

Course content

First year

Students take up introductory subjects such as Introduction to Accounting and Finance, Introduction to Economics, Introduction to Marketing, and Management in a Global Context. Subjects like Academics Skills, Discovering a Business and Becoming a Professional will be offered to strengthen the foundation of the programme.

Second year

The main aspects of management and finance are developed. Management subjects include Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management, Commercial Law and Human Resource Management. Finance subjects include Finance Theory and Markets. Quantitative Techniques courses are taken to equip students with the knowledge and skills that will be 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 Marketing.

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.

Career

When studying Business and Finance, you can expect career opportunities in the following roles: financial advisor, business operations manager, production manager, quality control, logistics manager, business interpreter, marketing executive, retail manager, advertising manager, digital marketer and project manager.

Entry requirements

Our normal entry criteria are listed below. However, please note that the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.

Year 1 - January only

  • 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- Entry available for January and September intakes

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to dubaienquiries@hw.ac.uk

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 61152 per year*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

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