Skip to main content

MA Accounting and Business Finance

Key information

With very close links with industry, commerce and relevant professional bodies, our business-related programmes are world-renowned for teaching and research.

Programme code
Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
Mode of delivery
3 years
Start date
September, January

Our programmes comprise 1 year in Foundation, followed by our 3 year Undergraduate programme

Our Accounting and Business Finance programme is a specialist degree, particularly suited to those seeking entry into the accounting profession, financial services or financial management. The value of such studies is also recognised by professional accountancy bodies which offer examination exemptions.

The degree of Master of Arts (MA) is an undergraduate Honours degree, awarded by the ancient universities in Scotland and the UK including Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Cambridge and Oxford. At other universities in Scotland and the UK, undergraduate degrees in the arts, liberal arts, humanities or social sciences are awarded as Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Your student experience

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and project work. Course assessment is generally based on either coursework or an exam at the end of the semester, or a mixture of the two at the end of the semester or academic year.

Go Global

With Go Global, Heriot-Watt's global student programme, you can carry your studies to new places and experience new cultures, expanding your horizons on the way. You'll discover what it means to be a true global citizen and emerge prepared for wherever your career journey will take you.

Inter-Campus Transfer: Dubai

Discover new friends and places with an inter-campus transfer to Dubai.

Inter-Campus Transfer: United Kingdom

Discover new friends and places with an inter-campus transfer to the UK.

Course content

September Intake - Malaysia

Information correct at time of publication and may be subject to change

January Intake - Malaysia

Information correct at time of publication and may be subject to change

Fees and funding

StatusFull Time
LocalMYR 36,560
InternationalMYR 42,848

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of Scholarships

View details

Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

  • A-Level: DDD
  • STPM: C+C+
  • UEC: Maximum 30 points (5 subjects not less than B grade)
  • Canada Year 12 High School Diploma: 50% (average score based on 6 best relevant subjects including English)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 24 points excluding Theory of knowledge and Extended Essay
  • Matriculation/Foundation: Minimum CGPA 2.5
  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA 2.5
  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Business / Foundation in Science: Pass and eligible to receive the award
  • SMA 3 (Indonesia): 6.0
  • Year 12 State Board High School Examination (India): 70%
  • Senior High School Graduation Certificate (China): 80%


In addition to the entry requirements listed above, applicants must have grade C in Mathematics at SPM/ IGCSE level or equivalent. This requirement can be waived if applicants have obtained at least grade pass in Mathematics at a higher level

MQA requires Malaysian students to possess a MUET Band 2 or equivalent qualification in order to register for the programme when using an entry qualification whereby the medium of instruction is not in English, e.g. UEC, STPM.

We strongly urge all prospective students to submit their applications. Our students comprise of individuals with a wide array of qualifications. The most comprehensive way for us to assess eligibility is by receiving a completed application comprising of academic qualification.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.


Our graduates are successful in a range of professional, financial, commercial and industrial areas. Many students join accounting firms, taking examinations for one of the professional accountancy bodies. The combination of expertise also provides a firm foundation for successful business and management careers including banking, insurance, finance and management.

Student life

Explore facilities, and chat to staff and students

Contact our enquiries team

Contact us