MA (Hons) Business and Finance

The course

Programme code
KPT/JPS (R/340/6/0490) (MQA/FA4165) 11/24
Delivery type
3 years
Intake date

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


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Business Management and Finance professionals work with executive and management teams to provide expert advice on the impacts and deployment of resources and processes throughout an organisation.

At Heriot-Watt, you will learn how to apply business management and finance knowledge and skills to a range of different managerial, business and problem-solving situations, management decisions, compliance issues and governance.

This undergraduate MA Honours degree* explores the interface between business and finance, in particular the management and business implications of financial decision-making. It is a specialist joint degree with equal emphasis given to the subject areas of business and finance. The degree is particularly suited to students who wish to gain a firm grounding in business and management, but with an insight into the finance and financial operations of businesses and organisations.

Key topics covered include accounting, business policy, corporate finance, economics, management and marketing.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and project work. Each course broadly requires four to five hours per week of contact time in classes and the equivalent in directed self-study during teaching weeks. 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.


This programme is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). In accordance with our normal practice our professionally orientated programmes are designed to meet the educational requirements for membership of relevant professional institutions. In addition to recognition within Malaysia, we seek accreditation by the relevant UK or international professional bodies in accordance with their standard procedures.

*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).

Course content

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Personal Finance and Investment Ethics
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Management in a Global Context
  • Financial Markets Theory
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Management Accounting in Organisations

Year 2

  • International Bond and Currency Markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Managing Corporate Value
  • Strategic Management
  • Choose 3 optional courses

Optional courses available for Year 2 include:

  • Innovation Management,
  • Business Research Methods,
  • Consumer Behaviour,
  • Marketing Communications,
  • Critical Approaches to Management,
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Business Venturing.

Year 3

  • Two Approved Business Management options
  • Two Approved Finance options
  • Choose 2 optional courses

Across both semesters

  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation

Approved Business Management options include:

  • International Business,
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Retail Marketing,
  • Changing Trends in Employment,
  • Marketing and Managements in SMEs
  • Marketing Sustainability

Approved Finance options include:

  • Agency Theory and Corporate Governance
  • Contemporary Issues in Finance

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


Our Business and Finance graduates have embarked on successful careers in the public and private sectors as accountants, actuaries, auditors, financial advisers, foreign exchange dealers, legal advisers, stockbrokers and tax associates.

Companies and organisations employing Business and Finance graduates from Heriot-Watt include Baillie Gifford, Deloitte, EY, HSBC, KPMG, Mazars, Nestlé and PwC.

Entry requirements

  • A-Level: DDD
  • STPM: CC
  • 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
  • Foundation: Minimum CGPA 2.0
  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA 2.0
  • 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 or equivalent. This requirement can be waived if applicants have obtained at least grade C in Mathematics at a higher level.

We highly 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. 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, then evidence of proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 is required.

If you do not have IELTS 6.0, we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.


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