The course

UCAS code
NM32
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

The MA (Hons) in Accountancy and Business Law is a joint degree giving equal emphasis to the study of accountancy and the study of law and provides a wide range of employment options. The degree is suited to applicants who wish to develop a career in legal administration within a corporate environment, within the accountancy profession or the general financial services sector.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions 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 Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) 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

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Enterprise and its Business Environment
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Elective

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%

Assessment

  • Written: 59%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 41%
Year 2

Semester 1

  • Financial Reporting
  • Commercial Law
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • Management Accounting in Organisations
  • Business Entities
  • Option
  • Elective

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 26%
  • Independent study: 74%

Assessment

  • Written: 69%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 31%
Year 3

Semester 1

  • Management Accounting Techniques & Decisions
  • Employment Law
  • Elective

Choose one from:

  • Accounting Information
  • Auditing and Assurance

Semester 2

  • Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting
  • Research Methods
  • Elective

Choose one from:

  • Tax Law
  • Marketing and Consumer Law

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%

Assessment

  • Written: 56%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 44%
Year 4

Semester 1

Choose three from:

  • Approved Business Law options
  • Approved Accountancy options

Semester 2

Choose three from:

  • Approved Business Law options
  • Approved Accountancy options

Across both semesters

  • Dissertation or Legal Research Project

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%

Assessment

  • Written: 45%
  • Practical: 0%
  • Coursework: 55%

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) Accountancy and Business Law students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 80% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 20% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 100% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £17000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £20000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • HNC B in graded unit
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • Additional information Standard Grade / Intermediate 2 / National 5 / GCSE English and Mathematics are required for all Accountancy and Finance programmes.

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB in relevant subjects
  • Advanced Highers BB in relevant subjects, plus AAAB at Higher.
  • HNC Relevant HNC. Entry to Level 2 will be considered for exceptional candidates.
  • HND BB in graded units, relevant HND.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points
  • Additional information Please note that level 1 entry is the normal route for those wishing to gain the maximum number of available exemptions from professional examinations of accountancy bodies such as ACCA and ICAS.

Year 3

  • HND Relevant HND. Entry to Level 3 will be considered for exceptional candidates.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £13,770

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

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