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The course

UCAS code
NN34
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

This Accountancy and Finance degree is accredited by all major UK professional bodies and achieved over 90% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018. Gain professional experience in our Bloomberg Trading Room.

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Overview

Heriot-Watt is the second highest ranked university in Scotland for undergraduate accountancy and finance degrees in the Guardian University League Table 2019. 

Our MA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance degree offers you the chance to develop the skills for a successful career in accountancy and financial services. If you graduate from this accountancy course, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a wide range of professional, commercial and industrial areas – offering the foundation for a variety of business and management careers.

Whilst studying this degree programme you will be encouraged to enhance your employability skills through the use of Heriot-Watt's state-of-the-art Bloomberg Trading Room which opened on Edinburgh campus in 2018.

 

Accreditation

As our flagship accounting degree, this accountancy and finance course is accredited by a number of institutions for exemptions from some professional examinations:

Course content

Detailed course guide
Year 1

Semester 1

  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Elective (Accounting Profession & Practice *)

Semester 2

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

* Denotes a course required by the professional accountancy bodies for accreditation purposes

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Markets Theory
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Elective (Commercial Law *)

Semester 2

  • Management Accounting in Organisations
  • Corporate Financial Theory
  • Option (Social & Environmental Accounting *)
  • Elective (Business Entities *)

* Denotes a course required by the professional accountancy bodies for accreditation purposes

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Management Accounting Techniques & Decisions
  • Auditing and Assurance
  • Elective (Accounting Information *)

Choose one from:

  • International Bond & Currency Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Semester 2

  • Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting
  • Research Methods
  • Elective (Taxation *)

Choose one from:

  • Financial Derivatives
  • Managing Corporate Value

* Denotes a course required by the professional accountancy bodies for accreditation purposes

Year 4

Semester 1

Choose three from:

  • Professional and Critical Theory
  • Accounting Theory
  • Public Sector Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting: Decision-Making
  • Agency Theory and Corporate Governance
  • Risk Management & Derivatives
  • Level 4 Economics course, subject to pre-requisites

Semester 2

Choose three from:

  • International Accounting
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Contemporary Issues in Taxation
  • Accounting History
  • Contemporary Issues in Finance
  • Equity Markets & Fund
  • Level 4 Economics course, subject to pre-requisites

Across both semesters

  • Dissertation