The course

UCAS code
NN23
Duration
4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

MA (Hons) Business and Finance explores the interface between business and finance and looks closely at the implications of financial decision-making on business performance and management. It achieved 94% Student Satisfaction in NSS 2019.

Contact

Overview

The Business and Finance course 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 coupled with an insight into the finance and financial operations of businesses and organisations.

Accreditation

Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner
Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1


Semester 1

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introductory Economics
  • Elective (Year 1)

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Enterprise and its Business Environment
  • The Economy
  • Elective (Year 1)

Year 2


Semester 1

  • Financial Markets Theory
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Elective (Year 2)
  • Elective (Year 1 or 2)

Semester 2

  • Corporate Financial Theory
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Statistical Techniques
  • Elective (Year 1 or 2)

Year 3


Semester 1

  • International Bond & Currency Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Option (Year 3)
  • Option (Year 3)

Semester 2

  • Financial Derivatives
  • Managing Corporate Value
  • Strategic Management
  • Option (Year 3)

Year 4

Semester 1

Choose at least one from each, and three in total from:

  • Approved Year 4 Business Management options
  • Approved Year 4 Finance options

Semester 2

Choose three from:

  • Approved Year 4 Business Management options
  • Approved Year 4 Finance options

Across both semesters

  • Dissertation

Employability

Work and study

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

  • 77% are working
  • 8% are studying
  • 3% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 76% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £24000
  • 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 and public service associate professionals
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Elementary occupations
  • Sales occupations
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Administrative occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements
  • Highers AAAB (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • BTEC DDM (Business/Accountancy/Finance preferred)
  • HNC B in graded unit

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BCC

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

Advanced Highers BB (including at least one: Accountancy, Business, Economics, Maths plus AAAB at Higher)
A-Levels ABB (including at least one of: Accountancy, Business, Economics, Maths)
Int. Baccalaureate 34 points (including at least one of: Accountancy, Business, Economics, Maths at Higher Level 5)
HNC A in graded unit (Accounting)
HND BB in graded units (Accounting or Business)

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units (Accounting)

Additional information

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will have to show us that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please refer to our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £14,640

* 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).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government 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:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2019

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded applicant and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, the minimum entry requirements for the programme you wish to study you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.