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  • Scotland (Widening Access Places only)
  • England, Northern Ireland and Wales
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The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type

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.



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.

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
Unistats course data


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.


  • 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


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

  • Highers AAAB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • HNC B in graded unit
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB in relevant subjects
  • Advanced Highers BB in relevant subjects, plus AAAB at Higher.
  • HNC Relevant HNC. A in graded unit.
  • HND BB in graded units, relevant HND.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points plus relevant subjects
  • 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. AA in graded units.

Additional information

  • Intermediate 2 / National 5 / GCSE English and Mathematics are required for entry to all levels of our Accountancy and Finance courses.


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).

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.