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MA Accountancy and Finance

Key information

Edinburgh Business School's MA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance programme is designed to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in accountancy and finance. 

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Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
Mode of delivery
4 years
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Our Accountancy and Finance programme is designed and taught by practising professionals and respected academics, and it is accredited by all major professional accountancy bodies in the UK. As Edinburgh is the UK’s second biggest financial centre outside of London, our university enjoys a well-established reputation in the world of accountancy and financial services. 

Whilst studying this degree, you’ll develop a broad understanding of the contexts in which modern accounting operates. The programme examines the legal and ethical contexts, introduces insight into accountancy as a profession, and analyses business entities and the capital markets in which they operate. 

Throughout this four-year degree, you’ll develop key accountancy expertise in several areas, including:  

  • Recording and summarising transactions 

  • Preparing and analysing financial statements 

  • Analysing business operations 

  • Conducting financial analysis 

  • Introducing and reporting projections 

On the financial side, you’ll gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the areas of: 

  • Asset pricing 

  • Portfolio construction  

  • Corporate finance 

  • Financial risk management 

  • Capital markets 

Each course included in the programme will equip you with highly employable expertise and skills in accounting and finance, from fundamentals of finance, and the economy, to discovering business, and principles of accounting. You’ll benefit from the industry relevance of the programme, which will set you up for life after graduation. Upon completion, you’ll have the relevant knowledge and skills to start a career in accountancy, finance, business and beyond.

Your student experience

Our MA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance programme is taught with a clear industry focus by experienced professionals and respected academics. They are accredited by professional bodies and will introduce you to professional-standard software in our state-of-the-art Bloomberg Trading Room.

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Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

Mandatory September

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Academic Skills

Mandatory January

  • The Economy
  • Discovering Business
  • Becoming a Professional

Fees and funding

ScotlandPaid by SAAS
England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland£9,250
  • Status: 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.
  • International: 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above).

Scholarships and bursaries

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

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 undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

Standard entry requirements for the third year of our MA (Hons) Accounting and Finance Degree are as follows:

  • Higher National Distinction of AAA in graded units (Accounting)

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.


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Potential career paths

  • Finance Professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals

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