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Accountancy and Finance MA (Hons)

Heriot-Watt University

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UCAS CODE: NN34

Course options

  • Qualification

    Master of Arts (with Honours) - MA (Hons)

  • Location

    Edinburgh Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    13-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

MA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance at the Edinburgh Business School is designed and taught by practising professionals and respected academics. It offers you the chance to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in accountancy and financial services.

The industry focus of this degree, and its breadth of accreditations, make it possible for you to gain the maximum number of exemptions from professional accountancy exams, offering the strongest possible foundation from which to launch your career.

You can enhance your employability in the area of finance through use of our state-of-the-art Bloomberg Trading Room. This professional-standard facility provides access to live financial data from global markets and organisations. Integrating use of Bloomberg Terminals into our teaching develops professionally relevant skills in data analysis, financial reporting, financial risk management and financial modelling.

The majority of our MA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance graduates go on to become chartered accountants in either professional practice, industry, or the public sector, but many go on to successful careers in banking and finance. A survey by Unistats 2019 found that 91% of recent graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating.

The employable skillset

This degree develops broad understanding of the contexts in which modern accounting operates. It 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 will develop key accountancy expertise in a number of areas, including:

  • recording and summarising transactions
  • preparing and analysing financial statements
  • analysing business operations
  • conducting financial analysis
  • producing and reporting projections.

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

  • asset pricing
  • portfolio construction
  • corporate finance
  • financial risk management
  • capital markets.

Accreditation

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

  • Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) for the purpose of exemptions from some professional examinations.
  • Accredited by the Association of International Accountants (AIA) for the purpose of exemption 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 Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) 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.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,080per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : BBC

For entry to Year 2: ABB including at least one of the following: Accountancy, Business, Economics, Maths.

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University information

Heriot-Watt University

  • University League Table

    29th

  • Campus address

    Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 4AS, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 103 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    169 77%

    10th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    27th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.12 82%

    45th

    30

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