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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Edinburgh Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Our undergraduate MA Accountancy degree is based within Heriot-Watt University’s prestigious Edinburgh Business School and has been expertly designed by respected academics and industry-experienced professionals to offer you the strongest possible foundation from which to launch your career.**An industry-focused approach**The MA Accountancy ensures students develop a broad understanding of the contexts of modern accounting. It examines legal and ethical contexts and provides insight into accountancy as a profession, and builds understanding around business entities and the capital markets in which they operate. Throughout this four-year degree, you will develop key accountancy expertise in across multiple areas, including: • Recording and summarising business transactions• Preparing and analysing financial statements• Analysing and making decisions on business operations• Conducting financial analysis• Producing and reporting projections• Conducting audit• Analysing governance issues• Gaining awareness of the importance of business ethics.When you study on the MA Accountancy, you will benefit from the expert knowledge across the full range of disciplines related to accounting and finance. Students at the Edinburgh Business School enhance their academic understanding and gain invaluable experience through use of our state-of-the-art Bloomberg Trading Room - a professional-standard facility that provides access to live financial data from global markets and organisations.**Rankings and employability** Edinburgh is the UK’s second biggest financial centre, making it an ideal place to study accountancy and finance. In the Guardian University League Tables 2019, Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Business School was ranked as the second-best place in Scotland to study undergraduate accounting and finance degrees. Heriot-Watt enjoys a well-established reputation with leading organisations in the world of accountancy and financial services, and our graduates are often sought-after by recruiters. **An employable skillset** Whether you are considering a career as a chartered accountant in professional practice, industry or the public sector, or you are looking to work in other professional, commercial and industrial areas, our MA Accountancy ensures that you have the knowledge and skills that employers most value.In addition to academic understanding and key accounting skills, our programme allows students to expand their overall skillset through a combination of individual and group work, written reports, presentations and examinations. Throughout this programme we will develop skills such as:• Analysis• Leadership• Teamwork• Communication• Negotiation• Conflict resolution• Presentation delivery**Accreditation** Heriot-Watt University is accredited as a Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner, recognising us as a leader in experiential learning in the area of finance. Heriot-Watt University degree programmes are accredited with the professional bodies AIA; ACCA; CIMA; ICAEW and ICAS. There are potentially nine exemptions depending on the options taken and the professional qualification sought.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 15,384per year

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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


  • Campus address

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

Highly regarded around the world with a strong focus on business, engineering, design and the physical and life sciences.
Culturally diverse, warm and welcoming, Heriot-Watt is one of Scotland's most international universities with a global footprint.
Global companies actively seek out Heriot-Watt graduates due to the nature of the university's research-informed education.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 105 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    174 79%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.85 77%



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