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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Edinburgh Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    07-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This masters degree in accounting will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in any career or aspect of business that requires expertise in accounting – in private, public or third sector organisations. It aims to provide you with a route to gain professional qualifications in all of the key accounting associations, and has been designed with a focus on the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. The MSc includes six mandatory courses and two elective courses.

There are eight taught courses (divided equally over two semesters) and an accounting, banking or finance dissertation in the final semester. If you chose to study part-time, you register for two courses per semester and progress to the dissertation at the end of the second year.

There are three mandatory courses in semester 1: Financial Management, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Auditing Assurance and Professional Ethics. These courses help begin to develop a deeper understanding of specialist areas within accountancy.

You will customise your degree to match your specific interests or career pathway by selecting two course options, one in each semester. Courses available reflect Financial Analysis , Ethics and Corporate Governance, Financial Information Systems, and Comparative Financial Reporting

In Semester 2 you will take a further three mandatory courses: International Managerial Accounting, Taxation, and Research Methods.

In Semester 3, the accounting, banking or finance dissertation is the capstone course where we invite you to 'deep-dive' into your chosen area of accounting. You will be required to demonstrate your mastery of the subject area by developing new insight from analysis of valuable primary research.

Our partnership with Bloomberg

Heriot-Watt University is a named Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner (ELP), a programme designed by Bloomberg to recognise universities that are leaders in experiential learning.

Our partnership with Bloomberg, and the achievement of ELP status, is a mark of our innovative approach to connecting our teaching experience with real-life practical applications. Being a Bloomberg experiential learning partner allows Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Business School to better integrate industry-leading data, research, news and analytics into our curricula.

The Bloomberg facility at Heriot Watt University is unique in Scotland and enables students from different disciplines of business to better understand different aspects of markets, business behaviours and economic trends. It enables:

Performance comparison between different companies or industries using: financial reports, company valuations, company news, company portfolios, key changes/trends.
Supply chain analysis through company’s supply chain relationships that includes suppliers, customers and competitors. This enables managers to refine their supply chain configuration and strategy.
Market share analysis by providing key industry data, interactive charting and commentary by Bloomberg industry experts. It also provides industry fundamental statistics, market share and other key industry specific metrics (i.e. retailers, airlines, global auto manufacturing, etc.)
Strategic portfolio analysis through creating portfolios against markets and market positions, allocation of asset and performance attribution analysis.
Accounting and Financial analysis by providing financial history of companies and indices including current and historical income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements, ratio analysis and more.

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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

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

    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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