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Introducing MA Accounting and Finance
The study of accountancy and finance provides an extremely strong platform to build a career within or outside the commercial world. Accountants play a crucial role in business. Their ability to measure financial information and make projections affects economic decision-making at all levels.
Financial accountants report on the performance of an organisation, and management accountants provide financial information to help with planning and strategy. Accountancy is the fastest growing area of business activity. Equally the world of finance is a crucial aspect of contemporary business. This programme therefore offers a thorough understanding of both these disciplines.
This programme is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), the Association of International Accountants (AIA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
What you will study
You will study Accountancy 1A, an Introduction to Financial Accounting, and Accountancy 1B, an Introduction to Management Accounting.
You will also study Introduction to Financial Markets and Economic Principles as well as Global Challenges for Business and The Business of Edinburgh, which introduce key concepts of management and business including strategy, finance, marketing and the management of people.
You will study Accountancy 2A, which deals with some of the more complex aspects of financial accounting, such as the preparation of financial statements and Accountancy 2B, which examines the more complex areas of management accounting.
You will learn about cost management topics and costing systems, including activity-based costing, transfer pricing and divisional performance.
You will study Business Research Methods I: Introduction to Data Analysis and Career Development Planning. Your other courses will include Introduction to Corporate Finance and Applications of Finance or Business Analytics and Information Systems. The Business Law course is taught by the School of Law and deals with the main areas of law relevant to accounting, economics and business.
You will study the compulsory courses Advanced Financial Accounting; Auditing and Management Accounting Applications; Business Research Methods II: Applications and Analysis and Investment and Securities Markets as well as a course in finance.
You will choose two courses from a range of options including Advanced Management Accounting; Audit Practice; Taxation Practice; The Accounting Profession; and Accounting and Everyday Life. You will study Corporate Finance as well as a course in finance. You will also complete an accounting and finance based research dissertation.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Accountancy graduates can train to become a qualified accountant through a traineeship with an accountancy or commercial firm.
Alternatively you can choose a career in taxation, finance or banking.
Some of our graduates decide to follow a different direction and pursue employment in management positions in the public and private sectors.
English language requirements
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
English language tests
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
SQA and GCSE
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
Fees, costs and funding
If studying abroad in Year 3, your costs will vary by country. In Year 4 you will undertake a dissertation and, depending on the field of study you choose, there may be costs associated with undertaking surveys and conducting interviews.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.
The typical offer is likely to be:
Minimum entry requirements
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International Foundation Programme
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
Erin Bembe, full time MBA
After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).
The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.
The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.
Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.
Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management
Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.
I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.
The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.
Edinburgh itself is beautiful, vibrant and quaint all at the same time. It is also walkable which is very important to me. I love a good view, and Edinburgh is spoilt with these! Of course its culture and arts scene aren’t too far behind. The city will, I am sure, hold a special place in everyone’s memories so keeping in touch is crucial personally as well as professionally. I encourage new students to make the most of what Scotland and the Business School have to offer.
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