Heriot-Watt University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Accountancy and Finance

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Course summary

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Edinburgh Business School’s MA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance degree is accredited by all major professional bodies in the UK. It prepares students to enter accounting or finance professions and features the use of professional-standard Bloomberg Trading Terminals throughout. An industry-focused degree MA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance is an industry-focused degree with extensive professional accreditations that offers the strongest possible foundation from which to launch your career. By studying accredited courses on this degree, students can gain the maximum number of exemptions from professional accountancy exams upon graduation. The course content is designed and delivered by professionals with industry experience and respected academics with expert knowledge across the full range of disciplines related to accounting and finance. Students at the Edinburgh Business School can enhance employability in the area of finance 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. Use of Bloomberg Terminals is integrated into our courses to develop professionally relevant skills in data analysis, financial reporting, financial risk management and financial modelling. Rankings and employability Edinburgh is the UK’s second biggest financial centre, making it a useful place to study accountancy and finance. Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Business School was ranked as the second best place in Scotland to study undergraduate accounting and finance degrees in the Guardian University League Tables 2019. This degree 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. Most 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 6 months after graduating. An employable skillset This degree develops broad understanding of the contexts in which modern accounting operates. 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 a number of areas, including:

  • recording and summarising transactions
  • preparing and analysing financial statements
  • analysing business operations
  • conducting financial analysis
  • producing & 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 Heriot-Watt University is accredited as a Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner, recognising us as a leader in experiential learning in the area of finance. This degree is accredited by a number of institutions for exemptions from professional examinations:
  • Accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Accredited by the Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW)
  • Accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS)

Course details

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeNN34
Institution code H24
Campus nameEdinburgh Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBC For entry to Year 2: ABB including at least one of the following: Accountancy, Business, Economics, Maths.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM in a relevant subject (Business/Accountancy/Finance preferred) for entry to Year 1. For entry to Year 2: DDD in relevant subject (Business/Accountancy/Finance preferred).
Scottish Higher AABB
Scottish Advanced Higher BB including at least one of the following: Accountancy, Business, Economics, Maths plus AABB at Higher for entry to Year 2.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points For entry to Year 2: A total of 34 points including at least one of the following: Accountancy, Business, Economics, Maths at Higher Level 5.
Scottish HNC Pass HNC in a relevant subject with B in graded unit for entry to Year 1. For Year 2 entry: HNC Accounting with A in graded unit.
Scottish HND Pass For Year 2 entry: HND Accounting with BBB in graded units. For Year 3 entry: HND Accounting with AAA in graded units.

We operate contextual admissions defined by our Fair Access Policy which may mean entry requirements are flexible. We accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK, Europe and International countries. Please contact the Admissions Officer for the programme for further information on the entry requirements for these. Level 1 entry is required in order to gain maximum exemptions from accountancy bodies e.g. ACCA and ICAS.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Scottish Higher BBBC
Scottish HNC Pass with B in the graded unit and passes in all 15 units for entry to Year 2 (where there is a recognised route from a relevant HNC qualification).
Scottish HND Pass with BB in the graded units and passes in all 30 units for entry into Year 3 (where there is a recognised route from a relevant HND qualification).

As part of the Fair Access Process, the minimum entry requirements enable students who are within one or more of the categories below to be guaranteed an offer: Living in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20) Care Experienced, as identified on the UCAS Application form by ticking the relevant box.

English language requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not been educated previously in the English language must provide evidence of their English language ability to ensure they can cope with the demands of a Heriot-Watt programme taught and assessed in English. Further information about the English Language tests that we currently accept as proof of English Language ability including our own English Language programmes, can be viewed on our website.

HWU English Language Requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £15080 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
International £15080 Year 1

Additional fee information

202122 tuition fees are subject to confirmation.
Accountancy and Finance at Heriot-Watt University - UCAS