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.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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- Year 3
Standard Qualification Requirements
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
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.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.