The University of Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate

Accounting and Business

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Course summary

A programme which combines the study of business and accounting provides an extremely strong platform to build a career within or outside the commercial world. In business the focus is on studying public, private and not-for-profit organisations, both small and large, their management practices and processes for managing strategy and key resources, including people, and the changing external environment in which they operate. Accountancy is one of the fastest-growing areas of business activity. Financial accountants report on the performance of an organisation while management accountants provide financial information to help with planning and strategy. Studying accounting at the University of Edinburgh offers you a flexible programme of study. You will be able to combine your study of accounting with business, finance, economics or law and take a wide range of courses. This offers you a broad-based programme with the flexibility to change direction and specialise through your option course choices. Our staff have a world-leading reputation as prominent researchers in the accounting discipline. Our teaching is therefore based on the most recent research findings and literature. This helps ensure that our graduates are attractive to prospective employers. Our programmes provide an excellent foundation for those hoping to gain a professional accountancy qualification and can also prepare students for careers in finance and other sectors.

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 codeNN14
Institution code E56
Campus nameCentral area campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level AAA - ABB Required subjects: A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: Mathematics at B or 6 and English at C or 4.
Scottish Higher AAAAA - AAAA Applicants who achieve these grades by end of S5 will be preferred.. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5. Required subjects: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: Mathematics at B and English at C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 43 - 39 points 43 points with 776 at HL - 39 points with 666 at HL. Required subjects: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5 and either Mathematics at 5 or Mathematical Studies at 6.

Full, detailed entry requirements including subject requirements, English language requirements, an explanation of typical offers, and other accepted qualifications, including international qualifications, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website along with important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level ABB Required subjects: A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: Mathematics at B or 6 and English at C or 4.
Scottish Higher ABBB These grades must be achieved by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5. Required subjects: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: Mathematics at B and English at C.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points 34 points with 655 at HL. Required subjects: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5 and either Mathematics at 5 or Mathematical Studies at 6.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
EU £22000 Year 1
International £22000 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Scotland In 2020-21 the fee level set by the Scottish Government was £1,820. The 2021-22 fee rate is expected to be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2021. Students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. England/Wales/N Ireland The Rest of UK (RUK) rate is yet to be confirmed and was £9,250 for 2020 entry. For 2021 entry this may increase in line with inflation and will be subject to government limits. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2021-22 or later will be in line with international fees – we will provide further information as soon as we can International - Full time international students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme
Accounting and Business at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS