Study modes: Full-time
Programme website: Accounting & Finance
This programme is a comprehensive and intensive investigation into key areas in accounting and finance. Designed for those with a quantitative background, it is both academically rigorous and closely in line with professional practice.
The MSc in Accounting and Finance is especially useful for those graduates with work experience in accounting looking to gain essential practical skills in finance - and, of course, vice versa. Although the compulsory core courses ensure a good balance between both accounting and finance study, the option courses give students the opportunity to specialise - tailoring their studies towards their chosen career.
Studying accounting and finance in Edinburgh gives students the opportunity to base themselves at the heart of the UK's second largest financial centre.
Many of Europe's leading financial institutions have their headquarters here, a fact that we make full use of on the MSc programme. We regularly bring guest speakers to the School to talk directly to accounting and finance students on real, current practice. The School also maintains good relationships with a number of accounting and finance professionals who will be on hand to provide advice on research and career opportunities. It is essential connections like these that characterise the dynamic nature of this strongly vocational programme.
Our strong connection to industry is exemplified by our work in the Centre for Financial Markets Research, and the Institute of Public Sector Accounting Research. Bringing together leading academics and practitioners, the centres are a keen theatre of debate, creating new thoughts, new ideas for both the theoretical study and practical application of accounting, finance and investment.
Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.
This programme enables students to analyse financial statements and to show the links between accounting statements, valuation methods and investment analysis.
Students will gain knowledge of global financial markets and the finance and investment industry – how different organisations interact, their roles, and factors behind success or failure. Students will learn how to estimate the fair value for an investment, to test assumptions and sensitivities, and to compare different investments.
Students will gain an understanding of the role of different asset classes, their behaviour in isolation and in relation to other asset classes, and an understanding of how portfolios of investments can be constructed and analysed.
Students will develop:
Students will develop:
These include enhanced numerical skills and fluency in spreadsheet use and the ability to communicate challenging material both orally and in writing.
Entrance to our MSc programmes is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.
You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree from a good university in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
Your qualification must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.
Find out more about our language requirements:
For detailed information on fee status, policies and payment see:
Applicants receiving an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500 within 28 days to secure their place on the programme.
The fee does not include the cost of text books for core and option courses so you should budget an additional amount for this required expenditure.
An application fee of £50 is payable in respect of all applications submitted for this programme. See the programme website for more information:
See Scholarships and Student Funding Services for other funding opportunities:
Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.
You must submit a reference with your application.
Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through the competitive process described on the School website.
Deadlines for applicants applying to study in 2017/18 are shown below.
|Round||Application deadline||Places awarded|
|1||26 October 2016||22 December 2016|
|2||7 December 2016||10 February 2017|
|3||8 February 2017||31 March 2017|
|4||19 April 2017||9 June 2017|
Full details on the admissions process and the selection deadlines are available on the Business School website:
Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes: