Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

Subject area: Accounting

Why choose Accounting at the University of Edinburgh?

  • All of our MA accounting-related programmes are 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).

  • Accounting is taught by the University of Edinburgh Business School, which is in the top one per cent of business schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from international ranking bodies AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

  • The quality and breadth of our research was ranked 16th in the UK and second in Scotland in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 power index. We increased the amount of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent to 77 per cent.

Study abroad

Our accountancy lecturers are very clear in explaining even the most complicated operation within the accountancy discipline. They’re patient enough to write down a step-by-step approach for each question during the lecture.

Alexander Santoso MA (Hons) Accounting & Finance graduate
Alexander Santoso MA (Hons) Accounting & Finance graduate

Accountants play a crucial role in business. Their ability to measure financial information and use this to make projections affects economic decision-making at all levels.

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 you for careers in finance and other sectors.

Review

As part of the Programme Pathways Project (undertaken by the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences), our programmes are currently under review. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information given here is accurate, we anticipate that some of our programmes may be modified or changed.

Year 1

You will study Accountancy 1A, an introduction to financial accounting, and Accountancy 1B, an introduction to management accounting.

You will also study courses in business, finance, law or economics, depending on your joint honours programme.

Year 2

You will study Accountancy 2A, which deals with some of the more complex aspects of financial accounting, such as the preparation of financial statements.

You will also study 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 choose courses in business, finance, law or economics, depending on your joint honours programme.

Year 3

You will study Accountancy 2A, which deals with some of the more complex aspects of financial accounting, such as the preparation of financial statements.

You will also study 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 choose courses in business, finance, law or economics, depending on your joint honours programme.

Year 4

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 also complete an accounting-based research dissertation.

Are there additional costs?

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.

Our facilities

Teaching takes place across the Central Area campus. You will have access to all the University's libraries and computer facilities. Honours students have access to the Business School's Undergraduate Resource Centre at 16 Buccleuch Place.

Study abroad

Our Business School exchange programme offers exciting opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 at one of our partner universities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada or the USA. You may also study abroad through the University's international exchange programme. To participate in an exchange programme, you will require a strong academic performance in Year 1.

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and computer workshops.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on presentations, reports, essays, exams and individual and group projects.

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.