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MA Economics and Accounting

UCAS code: LN14

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Economics

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Economics and Accounting

Economics and Accounting are complementary, both in terms of knowledge and wider-ranging skills such as IT and data interpretation (for example: corporate and public sector accounts).

This combined programme is particularly suitable if you are planning to take accountancy qualifications after graduation.

You will understand the economic incentives that shape and reconcile the important decisions made by individuals, businesses, governments and societies.

Accountancy is one of the fastest-growing areas of business activity. Examine the basic principles and underlying concepts. Explore the ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision making. Learn how accounting relates to the broader context of the strategic and operational aspects of business.

Reporting and analysis

You will produce financial statements from the relevant transactions and events affecting organisations. You will analyse, interpret and facilitate the use of accounting information. You will also relate accounting to the broader context of the strategic and operational aspects of organisations.

Internal management accounting

The study of internal management accounting systems places particular emphasis on cost calculation and control, and the provision of information for managerial decision making and performance evaluation.


Accounting is accredited by the:

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

The proposed structure of the degree programme enables you to be exempt from a number of subjects when undertaking the professional accounting examinations with your preferred choice of accountancy organisation, following your graduation from the University.

You can apply to join via the graduate entry route and will be awarded the appropriate exemptions (based upon our existing accreditation arrangements with the respective accountancy organisation).

Year 1

  • Economics 1
  • Accountancy 1A and 1B
  • Computing for Business

You will also take one option course.

Year 2

  • Economics 2
  • Accountancy 2A and 2B
  • Statistical Methods for Economics

You will also take one option course.

Year 3

  • Topics in Microeconomics
  • Essentials of Econometrics
  • Auditing
  • Research in Management
  • Management Accounting Applications

You will also take either Applications of Econometrics or Topics in Macroeconomics and one economics or accounting honours option course.

Year 4

A dissertation in economics or in management, two accounting honours options and two economics honours options.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2021/22)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place across the Central Area campus. You will have access to all the University's libraries and computer labs.

The Business School is located in a dedicated Business School building in George Square, in the middle of the central campus.

All business teaching takes place across the central campus. However, you may be required (based on your course selection) to travel to the King’s Buildings if you are studying courses in Science and Engineering.

You will have access to:

  • specialist business resources in the central Main Library (books, journals, databases)
  • dedicated student experience and student development support

For specialist business analytics, business research and finance related courses, we have dedicated teaching labs (and associated software and databases). We also have our own Business School Cafe.

Study abroad

The School of Economics exchange programme offers opportunities to study in the following locations:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Hong Kong
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Argentina
  • Mexico
  • Europe

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • web-based learning

Our Economics Help Desk offers help and support throughout your programme. The peer assisted learning scheme, EconPALS, aims to help first year students develop their learning and study strategies.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by exams and coursework, including:

  • problems sets
  • essays
  • project reports
  • presentations.

In Year 4 you will complete an honours dissertation.

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers. The skills you develop will equip you for careers in areas such as:

  • accountancy
  • business
  • management
  • consultancy
  • work in aid agencies
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • government departments.

Many graduates have entered the finance sector and some large financial firms actively recruit Edinburgh graduates.

Accounting graduates are highly valued by employers across the world. The employment record of graduates of the School is evidence that graduates from our programmes are highly sought after by a wide range of employers.

During your time as a student in the Business School and following graduation, our Careers Service will help you fully develop your potential and achieve your future goals.

*Careers Service

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAAA-AAAA (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S5.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: Mathematics at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: Mathematics at B, or AS Mathematics at A. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: Mathematics at 5. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 6 (if not at HL). Mathematical Studies is not accepted for any of our Economics degrees.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.


For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Economics and Accounting

Additional costs

Textbooks are required, which cost about £100.

If studying abroad in Year 3 is a compulsory or optional part of your degree programme, your costs will vary depending on the country/partner university. Additional costs may include:

  • the costs of insurance
  • visa requirements
  • accommodation
  • internet access
  • travel

In Year 4 you will undertake a Dissertation as a compulsory assessment component. Depending on the field of study you choose, there may be costs associated with undertaking surveys, travel and conducting interviews.


For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

More information

How to apply

School: Economics

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences