MA Finance and Business
UCAS code: NN13
Duration: 4 years
School: Business School
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Finance and Business
A programme which combines the study of business and finance provides an extremely strong platform to build a career within or outside the commercial world. Business and finance encompass the study of public, private and not-for-profit organisations, both small and large, their management practices and processes, and the changing external environment in which they operate.
Our programme reflects the global, dynamic climate of contemporary business and management, offering specialist courses in areas such as corporate finance, marketing, entrepreneurship and climate change.
You will study Introduction to Financial Markets and Economic Principles as well as Global Challenges for Business and The Business of Edinburgh, which introduce key concepts of management and business including strategy, finance, marketing and the management of people. You will also study Accountancy 1A, an Introduction to Financial Accounting, and Accountancy 1B, an Introduction to Management Accounting.
You will study Business Research Methods I: Introduction to Data Analysis and Career Development Planning. Your other courses will include Introduction to Corporate Finance and Applications of Finance. You can also choose from the following courses: Organisational Behaviour; Business Economics; HR Management; International Business; Marketing; Business Analytics and Information Systems; Business Simulation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
You will study Strategic Management and Business Research Methods II: Applications and Analysis. In addition you will choose more specialist courses in business and finance.
You will study further specialist courses in business and finance and will complete a dissertation on a topic closely linked to your programme.
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.
Our Business School exchange programme offers exciting opportunities to study abroad in your third year at one of our partner universities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, the USA or across Europe. Exchange opportunities with our European Business Schools are through the Erasmus programme. You may also study abroad through the University's International exchange programme.
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.
The typical offer is likely to be:
- SQA Highers: AAAAA.
- A Levels: AAB.
- IB: 43 points (grades 776 at HL).
Minimum entry requirements
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6. BBB must be achieved in a single sitting by end of S5. National 5 Mathematics at Grade B and English at Grade C.
- A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: Mathematics at Grade B or 6 and English at Grade C or 4.
- IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and Grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: Mathematics at 5 or Mathematical Studies at 6 and English at 5.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
English language tests
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
- IELTS Academic module overall 7.0 with 6.0 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT 100 or above with 20 in each section
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 185 with 169 in each component
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 67 with at least 56 in each "Communicative Skills" section
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components
SQA and GCSE
For SQA and GCSE 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 Grade C
- SQA Standard Grade 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
- SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
- GCSE Grade C or 4
- IB Standard Level Grade 5
As this degree is very popular, we strongly recommend that international students apply by 15 January 2018.
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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.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.