Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Accounting

Why choose Accounting at the University of Edinburgh?

  • 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).

  • Our exchange programme offers you exciting opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 at one of our partner universities in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada or the USA.

  • Major accounting firms, as well as other large companies, regularly deliver talks to, and conduct recruitment activities with, our students both on course and through wider programme-related activities.

  • We're ranked in the UK's top 10 universities for accounting and finance in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Our accounting-related programmes offer you the flexibility of pursuing a double major programme in accounting and business, accounting and finance, economics and accounting, or law and accountancy.

  • All accounting-related programmes are developed to prepare you to successfully achieve your professional accounting qualifications and to meet the expectations of the accounting industry specifically, as well as the requirements of the general job market.

Study abroad

With an international community like this one you never know who you will meet and from where in the world they come.

Bakani Dube 3rd year MA (Hons) Accounting & Finance
Bakani Dube 3rd year MA (Hons) Accounting & Finance

Introducing Accounting

Contemporary global business, be it for profit or not for profit, is fraught with complexity, tensions, and socio-political, economic and cultural challenges. Our accounting-related programmes will prepare you intellectually and practically to embrace these complexities, negotiate tensions and address the wider socio-political and cultural challenges through astute, fiscally appropriate and socially responsible accounting practice.

Accountants play a crucial role in business. Their ability to measure financial information and use this to make projections affects economic and organisational decision-making at all levels within firms, organisations, and governments. 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 are able to combine your study of accounting with business, finance, economics or law and take a range of option courses. This offers you a broad-based programme with the flexibility to change direction and specialise through your course choices.

Our staff have a world-leading reputation as prominent researchers in the accounting discipline. Our teaching is therefore grounded in state-of-the-art contemporary research findings and literature. This helps to ensure that our graduates develop the necessary personal and professional competencies required to work across a range of roles in contemporary accounting practice, making them very attractive to prospective employers.

Our programmes will 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


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. Please check online for the latest information.