MA Accounting and Business
UCAS code: NN14
Duration: 4 years
School: Business School
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Accounting and Business
A programme which combines the study of business and accounting provides an extremely strong platform to build a career within or outside the commercial world.
In business the focus is on studying public, private and not-for-profit organisations, both small and large, their management practices and processes for managing strategy and key resources, including people, and the changing external environment in which they operate.
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 students for careers in finance and other sectors.
This programme 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)
You will study Accountancy 1A, an Introduction to Financial Accounting, and Accountancy 1B, an Introduction to Management Accounting, as well as Economic Principles and Economic Applications.
You will also study 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 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 study Business Research Methods I: Introduction to Data Analysis and Career Development Planning. You choose a minimum of one or more options from the following business courses: Organisational Behaviour; Business Economics; Principles of Finance; Applications of Finance; HR Management; International Business; Marketing; Business Analytics and Information Systems; Business Simulation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Organising for Social Change: Creating Value and Impact.
You may take one or two course options in another subject area, subject to availability and timetabling constraints. The Business Law course is a further option taught by the School of Law and deals with the main areas of law relevant to accounting, economics and business.
You will study the compulsory courses Strategic Management; Business Research Methods II: Applications and Analysis; as well as Advanced Financial Accounting, Auditing and Management Accounting Applications. In addition you will choose one more specialist course in business.
You will study two further specialist courses in business and will complete a dissertation on a topic closely linked to your programme in accounting or business. You will also choose two accounting courses from a range of options including Advanced Management Accounting; Audit Practice; Taxation Practices; Accounting and Everyday Life.
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, on level 11 of David Hume Tower.
The University's 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.
In Year 3, you may also study abroad through the University's international exchange programme. To participate in an exchange programme you need 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.
Typical offer range
The typical offer is likely to be:
- SQA Highers: AAAAA - ABBB.
- A Levels: AAB - ABB.
- IB: 43 points (grades 776 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
The access threshold for a contextual offer is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
Detailed requirements for all applicants
To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following 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.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
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, GCSE and IB
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 Grade C
- SQA Standard Grade 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
- SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
- GCSE Grade C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate Grade C
- IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
As this degree is very popular, we strongly recommend that international students apply by 15 January 2019.
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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.