Degree Programme Specification 2020/2021
MA Honours in Finance and Business
|To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. This information is created when new programmes are established and is only updated periodically as programmes are formally reviewed. It is therefore only accurate on the date of last revision.|
|Awarding institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Teaching institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Programme accredited by:||
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Full Accreditation European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
|Final award:||MA Honours|
|Programme title:||Finance and Business|
|Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s):||Business and Management|
|Postholder with overall responsibility for QA:||Dr Inger Seiferheld|
|Date of production/revision:||March 2020|
|Further Information:||View the prospectus entry for this programme|
A degree which combines the study of Finance and Business provides an extremely strong platform to build a career within or outside the commercial world. Our joint Honours degree in Finance and Business encompasses 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. In our four-year programme we reflect the global, dynamic climate of contemporary business and management, offering specialist courses in areas such as corporate finance, marketing, entrepreneurship and climate change, drawing on disciplines which include psychology, law, economics, sociology and mathematics.
Students are able to study a range of disciplines outside business, particularly in years one and two, allowing them to develop a broader range of knowledge and skills. A range of compulsory and optional courses examine topics in the context of businesses and of other types of organisation, including, charities, voluntary organisations and the public sector. All students have the option of studying abroad in the third year at one of our international partner institutions.
Students gain in-depth knowledge in a wide range of business areas with a specialist focus on finance. They also develop a range of transferable, intellectual and study skills which are appropriate not only for those aspiring to a career in management, and finance more specifically, but also for those interested in the relationships between people, organisations and their environment who intend to pursue career opportunities within other types of organisation.
Our programmes are accredited by a range of world leading business education organisations and professional bodies, and the School has strong links to the world of practice through research, consultancy and teaching. This ensures that our programmes are attuned to the needs of employers and prepare students for the wide range of career opportunities post-graduation. Details of our accreditation and rankings can be found at: https://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/about/accreditation-rankings
Programme structure and features
The MA Finance and Business is an Honours degree taken over four years. It consists of two years of pre-Honours courses totalling 240 credits at SQCF level 8 and two years of Honours courses totalling 240 credits at SQCF level 10.
Progression requirements for entry into Honours (3rd year): Entry into third year honours normally requires (i) passes in all courses (240 credits) in the first two years, and (ii) a mark of 50% or above at the first attempt in Introduction to Corporate Finance AND Applications of Finance in second year and (iii) a mark of 50% or above at the first attempt in TWO other Business courses in second year (not including Business Research Methods I: Introduction to Data Analysis).
For full details of the degree programme, structure, progression requirements, and core and optional courses, please see the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study: http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/20-21/dpt/utmahfinbu1f.htm
A breakdown of each year of the programme, and the semesters in which courses are taught can be found at: https://path.is.ed.ac.uk/degrees/UTMAHFINBU1F
Information regarding entry requirements can be found at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/applications-admissions/entry-requirements
Semester dates and the academic calendar can be found at: https://www.ed.ac.uk/semester-dates
Teaching and learning workload
You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.
At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.
The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.
Assessment method balance
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.
The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.
The Business School’s dedicated Student Development Team are available to help you maximise your potential in a global market through activities structured around skills, opportunities and networks. More information can found at: https://development.business-school.ed.ac.uk/
Just some opportunities available are:
The Edinburgh Award
Pre and Honours opportunities to enhance your employability skills.
#make your mark
A team-based social enterprise challenge (spread over 2.5 days) which aims to inspire students to view business as part of the solution to addressing today’s global challenges.
A vast array of resources available to help guide and support you in making career choices. Business Management graduates are highly valued by employers across the world and 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. Our graduates secure employment in a diverse range of fields, the most popular being accountancy, management, consulting, finance, marketing and human resources.
The Business School hosts an extensive programme of public events, executive education, and research seminars, featuring practitioners and academic experts covering a rich spectrum of topics including finance, entrepreneurship, climate change, and corporate governance.
More information can be found at: https://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/events
Active student societies including: the Business Society BizSoc; AIESEC (an international business society); the Student Industrial Society; the Trading and Investment Club (EUTIC) and the Entrepreneurship Club. More information can be found through the Edinburgh University Student Association: https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/
Opportunities are available to study abroad in the third year on a Business School exchange or University exchange at a partner university Business School; the Business School currently has around 50 exchange partners in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. More information can be found at: https://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/undergraduate/study-abroad