Taught course


Heriot-Watt University · Edinburgh Business School

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

Work or project experience in the area of finance will be of further advantage.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.

If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:

  • 20 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with minimum of 5.0 in writing and no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5)

Months of entry


Course content

This masters degree in accounting will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in any career or aspect of business that requires expertise in accounting – in private, public or third sector organisations. It aims to provide you with a route to gain professional qualifications in all of the key accounting associations, and has been designed with a focus on the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. The MSc includes six mandatory courses and two elective courses.

There are eight taught courses (divided equally over two semesters) and an accounting, banking or finance dissertation in the final semester. If you chose to study part-time, you register for two courses per semester and progress to the dissertation at the end of the second year.

There are three mandatory courses in semester 1: Financial Management, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Auditing Assurance and Professional Ethics. These courses help begin to develop a deeper understanding of specialist areas within accountancy.

You will customise your degree to match your specific interests or career pathway by selecting two course options, one in each semester. Courses available reflect Financial Analysis , Ethics and Corporate Governance, Financial Information Systems, and Comparative Financial Reporting

In Semester 2 you will take a further three mandatory courses: International Managerial Accounting, Taxation, and Research Methods.

In Semester 3, the accounting, banking or finance dissertation is the capstone course where we invite you to 'deep-dive' into your chosen area of accounting. You will be required to demonstrate your mastery of the subject area by developing new insight from analysis of valuable primary research.

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Office