Taught course


Heriot-Watt University · School of Management and Languages

Entry requirements

Good honours degree in a relevant discipline (Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Management) from a recognised institution.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme combines the core principles and techniques of international finance. It develops student knowledge and understanding of academic finance and of the financial sector, including theory, empirical research and practical issues. It is designed for those who wish to pursue a professional career which calls for familiarity with the financial world.

The programme is also designed to provide the knowledge base and the analytical and research skills necessary for doctoral study in finance. Many graduates pursue careers in the financial sector, some within Edinburgh, a major centre for fund management, and home to two of the world’s largest banks.

The programme enables students to understand core theories and concepts in finance; understand and use a range analytical techniques, for example the analysis of a company's financial statements or the application of models to value financial assets; evaluate methods of empirical research and empirical findings; develop practical knowledge of financial markets and institutions and financial decisions within companies; carry out original research via a dissertation; and develop transferable skills, particularly in analytical techniques, communication and teamwork, relevant to employment in the financial sector or in academic research.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English and whose first degree is not in English will need a minimum score of 650 in the IELTS test or 550 in the TOEFL test (213 for computerised version).

Fees and funding

The School of Management and Languages has up to 50 fee abatement scholarships available annually to postgraduate taught students at the Edinburgh campus. The scholarships are worth £2000 each.

Details of these scholarships, as well as other funding opportunities, can be found in Heriot-Watt's online postgraduate prospectus atwww.hw.ac.uk/student-life/scholarships/postgraduate-taught.htm

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Dissertation30 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Mo Sherif
+44 (0)131 451 3284