Taught course

International Accounting and Finance

Heriot-Watt University · School of Management and Languages

Entry requirements

Honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The ever-changing environment of international accounting and the global financial markets requires graduates with critical awareness of current issues in the academic discipline, as well as in professional practice. This programme aims to enhance the research and employment potential of students who seek to specialise in international accounting and finance.

The programme is particularly well suited to those seeking a career in the accounting and finance functions of both national and international organisations, as well as to those considering further academic studies and/ or a career in academic research. Students undertake six core courses.

The core of the programme is the stream on international accounting which consists of three subjects taken over semesters 1 and 2. These seek to provide students with an international perspective to the study of accounting so that they can develop an understanding of the reasons for national differences; the tendencies towards harmonisation; and the problems of multinational companies. This is done within the context of supporting classes on accounting theory and research methodology. One optional course per semester is selected from the options available, and a dissertation is then undertaken over the summer months.

Successful completion of our MSc International Accounting and Finance programme grants the following ACCA Exemptions: F1 Accountant in Business; F2 Management Accounting; F3 Financial Accounting and F4 Corporate and Business Law. These exemptions mean you will be able to qualify more quickly than other graduates.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must score a minimum of 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please refer to the website
International students
Please refer to the website

There are two scholarships open to applicants with an offer of a place on our MSc Investment Management programme

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 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Professor Ros Haniffa
+44 (0)131 451 3284