Taught course

International Accounting and Finance

Heriot-Watt University Dubai · Edinburgh Business School (EBS)

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates holding less than a good Honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exams and course work are at MSc level.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to dubaienquiries@hw.ac.uk

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one year full-time study in English will be required.

Months of entry


Course content

With a focus on the ever-changing global financial markets, this MSc in Accounting and Finance aims to equip graduates with highly employable expertise and a thorough understanding of current issues in global financial markets – both academically and professionally.

On this MSc you will take six main courses on the subject of international accounting and be offered a choice of one specialist per semester. These courses will give you an international perspective on accounting and help you understand things like national differences, harmonisation and the challenges and problems facing multinational companies.

You will have the opportunity to apply your newly acquired knowledge and expertise gained from courses in international banking, financial markets and accountancy to a subject of interest to you in your dissertation research project which is undertaken during the summer months.

Programme duration

The full-time course starts in mid-September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years, or as a nine month Postgraduate Diploma.

  • MSc - 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
  • PGDip - 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time

Fees and funding

International students
AED 85,176

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of degree entry, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and PhD scholarships and discounts.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

ACCA Exemptions:

F1 Accountant in Business; F2 Management Accounting; F3 Financial Accounting and F4 Corporate and Business Law. ACCA Exemptions

AIA Association of International Accountants:

Professional Qualification - Foundation Level,

Professional 1 - Financial Accounting and Reporting 1 on the basis of Comparative Financial Reporting (C31CR) Plus Financial Analysis (C31FN) Plus International Accounting Standards (C31IA) Plus International Accounting Theory (C31IT)

Professional 1 - Management Accounting on the basis of Financial Analysis (C31FN) Plus Corporate Finance (C31CF) Plus International Managerial Accounting (C31M)

Professional 1 - Business Law for Accountants AIA Association of International Accountants

CIMA accreditation:

This degree offers either a Certificate BA, a management or an operational exemption dependant on courses taken within the degree. CIMA accreditation

This degree is currently in the approval stages for the governing bodies ICAS, ICAEW, ACCA, and when this is obtained, we will advise.

Course contact details

Dubai Campus