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The award
MA:Undergraduate

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Business and Finance at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Introducing MA Finance and Business

A programme which combines the study of business and finance provides an extremely strong platform to build a career within or outside the commercial world. Business and finance encompass 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.

Our programme reflects the global, dynamic climate of contemporary business and management, offering specialist courses in areas such as corporate finance, marketing, entrepreneurship and climate change.

What you will study

Year 1

You will study Introduction to Financial Markets and Economic Principles as well as Global Challenges for Business and The Business of Edinburgh, which introduce key concepts of management and business including strategy, finance, marketing and the management of people. You will also study Accountancy 1A, an Introduction to Financial Accounting, and Accountancy 1B, an Introduction to Management Accounting.

Year 2

You will study Business Research Methods I: Introduction to Data Analysis and Career Development Planning. Your other courses will include Introduction to Corporate Finance and Applications of Finance. You can also choose from the following courses: Organisational Behaviour; Business Economics; HR Management; International Business; Marketing; Business Analytics and Information Systems; Business Simulation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Year 3

You will study Strategic Management and Business Research Methods II: Applications and Analysis. In addition you will choose more specialist courses in business and finance.

Year 4

You will study further specialist courses in business and finance and will complete a dissertation on a topic closely linked to your programme.

Career opportunities

Accountancy graduates can train to become a qualified accountant through a traineeship with an accountancy or commercial firm.

Alternatively you can choose a career in taxation, finance or banking.

Some of our graduates decide to follow a different direction and pursue employment in management positions in the public and private sectors.

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 7.0 with 6.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 100 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 185 with 169 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 67 with at least 56 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade Cor 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

Fees, costs and funding

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Finance and Business

Additional costs

If studying abroad in Year 3, your costs will vary by country. In Year 4 you will undertake a dissertation and, depending on the field of study you choose, there may be costs associated with undertaking surveys and conducting interviews.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMA:UndergraduateHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAAA.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 43 points (grades 776 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6. BBB must be achieved in a single sitting by end of S5. National 5 Mathematics at Grade B and English at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: Mathematics at Grade B or 6 and English at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and Grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: Mathematics at 5 or Mathematical Studies at 6 and English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

What students think about The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

    Erin Bembe, full time MBA

    After I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Economics, I became a Financial Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration in Washington DC. I returned to study as I had progressed as far as I could in my current role and I also wanted to move from the public sector into the private sector. I chose the University of Edinburgh for its global reputation, its location, and because of the length of the MBA programme (1 year compared to 2 in the US).

    The MBA is an intense full-time program providing an overview of business with the option to specialize in an area of interest. There is a strong focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility as well as the development of leadership and other soft skills. Because the school is so well placed in Europe and has such a good reputation, it attracts students from all over the world, providing a diverse and stimulating learning environment. The opportunities to learn beyond the classroom – from international business treks to case competitions and undergraduate mentoring programs are vast.

    The programme allowed me to develop both my technical skills and my soft skills which were instrumental in landing me my current job. I am now a Senior Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson and was introduced to my current company through the programme’s Capstone project.

    Having an alumni community that I can tap into is important to me. The network I’ve built thus far has been a huge support in my post-MBA life. The programme is quite rigorous and the city can be a huge distraction, so it’s essential to find the right balance between studying and enjoying all that Edinburgh has to offer. Make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities the school provides for development outside of the classroom – the multiple clubs, volunteering opportunities, projects, guest lecturers, and career services.

    Tim Puddy, Masters in International Human Resource Management

    Prior to moving to Edinburgh I completed a BA in Management from the University of York. During the course of the degree I spent a placement year working at the Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline. I worked within the Human Resource Development team concerning their future leader programmes.

    I went back to study as I enjoy the stimulating and liberating environment available in academia, and wanted to pursue my interest in HRM. Edinburgh University is an elite university, but more specifically, the Business School provided a route to CIPD accreditation which is key in HRM careers. Being by definition an international programme, the IHRM cohort is also very international and therefore we get so many new perspectives on issues. We have been taught about crucial areas of HRM as well as having particular focuses on the issues an international context brings. These concepts were reinforced during a class trip to Helsinki.

    The CIPD accreditation is hugely important, but to have a deep theoretical background in topical HR issues is even more so. The Reward Management module in particular has helped me get a job in this area as I will be working in reward management for Virgin Money. I will also be maintaining links with the health sector.

    Edinburgh itself is beautiful, vibrant and quaint all at the same time. It is also walkable which is very important to me. I love a good view, and Edinburgh is spoilt with these! Of course its culture and arts scene aren’t too far behind. The city will, I am sure, hold a special place in everyone’s memories so keeping in touch is crucial personally as well as professionally. I encourage new students to make the most of what Scotland and the Business School have to offer.

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