Introducing MA Accounting and Business
A programme which combines the study of business and accounting provides an extremely strong platform to build a career within or outside the commercial world. In business the focus is on studying public, private and not-for-profit organisations, both small and large, their management practices and processes for managing strategy and key resources, including people, and the changing external environment in which they operate.
Accountancy is one of the fastest-growing areas of business activity. Financial accountants report on the performance of an organisation whilst management accountants provide financial information to help with planning and strategy.
Studying accounting at the University of Edinburgh offers you a flexible programme of study. You will be able to combine your study of accounting with business, finance, economics or law and take a wide range of courses. This offers you a broad-based programme with the flexibility to change direction and specialise through your option course choices.
Our staff have a world-leading reputation as prominent researchers in the accounting discipline. Our teaching is therefore based on the most recent research findings and literature. This helps ensure that our graduates are attractive to prospective employers.
Our programmes provide an excellent foundation for those hoping to gain a professional accountancy qualification and can also prepare students for careers in finance and other sectors.
This programme is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), the Association of International Accountants (AIA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
What you will study
You will study 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, as well as economics.
You will study Business Research Methods I: Introduction to Data Analysis and Career Development Planning. You can also choose from the following courses: Organisational Behaviour; Business Economics; Principles of Finance; Applications of Finance; HR Management; International Business; Marketing; Business Analytics and Information Systems; Business Simulation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Business Law course is a further option taught by the School of Law and deals with the main areas of law relevant to accounting, economics and business.
You will study Accountancy 2A, which deals with some of the more complex aspects of financial accounting, such as the preparation of financial statements.
You will also study Accountancy 2B, which examines the more complex areas of management accounting. You will learn about cost management topics and costing systems, including activity-based costing, transfer pricing and divisional performance.
You will study the compulsory courses Strategic Management; Business Research Methods II: Applications and Analysis; as well as Advanced Financial Accounting, Auditing and Management Accounting Applications. In addition you will choose one more specialist course in business.
You will study two further specialist courses in business and will complete a dissertation on a topic closely linked to your programme in business or accounting. You will also choose two accounting courses from a range of options including Advanced Management Accounting; Audit Practice; Taxation Practice; The Accounting Profession; and Accounting and Everyday Life.
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 for MA Accounting and Business
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.
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