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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 23950 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 31350 per year

All study options

About Accounting and Finance at The University of Edinburgh Business School, University of Edinburgh

Our MSc in Accounting and Finance provides theoretical understanding and key skills to further your career in a range of finance-related professions. We aim to equip you with essential accounting and finance capabilities, including critical analysis, research and advanced numeracy.

Accounting and Finance Programme Structure

An overview of the MSc in Accounting and Finance programme structure, including details of the course information for semester 1 and semester 2.

This programme runs for one academic year, starting in mid-September and ending in August. At the start of the programme, you study compulsory courses, which are undertaken in semester one. These are the foundation upon which the whole MSc is built and ensure a common basis of knowledge across the different areas.

A comprehensive Welcome Week provides an introduction to the programme, the School, and the University. Designed to be both informative and fun, it enables you to get acquainted with your classmates.

Through the selection of various option courses, you can tailor your studies towards your career interests.

Finally, your MSc dissertation brings all of the year's learning together in a piece of work unique to each student.

To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2019/20.

Semester 1

September/December

Compulsory Courses

Semester 2

January/May

Compulsory Courses

Option Courses (Choose 2*)

Summer

June/August

Dissertation (MSc in Accounting and Finance)

Details of the Dissertation

*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June in the year of entry to the course. We cannot guarantee that all option courses will run each year and occasionally there will be last minute amendments after this date due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff illness.

The content of individual courses and the programme for any given degree are under constant academic review in light of current circumstances and may change from time to time, with some programmes and courses being modified, discontinued or replaced.

Due to high demand we cannot guarantee students a place on the optional course of their preference. Equally, if there is not enough interest in a given year for an option course then it may not be viable for us to run that particular option course. Some combinations of option courses may not be possible due to scheduling constraints.

Core and Elective Courses

Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses can be found on the University Degree Programme Tables website.

Accounting and Finance Degree Programme Table

Expand Your Skills

Career Development

Accounting and Finance graduates from the University of Edinburgh are highly sought after globally. Take advantage of the School's various development programmes that aim to equip you with the skills to achieve your personal goals. We are here to help you become equipped to maximise your potential in the global market.

Support for Masters Students

Learn about the support our Student Development Team can offer.

Graduate Employment

Graduates from the MSc in Accounting and Finance will typically pursue a career in the accounting profession or in regulating bodies requiring an in-depth understanding of accounting and finance. The programme is as much academic as it is vocational. That means it is also good preparation for further research at PhD level. This MSc could lead to a multitude of roles, including:

  • Academic accounting
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Investment and security analysis
  • Portfolio management

Career Outcomes

The success of our programmes within the finance portfolio is reflected in the career destinations of our graduates.

Career Outcomes of Past Students

Student Development Team

The Student Development Team will be an integral part of your student experience from day one.

Skills

In your first semester you can benefit from a series of professional development sessions - run by the Student Development Team - that cover a range of topics including:

  • Team working
  • Networking
  • Job search strategies
  • Presentation skills
  • Self awareness

Top Tips for Group Work

For specific and tailored career advice and coaching you can book 1-to-1 sessions with a member of the Student Development Team to discuss:

  • CV and application advice
  • LinkedIn profile reviews
  • Careers guidance
  • Interview or assessment centre practice

For general enquiries please email the Student Development Team.

Opportunities

All our MSc programmes have various built-in opportunities to engage with companies; an important step in your skills development and the expansion of your corporate network. Examples of programme-specific opportunities include:

  • Treks
  • Guest lecturers
  • Group consultancy projects
  • Career lounges

We aim to provide our students with interaction across a wide range of businesses, gaining valuable insight into their operations, advice from their key decision makers as well as the opportunity to work on 'real life' projects proposed by our industry partners.

More on Industry Opportunities

Edinburgh Award for Professional Development

As part of your MSc programme you will have the opportunity to further enhance your employability credentials by taking part in the Edinburgh Award.

By proactively working on your own development, you can gain official recognition through the Edinburgh Award for professional development. As well as receiving an official certificate from the University, the achievement will be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Participants are offered individual coaching sessions; peer support networks; a 'buddy system' and masterclasses on topics such as leadership and advanced communication.

Networks

The Student Development Team is on hand to help you build your confidence and networking skills. By involving our alumni and network of corporate contacts, we are able to ensure that the activities are industry-relevant and give you the opportunity to build your own professional and global networks.

In addition to the Student Development team, there are a number of other services and societies across the university which may help with your professional development, such as:

Got Questions? Get in Touch

Stella Wang

Student Development Officer

xingyue.wang@ed.ac.uk
+44(0)131 650 9840

Engagement with Industry

Industry Opportunities

On the MSc in Accounting and Finance you will have the opportunity to work with industry and business professionals in a variety of ways, such as through group consultancy projects, guest lectures, and career exploration treks.

Investment Management Consultancy Project

Our students share their experience of working with a client for their investment management consultancy project.

Group Consultancy Projects

During your MSc you may elect for a course which involves a consultancy project; this involves working closely with companies or businesses as part of a team to assist with a real-life active project.

In most cases, the client will ask you to write a report which you will research and develop during the taught component of the course. Furthermore, there is likely to be an opportunity to present your findings back to the business.

Topics range from broad, strategic issues to more specialised business matters. Your group will have to work together to produce clear and practical recommendations while meeting deadlines.

Past companies have included:

  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Aubrey Capital Management
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Costain
  • Quince Advisory Ltd
  • Standard Life Investments

Treks

Throughout the year, the School gives students the opportunity to engage with industry and business professionals in their own environments.

Benefits

  • Developing your knowledge of an industry, sector, or geographical location in order to make the best career choices
  • Getting a feel for the culture, people, and values of particular companies
  • Building your network of industry professionals and alumni

We run different types of treks:

  • Local Treks: involve visiting organisations in and around the Edinburgh area
  • Industry Treks: take place over the course of two or three days and are designed to give insight to a particular industry through visiting a series of related organisations, typically in a location away from Edinburgh
  • Thematic Treks: generally programme-specific and focus on issues surrounding employability and the main learning outcome of your programme.

More on the Dublin 2018 Trek

Past trek locations for our Accounting and Finance programme have included Royal Botanic Gardens, Standard Life, Baillie Gifford and Dublin.

Guest Lecturers

Within modules of the finance programmes our academic team bring in senior figures from relevant international organisations to talk about specific subject matter and its application to real world working challenges.

These lectures are followed by the opportunity to network further with the speaker and gain valuable career insight and advice from experienced professionals.

Organisations represented in the past include:

  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Tesco Bank

Got Questions? Get in Touch

Stella Wang

Student Development Officer

xingyue.wang@ed.ac.uk
+44(0)131 650 9840

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 awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 23950 per yearInternational course feesGBP 31350 per year

Entry requirements

Accounting and Finance Entry Requirements

Entrance to our MSc in Accounting and Finance is strongly competitive. You can increase your chances of a successful application by exceeding the minimum programme requirements.

Academic Requirements

You will need a UK first-class or 2:1 honours degree in one of the subjects below, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

  • An undergraduate degree in accounting, finance or a related discipline is normally required
  • Degrees in quantitative disciplines (e.g. economics or mathematics) or business studies will be considered if you can demonstrate a strong background in accounting and finance throughout your degree

Supporting your Application

  • You should be able to demonstrate some evidence of mathematical ability
  • Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance
  • Relevant professional qualifications will be considered
  • Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme

To help you build a strong application, please refer to our selection criteria.

Applications from Current Undergraduates

Final year undergraduate students are welcome to apply, so long as your studies will be completed prior to the MSc programme commencement date.

Overseas Students

In addition to academic and professional requirements, international students will have to adhere to immigration guidelines.

Overseas Students Advice

The minimum academic requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree in a related subject or an equivalent international qualification.

Some examples of equivalent qualifications:

  • Canada: mid B+; 3.3+ (4 point scale); 7.3/8+ (9 point scale)
  • China: 80-85%+; B+
  • Germany: 2.5+ (reverse 5 point scale); Sehr Gut/Gut
  • India: 1st Class degree (60%+)
  • Nigeria: 2:1
  • South Africa: 2:1/1st
  • USA: GPA 3.25+ (4 point scale)

If your home country is not listed above, consult the minimum grade point average (GPA) required by following the link below.

Entry Requirements by Country

Important Points

  • The ranking of the university at which you studied is considered when we determine whether or not your degree is equivalent to a first or upper second-class honours degree in the UK.
  • If your degree is not of the required standard and you do not have highly relevant work or other experience, we will normally reject your application.
  • Meeting the degree requirement doesn't ensure acceptance. A higher standard may be needed for your application to be competitive for admission or funding.
  • Other equivalent qualifications can be requested from the Admissions team.
  • A conditional offer can be made if you are waiting for a final degree result or a language test result.

You must demonstrate English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English Language Tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees Taught and Assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

UKVI list of majority English speaking countries

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

More on English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Other Important Points to Note

  • If you already have an English language certificate then you can include this with your application. However, if you have not yet taken a test, we will still process your application and you will be able to upload your results when you receive them.
  • A conditional offer may be given to you if you do not yet meet our minimum English requirement. But you must provide evidence that you have reached the minimum English requirement before we can provide you with an unconditional offer.
  • We advise you to start working towards your English language qualification as early as possible to ensure that you have achieved the required standard in time to start the programme. If you require a visa, you must have achieved your English qualification and have met any other conditions to qualify for an unconditional offer, which is a requirement for the CAS. The University will commence issuing CAS from June onwards.

Optional Pre-Sessional English Courses

The English Language Education offers summer pre-sessional English language programmes intended for students who plan to study at the University of Edinburgh.

English for Business Masters

This programme focuses on improving English language skills for effective participation in the University of Edinburgh Business School MBA and MSc programmes. If you have been accepted by the School and have already met your English requirement, you may want to attend this course to brush up on your English skills.

General English for Academic Purposes

This programme is intended for international students who need to improve their English language level prior to commencing a programme of study at the University of Edinburgh. At the end of the course, students will undertake an assessment which can be used to meet the English requirements of their Masters programme beginning in September.

English for Academic Purposes Summer Courses

Further Information

For further advice and guidance, please contact Postgraduate Admissions.

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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