Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


This masters degree in accounting will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in any career or aspect of business that requires expertise in accounting – in private, public or third sector organisations. It aims to provide you with a route to gain professional qualifications in all of the key accounting associations, and has been designed with a focus on the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. The MSc includes six mandatory courses and two elective courses.

There are eight taught courses (divided equally over two semesters) and an accounting, banking or finance dissertation in the final semester. If you chose to study part-time, you register for two courses per semester and progress to the dissertation at the end of the second year.

There are three mandatory courses in semester 1: Financial Management, Financial Accounting and Reporting, Auditing Assurance and Professional Ethics. These courses help begin to develop a deeper understanding of specialist areas within accountancy.

You will customise your degree to match your specific interests or career pathway by selecting two course options, one in each semester. Courses available reflect Financial Analysis , Ethics and Corporate Governance, Financial Information Systems, and Comparative Financial Reporting.

In Semester 2 you will take a further three mandatory courses: International Managerial Accounting, Taxation, and Research Methods.

In Semester 3, the accounting, banking or finance dissertation is the capstone course where we invite you to 'deep-dive' into your chosen area of accounting. You will be required to demonstrate your mastery of the subject area by developing new insight from analysis of valuable primary research.

Entry Requirements

A good Honours degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

Work or project experience in the area of finance or management will be of further advantage.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

12 months


School of Social Sciences


Accounting and Finance

SCQF Level