Economics and Accountancy

Heriot-Watt University


Edinburgh Campus


The MA in Economics and Accountancy does not require prior knowledge of the core disciplines of economics or accountancy. Study begins at an introductory level and the degree has a flexible structure to enable students to tailor studies so that they can pursue ambitions and interests. As a result, graduates are able to embark upon successful careers, especially in accounting, banking, finance, the civil service and also pursue further study in economics and related disciplines.

First Year: Students follow introductory modules in Economics, Accountancy and Finance, and Management. Students must also complete a set of introductory mathematics modules in either first or second year. If these modules are deferred to second year, then elective modules are taken.

Second Year: Students are introduced to the formal theory of economics and the methods used in applied research. Intermediate Economics covers core microeconomic models of consumer choice and firm behaviour, and macroeconomic models of long-run equilibrium and short-run adjustments. Students will also study Statistics, and Quantitative Techniques for Business.

Third Year: Modules taken during third year count towards the final degree classification awarded. Students must complete an econometrics project and a minimum of one other Accountancy set of modules from a variety comprised of Theory and Practice of Taxation; Management Accounting; Auditing; and IT in Accounting. Elective modules are also taken.

Fourth Year: Students will take modules in the core subjects of Economics and Accountancy. A required number of modules must be taken from each subject area. Students may also take modules from other disciplines with a wide range of subjects available including Company Law, Finance, Logistics, and Marketing.

Entry Requirements

2021 entry requirements:
Standard entry: 4 Highers at AAAB (two sittings) plus English and Maths at National 5.

Widening access entry: 4 Highers at BBBC (two sittings) plus English and Maths at National 5.

For entry to Level 2 you would require 2 Advanced Highers at BB plus 4 Highers at AAAB including Maths or AAAB and Maths at C.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


School of Social Sciences



SCQF Level



Career Sectors

Administration and Management General


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