Our MSc in Accounting and Finance is specially crafted to provide students with an insight to the finance industry with strong links to the theories and practices of accounting. We aim to equip students with essential accounting and finance capabilities including critical analysis, research, discipline and analytical and numerical skills.

Programme overview

Designed to provide students with specialised knowledge of international accounting standards, global financial markets and a study of the finance and investment industry. Our programme also emphasises on giving students practical skills and abilities, where they may evaluate financial statements, estimate fair values for investments and analyse companies’ key value drivers.

Programme structure

In their first term (Sept-Dec) students will take induction and core course, while choosing optional courses in their second term (Jan-May). The final dissertation is written over the summer term (June-Aug). By taking different courses, students will create an ideal balance between accounting and finance studies where they may specialise their interest and tailor their studies towards their chosen career path.

Knowledge exchange

Many of Europe’s leading financial institutions have their headquarters in Edinburgh. The MSc programme takes advantage of this by bringing in guest speakers to talk to our students about real and current practice. The School also maintains strong relationships with accounting and finance professionals who are able to provide advice on research and career opportunities.

Industry links

Our strong connection to industry is exemplified by our work in the Centre for Financial Markets Research, and the Institute of Public Sector Accounting Research. The centres are a keen theatre of debate, creating new ideas for both the theoretical study and practical application of accounting, finance and investment.