Details of our accounting and finance related programmes, including degrees with economics, law, and accountancy.

The following links take you through to our undergraduate degree finder. Here you’ll find information about each of our programmes, including what you will study and how you will be taught.

You can also find out the entry requirements for each programme, the tuition fees and how to apply.

If you are an international applicant, you can find detailed information about entry requirements, study options and student life on your dedicated international applicants’ website.

Joint degree programmes

Most of our accounting and finance programmes are joint honours degree programmes.

Joint degrees are a great way to study two subjects at the same time which gives you more course choices and flexibility when you graduate.

A joint degree qualification also shows employers you can work across a range of disciplines.

Studying Joint Honours

Our students share their experiences of life as a joint honours student.

The University of Edinburgh was one of the first universities I came to visit and I fell in love with the city and the University, and the fact that the Business School’s Accounting and Finance programme was highly ranked.

Cecilia Bosman
MA (Hons) Accounting and Finance 2021

Why choose Accounting and Finance at Edinburgh?

Accountancy is the fastest-growing area of business activity. The ability to measure financial information and make projections affects economic and organisational decision-making at all levels. Our programmes will help prepare you to become financial accountants reporting on the performance of an organisation, and management accountants providing financial information to help with planning and strategy.

Professional accounting qualifications

All our accounting-related degree programmes have been developed to allow students to undertake accreditation courses which can lead to exemptions from qualifications set by a number of professional bodies.


The Accounting and Finance group has accreditation arrangements with the six major professional accounting bodies in the UK. All of our MA accounting-related programmes are 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
  • The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
  • The Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Professional Accounting Accreditation Guidelines

School accreditation

The Business School holds triple accreditation from the international ranking bodies of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Grow your network

Major accounting firms as well as other large companies regularly present talks and conduct recruitment activities at the Business School.

Opportunities to build your employability

Our Student Development Team work closely with our academic staff, the University's Careers Service, peer support teams, alumni, and the business community to enhance your university experience from the moment you arrive. Together, we're here to inspire and empower you to fully develop a range of key competencies and achieve your full potential.

Benefits of a four-year degree

Edinburgh's four-year degree offers a range of advantages. The added experience and intellectual depth acquired over four years is widely recognised and greatly valued by employers, and you also have the opportunity to study abroad in your third year.

Your final 'honours' years 3 and 4 allow you to focus on your specialities in depth, and the fourth-year dissertation, comprising a piece of original research, represents the culmination of your degree and the demonstration of your abilities as an independent scholar.

Teaching and assessment

Your teaching and assessment will take different forms during your four-year degree.