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
Past Students
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.


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

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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.


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.

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Edinburgh Award for Professional Development

Fiona Hay

Former student Fiona shares her experience of the Edinburgh Award for Personal 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.


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

Stella Wang

Student Development Officer
+44(0)131 650 9840