Business and Finance

  • UCAS code NN23
  • Duration Up to 4 years
  • Delivery type Full Time
  • Study location Edinburgh
  • Number of places 100 across all programmes


The Course

Our Business and Finance programme is a specialist joint degree with equal emphasis given to the subject areas of business and finance. The degree is particularly suited to students who wish to gain a firm grounding in business and management, but with an insight into the finance and financial operations of businesses and organisations.

Career Prospects

A joint degree such as Business and Finance provides a wide range of employment options and our graduates have an excellent reputation with employers. Successful careers pursued include business analyst, management consultant, public relations executive, international trade executive, and graduate planner.

Programme content

Level 1

Semester 1Semester 2
Introduction to AccountingIntroduction to Finance
Management in a Global ContextEnterprise and its Business Environment
Introductory MicroeconomicsIntroductory Macroeconomics

Level 2

Semester 1Semester 2
Financial Markets TheoryCorporate Financial Theory
Quantitative MethodsOrganisational Behaviour

Level 3

Semester 1Semester 2
International Bond & Currency MarketsFinancial Derivatives
Mergers & AcquisitionsManaging Corporate Value
OptionStrategic Management

Level 4

Semester 1 Semester 2
Choose three from:
  • Approved Business Management options
  • Accounting Finance options
Choose three from:
  • Approved Business Management options
  • Approved Finance options

Your career

Graduate profiles

David Broadbent

  • School St John Fisher Catholic High School, West Yorkshire
  • Degree MA (Hons) Economics and Finance
  • Present job Analyst, Barclays Capital

	David Broadbent

"The superb campus, fantastic facilities and friendly staff all initially attracted me to Heriot-Watt University. Having its own campus gave Heriot-Watt a fantastic atmosphere, with the added benefit of being close enough to Edinburgh city centre to take advantage of its great night life and social scene.

"Studying Economics and Finance very much helped me to determine what career I wanted to do. The course offered a good balance between theory and practice and since starting work I have realised just how up to date the course was, teaching material that is at the very forefront of current research. I found the course to be extremely flexible, and the wide range of modules to choose from each year ensured that I could tailor the degree to fit my requirements.

When applying for a job to take up on leaving Heriot-Watt it became very apparent how well known and respected the University is. The economics and careers departments had some great contacts and were a huge help in preparing me for interviews. The degree has certainly stood me in good stead for my current job. I feel confident in saying that if you want to live in one of the UK's best cities and benefit from some of the best academics, then Heriot-Watt University is the one for you."

Fatima Waheed

  • School Trinity Academy, Edinburgh
  • Degree MA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance
  • Present job Assurance Associate - Ernst & Young
Fatima Waheed

"I decided to study at Heriot-Watt University because of its reputation as a truly cosmopolitan university and warm and welcoming environment. The reason I chose Accountancy and Finance was because of the wide range of career options available to those who graduate in it, the flexible nature of the programme and, most importantly the accreditation of the degree which provides full exemption from the first set of ICAS exams.

"The courses in first and second year really provide you with a good overall knowledge and understanding of various subjects like accountancy, business, finance, management, business law and economics, and then you are offered an opportunity to specialise in your favourite subject in third and fourth year which helps you further in your career. Auditing and Finance courses in third and fourth year greatly developed my interest in these two fields and, in my current job at Ernst & Young I am getting great exposure to both through my CA training as an auditor in the financial services industry and specialising in investment management service line.

"My degree has definitely provided me with a head start in my career by equipping me with skills and knowledge that are very much applicable in the practical world. The courses in fourth year help you develop your critical analysis and evaluation skills which make you examine scenarios in the business world from different perspectives, creating inclusiveness in your teams, and thus, giving you a leading edge."

Entry requirements

The University offers as its normal entry routes:

  • entry at Level 1, mainly for students with Scottish Highers (or similar)
  • entry at Level 2, mainly for students with A-levels (or similar).

There is nevertheless considerable flexibility, depending on the level of qualifications, for entrants with A-levels to opt to enter at Level 1 and for Scottish students to enter at Level 2. Direct entry into Level 3 is also possible for students who already have certain HE qualifications.

However, in order to gain the maximum number of available exemptions from the professional examinations of accountancy bodies such as ACCA and ICAS level 1 entry is the normal route for all students applying to our Accountancy & Finance programme.

Level 1 entry

  • Highers AAAB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • HNC B in graded unit
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • Additional information Standard Grade/GCSE English and Mathematics

Level 2 entry

  • A-Levels ABB in relevant subjects
  • Advanced Highers BB in relevant subjects, plus AAAB at Higher.
  • HNC Relevant HNC. Entry to Level 2 will be considered for exceptional candidates.
  • HND BB in graded units, relevant HND.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 34 points
  • Additional information Please note that level 1 entry is the normal route for those wishing to gain the maximum number of available exemptions from professional examinations of accountancy bodies.

Level 3 entry

  • HND Relevant HND. Entry to Level 3 will be considered for exceptional candidates.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
FeePaid by SAAS£9,000£13,500

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the 3 years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships & bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree programmes in 2016

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.