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Heriot-Watt University

Economics and Accountancy

UCAS Code: LN14
MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

67%

Subjects
  • Economics
  • Accounting
Student score
90% HIGH
82% MED
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
Not Available
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Scottish Highers
AAAB

Scottish Advanced Highers
BB

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
29

5 in English (for non-native English speakers)

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

67%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Heriot-Watt University is ranked 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for Economics and Accounting (the National Student Survey 2014). Accounting and Finance are also ranked in the UK Top Ten by the Guardian University Guide 2015. 92% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with this programme. 85% were in work/study within six months of completing the programme. The programme strongly emphasises the application of theory to problems that arise in everyday life and has a flexible structure to enable you to tailor your studies in line with your interests. It will equip you with a range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills that are highly valued by employers.

Modules

Year 1: Microeconomics; macroeconomics; international economics; 3 modules in management; introduction to financial accounting; introduction to management accounting; introduction to finance; 3 elective modules. Year 2: Intermediate microeconomics; intermediate macroeconomics; labour economics; international finance; financial reporting; management accounting in organisations; group accounting; statistics for business; introduction to econometrics. Year 3: Industrial organisation; public economics; international trade; management accounting techniques and decisions; auditing; contemporary issues in accounting; 6 elective modules. Year 4: 3 modules in advanced microeconomics; 3 4th-level accounting modules; an accountancy dissertation (3 modules); 3 additional 4th-level accountancy modules, plus 2 series of 3 linked 4th-level economics/accounting modules.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
26%
74%

Year 1

26%
74%

Year 2

25%
75%

Year 3

25%
75%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
60%
34%
6%

Year 1

65%
35%

Year 2

59%
41%

Year 3

52%
48%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 97%
Student score 90% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

96%

Staff made the subject interesting

92%

Library resources are satisfactory

88%

Feedback on work has been helpful

82%

Feedback on work has been prompt

87%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
27% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
29% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
398 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
95% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary Not Available
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

25%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

14%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

14%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Economics graduates normally do well in the jobs market, but as the finance industry has struggled, it's made for more difficult conditions for new graduates. As the industry recovers, we expect the statistics to improve. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that nearly half of all 2012's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy which require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. The incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £28,000 for graduates working in the capital.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

78%

Library resources are satisfactory

86%

Feedback on work has been helpful

58%

Feedback on work has been prompt

68%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

72%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
35% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
49% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
385 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
82% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

38%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

31%

Graduates who are administrative occupations: finance

4%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
You don't have to be an accountant if you take this degree, but a lot of graduates take a look at the rewards on offer for accountancy trainees and go into the job. Many others go into other parts of the finance industry, and some go into management or marketing. The recent setbacks in the finance industry have meant the employment figures are not as good as usual and if the industry recovers, we'd expect to see that data improve. London is very popular for accountancy graduates going into their first job, but it's also quite common to work in Scotland, with Glasgow a hotbed of Scottish accountancy recruitment in 2012. If you want to find a job in finance as an accountancy graduate, recruitment agencies were particularly important last year, so try to get in touch with one as soon as you can to improve your chances.
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