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MA (Hons) Business and Finance

Offered by: Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
Exam BodyHeriot-Watt University, UK
Course Duration3 years
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)42,848
CampusHeriot-Watt University, UK
FacultySchool of Social Sciences, Edinburgh Business School
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryUnited Kingdom
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyBusiness Management & Administration
Study Abroad Pathway


Mode of StudyBy Coursework
Course Description

Business Management and Finance professionals work with executive and management teams to provide expert advice on the impacts and deployment of resources and processes throughout an organisation.

At Heriot-Watt, you will learn how to apply business management and finance knowledge and skills to a range of different managerial, business and problem-solving situations, management decisions, compliance issues and governance.

This undergraduate MA Honours degree* explores the interface between business and finance, in particular the management and business implications of financial decision-making. It 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.

Key topics covered include accounting, business policy, corporate finance, economics, management and marketing.


Course content

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Personal Finance and Investment Ethics
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Management in a Global Context
  • Financial Markets Theory
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Management Accounting in Organisations

Year 2

  • International Bond and Currency Markets
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Managing Corporate Value
  • Strategic Management
  • Choose 3 optional courses

Optional courses available for Year 2 include:

  • Innovation Management,
  • Business Research Methods,
  • Consumer Behaviour,
  • Marketing Communications,
  • Critical Approaches to Management,
  • Resourcing and Talent Management
  • Business Venturing.

Year 3

  • Two Approved Business Management options
  • Two Approved Finance options
  • Choose 2 optional courses

Across both semesters

  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation

Approved Business Management options include:

  • International Business,
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Retail Marketing,
  • Changing Trends in Employment,
  • Marketing and Managements in SMEs
  • Marketing Sustainability

Approved Finance options include:

  • Agency Theory and Corporate Governance
  • Contemporary Issues in Finance

*Information correct at time of publication and may be subject to change

Entry Requirements

STPM/UEC/A-Levels/IB Diploma with 5 credits or above

Intake Months


Career Prospects

Our Business and Finance graduates have embarked on successful careers in the public and private sectors as accountants, actuaries, auditors, financial advisers, foreign exchange dealers, legal advisers, stockbrokers and tax associates.

Companies and organisations employing Business and Finance graduates from Heriot-Watt include Baillie Gifford, Deloitte, EY, HSBC, KPMG, Mazars, Nestlé and PwC.


All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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