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MA (Hons) Accounting & Business Finance

Offered by: Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
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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 StudyAccounting & Finance
Study Abroad Pathway


Mode of StudyBy Coursework
Course Description

Our Accounting and Business Finance programme is a specialist degree, particularly suited to those seeking entry into the accounting profession, financial services or financial management. The value of such studies is also recognised by professional accountancy bodies which offer examination exemptions.


Course content

Year 1

  • Principles of Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Management in a Global Context
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting in Organisations
  • Finance and Financial Statistics
  • Financial Markets Theory

Year 2

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

Mandatory September

  • Introductory Economics
  • Fundamentals of Finance
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Management in a Global Context

Mandatory January

  • Financial Markets Theory
  • Management Accounting in Organisations
  • Financial Accounting
  • Finance and Financial Statistics

Year 3

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

Mandatory September

  • Management Accounting Techniques and Decisions
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting

Optional September

  • Corporate Financial Theory
  • Introduction to Commercial Law

Mandatory January

  • Business Research Methods

Optional January

  • Business Law and the Law of Corporate Governance
  • Taxation in Malaysia
  • Auditing and Assurance

Optional May

  • Industrial Training


Year 4


Mandatory September

  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation 1

Optional September

  • Agency Theory and Corporate Governance
  • Case Studies in Financial Management
  • Managerial Accounting: Decision Making

Mandatory January

  • Accounting and Finance Dissertation 2

Optional January

  • Contemporary Issues in Finance
  • Corporate Reporting
  • International Accounting
Entry Requirements
  • A-Level: DDD
  • STPM: C+C+
  • UEC: Maximum 30 points (5 subjects not less than B grade)
  • Canada Year 12 High School Diploma: 50% (average score based on 6 best relevant subjects including English)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 24 points excluding Theory of knowledge and Extended Essay
  • Matriculation/Foundation: Minimum CGPA 2.5
  • Diploma: Minimum CGPA 2.5
  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Business / Foundation in Science: Pass and eligible to receive the award
  • SMA 3 (Indonesia): 6.0
  • Year 12 State Board High School Examination (India): 70%
  • Senior High School Graduation Certificate (China): 80%


In addition to the entry requirements listed above, applicants must have grade C in Mathematics at SPM/ IGCSE level or equivalent. This requirement can be waived if applicants have obtained at least grade pass in Mathematics at a higher level

MQA requires Malaysian students to possess a MUET Band 2 or equivalent qualification in order to register for the programme when using an entry qualification whereby the medium of instruction is not in English, e.g. UEC, STPM.

We strongly urge all prospective students to submit their applications. Our students comprise of individuals with a wide array of qualifications. The most comprehensive way for us to assess eligibility is by receiving a completed application comprising of academic qualification.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

Intake Months

January, September

Career Prospects

Our graduates are successful in a range of professional, financial, commercial and industrial areas. Many students join accounting firms, taking examinations for one of the professional accountancy bodies. The combination of expertise also provides a firm foundation for successful business and management careers including banking, insurance, finance and management.

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

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