Taught course

Banking and Finance

Institution
University of Stirling · Accounting and Finance
Qualifications
MScPGDip

Entry requirements

A lower second class Honours degree in Economics, Finance or quantitative method related areas from a UK university or an equivalent qualification. Applicants whose first degree is not obtained in above subject areas will also be considered however will be required to achieve an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent. In addition applicants with lower qualifications or special circumstances are also considered if they have relevant work experience.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This MSc develops the knowledge and analytical skills needed for a successful career in banking, finance and related areas. It is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, including students with no previous training in economics or accountancy.

The course is taught by Economics and Accounting & Finance in the Stirling Management School. Both have long-standing, recognised expertise in teaching, research and practice in this area.

Course Objectives

The overall objective of the course is to impart the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in banking and finance, or a related field. Developments in banking and finance are occurring rapidly, and with growing complexity. So people working in this area must be able to understand and analyse current developments, and also be able to anticipate future developments. The course is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds, and does not require any previous training in economics or accountancy.

The specific objectives of the course are:

  • to provide knowledge and understanding of the nature of financial systems, and the particular roles of banks and the central bank
  • to develop the capacity to appraise and compile economic and financial reports
  • to understand those aspects of economics that are most relevant for a career in banking and finance
  • to develop an appreciation of the international dimension of financial systems
  • to develop the ability to apply appropriate risk management techniques
  • to develop the capacity to understand, assess and comment on company accounts
  • to develop the facility to use spreadsheets and econometric techniques to analyse corporate performance, and to identify trends in financial markets
  • to develop the ability to appraise investment projects with capital budgeting techniques
  • to develop an understanding of the key financial decisions made by corporations, and their use of the equity and bond markets to raise finance
  • to provide knowledge and understanding of different types of banking and financial systems, including those in emerging countries and countries in transition
  • to provide an understanding of the theory, methodology and techniques of research in banking and finance, and also of the potential limitations of this research

Learning outcomes

The general learning outcomes in terms of knowledge and understanding that apply to the course as a whole are:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge in banking and finance
  • a critical awareness of current problems and new insights in banking and finance
  • a practical understanding of the techniques of enquiry and research used in banking and finance, and of how they are used to create and interpret knowledge
  • a conceptual understanding for evaluating current research and scholarship in banking and finance
  • a conceptual understanding for evaluating methodologies and (where appropriate in a dissertation) for formulating hypotheses

Fees and funding

Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, enabling them to further their education with a reputable qualification from one of the many postgraduate degree courses on offer at the University of Stirling. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies at Stirling Management School.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

PGDip

full time
9 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations45
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation35 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Dr Alberto Montagnoli
Email
economics@stir.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1786 467473