Taught course

Finance

Institution
University of Stirling · Accounting and Finance
Qualifications
MScPGDipPGCert

Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of a second class honours degree or an equivalent qualification. However, you can still apply if you don’t have these formal qualifications, but bring significant and relevant work experience.

INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MSc in Finance at the University of Stirling gives you a thorough grounding in the theory and analytical techniques used by finance professionals that will help you to understand how money influences the world we live in. We provide a global perspective on the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings and role of financial markets in the allocation of capital.

You will learn about the qualitative and quantitative techniques used to evaluate financial decisions; understand and interpret market reactions to geopolitical events such as Brexit, oil price shocks and financial crises. You will develop skills in the analysis of: corporate financial decisions, behavioural biases, financial statements, derivatives, investment portfolios, investment decisions, risk and economic data. The MSc in Finance also gives students the opportunity to study much of the CFA course syllabus.

The financial decision making process is becoming increasingly automated. As technology advances, we wish to ensure that our graduates have the opportunity to remain employable and relevant as finance professionals. Therefore throughout the course, but particularly in the second semester modules of Financial Statement Analysis, Research Methods and the Dissertation, you will develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and interpretation of large amounts of complex information. This includes developing arguments and communicating them both in written reports and via oral presentations with textual and visual aids.

While the emphasis is on corporate finance and decisions made by financial institutions or policymakers, the techniques and skills learned on the MSc in Finance at the University of Stirling are directly relevant to managing your personal finances. For example, saving for retirement, negotiating a mortgage, or deciding whether to buy or to rent a home. Furthermore, understanding how financial economics influences the world we live in, together with the ability to articulate geopolitical events in a financial market context are valuable skills regardless of your political persuasion or career aspirations.

Real-world experience

Throughout the course, you will get the opportunity to apply the theory and analytical techniques to real events and companies in real time. For example, in Financial Statement Analysis you will, as part of a team, develop an investment buy or sell recommendation. In your dissertation, you will get the opportunity to identify and answer a real world question, or extend your company analysis skills developed in Financial Statement Analysis.

The course includes an innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by our partner Amplify Trading, which won the CFA Institute’s Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) Award in 2015. Students trade futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) using University of Stirling computer labs on which Amplify Trading’s bespoke software links to live CME market prices through the Internet. By enabling students to trade in real time, but with virtual money, the Boot Camp bridges the gap between an academic understanding of financial markets and how they function in practice.

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 Programmes 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.

This course is currently approved for PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding from SAAS, full details of how to apply for PTFL can be found here: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/financial-information/scholarships/#PTFL

Full details of the PTFL fund and how to apply online can be found here: www.saas.gov.uk

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

PGDip

full time
9 months

PGCert

full time
6 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Joanne Fairbrother
Email
joanne.fairbrother@stir.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1786 467297