Taught course

Banking and Finance

Institution
University of Stirling · Stirling Management School
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our MSc Banking and Finance course is suitable for everyone, whether you already have related qualifications or experience, or want to change the direction of your career. The course helps you progress towards recognised professional qualifications that are accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute, making our course one of the few UK programmes to offer this level of recognition.

You’ll develop an understanding of the concepts and methodologies of banking practice, an appreciation of the value and limitations of research, and a critical awareness of the current and potential problems facing the industry. You’ll also improve your ability to understand and compile economic reports, company accounts and financial forecasts.

We encourage students to reflect on the benefits of a more ethical approach to banking and finance. We ensure you’re aware of the importance of sustainability in financial decision making, and in particular how social and environmental risk factors affect financial performance.

Student Managed Investment Fund

Our students have established a Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), with support of our academics within the Accounting and Finance Division. The SMIF allows you to gain practical experience of managing investments with real money. A student-led project, it will help you to enhance your employability before you graduate – giving you exceptional practical understanding of theoretical aspects of investment valuation. Find out more about the Student Managed Investment Fund, the regular guest speakers and how you can get involved at the SMIF website.

Amplify Trading Boot Camp

The course also includes an innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by our partner Amplify. The boot camp won the CFA Institute Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) global award and gives you the chance to trade futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. By letting you 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.

Find out more about the Amplify Trading Boot Camp and watch our video.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

· IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill

· Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 162 in each skill

· Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 with minimum of 162 in each skill

· Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component

· IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

Fees and funding

Please consult our website for up-to-date information on course fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Dr Theo Diasakos
Email
banking-finance@stir.ac.uk