Taught course

Behavioural Decision Making for Finance

University of Stirling · Stirling Management School

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to make you uniquely competitive in a newly recognized employment niche. There is a deficit of individuals who both rigorously understand financial data and can predict when customers will become befuddled, bored or mistrustful of the communications issued by the financial world.

Drawing on the combined expertise of our Behavioural Science Centre and Stirling's Accounting and Finance Division, this program will train you in the skills needed to design customers’ journeys through the world of personal and corporate finance.

As well as giving you a thorough grounding in behavioural decision making generally (e.g. the role of emotions and attentional biases in judgment and decision making; the rich array of conscious and unconscious motivations that guide behaviour), our Masters course covers the core theories in financial decision-making. You'll develop the critical skills to assess investment strategies, product designs and regulations, plus the technical skills to develop and pilot test your ideas.

This course will give you the skills you'll need for a successful career in finance, insurance, trading, real estate, banking, regulation, consultancy and related areas.

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.


Students on the MSc Behavioural Decision Making for Finance program will be eligible to win the Keep Scotland Beautiful Prize for Best Research in Behavioural Science relating to the Environment.

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.

The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

Information for international students

English language requirements

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

  • IELTS: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in speaking and listening and 6.5 in reading and writing
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with 180 in reading and writing and 169 in speaking and listening
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 with 176 in reading and writing and 169 in speaking and listening
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with a minimum of 60 in reading and writing and 56 in speaking and listening
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with minimum 23 in reading and writing and minimum 20 in speaking and listening

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr David Comerford