Taught course

Investment Analysis

University of Stirling · Stirling Management School

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate level course in the field of investment management education.

It is also one of very few master’s degrees in the UK to have CFA Institute Program Partner status, and one of a select group of CFA partner institutions worldwide. Our record in the UK leg of the annual CFA Institute Research Challenge is unrivalled, with our team winning the UK final again in 2016.

On the course, you will learn about the techniques used to value investments and to develop and evaluate investment portfolios. The course also covers the everyday subject areas that form the investment analyst’s role. These include the analysis of financial statements, the use of derivatives in portfolio management, and investment regulations and ethics.

This Masters degree prepares you for a career in the investment management industry, working either for a ‘buyer’ such as a mutual fund, insurance firm or private equity fund, or for a ‘seller’ such as a stockbroker or investment bank.


The MSc Investment Analysis is a CFA Institute Program Partner, a designation awarded to high-profile institutions with a global stature that provide academic leadership and champion practical, relevant, and thought-provoking investment education. It is one of very few Program Partner institutions in the UK, and one of a select group globally.

CFA Institute is the largest association of investment professionals in the world. Successful completion of the CFA Program leads to the award of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) credential, the most respected and recognised investment management designation globally.

To become a CFA Charter Holder, students must study a prescribed curriculum and take exams at CFA levels I, II and III. At least 70% of the learning outcomes of all three levels of the CFA curriculum are covered on the MSc Investment Analysis. This makes the course an ideal route for those wishing to achieve the CFA qualification.

Course objectives

The MSc Investment Analysis equips students with the knowledge to pursue a successful career in the investment management industry. Students learn how to value equities, fixed income securities and other asset classes, including derivatives. They also learn how to construct portfolios of different assets to meet client needs, the techniques for managing risk and how investment performance is measured. The insights gained from academic studies of financial markets are emphasised throughout the course, along with the importance of ethical decision-making.

The course is industry-focused as it follows the CFA syllabus, covering at least 70% of levels I, II and III. Students therefore develop the skills necessary to add value for employers from the outset and for that reason are highly sought after in the industry.

The course syllabus has a distinctly international bias. This reflects the globalised nature of financial markets and the investment management profession. Such is the international reputation of the course that students come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds and cultures, providing a unique opportunity for the development of worldwide contacts.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, (with at least 5.5 in each skill), or TOEFL scores of: Listening 23, Reading 23, Speaking 23, Writing 23.

Fees and funding

At least two prestigious Karen Napier scholarships are usually available each year, meeting course fees and including a maintenance award.

The course has SAAS PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding approval and 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

For further information on possible sources of funding, visit: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/financial-information/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
6 months


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

Course contact details

Dr Kevin Campbell
+44 (0) 1786 467297