Taught course

Investment Analysis

University of Stirling · Stirling Management School

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in any discipline or equivalent professional qualifications or significant and relevant work experience. Although an accounting or finance-related degree is not required for admission to this course, students should be reasonably numerate.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate-level programme in the field of investment management education. It is one of the very few Master’s degrees in the UK to have CFA® Institute Program Partner status and one of a select group of partner institutions worldwide.


Course Objectives

As a CFA® Institute ‘Program Partner’, at least 70% of the learning outcomes of all three levels of the CFA® Programme are covered and so the programme is ideally suited to those who wish to become qualified as a CFA® Charter-Holder. The syllabus has a distinctly international orientation that reflects the increasingly 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. The Stirling MSc in Investment Analysis team has an unrivalled reputation in the UK CFA© Research Challenge. It has competed in five of the six UK Finals since the competition began in 2008, winning the 2010 UK Final and coming second in the 2013 final.

Check here for more details and photos from the CFA® Research Challenge 2013 Final.

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

UK students
International students

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

Joanne Fairbrother
+44 (0) 1786 467297