Over the past 40 years, the Accounting and Finance Division has established an enviable reputation as a welcoming place for students in a warm collegial environment. We have been successful in delivering innovative professionally-relevant programmes and undertaking research which makes a difference. We offer undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance leading to careers in professional accountancy, financial services and other business roles. Combined degrees with many other subjects take full advantage of Stirling’s flexible modular degree structure. At postgraduate level, we offer taught MSc programmes in Investment Analysis, in International Accounting and Finance and in Finance, attracting students from all over the world.
Accounting and Finance at Stirling has performed well in national rankings and tables. For example:
We are joint 1st in Scotland for Finance according to the 2016 National Student Survey.
We are ranked 3rd in Scotland and 14th in the UK for Accounting & Finance according to the 2017 Good University Guide.
The research reputation of accounting and finance at Stirling has long been recognised. In prior government-sponsored ranking assessments of the quality of research in UK universities, we were rated highly in 2001 (5B) and equal first in Scotland in 2008. Most recently we made a significant contribution to the excellent ‘top 25 in the UK’ School performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Other researchers also rate us highly, with rankings in the top 10 in the UK and top 20 in Europe in rigorous published surveys. While staff change over time, we have maintained a consistently high level and quality of research over a long period. The impact of our research on public policy is illustrated by the REF-submitted auditing case study which can be viewed here . All staff are active researchers, and this informs and helps maintain the practical relevance of our teaching.
Our research focuses on Accounting and Financial History, Behavioural Finance and Investments, Corporate Governance, Empirical Finance, and Financial Reporting and Auditing. We welcome applications for PhD study in these areas.