MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education.
The increasing influence of international financial reporting standards and the shortage in some countries of international accounting expertise have led to significant demand for relevant education. Also, in the EU the speed and significance of recent reforms have led to a demand for Master’s level education which reflects these developments and facilitates transition.
The global accounting body ACCA recognises the MSc International Accounting and Finance, giving graduates of the course automatic exemption from five of their papers with a sixth possible based on the spring semester options that are chosen.
As part of the University of Stirling Management School’s focus on enhancing graduate employability we welcome Amplify Trading, a global financial trading and training company, to campus to deliver a week-long Boot Camp for Masters students on our finance-related courses.
Taking place from 13-17th April, the Boot Camp will help to bridge the gap between academic theories of financial markets and how they behave in the real world. During the intensive week students will be presented with live market data and have the opportunity to trade across multiple asset classes, gaining first-hand experience of how intra-day trading actually works.
This unique and free course ran for the first time in 2014. Learn more
Globalisation, the growth of multinational enterprises, the convergence of international accounting practices and the expansion of the European Union all contribute to the importance of an international focus in accounting and finance education. The increasing influence of international financial reporting standards and the shortage in some countries of international accounting expertise have led to significant demand for relevant education. The ACCA Accredited MSc International Accounting & Finance from the University of Stirling Management School reflects these developments and provides a solid foundation for a career in accounting or finance.
The course attracts students from every continent presenting a valuable opportunity to establish a worldwide network of contacts that last beyond the time spent studying on our beautiful campus. In 2014/15 the ACCA recognised MSc in International Accounting and Finance was the most popular Master’s degree at Stirling.
As part of the Stirling Management School’s focus on enhancing the employability of graduates, we will be running a week-long trading masterclass in conjunction with London-based Amplify Trading for students at the end of the Spring Semester.
We host the Bloomberg Aptitude Test
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
Of the many reasons students come to Stirling, such as academic reputation and research standards, one factor is always cited: the outstanding beauty of the University's Stirling campus.
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.
INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (5.5 in all bands).
If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
The Master’s course is a one-year, full-time course with an initial taught component of two, 15-week semesters, involving lectures, practical case study work and workshops, with a supervised dissertation in the final period.
As soon as you arrive at Stirling you are introduced to your course, fellow students and the University by taking part in the Stirling Management School Flying Start Leadership Programme. This induction enables you to develop skills to get the most out of your studies and to progress quickly in your career.
Successful completion of the taught modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The Master’s degree is awarded on, satisfactory completion of a dissertation, following the Diploma examinations. Dissertation topics range over all areas of relevance to accounting and finance and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation.
Semester 1 modules:
In Semester 2 you will choose either
or alternatively 50 credits from either/or Accounting or Finance Grouping
Graduates of the MSc International Accounting and Finance are eligible for exemption from ACCA papers F1-F4. If Spring option module INVP07 Financial Statement Analysis has been completed, paper F9 and, if Spring option module ACCP06 Advanced Financial Reporting has been completed, paper F7.
Additionally, many modules cover learning outcomes from all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) programme.
Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education.
Full-time: one year
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
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In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and we were ranked 14th in the UK in terms of research impact with over 60% of our research impact judged to have outstanding reach and wide-ranging impact on the policies of public, private and governmental organisations.
Thomas Neal (MSc International Accounting and Finance 2012-2013)
"I began my studies at Stirling with a BAcc in Accounting and Economics in 2008, a course I very much enjoyed."
Boram Lee (MSc International Accounting and Finance 2007-2008 and PhD 2008-2013)
"I consider entering the programme to have been the best decision of my life…"
Hany Elzahar (MSc International Accounting and Finance 2009-2010)
"After working as a Teaching Assistant at Mansoura University, Egypt for 12 years I was attracted to Stirling’s creative environment for studying and research..."
Fanis Tsoligkas (MSc International Accounting & Finance 2008-2009)
“Studying at the University of Stirling was one year that I will never forget”
Mohamed Elmaghrabi (MSc International Accounting and Finance 2009-2010)
"The knowledge and experience accumulated during the MSc course provided me with a solid foundation in order for me to continue with my education and undertake my PhD"
Professor David McMillan is a Professor of Finance and Director of the MSc in International Accounting and Finance. He has previously taught at the universities of Aberdeen, Durham and St Andrews. His main research interests are in empirical finance, with particular emphasis on the modelling and forecasting of asset returns and volatility as well as the links between between the stock markets and the macroeconomy. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed international journals, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Forecasting, the International Journal of Forecasting, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting and the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.
The MSc in International Accounting and Finance provides a rigorous training for those seeking a career working in international finance or within a MNC as well as for those wishing to pursue higher studies, such as a PhD. The degree covers key areas of accounting and finance theory and practice as well as providing the skills to analyse data, all critical in understanding the changing economic and financial environment within which we live and work. The course is both challenging and demanding but also rewarding and, we hope, enjoyable. The connections made, both with faculty and fellow students, will last beyond your time spend studying here and will serve you well in your future careers.
Professor David McMillan
Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very begining of the course your career is our focus.
Since the introduction of the course in 2007, our graduates have gone on to build their careers in a variety of sectors around the world in countries such as Malaysia, China, UK, Ethiopia, Italy, Oman, Kazakhstan and Taiwan. In doing so, they are contributing to the performance of organisations including investment banks, universities, car manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.
Some of the roles that our alumni currently hold include:
Students have the opportunity to sit the Bloomberg Aptitude Test on campus. The test is used by employers to evaluate employment candidates.
Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, enabling them to further their education with a reputable qualification from one of the many postgraduate degree courses on offer at the University of Stirling. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies at Stirling Management School.
This course is currently approved for PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding from SAAS. More information
For further information on possible sources of funding, visit: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/financial-information/Scholarship finder