Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate level course 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.
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 course is ideally suited to those who wish to become qualified as a CFA® Charter-Holder.
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
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 unrivaled reputation in the UK CFA© Institute Research Challenge. Stirling has won the UK final of this competition and reached the final in seven out of eight years. As a Programme Partner we are also able to offer on a competitive basis in the spring semester of your studies CFA Scholarships for the CFA level 1 exam.
More details and photos from the CFA® Research Challenge 2015 Final.
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.
The success of Stirling’s investment analysis students in reaching the UK final of the CFA® Institute Research Challenge in seven out of the last eight years – a feat unmatched by any other UK Program Partner university – indicates the elite status of our programme.
The University of Stirling Management School equips students to flourish as effective managers in the workplace through enhanced self-awareness, critical thinking, leadership and team-working skills.
At the University of Stirling Management School, we are committed to ensuring that every single one of our students realise their potential.
The graduate job market has never been more competitive, and greater focus is now being placed on finding graduates who can demonstrate a wide array of skills, competences and experiences.
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 have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information go to English Language Requirements
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.
This one-year, full-time course has an initial taught component of two, 15-week semesters, involving lectures, practical case study work and workshops, followed by a supervised dissertation.
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.
Students experience lectures, small group seminars, problem-solving classes, drop-in sessions, computer labs and group working during their studies. 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 investment analysis and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation.
The top student on the course receives the Walter Scott Global Investment Management Prize.
In Semester 1 you will take the following modules:
In the Semester 2 you will take the following modules:
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.
The course is a CFA Program Partner and its students have an unrivalled track record in the UK CFA Research Challenge competition.
Christiana Owusu-Ansah (Msc Investment Analysis 2012-2013)
"Undoubtedly, the Investment Analysis is one of the best programmes in the area of finance in the UK."
Linh Xuan Diep Nguyen (MSc Investment Analysis 2010-2011)
“I chose MSc Investment Analysis course at the University of Stirling for my postgraduate education and it was undoubtedly one of my best decisions in my life.”
Daniel Gyimah (MSc Investment Analysis 2010-2011)
“I can, without any reservation, vouch for MSc Investment Analysis programme at the University of Stirling and I recommend you join for your postgraduate studies.”
Felix Amoako (MSc Investment Analysis 2009-2010)
“Studying at the University of Stirling has been a life time experience that will remain indelible in my memory.“
Steve Charangwa (MSc Investment Analysis 2009-2010)
“My life at Stirling has been one that l will always look back on with happiness and unwavering gratitude.”
James Bowden (MSc Investment Analysis 2009-2010)
“The fact that the course is CFA-affiliated provides the student with an opportunity to impress potential employers, and ultimately gain a foot in the door of some of the major players in the industry.”
Svetlana Viteva (MSc Investment Analysis 2008-2009)
“I successfully passed my CFA Level I exams before the end of the year thanks to the great preparation provided by the Investment Analysis classes in Stirling.”
Sabina Astarita (MSc Investment Analysis 2008-2009)
“The MSc in Investment Analysis added credibility to my CV.”
Aigul Moldabayeva (MSc Investment Analysis 2008-2009)
“As a Program partner of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute the programme follows the CFA curriculum and provides students with the foundation to become qualified as a CFA.”
Zhanar Kurmanalina (MSc Investment Analysis 2007-2009)
“ ‘Stirling is a great place to study in’ is the phrase that I always say when I talk about my academic experience in the UK.”
Chijioke Ohuocha (MSc Investment Analysis 2007-2008)
After graduating with an MSc in Investment Analysis (with Distinction), Chijioke joined Thomson Reuters as financial correspondent for Nigeria.
Meridith Glasse-Davies (MSc Investment Analysis 2007-2008)
“When applying for jobs, I found that there was a great deal of respect for the course amongst employers.”
Rustam Sapaev (MSc Investment Analysis 2007-2008)
“The course offered way beyond what I expected... and is strongly related to a real life. The fact that the course is chosen as a CFA partner speaks volumes.”
Cuong Nguyen Manh (MSc Investment Analysis 2007-2008)
“Studying at Stirling has ensured my entry to the competitive finance industry and I have had the time of my life doing it.”
Matthew Glover (MSc Investment Analysis 2006-2007)
“For anyone looking to gain their CFA® Charter at some future point, this course is a must.”
Kumbirai Mabwe (MSc Investment Analysis 2006-2007)
“Enrolling for Investment Analysis has proved to be the best decision that I have ever made.”
Ye Yang (MSc Investment Analysis 2005-2006)
“Even the most positive adjective is not enough to describe the Investment Analysis programme. All I know is that choosing the programme was the best choice I could have made.”
Kriti Murthy (MSc Investment Analysis 2005-2006)
“I find that the modules I studied in University have a direct relation to industry practices and I am positive this will help me go a long way in my chosen field.”
Francis Mawala (MSc Investment Analysis 2004-2005)
“ …emphasis on practical applications of the concepts taught without compromising the theoretical (academic) content of the programme enriched my learning experience.”
Shang-Tun Wu (MSc Investment Analysis 2002-2003)
"I found the MSc in Investment Analysis to be a very interesting and practical course."
Donald Barlow (MSc Investment Analysis 2000-2001)
“The course interested me because the curriculum mirrored UKSIP's professional exams.”
Yu Haiying (MSc Investment Analysis 2000 - 2001)
“Studying at the University of Stirling is an unforgettable memory.”
Patrick Toes (MSc Investment Analysis 1998-1999)
“I’ve been able to adapt academic learning to the practicalities of my chosen career and been able to achieve rapid professional advancement.”
Theofanis Recheniotis (MSc Investment Analysis 2008-2009)
“Invest in your dreams, invest in your future and invest in a 'Stirling experience'.”
Dr Kevin Campbell is Senior Lecturer in Finance and Director of the MSc in Investment Analysis. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Gdansk, Poland. He has also taught at the University of Łódź and the University of Szczecin in Poland, Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, the University of Western Australia, the University of New South Wales and the Graduate Business School at the University of Cape Town. His main research interests are in corporate finance and corporate governance and he has published recently in the Review of Finance, the Journal of Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, International Journal of Accounting, Managerial Finance, Journal of Management and Governance and Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society.
Dr Kevin Campbell, Course Director
Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very beginning of the course your career is our focus.
MSc Investment Analysis graduates work around the world and the following are examples of the organisations they are employed by:
Graduates entering into employment in the recent years have secured positions such as:
Alumni of Investment Analysis who graduated between five and ten years ago have advanced into positions such as:
Our alumni are leading and shaping the strategy of global financial organisations:
Students have the opportunity to sit the Bloomberg Aptitude Test on campus. This 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.
At least two prestigious Karen Napier Scholarships are usually available each year, meeting course fees and including a maintenance award.
Also available is the Wauton Scholarship, generously funded by Hugh Wauton, a graduate of the course.
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