MSc Banking & Finance pre-arrival information

Welcome to the MSc Banking and Finance pre-arrival information page.

We hope you're looking forward to starting your Masters degree at the University of Stirling Management School. We're delighted to welcome you to our beautiful campus.

We welcome you to the Stirling Management School (SMS) community and look forward to meeting you when you begin your studies. Teaching on your course begins with the Flying Start Leadership Programme when you will engage in a range of activities designed to ensure your transition into University life is smooth, enjoyable, stimulating and stress free.

Got a question?

If you have any questions about the course, please contact the Programme Administrator, Allison Butler who will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.

+44 (0) 1786 467455

Course director

Dr Theodoros Diasakos

Reading list

Suggested Preliminary Reading – Spring 2021

The information given below is meant to be only tentative and representative. The actual reading list for each module will be provided in the respective Canvas page; this will become available at the beginning of the corresponding semester.

What are listed below as “core textbooks” should be viewed as “essential purchases,” at least for the Spring semester modules. Students are advised that a pop-up Blackwell's Book Shop will be open in the Atrium at the start of semester. Books can also be ordered online (with free UK delivery) via Blackwell's offer a student price match guarantee, where they will match a lower price found at Amazon, Waterstones or WHSmith.

As preliminary reading, the following two sources is a good starting point to familiarize yourselves with the basic you will need for the program in terms of theoretical understanding of the workings of the banking system and the quantitative background for the programme.

Mishkin F. (2016). The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets, (Global 10th ed.), Pearson Education, ISBN 9780132770248

Ehrhardt M.C., Brigham E.F., and A. Fox (2016), Financial Management: theory and practice, (13th ed.), South-Western Cengage Learning, ISBN 9781473729605

Module Code

Module Title

Reading list


Quantitative Methods in Finance

Core Textbook:

Asteriou D. and S. G. Hall (2019), Applied Econometrics, (4th ed.), Palgrave - Macmillan Publishers.


Additional Readings:

Brooks C. (2019), Introductory Econometrics for Finance, (4thth ed.), Cambridge University Press.


Dougherty C. (2016) Introduction to Econometrics, (5th ed.), Oxford University Press.

DeFusco, McLeavey, Pinto, Runkle and Anson, Quantitative Investment Analysis, John Wiley & Sons CFA Institute Investment Series, 3rd edition 2016.


Corporate Finance

Hillier D., Ross S., Westerfield R., Jaffe J., and J. Bradford (2020), Corporate Finance, (4th European ed.)


Economics for Banking and Finance

Sloman J., D. Garrat and J. Guest (2018) Economics, (10th ed.) Pearson.


Bank Theory, Operations and Strategy

Choudhry, M. (2012) The Principles of Banking (Wiley Finance).



Professionalism, Regulation, and Ethics

Chartered Banker (2013), Professionalism, Ethics and Regulation: Study Book. BPP Learning Media.


Solomon J. (2010) Corporate Governance and Accountability (3rd ed.) John Wiley & Sons


Risk Management in Banking

Choudhry, M. (2012) The Principles of Banking (Wiley Finance).


Quantitative Financial Risk Analysis

S. Allen (2012) Financial Risk Management: a practitioner’s guide to managing market and credit risk, (2nd ed.) John Wiley & Sons



Hull J. (2012) Options, Futures and Other Derivatives (8th or later ed.) Prentice Hall.


International Corporate Finance

Core Textbook:

Madura J. and R. Fox (2007) International Financial Management, (1st ed.) Thomson. 

Additional Readings:

Moosa I.A. International Finance: An Analytical Approach, (3rd ed.) McGraw-Hill

Eun C.S., Resnick B.G., and S. Sabherwal International Finance, (6th ed.) McGraw-Hill


Management of Technology and Innovation in Financial Institutions

Baldwin, E., and Curley, M., (2020) Managing Innovation in the Digital World


Tidd, J, and Bessant, JR., (2018) Managing Innovation: integrating technology, market and organisational change (6th ed)

Burns, P., (2013) Corporate Entrepreneurship: innovation and strategy in large organisations


Applied Data Analytics Using R

Michael Crawley (2007), The R book, Wiley Publishers

John Maindonald, John Braun (2006), Data Analysis and Graphics Using R: An Example-based Approach, Cambridge Press University

Online resources freely available on the Github community website will be made available at the beginning of each academic year