MSc International Accounting and Finance

Welcome to the MSc International Accounting and Finance course.

We hope you are looking forward to starting your Masters degree at the University of Stirling Management School. We 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 Patrick Herbst

Reading list

We want to help you prepare for your studies and a reading list will be available here soon. Please do not purchase any books until your course starts, as the suggested readings may change.

Suggested Preliminary Reading – Spring 2021

For those of you interested in doing some early reading, below are a few suggestions spanning different areas of Accounting and Finance. Some of these recommendations are more general popular science style than others (or even proper fiction). The second part of the list contains some readings for your first semester modules. All recommendations at this stage or just that – recommendations, and you are not expected to do any advance reading.

  • Six Capitals, Or Can Accountants Save the Planet?
    Jane Gleeson-White
    Norton Books, New York, 2014
  • Irrational Exuberance: Revised and Expanded Third Edition
    Robert J. Shiller
    Princeton University Press, 2016
  • The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy
    Mervyn King
    Little, Brown, 2016
  • Other People's Money: Masters of the Universe or Servants of the People?
    John Kay
    Profile Books Ltd, 2015
  • Investment Management (2nd edition)
    Stephen Lofthouse
    John Wiley & Sons, 2001
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street (latest, eleventh, or earlier edition)
    Burton K Malkiel
    WW Norton & Co, 2012
  • Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street
    Peter L. Bernstein
    The Free Press, 1993
  • The Fear Index (novel)
    Robert Harris
    Arrow Books, 2012
  • Reading and Understanding the Financial Times (2nd edition)
    Kevin Boakes
    Prentice Hall Financial Times, 2010

Module Texts

These are recommended texts for three of the first semester modules. Once the semester starts and the readings are confirmed, it is highly recommended you ensure you have (access to) these books and follow the required and recommended readings in the module.


Corporate Finance
Corporate Finance (Fourth European Edition)
David Hillier, Stephen Ross, Randolph Westerfield, Jeffrey Jaffe, Bradford Jordan
McGraw-Hill International Edition, 2021


Financial Reporting
Global Financial Accounting and Reporting: Principles and Analysis
Aerts W. and Walton, PJ.
Cengage Learning EMEA, (latest edition)

Financial Accounting and Reporting: A Global Perspective
Lebas, J.M., Stolowy, H., and Ding., Y.
Cengage Learning, (latest edition)


Quantitative Methods in Finance
Applied Econometrics
Dimitrios Asteriou and Stephen G. Hall
Palgrave, Macmillan Publishers Ltd
4th Edition 2019