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MSc Banking and Finance

This accredited Masters course gives you the knowledge and analytical skills you’ll need for a successful career in banking and finance.

Banking and Finance

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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules
  • Accreditations Chartered Banker Institute

Our MSc Banking and Finance course is suitable for everyone, whether you already have related qualifications or experience, or want to change the direction of your career. The course helps you progress towards recognised professional qualifications that are accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute, making our course one of the few UK programmes to offer this level of recognition.

You’ll develop an understanding of the concepts and methodologies of banking practice, an appreciation of the value and limitations of research, and a critical awareness of the current and potential problems facing the industry. You’ll also improve your ability to understand and compile economic reports, company accounts and financial forecasts.

We encourage students to reflect on the benefits of a more ethical approach to banking and finance. We ensure you’re aware of the importance of sustainability in financial decision making, and in particular how social and environmental risk factors affect financial performance.

Student Managed Investment Fund

Our students have established a Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), with support of our academics within the Accounting and Finance Division. The SMIF allows you to gain practical experience of managing investments with real money. A student-led project, it will help you to enhance your employability before you graduate – giving you exceptional practical understanding of theoretical aspects of investment valuation. Find out more about the Student Managed Investment Fund, the regular guest speakers and how you can get involved at the SMIF website.

Amplify Trading Boot Camp

The course also includes an innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by our partner Amplify. The boot camp won the CFA Institute Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) global award and gives you the chance to trade futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. By letting you trade in real time, but with virtual money, the boot camp bridges the gap between an academic understanding of financial markets and how they function in practice.

Find out more about the Amplify Trading Boot Camp and watch our video:


The University of Stirling Management School

At the University of Stirling Management School, the principle of responsible business, policy and practice is central to everything we do. This vision helps us to equip our students effectively with the skills to act as global citizens, capable of addressing the needs of society.

As a member of the Chartered Association for Business Schools, we have strong links with industry and were recently awarded the Small Business Charter for engagement with local and regional enterprise.

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  • Course objectives

    The overall objective of this course is to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in banking and finance, or a related field. A particular strength of our course is the focus on the practical application of key banking and finance concepts, financial reporting, risk management tools, and professional ethics in the banking industry.

    You’ll develop a sound understanding of the different types of banking and financial systems that exist globally, including those in emerging countries and countries in transition. The course also covers theory, methodology and research techniques within the dissertation module.

    Throughout this Masters course you’ll develop:

    • A systematic understanding of knowledge in banking and finance
    • Critical awareness of current problems and new insights in banking and finance
    • Practical understanding of the techniques of enquiry and research used in banking and finance, and how they are used to create and interpret knowledge
    • Conceptual understanding for evaluating current research and scholarship in banking and finance
    Preparing business leaders of the future

    Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond text books and lecture rooms, we also focus on your personal and professional development.

    Our unique Flying Start Leadership programme equips you with the awareness, knowledge and techniques essential for building a successful career. These range from practical skills, like effective public speaking, to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations such as conflict management.

    Find out more about Flying Start.

    Developing Real-World Experience

    As part of our focus on enhancing your employability we offer an intensive trading Boot Camp. Delivered on campus in conjunction with industry training specialist Amplify, the course helps you to bridge the gap between academic theories of financial markets and the real world.

    See more about our trading boot camp.

  • Professional accreditations

    The Chartered Banker Institute recognises the relevance of the course and offers our graduates credit against its professional qualifications. Once you graduate you can apply for associate membership of the Institute. If you decide to work towards Chartered status you can follow an accelerated route. This fast-track means you only have to study two further modules to attain a globally recognised, professional qualification.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for research impact, according to REF 2014. 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. 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 Economics Division at Stirling Management School is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching. The Division is ranked in the top 10% of institutions in the UK and Europe by RePEc (Research Papers in Economics).

    We have several prominent staff members within the School, including David Bell, Professor of Economics, and a renowned economics expert. He has recently been awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list for his services to economics and public policy.

  • Academic requirements

    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. 

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 54 overall with a minimum of 51 in each sub-skill
    • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
    • Trinity ISE II Pass overall with a Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Our Masters in Banking and Finance gives you the knowledge and analytical skills you’ll need for a successful career in the world of finance. The MSc is a full-time one year course taught across three semesters.



The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course Details

  • Teaching

    Teaching is carried out through lectures and small group teaching, seminars, workshops and computer labs.

    Our lecturers have global reputations for advancing knowledge in the fields of banking and finance. The course reflects current developments in banking and finance. We encourage our students to explore contemporary challenges with academic staff in seminars and workshops.

  • Assessment

    Assessment includes coursework and exams. You’ll undertake a dissertation project in the third semester. Your dissertation is based on an original research question agreed by yourself and your supervisor. The dissertation project should reflect your own understanding and knowledge of selected topics covered in the taught modules.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)


    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships and funding
    Stirling Management School Postgraduate Scholarships

    There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies at the University of Stirling. You may qualify for University funding as well as funding from government bodies, the European Commission, funding trusts, research councils, industry and employers.

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

Our MSc Banking and Finance graduates have enjoyed worldwide success within different organisations, ranging from multinational banks to asset management companies. 96% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17). Taking our course you'll benefit from an innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by Amplify Trading.

Our graduates work in countries such as Kenya, Indonesia, China, India, Norway, Ghana, Turkey, Greece and Malta.

In addition to working for banks and financial services organisations, our graduates have found opportunities at specialist property companies, government agencies and other organisations that must deal with banks daily. Our graduates work for many different financial organisations, including:

  • Alpha Bank
  • Ministry of Finance (Greece)
  • Citibank
  • Santander
  • Ernst and Young
  • HSBC
  • Jones
  • Lang LaSalle
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Bank of China
  • Vodafone
  • CITIC Trust
  • Emporiki Asset Management

Alumni who have built their careers after graduating more than 10 years ago now hold posts such as the regional head of Novartis in Switzerland, credit partner at Santander Corporate Banking and head of banking trends at Egnatia Bank in Greece.

HigherEd Global Talent Portal

As a Management School student, you'll have access to the HigherEd Global Talent Portal where you’ll find internship, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions from companies around the world. It’s targeted towards both international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

This global talent portal comes as an addition to all other existing initiatives and resources you have access to at Stirling through the Careers and Employability Service, and the Target Connect vacancy and events system.

  • Testimonial quotes

    This is a challenging and worthwhile course which will be ideal preparation for students wishing to work in the Banking and Financial sector.

    Professor David Blanchflower, CBE, External member of the Bank of England's MPC 2006-09

  • Employability skills

    Everything you do while studying here is designed to help you build the personal skills that will make you stand out to future employers.


    You’ll start your MSc course on our Flying Start leadership programme which will challenge your perspective of culture and develop your self-awareness, as well as team-working, problem-solving and presentation skills.

    Read more about how we prepare you for the world of work.

During my studies here I have improved my academic knowledge, my English language skills and made new friends.
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I think the University of Stirling Management School is a great place to study Banking and Finance.
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I chose to come and study at the University of Stirling because of its good reputation.
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