MSc Investment Analysis
Work towards obtaining CFA Charterholder status on our MSc Investment Analysis course and advance your career as a successful finance professional.
- Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
- Start date February
- Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
- Mode of study Full-time, Campus based, Stand-alone modules
The University of Stirling MSc Investment Analysis has a world-class reputation and is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate course in the field. It is also one of very few masters degrees in the UK to be recognised under the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program. This acknowledges that the course covers at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and places emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The course positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, which has become the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world.
Our Investment Analysis students have successfully competed in the prestigious CFA Institute Research Challenge, winning a place in the UK Final in ten out of the last twelve years. The competition is considered the “investment Olympics” for university students, and requires participants to assume the role of investment analysts and produce a report on a publicly traded company with a buy, hold or sell recommendation. The opportunity to be a part of our CFA Institute Research Challenge team gives you a unique opportunity to test your knowledge in a 'real-world' scenario. Find out more about the unrivalled successes of our students in competitions which directly enhance employability.
On this Masters course you’ll:
- study the use of qualitative and quantitative techniques to value investments
- develop and evaluate portfolio management strategies
- cultivate the ability to extract essential information from financial reports
- understand risk management tools
- assess macroeconomic and market trends
- analyse financial data relating to investments
- learn about the techniques used to value investments and to develop and evaluate investment portfolios
- analyse investment regulations and ethics
The course syllabus has a distinctly international focus. This reflects the globalised nature of financial markets and the investment management profession. Students on this course come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds and cultures, providing a unique opportunity for the development of worldwide contacts.
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
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.
Hear from one of our students
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 and manage conflict. 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.
Take part in the CFA Institute Research Challenge
A team of five students, selected on a competitive basis from the MSc Investment Analysis, won the UK Final of the prestigious global CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute Research Challenge in 2016, and the 2017 team followed this with second place. Considered to be the ‘Investment Olympics’ for university students, the Investment Analysis course has had a team reach the UK Final in 10 out of the last 12 years, a feat not achieved by any other Affiliation Partner University.
Coming to study in the UK?
Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study. Take a look at the Prepare for Success website to get more information.
Walter Scott Global Investment Management Prize
A prize of £1,250 is awarded to the top student on the course.
The MSc Investment Analysis is a member of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program, a designation awarded to academic institutions that embed a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge into their curriculum. We're one of very few affiliated partner institutions in the UK, and one of a select group globally.
CFA Institute is the largest association of investment professionals in the world. Successful completion of the CFA Program leads to the award of the Chartered Financial Analyst credential, the most respected and recognised investment management designation globally.
To become a CFA Charter Holder, you must study a prescribed curriculum and take exams at CFA levels I, II and III. At least 70 percent of the learning outcomes of all three levels of the CFA curriculum are covered on the MSc Investment Analysis. This makes the course an ideal route for those wishing to achieve the CFA qualification.
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.
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.
What our students said
Read Jakob's storyThe CFA Research Challenge has helped me to improve both my analytical and academic skills, as well as teaching me to work effectively within a team in challenging situations.
MSc Investment Analysis
Read Evans's storyThe enormous level of support and guidance from course staff, as well as the excellent teaching facilities, undoubtedly added to my experience at Stirling.
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Read Disha's storyI instantly liked the fact that the course was accredited by the CFA Institute and offered the opportunity to participate in Amplify Trading Boot Camp and Ben Graham’s Trading Challenge.