MSc Finance and Economics

Our Finance and Economics Masters combines finance theory and practice with real-world economics to help you interpret markets, anticipate financial opportunities and identify risks.

Finance and Economics

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, September 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based

This Finance and Economics Masters equips you with the practical skills you need to address the complex issues faced by businesses, governments and financial institutions.

As you study, you’ll use evidence and real-world applications to challenge economic theories and models. This approach is combined with finance theory and practice to gain a deep understanding of, and the capacity to analyse, financial markets, investment potentials and risks.

Combining practical economics with finance prepares students for professional roles in:

  • The finance and banking sector
  • Central banks
  • Treasury offices
  • Different offices at national, supranational and local government level around the world

Financial economists use tools and concepts to address complex problems, such as financial instability and climate change, and offer potential practical, innovative solutions, such as central bank equity purchases to combat recessions and carbon markets to reduce CO2 emissions. Economics courses often leave these practical problems aside, while focussing on teaching mathematical models that may feel too abstract. At Stirling, we adopt the CORE online platform, which uses an innovative way of teaching economics. Real-world issues are introduced in the classroom and contemporary economics models and data are then used to address them – providing you with ideal preparation for your future career.

Amplify Trading Boot Camp

The course also includes our week-long Amplify Trading Boot Camp. This won the CFA Institute Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) global award and gives you the chance to participate in highly realistic computer-based simulations that replicate the experience of trading in financial markets. By letting you trade in a simulated environment with virtual money, the boot camp bridges the gap between an academic understanding of financial markets and how they function in practice.

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. 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. Particular emphasis is placed on the principles of responsible investment, including the use of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria when selecting stocks. Find out more about the Student Managed Investment Fund, the regular guest speakers and how you can get involved at the SMIF website.

We're ranked 3rd in Scotland and Top 5 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2021 while Accounting and Finance is in the Top 20 in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

Students undertaking this programme will:

  • Acquire knowledge, skills and experience for a successful career in the finance sector, private institutions and central banks, and different offices across governments.
  • Develop capabilities to interpret how the economy and financial markets work and interact, using data and contemporary economics analysis.
  • Enhance capability to use economics insights and analytics to evaluate policies.
  • Become able to critically evaluate how macro and micro policy affect and are affected by households, businesses and nations interacting in the global economy.
  • Enhance and develop critical, analytical, interpersonal and other transferable skills.

Professional accreditation

The course covers much of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme, helping you progress towards obtaining CFA Charterholder status.

Research overview

The University of Stirling Management School is rated among the top 25 in the UK for Business and Management research, according to REF 2014. 

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.

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