MSc Finance and Economics

Our Finance and Economics MSc 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
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based

This Finance and Economics MSc 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.

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 5 in Scotland and Top 20 in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021.

Top reasons to study with us

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.

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

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.

The Economics Division is ranked 2nd in Scotland and top 10 in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020 while Accounting and Finance is in the top 5 in Scotland and 20 in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021. 

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