MSc Finance and Risk Management

Our professionally accredited degree provides cutting edge knowledge in finance and financial risk management, equipping you with skills needed for a successful career in these areas.

Finance and Risk Management

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

Accreditations

Global Association of Risk Professionals

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Our professionally accredited Masters in Finance and Risk Management places an emphasis on real-world experiences to equip you with the skills you’ll need for a successful career in financial risk management.

The MSc Finance and Risk Management is a Financial Risk Manager partner of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the course covers at least 70% of the GARP body of knowledge along with 100% of the ethics and professional conduct learning objectives required for the FRM Part I examination or FRM Part II examination.

By aligning the course with the FRM curriculum, rigorous academic learning is coupled with practitioner-driven insight and certification. Through this combination, students are better prepared to succeed in the challenging field of risk management.

As you study you’ll acquire a broad knowledge of finance, financial theory and the practical methods used to analyse financial data. Further specialist knowledge and analytical skills are developed in financial risk management, including how to identify, measure and manage a broad range of financial risk types including operational risk, foreign exchange risk, liquidity risk and market risk.

You’ll have access to professional financial databases including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters Eikon, Datastream and S&P Capital IQ. There’s also an opportunity to attend our series of guest lectures by professionals from the industry. All these features help to enhance employability, increase participation, improve learning, and play a part in a world-leading student experience.

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.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

This course gives you a broad knowledge of finance and financial risk management. The importance of finance in a both businesses and the wider national and international economy has been heightened following the financial crisis, with an increased need for well qualified risk managers.

You will cover fundamental knowledge related to finance theories, investments, banking and relevant regulations, and you’ll gain an understanding of the different types of risks faced by corporations and markets. You’ll also learn to analyse, model, manage and develop strategies to hedge against risk. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, there is an increased need for a better understanding of corporate risk management, including operational risk, foreign exchange risk, liquidity risk, market risk, interest rate risk, portfolio risk and enterprise risk.

A key part of the course is the opportunity to be creative and gain valuable training experience via real-world experiences such as the Amplify Trading Boot CampStudent Managed Investment Fund and our guest speaker series.

Professional accreditation

The MSc Finance and Risk Management is a Financial Risk Manager partner of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and the course covers at least 70% of the GARP body of knowledge along with 100% of the ethics and professional conduct learning objectives required for the FRM Part I examination or FRM Part II examination.

Faculty facilities

You'll have access to professional financial databases including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters Eikon, Datastream and S&P Capital IQ.

The course oprovides real-world experience by giving you the opportunity to participate to the Student Managed Investment Fund and Amplify Trading Boot Camp.

The SMIF is a student-led project, aiming to provide students with the experience of managing actual funds through targeted investments with diversification according to agreed rules and procedures. Find out more about SMIF.

Amplify is a global financial trading and training company, which provides training to some of the largest global financial institutions, including HSBC and Bank of America. During the Spring semester’s reading week, Amplify delivers a Boot Camp to our students, helping them to gain practical experience to financial markets driving factors. Learn more about the Amplify Trading Boot Camp.

Research overview

Stirling Management School’s mission is to be an exceptional place of research and learning. It combines an established research area of excellence with a high-quality component of the faculty’s course portfolio to include not only Master courses in Finance, Investment Analysis, Banking, Economics and Accounting, but also add the related area of Financial Risk Management.

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

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