MSc Finance

Our Masters in Finance course gives you a thorough grounding in the theory and analytical techniques used by finance professionals, allowing you to understand how money influences the world we live in.

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

Established in 2004, our MSc Finance has produced alumni who now occupy senior roles in hedge funds, major financial institutions and universities around the world.

The course provides a thorough grounding in the latest theory and analytical techniques used by finance professionals, allowing students to understand how money influences the world we live in.

You’ll gain hands-on experience of the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings and role of financial markets in the allocation of capital. The course also gives you an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative techniques needed to interpret market reactions to geopolitical events such as Coronavirus, Brexit, oil-price shocks and financial crises.

Gain real-life experience

In our Financial Statement Analysis module, you’ll work as part of a team to develop an investment buy or sell recommendation. In your dissertation, you’ll identify and answer a real world question, or extend your company analysis skills developed in Financial Statement Analysis.

Amplify Trading Boot Camp

The course also includes an innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by our partner Amplify. This 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. 

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.

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.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

You’ll develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and interpretation of large amounts of complex financial information. This includes developing arguments and communicating them both in written reports and via oral presentations with textual and visual aids.

Key areas which you will focus on the analysis of, include:

  • corporate financial decisions
  • behavioural biases
  • financial statements
  • derivatives
  • investment portfolios
  • investment decisions
  • risk and economic data

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.

Guest lectures

There's also an opportunity to learn from eminent speakers from leading financial institutions, think tanks, regulatory and professional bodies at our guest lectures series. Previous speakers include:

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.

You can also gain practical experience of managing investments through our Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) – a student-led project that will help you to enhance your employability before you graduate. Find out more at the SMIF website.

Valuable knowledge

While there is emphasis on corporate finance and decisions made by financial institutions or policymakers, the techniques and skills learned on the MSc in Finance are directly relevant to managing your personal finances such as saving for retirement, negotiating a mortgage, or deciding whether to buy or to rent a home. Understanding how financial economics influences the world we live in together with the ability to articulate geopolitical events in a financial market context are valuable skills regardless of your career aspirations.

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.

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.

What our students said

Zhen Ge
Zhen Ge
MSc Finance
My current role is with PricewaterhouseCoopers China as a Senior Associate, and I feel the experience of studying at Stirling undoubtedly played an important role in helping me get this job.
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Frank Darkwah Amponsah
Frank Darkwah Amponsah
MSc Finance
I gained skills and experience in the finance course and particularly enjoyed the practical offerings during the Amplify Trading Boot Camp and the Student Managed Investment Fund pitch events.
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Evangelia Kozompoli
Evangelia Kozompoli
MSc Finance
I found the MSc Finance course at Stirling to be far more challenging and in line with what I wanted to do. The course covers much of the CFA Programme curriculum and it offered me the flexibility to select some of my modules.
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