MSc International Accounting and Finance

Study on our accredited Masters course and kick-start your career as a successful finance professional.

We are no longer accepting applications for September 2022 entry from students who require a visa to study in the UK.

International Accounting and Finance

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2022
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study full time
  • Delivery on campus

Accreditations

ACCA

ACCA accredited programme      Association of Chartered Certified Accountants logo     Association of International Accountants logo

Overview

Accounting and finance roles have increasingly taken on an international dimension. With growing globalisation and the convergence of international accounting practices, this course meets the business world’s demand for graduates who are educated to Masters level in International Accounting and Finance.

 

The course provides specialised training in international accounting and finance, and helps you develop the reporting and analysis skills needed by organisations worldwide. It also enables you to gain an appreciation of international investment issues from a range of perspectives.

By the end of the course you’ll be able to offer employers an understanding of international reporting standards which have an increasing global relevance, along with an advanced awareness of international financial markets.

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.

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.

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.

Top reasons to study with us

Professional accreditation

The MSc International Accounting and Finance is accredited by the global accounting bodies ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and AIA (Association of International Accountants) underlining our close relationships with the profession.

ACCA

Our ACCA accreditation gives graduates automatic exemption from four of their papers, (Accountant in Business, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Corporate and Business Law) with a fifth and sixth (Financial Management and Financial Reporting) possible based on the spring semester options you choose.

AIA

Our accreditation from AIA enables graduates to benefit from exemption from the full Foundation Level as well as from Professional Level 1 paper Business Law for Accountants, and, depending on the spring options chosen, Professional Level 1 paper Financial Accounting and Reporting 1.

Research overview

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), 80% of our research impact in Business and Management Studies was classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Other routes of entry

If you don’t currently meet the academic requirements for this course INTO University of Stirling offers a variety of preparation programmes that can earn you the qualifications and skills you need for direct entry.

Explore INTO Stirling programmes to see the pathway and pre-masters routes available for this course and others at the University of Stirling.

International entry requirements

View the entry requirements for your country.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill 
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall with a Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 95 overall with a minimum of 90 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator - High Pass overall with minimum 25 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 24 March 2022

You must also check the specific English language requirements for your country.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Course details

The MSc International Accounting and Finance is a one-year, full-time course. You’ll undertake up to ten taught modules over two 15-week semesters, followed by a supervised dissertation.

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2021). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course Details

Teaching

Teaching is carried out through lectures, small group seminars, workshops, problem-solving classes, computer labs and practical case study exercises.

Many of our staff are publishing world research in leading international journals and engaged in developing new policy and practices within the finance profession as well as delivering innovative teaching.

Guest lectures

As a student on the MSc International Accounting and Finance you’re given the chance to participate in regular guest lectures. These are typically held on a Wednesday afternoon and are delivered by eminent speakers drawn from leading financial institutions, think tanks, regulatory and professional bodies. Previous speakers include:

  • Russell Napier - Co-founder and Chairman of ERIC (Electronic Research Interchange)
  • Ross Lorrimer - Client Service Associate at State Street
  • Maxim Skorniakov - Investment Manager at Walter Scott Global Investment Management
  • Richard Dunber - Head of Economic and Thematic Research at Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Kweku Adoboli - Former Trader at UBS
  • John Goodwin - Executive Vice-President and CFO at Lego
  • Colin McLean - CEO at SVM Asset Management
  • Kim Catechis, Head of Global Emerging Markets Equities at Martin Currie Investment Management
  • Lorna Blyth, Head of Investment Solutions at Royal London
  • Nicholas McLoughlin, Senior Investment Strategist at HSBC Global Asset Management
  • Michael Nicol, Investment Manager at Kames Capital 

Assessment

Assessment is through a combination of multiple choice and written class tests, written assignments, presentations including group assignments and written exams.

Key staff

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Fees and funding

Fees and costs

  2021/22 2022/23
Students from the UK£9,350£9,850
Students from the Republic of Ireland£9,350£9,850
Overseas (non-EU) students£20,845£21,345
European Union students£20,845£21,345

Students from the UK

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from the Republic of Ireland

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

EU Postgraduate Scholarship

Eligible EU students will automatically receive our EU Postgraduate Scholarship, which provides a 40% fee discount on full-time, on-campus postgraduate degrees at the University of Stirling.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

We offer a range of funding options for overseas students.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Postgraduate tuition fee loans

This course is eligible for a postgraduate tuition fee loan from one of the UK’s governments. See the section, below, for more details.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Scholarships and funding

Postgraduate tuition fee loans

Scottish students may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for loans of up to £10,000 to cover tuition fees and associated living costs.

English students can apply for a loan of up to £11,570 each year as part of the Postgraduate Masters Loan Scheme.

Welsh students can apply for financial support of up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan from Student Finance Wales.

Northern Irish students can apply for a postgraduate tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 from Student Finance NI.

If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

European Union and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

After you graduate

From the very beginning of the course, your future career is our focus:

  • Our Flying Start Leadership Programme helps you to develop self-awareness about your strengths and acquire new skills in a supportive environment
  • You’ll take part in an innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by Amplify

MSc International Accounting and Finance graduates work around the world in countries such as Malaysia, China, UK, Ethiopia, Italy, Oman, Kazakhstan and Taiwan.

Since the introduction of the course in 2007, our graduates have gone on to build their careers in a variety of sectors including investment banks, universities, car manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Some of the roles that our alumni currently hold include:

  • Head of Internal Audit, University of Putra (Malaysia)
  • Accountant, Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd (China)
  • Multi-Functional Financial Analyst, Lockheed Martin (UK)
  • PhD Students in Universities around the world
  • Relationship/Business Development Manager, BGL Plc. (Nigeria)

HigherEd Global Talent Portal

As a Management School student, you'll have access to the HigherEd Global Talent Portal where you’ll find internships, trainee positions, apprenticeships and graduate positions from companies around the world. It helps international students looking for placements back at home and local students that want to explore an international experience.

The global talent portal is in addition to all other existing initiatives and resources available for you through the Careers and Employability Service, and the Target Connect vacancy and events system.

Employability skills

Stirling Management School has a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very beginning of the course your career is our focus.

 

Everything you do while studying here is designed to help you build the personal skills that will make you stand out to future employers. You’ll start your MSc course on our Flying Start leadership programme which will challenge your perspective of culture and develop your self-awareness, as well as team-working, problem-solving and presentation skills.

You also have the chance to take part in real work experience opportunities through our week long masterclass in trading.

Companies we work with

During your studies you'll have the chance to go to regular guest lectures. These are typically held on a Wednesday afternoon and are delivered by eminent speakers drawn from leading financial institutions, think tanks, regulatory and professional bodies. Previous speakers include:

  • Russell Napier - Co-founder of ERIC (Electronic Research Interchange)
  • Nick Bartlett - Director of Education at CFA Society of the UK
  • Ross Lorrimer - Client Service Associate at State Street
  • Maxim Skorniakov - Investment Manager at Walter Scott Global Investment Management
  • Richard Dunbar - Head of Economic and Thematic Research at Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Kweku Adoboli - Former Trader at UBS
  • John Goodwin - Executive Vice-President and CFO at Lego
  • Colin McLean - CEO at SVM Asset Management

What our students said

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Anh Le Ngu Ngo
Vietnam
MSc International Accounting and Finance
I am very thankful to the support staff here at Stirling. It has been a huge help having someone listen to me and help me, especially when I am a thousand miles away from home.
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Su Yanding
China
MSc International Accounting and Finance
During my studies I gained professional knowledge and was lucky enough to meet many good teachers who taught me a lot. I also benefited from participating in the Amplify Trading Boot Camp experience as well as research areas such as global macro analysis, technical analysis and basic analysis of behavioural economics.
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Konstantinos Lamprogiorgos
Greece
MSc International Accounting and Finance
The MSc International Accounting and Finance was very intensive and furnished me with the knowledge I was seeking. One of the great aspects of the course was being able to participate in the Amplify Trading Bootcamp which gave me valuable practical experience of financial markets
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