MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Accounting and finance roles have increasingly taken on an international dimension. This has been driven by a number of factors including:
This course responds to the growing demand for graduates who are well versed in these issues, and educated to master’s level in international accounting and finance.
The MSc International Accounting and Finance is accredited by ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the global accounting body.
This accreditation gives graduates automatic exemption from four of their papers, F1-F4 with a fifth and sixth, F7 and F9, possible based on the spring semester options that are chosen.
The course includes an innovative, week-long global financial trading Boot Camp, run by our partner Amplify Trading. Students trade futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) using University of Stirling computer labs on which Amplify Trading’s bespoke software links to live CME market prices through the Internet. By enabling students to 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
The Stirling Amplify Trading Boot Camp won the CFA Institute’s Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) Award in 2015.
The course provides specialised training in international accounting, and finance, and helps you develop the reporting and analysis skills needed by global organisations. You’ll be able to offer employers an understanding of issues related to international reporting standards which have an increasing global relevance, along with an appreciation of international financial markets.
As part of the Stirling Management School's focus on enhancing the employability of graduates, we run a free, week-long trading masterclass in conjunction with London-based Amplify Trading for students at the end of the Spring Semester.
The Boot Camp won the CFA Institute’s Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) Award in 2015
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The graduate job market has never been more competitive, and greater focus is now being placed on finding graduates who can demonstrate a wide array of skills, competences and experiences.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
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You’ll need a minimum of a second class honours degree in any subject, or an equivalent qualification. However, you can still apply if you don’t have these formal qualifications, but bring significant work experience in a relevant area.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
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If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
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Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, helping them to further their education with one of our university degree courses. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of postgraduate studies. More on postgraduate scholarships.
This course is currently approved for PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding from SAAS. More information
For further information on possible sources of funding, visit: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/financial-information/
You may also qualify for University funding as well as funding from government bodies, the European Commission, funding trusts, research councils, industry and employers.
This is a one-year full-time course of two semesters followed by a dissertation. You will be taught in lectures, seminars, workshops and through practical case study exercises.
Following success in your examinations at the end of the second semester, you will be awarded a Diploma in International Accounting and Finance – or an MSc if you also successfully complete a dissertation.
Begin your new course in the best possible way, with our unique Flying Start Leadership programme.
This programme is exclusively for new students about to start one of our postgraduate courses. You will take part in activities, workshops and information sessions to help you prepare for the year ahead, and make the most of your time at Stirling.
Participating in the Flying Start Leadership programme will enable you to:
Activities range from practical skills – such as effective public speaking – to developing ways to work in groups with other students. The programme also offers a chance to discover all that the University and the vibrant city of Stirling has to offer, and to make new friends.
Students experience lectures, small group seminars, problem-solving classes, drop-in sessions, computer labs and group working during their studies. Successful completion of the taught modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The Master’s degree is awarded on satisfactory completion of a dissertation, following the Diploma examinations. Dissertation topics range over all areas of relevance to accounting and finance and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation.
Semester 1 modules:
In Semester 2 you will select five/six (70 credits) modules from the following. Students must choose at least one Accounting module from the list (Topics in International Accounting or Advanced Financial Reporting):
All graduates are eligible for exemptions from ACCA papers F1 to F4. If you complete Financial Statement Analysis, you’ll be exempt from ACCA paper F9. If you complete Advanced Financial Reporting, you’ll be exempt from ACCA paper F7.
Additionally, many modules cover learning outcomes from all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) programme.
In addition to the formal classes students joining the MSc International Accounting and Finance are given the opportunity to attend 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. For example, in 2016 and 2017 we had:
Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education.
Full-time: one year
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
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In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
The reputation of our research at Stirling Management School was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), where the School was placed in the UK’s top 25 institutions for Business and Management, out of 101 business schools. In Scotland, the School was ranked in the top five. 64% of our research outputs were classified as world-leading and internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour and 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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Our global reputation: research rating
The University of Stirling Management School was ranked among the Top 25 in the UK for business and management in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
The course is recognised by the global accounting body ACCA. This gives graduates exemption from up to six of their papers. It’s also ideal if you plan to progress to PhD level study.
Course leader Professor David McMillan is an internationally respected expert in modelling and forecasting of asset returns, and identifying the links between stock markets and the macro economy. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals including the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, the International Journal of Forecasting and the Journal of Business Finance.
Flexible course structure
The flexible design of the degree programme means you can build on the core curriculum from a suite of optional modules. Some modules carry exemptions from ACCA papers.
Many of our postgraduate students come from overseas. Studying at Stirling offers an excellent opportunity to establish your own global network of contacts at the outset of your career.
Professional development for long-term success
Our Flying Start Leadership programme helps you develop self-awareness about your strengths and acquire new competencies in a supportive environment. You can also participate in a course for professional stock market traders.
Professor David McMillan is a Professor of Finance and Director of the MSc in International Accounting and Finance. He has taught at the universities of Aberdeen, Durham and St Andrews. David's main research interests are in empirical finance, with particular emphasis on modelling and forecasting asset returns and volatility, as well as the links between stock markets and the macro economy. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed international journals.
The MSc in International Accounting and Finance provides a rigorous training for those seeking a career working in international finance or within a Multinational Corporation (MNC) as well as for those wishing to pursue higher studies, such as a PhD. The degree covers key areas of accounting and finance theory and practice as well as providing the skills to analyse data, all critical in understanding the changing economic and financial environment within which we live and work. The course is both challenging and demanding but also rewarding and, we hope, enjoyable. The connections made, both with faculty and fellow students, will last beyond your time spent studying here and will serve you well in your future careers.
Professor David McMillan
The University of Stirling is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability. Stirling Management School has a dedicated employability manager. From the very beginning of the course, your future career is our focus.
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:
We offer an innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp for Masters students on our finance-related courses. Run by Amplify Trading, specialist trainers for the financial markets, the aim is to bridge the gap between academic understanding of financial markets and implementing trading strategies in the real world.
Students work with live market data and can to trade across multiple asset classes to gain experience of how intra-day trading actually works.
The Stirling Amplify Trading Boot Camp won the CFA Institute’s Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) Award in 2015.