MSc in Finance

University of Strathclyde Business School

Program Description
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MSc in Finance

University of Strathclyde Business School

Why this course?

This course is suitable for those intending to develop their careers in finance.

If you’re already working in finance, the course will enhance your effectiveness in your current role. We’ll explore the latest developments in the field and encourage you to question traditional rules and techniques and take an analytical approach to practical problems.

The programme will provide you with:

  • a good understanding of financial theory and analysis
  • an appreciation of the nature and functioning of financial markets and institutions
  • a good working knowledge of accounting information and its use in financial decision-making and analysis
  • the ability to apply the analysis developed in the course

You’ll study

The curriculum provides you with a good balance between accounting and finance theory and practical skills and knowledge.

You'll study core classes, which include Principles of Finance and Accounting & Financial Analysis. You'll also choose elective classes from topics including Security Analysis and Management Accounting.

Dissertation or three research projects (MSc only)

Supported by an academic supervisor, you’ll either work on a series of research projects or a dissertation. Topics can be chosen from the broad range of issues covered on the programme.

You’ll be assessed on your ability to select and apply relevant theory and research methods. This work may be linked to an issue raised by, or a problem to be solved for, an employer.


The Department of Accounting & Finance is ranked 2nd in the UK for Accounting and Finance by the Times University Guide 2015 & the Sunday Times Guide.

Strathclyde’s award-winning Business School is one of the largest institutions of its kind in Europe. We have around 200 academic staff and more than 3,000 full-time students.

The departments and specialist units work together to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary postgraduate courses.


Our MSc programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Exemptions will be awarded from CIMA’s professional examinations, according to the route taken through the MSc.

The course counts as credits towards the Chartered Banker qualification offered by the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Semester 1

  • Principles of Finance
  • Accounting & Financial Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods for Finance
  • International Financial Markets & Banking

Semester 2

  • Advanced Corporate Finance & Applications
  • Derivatives & Treasury Management

Elective classes

Choose two from the following:

  • Portfolio Theory & Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Security Analysis
  • Empirical Methods in Finance
  • Behavioural Finance

Learning & teaching

The taught component of the course will be covered in the first two semesters. Both of these semesters will run for 12 weeks.

At MSc level the research project stage of the course is taken during the summer semester.


Every class will either have a class test or assignment during semesters 1 and 2. The exams for all classes will take place at the end of the semester in January and June.

Entry requirements

  • an Honours degree, or equivalent, in accounting, economics, business studies or a subject area with a strong quantitative bias. The programme requires no prior knowledge of finance
  • for students whose first language is not English, find more information about the English language requirements for studying at Strathclyde
  • you must also be able to attend the introductory sessions at the end of September 2015
  • Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

  • Scotland/EU

2015/16 - £10,000

  • Rest of UK

2015/16 - £10,000

  • International

2015/16 - £16,000


This course is suitable for those intending to develop their careers in finance, broadly defined as:

  • corporate finance
  • security analysis
  • portfolio management
  • options and futures
  • treasury management
  • the functioning of financial institutions and markets
  • financial decision-taking in the public sector

Where are they now?

Job titles include:*

  • Accountant
  • Analyst
  • Assistant Manager
  • Auditor
  • Controller
  • Credit Risk Analyst
  • Junior Debt Management Adviser
  • Trading Assistant
  • Trainee Actuary

Employers include:

  • Audit Scotland
  • Citibank
  • Daikin Industries
  • Ernst & Young
  • Grant Thornton Accountant
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Rentokil Initial
  • Turner & Townsend

Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey*.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 8, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
12 months
Full time
16,000 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Glasgow, Scotland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 months
Price 16,000 GBP
International fee 2015/16