MSc Banking and Finance


Program Description

Our MSc Banking and Finance course is suitable for everyone, whether you already have related qualifications or experience, or want to change the direction of your career. The course helps you progress towards recognised professional qualifications that are accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute, making our course one of the few UK programmes to offer this level of recognition.

You’ll develop an understanding of the concepts and methodologies of banking practice, an appreciation of the value and limitations of research, and a critical awareness of the current and potential problems facing the industry. You’ll also improve your ability to understand and compile economic reports, company accounts and financial forecasts.

We encourage students to reflect on the benefits of a more ethical approach to banking and finance. We ensure you’re aware of the importance of sustainability in financial decision making, and in particular, how social and environmental risk factors affect financial performance.

We’ve also partnered with Santander giving you the opportunity to take part in its Work Skills Programme.

Student Managed Investment Fund

Our students have established a Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), with the support of our academics within the Accounting and Finance Division. It allows you to gain practical experience in managing investments with real money. A student-led project, it will help you to enhance your employability before you graduate – giving you an exceptional practical understanding of theoretical aspects of investment valuation.

Amplify Trading Boot Camp

The course also includes an innovative week-long global financial trading and training boot camp run by our partner Amplify Trading. The boot camp won the CFA Institute’s Innovative Delivery of Education (IDEA) Award in 2015. You’ll trade futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). By being able 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 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 the local and regional enterprise.

We’re in an elite group of business schools globally – and one of only 14 in the UK – to hold accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) for both our MBA and MSc Business and Management (MBM) courses.

Top reasons to study with us

  1. The Chartered Banker Institute accreditation offers graduates credits against its professional qualifications.
  2. You get real work experience opportunities through the Santander Universities Work Skills Programme.
  3. You get practical experience of trading markets in a week-long masterclass run by Amplify Trading.

Course objectives

The overall objective of this course is to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in banking and finance or a related field. A particular strength of our course is the focus on the practical application of key banking and finance concepts, financial reporting, risk management tools, and professional ethics in the banking industry.

You’ll develop a sound understanding of the different types of banking and financial systems that exist globally, including those in emerging countries and countries in transition. The course also covers theory, methodology and research techniques within the dissertation module.

Throughout this Masters course you’ll develop:

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge in banking and finance.
  • Critical awareness of current problems and new insights in banking and finance.
  • Practical understanding of the techniques of enquiry and research used in banking and finance, and how they are used to create and interpret knowledge.
  • Conceptual understanding for evaluating current research and scholarship in banking and finance.

Preparing business leaders of the future

Postgraduate education at the University of Stirling Management School goes beyond textbooks 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 such as conflict management.

Find out more about Flying Start.

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 Trading, the course helps you to bridge the gap between academic theories of financial markets and the real world.

See more about our trading boot camp.

We’ve also partnered with Santander, giving you the opportunity to take part in its Work Skills Programme. This programme gives you a real-life view of what a career with Santander could be like through shadowing a branch manager as well as working on a small strategic project. It allows you to cultivate your skills across a range of competencies including:

  • Risk management
  • World-class service ethics
  • Sales management
  • HR functions including people management

It’s an excellent opportunity for you to get real-life experience of working in a banking environment and put into practice what you’ve learnt during the academic year.

Course details

Our Masters in Banking and Finance gives you the knowledge and analytical skills you’ll need for a successful career in the world of finance. The MSc is a full-time one year course taught across three semesters.


Teaching is carried out through lectures and small group teaching, seminars, workshops and computer labs.

Our lecturers have global reputations for advancing knowledge in the fields of banking and finance. The course reflects current developments in banking and finance. We encourage our students to explore contemporary challenges with academic staff in seminars and workshops.


Assessment includes coursework and exams. You’ll undertake a dissertation project in the third semester. Your dissertation is based on an original research question agreed by yourself and your supervisor. The dissertation project should reflect your own understanding and knowledge of selected topics covered in the taught modules.

Course director

Dr Theo Diasakos
+44 (0)1786 467455

Fees - 2020/2021

  • Overseas £18,950
  • Home/EU £8,500
Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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