MSc in Banking and Finance

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in Banking and Finance

University of Stirling

This MSc gives you the knowledge and analytical skills you’ll need for a successful career in banking or finance, or a related role. It’s suitable for students who already have related qualifications or experience, and those who don’t. It will also support your progress towards recognised professional qualifications.

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 develop your ability 
to read, understand and compile economic reports, company accounts and financial forecasts.

Graduates aren’t limited to careers in banking; studies in finance equip students to succeed in the financial world in general.


The MSc Banking and Finance programme is accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute

The Chartered Banker Institute recognises the relevance of our programme and offers graduates credit against its professional qualifications. Once you graduate you can apply for Associate membership of the Institute. If you decide to work towards Chartered status you can follow an accelerated route. This fast-track means you only have to study two further modules to attain a globally recognised, professional qualification.

Top Reasons To Study With Us

  1. Chartered Banker Institute accreditation — offers graduates credits against its professional qualifications
  2. Real work experience opportunities — through the Santander Universities Work Skills Programme
  3. Flexible course structure — build on the core curriculum from a suite of optional modules
  4. Week long masterclass — run by Amplify Trading this will give you practical experience of trading markets
  5. Stirling’s global research rating — we’re among the top 25 in the UK according to REF 2014

Course objectives

The overall objective of the course is to impart the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in banking and finance, or a related field. A particular strength 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.

The course includes developing your understanding of the different types of banking and financial systems that exist globally, including those in emerging countries and countries in transition. As a Masters programme, the course also covers theory, methodology and research techniques within the dissertation module.

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

What makes us different?

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

You will need a lower second class honours degree in economics, finance or a related area. An upper second class honours degree in an unrelated discipline, or significant and relevant work experience. A background in banking and finance is not required but you should feel comfortable with the level of numeracy required to interpret statistics and financial reports.

International students

The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you must have one of these qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

If you don’t meet the requirements, you might be able to attend one of our English courses before your main course begins.

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.

Scholarships & funding

Stirling Management School Postgraduate Scholarships

Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, enabling them to further their education with a reputable qualification from one of the many degree courses on offer at the University of Stirling. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies at the University of Stirling.

Other scholarships and funding

You may qualify for University funding as well as funding from government bodies, the European Commission, funding trusts, research councils, industry and employers.

Structure and content

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’ll take part in activities, workshops and information sessions to help you prepare for the year ahead, and make the most of their time at Stirling.

Participate in the Flying Start Leadership programme and you will:

  • Discover more about the exciting period of learning ahead
  • Understand what is expected of you in your course
  • Get to know the teaching and support staff
  • Learn more about a diverse range of approaches to learning
  • Work as part of a successful team

Activities range from practical skills – like effective public speaking – to developing ways to work under pressure in difficult situations and manage conflict. It’s also a chance to discover all that the University and the vibrant city of Stirling has to offer, and to make new friends.

Delivery and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures and small group teaching, in the form of seminars, workshops or computing labs. Most of your module assessments include coursework, a mid-semester test and an end-of-semester examination. Resit examinations are available.

When you successfully complete the taught element of the course you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Finance – or you will be awarded the MSc by going on to successfully complete a dissertation 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.


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).

Industry accreditation

Our MSc Banking and Finance degree is recognised by the Chartered Banker Institute. The Institute will award subject specific credits to graduates who go on to study for their chartered status. Further, those who successfully complete the MSc programme are eligible to apply for Associated Chartered Banker status with the Institute.

Our students have the opportunity to participate in the Santander Universities Work Skills Programme – this gives you invaluable experience of working for a leading UK bank.

We’re also members of the Association of Business Schools and the European Foundation for Management Development. We work in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute and are signatories to the Principles for Responsible Management Education.

Wide-ranging expertise

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

Flexible course structure

The flexible design of the degree programme means you can build on the core curriculum from a suite of optional modules.

Enhanced employment opportunities

Banking and finance qualifications, especially with a focus on the ability to analyse and solve problems with ethical dimensions, are highly attractive to today’s employers.

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.

Career opportunities

The University of Stirling is ranked 7th in the UK for graduate employability. MSc Banking & Finance graduates work around the world in countries such as Kenya, Indonesia, China, India, Norway, Ghana, Turkey, Greece and Malta.

Our graduates have enjoyed success within different financial organisations, including Alpha Bank, Ministry of Finance (Greece), Citibank, Santander, Ernst & Young, HSBC, Jones, Lang LaSalle, Grant Thornton UK LLP, Bank of China, Vodafone, CITIC Trust, and Emporiki Asset Management.

Alumni who have built their careers after graduating more than 10 years ago today hold posts such as regional head of Novartis in Switzerland, credit partner at Santander Corporate Banking and head of banking trends at Egnatia Bank in Greece.

Developing real-world expertise

The Santander Universities Work Skills Programme helps students to develop their skills across a range of competencies including risk management, world class service ethics, sales management and HR. It provides students with an excellent opportunity to learn more about the industry, gain new skills and demonstrate their commitment to a career in banking

We also 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, its 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees


  • Overseas £14,600
  • Home/EU £7,750

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies.

Last updated January 16, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
7,750 GBP
United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
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Sept. 2017
United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
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Home/EU: £7,750 - Overseas: £14,600