MSc in Finance


Program Description


Financial management is at the heart of business decision-making. This specialist Masters course will equip you with the theory and analytical techniques required for a successful career as a finance professional.

You’ll gain hands-on experience of the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings and role of financial markets in the allocation of capital. The course also gives you an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative techniques needed to interpret market reactions to geopolitical events such as Brexit, oil-price shocks and financial crises.

Gain real-life experience

In our Financial Statement Analysis module, you’ll work as part of a team to develop an investment buy or sell recommendation. In your dissertation, you’ll identify and answer a real-world question, or extend your company analysis skills developed in Financial Statement Analysis.

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 getting you 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.

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 of 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.

The University of Stirling Management School

We're ranked in the top 5 institutions in Scotland and top 15 in the UK for Accounting and Finance (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).

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 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 Our Financial Statement Analysis module allows you to gain 'real-world' investment experience

#2 You'll have access to financial databases such as DataStream, providing real-life, real-time information and insights into current research and analysis

#3 Benefit from practical experience of trading markets in a week-long masterclass run by Amplify Trading

Course objectives

You’ll develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and interpretation of large amounts of complex information. This includes developing arguments and communicating them both in written reports and via oral presentations with textual and visual aids

Key areas which you will focus on the analysis of, include:

  • corporate financial decisions
  • behavioural biases
  • financial statements
  • derivatives
  • investment portfolios
  • investment decisions
  • risk and economic data

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.

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.

Coming to study in the UK?

Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are coming to the UK to study. Take a look at the Prepare for Success website to get more information.

Professional accreditations

The course covers much of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme, helping you progress towards obtaining CFA Charterholder status.

Course details

The MSc 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.


Teaching is carried out through lectures, seminars, problem-solving lectures, computer workshops and practical case studies.

Many of our staff are publishing 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 Finance, you’re given the chance to go to regular guest lectures. These are typically held on a Wednesday afternoon and are delivered by eminent speakers from leading financial institutions, think tanks, regulatory and professional bodies. In 2016 and 2017 our speakers included:

  • 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 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


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

Course director

Dr Isaac Tabner

+44 (0)1786 467455

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Home/EU: £7,900
  • Overseas: £15,250
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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