University of Stirling

University of Stirling


This course provides a grounding in the theory and analytical techniques required by finance professionals. It offers students a global perspective on the process of financial decision-making and practical knowledge of the workings of financial markets and the price-setting process. Students will also learn to critically evaluate research and advanced scholarship in finance.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. If English is not the applicant's 1st language, evidence of proficiency must be provided, such as a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (5.5 in all bands). If the applicant does not meet the required score it may be possible to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register applicants must hold a conditional offer for a course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Course modules

Semester 1: Financial reporting; corporate finance; quantitative methods in finance; economics for banking finance. Semester 2 (3 from the following): Research methods; financial statement analysis; derivatives; investments and portfolio management. Also 1 from the following: Mergers and acquisitions; international corporate finance; behavioural finance.

Assessment methods

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 finance and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 13,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Stirling Campus Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland

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