University of Stirling

University of Stirling

Banking and Finance

The programme emphasises high ethical, personal and professional standards across the curriculum. We also work on developing our students as well-rounded, socially responsible citizens through professional and personal development programmes. 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. Developments in banking and finance are occurring rapidly, and with growing complexity. So people working in this area must be able to understand and analyse current developments, and also be able to anticipate future developments. This course is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds and does not require any previous training in economics or accountancy. It also caters for the aspirations of individuals who wish to develop their specialist knowledge of banking and finance to a very high level and are working towards professional qualifications and recognition from industry institutes.

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 first language, evidence must be provided of proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (5.5 in all bands). If applicants do not meet the required score they may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register applicants must hold a conditional offer for their course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Course modules

Semester 1 modules: Economics for business and finance; banking and financial institutions; corporate finance; quantitative methods in finance. Semester 2 modules: Modern banking (core). 3 optional modules from: Financial modelling and forecasting; international banking and development finance; mergers and acquisitions; derivatives; investments and portfolio management; international corporate finance.

Assessment methods

Assessment in most modules includes coursework, often a mid-semester test, and an end-of-semester examination. Resit examinations are available. Successful completion of the taught element of the course leads to the award of the Diploma or allows students to continue for the award of the MSc by completing a dissertation based on an original research question agreed by the student and supervisor. The project should reflect the student's understanding and knowledge of selected topics learnt during taught modules.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 13,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

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