• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

It is also one of very few masters degrees in the UK to be recognised as an affiliated university under the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute University Affiliation Program (UAP). This acknowledges that the course covers at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and places emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The course positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, which has become the most respected and recognised investment credential in the world.

The Investment Analysis students at the University of Stirling have successfully competed in the prestigious CFA Institute Research Challenge, winning a place in the UK Final in nine out of the last eleven years. The competition is considered the “investment Olympics” for university students, and requires participants to assume the role of investment analysts and produce a report on a publicly traded company with a buy, hold or sell recommendation. The opportunity to be a part of our CFA Institute Research Challenge team gives you a unique opportunity to test your knowledge in a 'real-world' scenario.

On this Masters course you’ll:

  • study the use of qualitative and quantitative techniques to value investments
  • develop and evaluate portfolio management strategies
  • cultivate the ability to extract essential information from financial reports
  • understand risk management tools
  • assess macroeconomic and market trends
  • analyse financial data relating to investments
  • learn about the techniques used to value investments and to develop and evaluate investment portfolios
  • analyse investment regulations and ethics

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates hold senior positions in the investment profession. Others have developed successful careers in related fields, such as banking, financial media and business consultancy.

You will have career opportunities in both the ‘buy side’ and the ‘sell side’ of the investment industry, including with insurance firms, hedge funds, broking firms and investment banks.

Our graduates work around the world for organisations including:

  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Citibank
  • Horwarth Capital China
  • HSBC
  • Investec Securities
  • JP Morgan
  • Schroders
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Vodafone

Accreditation

The MSc Investment Analysis is a member of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program (UAP), a designation awarded to academic institutions that embed a significant portion of the CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) into their curriculum. We're one of very few affiliated partner institutions in the UK, and one of a select group globally.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Flying Start Leadership Programme 
  • Financial Reporting 
  • Quantitative Methods in Finance
  • Economics for Banking and Finance 
  • Corporate Finance

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • More details:
          • We accept applications throughout the year. 
          • If you’re an international student we recommend you apply at least eight weeks before the start date of your course.
        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus
        • More information Go to the programme website

        English Language Requirements

        • Minimum required score:

          6

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        • Minimum required score:

          80

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        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: Lower Second Class

        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

        Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

        General Requirements

        • A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
        • In addition, if you have professional qualifications such as The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1, we still encourage you to apply.

        Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

        • You are considered ineligible for admission
        • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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        Tuition Fee

        • International

          15948 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 15950 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA

          8004 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 8000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
        We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

        Living costs for Stirling

        • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

        Funding

        • Stirling Management School is committed to investing in academically talented students, helping them to further their education with one of our degree courses. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies.
        • This course is currently approved for PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding from the SAAS.
        • The Karen Napier Scholarship - available to applicants of any nationality and meets the course fees, as well as providing a £3,500 maintenance award.
        • If you’re an international student you may be entitled to the University of Stirling International Postgraduate Taught International Excellence Scholarship – giving a £5,000 reduction in the cost of your annual tuition fees.

        Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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        Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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