The MSc Investment Analysis is the UKs longest-established postgraduate-level programme in the field of investment management education. It is one of the very few Masters degrees in the UK to have CFA® Institute Program Partner status and one of a select group of partner institutions worldwide.
As a CFA® Institute Program Partner, at least 70% of the learning outcomes of all three levels of the CFA® Programme are covered and so the programme is ideally suited to those who wish to become qualified as a CFA® Charter-Holder. The syllabus has a distinctly international orientation that reflects the increasingly globalised nature of financial markets and the investment management profession.
Such is the international reputation of the course that students come from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds and cultures, providing a unique opportunity for the development of worldwide contacts. The Stirling MSc in Investment Analysis team has an unrivalled reputation in the UK CFA© Research Challenge. It has competed in five of the six UK Finals since the competition began in 2008, winning the 2010 UK Final and coming second in the 2013 final.
Where are our graduates now?
MSc Investment Analysis graduates work around the world and the following are examples of the organisations they are employed by:
Graduates entering into employment in the past two years have secured positions such as:
Alumni of Investment Analysis who graduated between five and ten years ago have advanced into positions such as:
Our alumni are leading and shaping the strategy of global financial organisations:
This one-year, full-time course has an initial taught component of two 15-week semesters, involving lectures, practical case study work and workshops, followed by a supervised dissertation.
As soon as you arrive at Stirling you are introduced to your course, fellow students and the University. This induction enables you to develop skills to get the most out of your studies and to progress quickly in your career.
In the Semester 1 you will take the following modules:
In the Semester 2 you will take the following modules:
Delivery and assessment
Students experience lectures, small group seminars, problem-solving classes, drop-in sessions, computer labs and group working during their studies. Successful completion of the taught modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma. The Masters degree is awarded on satisfactory completion of a dissertation, following the Diploma examinations. Dissertation topics range over all areas of relevance to investment analysis and allow completion of a case study or research topic dissertation.
Learning activities to prepare you for study in the UK
Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
At least two prestigious Karen Napier scholarships are usually available each year, meeting course fees and including a maintenance award.
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 Postgraduate Degree Programmes on offer at the University of Stirling. There are various categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies at Stirling Management School.
The course has SAAS PTFL (Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan) funding approval and full details of how to apply for PTFL can be found here: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/financial-information/scholarships/#PTFL
Full details of the PTFL fund and how to apply online can be found here: www.saas.gov.uk
For further information on possible sources of funding, visit: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/financial-information/
Accreditation RAE rating
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Accounting and Finance at Stirling ranked 1st (equal) in Scotland and 5th in the UK, with virtually all (90 percent) research activity considered to be of international standing.
The course is a CFA Program Partner and has an unrivalled track record in the UK CFA Research Challenge competition.