Strathclyde Business School
Department of Accounting & Finance

Postgraduate Courses

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The department currently offers four Masters level courses which have an excellent international reputation for providing high-level training for those interested in developing a career in the accounting or finance areas.

The M.Sc. courses that we run assume little or no knowledge of finance. Some students will have studied some finance/business in the undergraduate studies. However, we do take students who have completed a variety of undergraduate programmes.

The M.Sc. programmes in Finance have achieved 30th place in the FT world rankings.  The rankings keep our programme at number 1 in Scotland and number 6 in the UK as a whole.  Indeed the only programme ranked ahead of us in the UK are offered within one hour’s travelling of the capital in London.

The full list of the FT top 35 M.Sc. Finance programmes is available at the Financial Times website.

A student's view of the course

Nihar Mehta talks about his experiences on the MSc in Finance course and his time in Glasgow.

The intensively taught one-year courses draw on the acclaimed research output of our staff to cover the theoretical bases of the subjects, and also their extensive industry experience to provide much-sought-after vocational and practical skills.

The department also contributes significantly to the teaching of the Strathclyde MBA which was ranked 1st in Scotland, and 9th in the UK, by the Financial Times in January of 2009. While tailored to the particular requirements of the Masters in Business Administration, much of the department's teaching on the MBA shares not only a common core with the MSc classes but also the high standards of teaching and student support reflected in the high FT ranking.

Situated in the heart of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde is well-placed for easy access and links to the UK's major financial centres of Edinburgh, London and Glasgow's own expanding International Financial Services District.

Exemptions Towards Chartered Banker Qualification


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The Chartered Banker Institute is the UK’s only professional body for bankers, so we’re delighted that the Institute has accredited the following programmes:

  • M.Sc. Finance
  • M.Sc. International Banking and Finance
  • M.Sc. Investment and Finance
  • M.Sc. International Accounting and Finance

Those graduating from these programmes, and looking for a professional qualification in banking, will be awarded 50 credits within the Institute’s qualification framework upon application.

It will be your choice as to which level you commence your professional studies with the Institute:

  • Associate Chartered Banker Diploma: completion for our MSc graduates requires study of one module; Professionalism, Ethics and Regulation,

or enter directly for

  • Chartered Banker Diploma, studying 3 modules to complete, including mandatory coverage of professionalism and ethics, as well as study of the principles of credit and lending.

Those completing the Chartered Banker Diploma will be eligible to use the coveted professional designation of Chartered Banker - a title recognised throughout the world.

For more details, please visit the Institute’s website, or email (please reference Strathclyde)

Exemptions Towards Chartered Management Accountant Qualification


All four of our MSc programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).  Exemptions will be awarded from CIMA’s professional examinations, according to the route taken through the MSc.  For more details see CIMA’s own web site.

Entry Requirements

UK students are required to have a good honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent (in economics, accounting, business studies, maths, statistics, or computing) or an equivalent professional qualification. For the MSc in International Accounting and Finance, the degree course should include some study of accounting.

Overseas students' qualifications will be judged on an equivalent basis. Further information can be found at Strathclyde Equivalence

You must also be able to attend the introductory sessions at the end of September 2013.

See separate course pages for individual entry requirements which may vary slightly.

Please note:

There is no need to make an application for all taught postgraduate courses from the Department of Accounting and Finance.   It is feasible to transfer to one of the department's other programmes should you wish to do so after commencement of your studies.  You should therefore choose one course for application purposes.

MSc Finance

Over the last few decades, the finance function has changed more dramatically than any other area of business. Capital markets around the world have been liberalised, competition has increased, technology has evolved rapidly and national markets must be considered in an international context. These changes have led to an increased demand for well-educated finance specialists who are able to respond to the challenges and complexities of financial markets.

The MSc Finance has an international flavour, both in the range of topics studied and also in the international spread of students which the course attracts. Providing a good balance between accounting and finance theory and practical skills and knowledge, this course provides an excellent foundation for basis a career in finance.

MSc Finance Course Structure

MSc Finance - Tanzania

MSc Finance Brochure (PDF) 

MSc International Banking and Finance

This course has been designed to develop an understanding of financial theory and analysis that is particularly relevant for those aspects of international banking. The globalisation of  business and the integration of financial markets implies that banking is increasingly an international business.

The course develops the concepts and skills that are required by financial managers and financial analysts operating in this environment. It also provides an understanding of contemporary financial problems and issues facing international business and banks.

MSc International Banking and Finance Course Structure

MSc Finance Brochure (PDF)

MSc Investment and Finance

Building on the core of the MSc Finance curriculum, this course is designed for those who intend to develop careers in areas such as security analysis, portfolio analysis and investment management. The course is widely regarded as vocationally relevant and intellectually challenging - will provide you with a rigorous grounding in the theory of finance but also covers the various techniques and analytical tools widely employed by investment professionals in practical decision-taking.

The syllabus has been developed with the requirements of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute (CFA Institute - the primary professional body) in mind and the course provides a good starting point if you are seeking CFA qualification. 

MSc Investment and Finance Course Structure

Msc Investment & Finance Brochure (PDF)

MSc International Accounting & Finance

This course provides a basis for understanding issues in international accounting in a context of financial markets and corporate finance, as preparation for careers in those areas. It also meets a need for postgraduate training as preparation for further research study.

In order to apply for this course you must have completed some relevant accounting classes in your undergraduate degree or have an acceptable professional qualification.  If you do not have these then you can apply for any one of our three other programmes as it is feasible to transfer into this course if you meet a certain criteria in the accounting classes from the first semester.

MSc International Accounting & Finance Course Structure

MSc International Accounting and Finance Brochure (PDF)