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Strathclyde Business School Department of Accounting & Finance

Postgraduate study

The department currently offers a number of 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 MSc courses that we run assume little or no knowledge of finance. Some students will have studied some finance/business in their undergraduate studies. However, we do take students who have completed a variety of undergraduate programmes.

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 University of Strathclyde Business School 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.

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.

This course is suitable for those intending to develop their careers in finance, broadly defined as:

  • corporate finance
  • security analysis
  • portfolio management
  • options and futures
  • treasure management
  • the functioning of financial institutions and markets
  • financial decision-taking in the public sector.
It also allows for the possibility of specialisation in finance for developing countries.

In addition to the full-time course based at the University, the programme can be studied part-time for two years via the business school’s centre in Oman, and full-time or part-time in Tanzania.

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MSc International Banking & 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.

The programme is suitable for those intending to develop careers in financial management within the international banking sector as well as enhancing the skills of those already working in finance or banking.

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MSc Investment & 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. It 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.

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MSc International Accounting & Finance

This course provides a suite of classes with an international perspective on the theory and practice of accounting, alongside studies of financial management and securities markets.

It's designed for those who seek to broaden their previous study of accounting or those already working in accounting, by linking international developments in accounting to a study of financial markets and financial management.

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. Degrees that include accounting or finance in a programme of economics, business studies, mathematics, statistics or computing are all welcome. It may be possible to transfer from one of our other programmes if you meet a certain criteria in the accounting classes from the first semester.

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Interdisciplinary programmes

MSc Economics & Finance

Appreciating the interaction between the disciplines of Economics & Finance is now critical to understanding the world we live in and training in these subjects is essential for those hoping to work in the public or private sector as economists, analysts or consultants.

The aim of the programme is to produce highly skilled professionals who can analyse, understand, and explain the complex economic and financial issues that arise in a globalised world.

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MSc Finance & Management

The Departments of Accounting & Finance and Strategy & Organisation have developed this degree to give participants a competitive edge in their future business career. The programme is equally suitable for those embarking on their first professional business role and those with some business experience who are looking to progress their career in a finance and/or management-related role.

The programme offers a thorough grounding in financial and management principles. The course will develop an understanding of how organisations work and the skills needed to operate effectively within them. The technical and analytical skills of finance and management will also be developed. Understanding of both subject areas will be applicable to roles in any organisation.

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MSc Quantitative Finance

Globally, financial tools, products and software are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated, and there's a need for the finance industry to self-regulate as it witnesses unprecedented growth. Market-aware finance graduates, who can clearly demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical models used to develop these products and their computer implementations, will be much in demand by international organisations.

This cross-faculty programme draws on expert academic input from three departments – Accounting & Finance, Mathematics & Statistics, and Computer & Information Sciences. The curriculum provides a good balance between finance and mathematical theory, computer implementations of this theory, and practical skills and knowledge.

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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 & 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

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

Please note there's no need to make an application for all taught postgraduate courses from the Department of Accounting & Finance. It's 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.

Exemptions towards Chartered Banker qualification

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:

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

For our MSc graduates this requires completion of one module called "Professionalism, Ethics and Regulation".

Chartered Banker Diploma

Graduates must study three 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 Chartered Banker Institute’s website.

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.

Research students

The Department of Accounting & Finance provides research training in both accounting and finance to prepare graduates to pursue demanding careers as academics, professional researchers in the financial services sector or managers of business, government and professional organisations.

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Contact details

 Undergraduate admissions
 +44 (0)141 548 4114 

 Postgraduate admissions
 +44(0)141 553 6118 / 6119


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