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The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate level course in the field of investment management education. Read more


The MSc Investment Analysis is the UK’s longest-established postgraduate level course in the field of investment management education. It is one of the very few Master’s 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 course is ideally suited to those who wish to become qualified as a CFA® Charter-Holder.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
- Study methods: Full-time
- Duration: 12 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Kevin Campbell

Course objectives

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 unrivaled record in the UK CFA© Institute Research Challenge. Stirling has won the UK final of this competition and reached the final in seven out of eight years. As a Programme Partner we are also able to offer on a competitive basis CFA Scholarships for the CFA level 1 exam.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

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 Master’s 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.
The top student on the course receives the Walter Scott Global Investment Management Prize.

Career opportunities

Where are our graduates now?
Stirling Management School is unique in having a dedicated Employability Manager and from the very beginning of the course your career is our focus.
MSc Investment Analysis graduates work around the world and the following are examples of the organisations they are employed by:
- Aegon Asset Management
- Alliance Trust
- Andersen
- Baillie Gifford
- Barclays Global Investors
- Citibank
- Ernst & Young
- Honeywell
- Investec Securities
- JP Morgan
- Russell Investments
- Silk Invest Ltd
- Standard Charted Bank

Graduates entering into employment in the recent years have secured positions such as:
- Financial Consultant, e-FSW (Greece)
- Relationship Adviser (Private Banking), Royal Bank of Scotland (UK)
- Quantitative Analyst, Silk Invest Ltd (UK)
- Investment Banking Analyst, Government Savings Bank (Thailand)

Alumni of Investment Analysis who graduated between five and ten years ago have advanced into positions such as:
- Partner, Corporate Services Bureau Limited (Zambia)
- Senior Broker (Retail Sales & Trading), National Securities (Greece)
- Portfolio Manager – High Yield, Fortis Investments (UK)
- Senior Analyst, Bank of Thailand Risk Analyst, RBS Insurance (UK)
- Investment Researcher, Jiajing Investment Company (China)

Our alumni are leading and shaping the strategy of global financial organisations:
- Managing Director, Citi – Global Banking (Hong Kong)
- Head of Asset Management, Allemby Hunt (UK)
- Fund Manager, MCB Investment Management (Mauritius)
- Chief Financial Officer, Nanyang Press Holding (Malaysia)
- Vice President, MCB Bank Ltd (Pakistan)
- Senior Equity Analyst, Atlantic Investment (USA)

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Learn the theory behind investment management and apply this knowledge in practice by managing a live portfolio of assets. About the course. Read more
Learn the theory behind investment management and apply this knowledge in practice by managing a live portfolio of assets.

About the course:
-Study for one of the most recognised master’s courses within the asset management sector and one of the few in the UK accredited by CFA Institute
-Enhance your career prospects by studying CFA level 1 as part of the programme
-Focus on highly specialised topics such as portfolio management, advanced financial analysis and other investment management related modules
-Benefit from professional exam exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI)
-Experience a practice-centred teaching approach that includes distinguished guest speakers and bespoke simulations


This degree programme prepares students for entry into the fast growing and exciting investment industry. It provides a practical knowledge of portfolio management and quantitative finance, together with an applied set of courses looking at industry structure and trends. Students benefit from professional guest speakers drawn from the heart of the global investment industry in the City of London, only a short distance away.

During the course you will develop expertise in a range of specialised areas such as trading strategies, portfolio and fund management, alternative and responsible investments, ethics in investment management and risk management, among others. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practice through the use of simulations, case studies and take part in the portfolio management challenge designed for MSc Investment Management students.

Integral to the academic course is the parallel study of the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA® ) programme, level 1. The two programmes support and reinforce the other, ensuring that graduates acquire both the academic and professional knowledge and qualifications required to succeed in the investment management industry.

The tuition for this programme includes the candidate’s registration in the June CFA Level I exam that is written just after the end of the academic year. The tuition also includes substantial CFA teaching outside of the academic teaching.

The ICMA Centre is a CFA Program Partner; this is in recognition that this degree covers at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge, the CFA Institute Ethical and Professional Standards, and other requirements.


After completion, our graduates are qualified to work in a variety of investment functions, including as portfolio managers, hedge fund managers and traders, within a diverse range of organisations such as investment banks, regulators, fund management firms and consultants.

The wide recognition of the programme contributes to the majority of our graduates securing employment offers within 6 months of graduation.

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The HEC Paris MSc in International Finance (MIF) program caters for highly-motivated top achieving graduates looking to succeed in a career in finance and consulting. Read more
The HEC Paris MSc in International Finance (MIF) program caters for highly-motivated top achieving graduates looking to succeed in a career in finance and consulting. The program has a strong analytical focus yet is accessible from either business and finance (business track) or economics, math, physics, engineering (accelerated track) backgrounds.


A ‘tailor-designing’ approach towards education is at the core of how we design programs at HEC Paris. This shows in at least two respects of the HEC Paris MSc International Finance curriculum (http://www.hec.edu/Masters-programs/Master-s-Programs/One-Year-MSc-MS-Programs/MSc-International-Finance/Program-Details#block-21071):

> What courses you take during the first semester depends on what you have done before joining HEC Paris. If you have already covered basic financial accounting, investment theory and corporate finance, you will start finance classes at advanced level (business track). If you have not done so, you will start at a more basic level but have significantly more class hours at an accelerated pace so as to enable you to cover the same material at the end (accelerated track)
> The second semester is comprised of more than 30 electives (http://www.hec.edu/Masters-programs/Master-s-Programs/One-Year-MSc-MS-Programs/MSc-International-Finance/Program-Details#block-34760), which you can choose as you see fit: you are free to choose all corporate finance classes, all capital markets or a mix of the two. You may also decide to choose an elective about corporate strategy or macroeconomics.


The number of hours spent in the classroom by HEC MIF graduates significantly exceeds the international standards. Around half of that time will be spent in front of world class researchers (http://www.hec.edu/Masters-programs/Master-s-Programs/One-Year-MSc-MS-Programs/MSc-International-Finance/Program-Details#block-21085), teaching you state-of-the-art knowledge. The other half will be spent in front of top-notch practitioners. The latter is one of many ways in which the learning experience at HEC Paris is different. The reason why we feel it is important to complement theoretical teaching by top researchers with practitioners lectures is that we have learned it is giving our graduates a small "extra edge" compared to graduates of other institutions. The more competitive the environment you are in, the more important having this extra edge is.


Who your peers are matters: for the quality of your learning experience, for the perception by potential employers and for the value of your network after you graduate. This is why academic performance is at the top of our admission criteria. But academic performance is not enough: smart, ambitious individuals will underperform if they do not cooperate. We strongly emphasize group cohesion and encourage it any way we can. For instance:

> Honours are granted on the basis of absolute GPA and not class percentile so as to make sure that no HEC MIF student can benefit from underperformance by one of his or her classmates
> A study trip is organized the 3rd week of the program with all HEC finance students participating and interaction for both professional and non-professional activities


We are proud of the fact that ties built on campus with both professors and peers carry on after students graduate and become alumni. Alumni get directly involved in coaching the "new generation" of HEC MIF students and making sure they achieve the same success as past students. A few examples:

> Career and job training workshops the first week of the program - http://www.hec.edu/Masters-programs/Master-s-Programs/One-Year-MSc-MS-Programs/MSc-International-Finance/Career-Paths#block-35012
> More than 250 participants in the Thursday night formal networking event of the 2014 London study trip… and many more at the less formal Friday night HEC Finance pub crawl: a unique opportunity to get privilegded access to young professionals from bulge bracket banks!
> Finance event organized the 4th week of September


With 29 different nationalities making up the class of 2014 (http://www.hec.edu/Masters-programs/Master-s-Programs/One-Year-MSc-MS-Programs/MSc-International-Finance/Meet-the-Students#block-21087), the International Finance program is enriching on a cultural level as well. Working with so many different nationalities can be highly educational and rewarding and is a true highlight of the program for many. London is the main hub for HEC MIF graduates in terms of placement even though we also have alumni working in Continental Europe, Asia, Americas, and Middle East.


Last but not least, we believe that values matter. Given various unsavory episodes during the crisis, this is even more important for a finance program than for any other program. Our values can be seen in a variety of different ways:

> How we select students: no matter how good or how strong your file is, if we catch you lying or cheating in any way during the admission process, you are out! No second chance…
> Ethics classes: in collaboration with the CFA Institute (the HEC MIF is a CFA partner program https://www.cfainstitute.org/Pages/index.aspx), we included an ethics seminar and an ethics class in our curriculum years before the crisis started.


The Financial Times (http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/masters-in-finance-pre-experience-2015) has ranked the HEC Paris MSc International Finance number one pre-experience global master in finance worldwide in 2016 and for the sixth consecutive year (see the article http://www.hec.edu/Masters-programs/News/2016-06-20-HEC-Paris-Masters-in-Finance-ranked-number-1-worldwide-by-the-Financial-Times).

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Macquarie’s Master of Applied Finance is one of the largest and most respected in the world. It’s an exceptional program for exceptional people, founded on a vision of applied finance education for and by practitioners. Read more


Macquarie’s Master of Applied Finance is one of the largest and most respected in the world. It’s an exceptional program for exceptional people, founded on a vision of applied finance education for and by practitioners. Our students learn knowledge and skills that are directly relevant, immediately and throughout their career.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-applied-finance.

Key benefits

- Gives you strong industry connections through educational partnerships with Finsia, CAIA, CFA and PRMIA and an outstanding alumni network.
- Ensures you are taught by highly experienced practitioners
- Focuses on real-world finance
- Offers a wide range of elective units
- Provides a flexible and portable program

The full time program is offered in Sydney at Macquarie's North Ryde and Sydney CBD campus. This program is offered part-time in Sydney CBD, Melbourne CBD, Singapore and Beijing. International students who hold a visa without study restrictions, such as temporary work (skilled) visa class 457 may apply for the part –time programs in Sydney CBD or Melbourne campus.

Suitable for

This program is for experienced professionals, whether currently in the finance industry or in other professions seeking to transition to the finance sector (such as engineers, lawyers, or IT specialists).

Alternative pathways into the Master of Applied Finance recognises your prior qualifications and professional work experience. Macquarie's recognition of prior learning (RPL) both for formal prior studies and gained through work experience, training programs, industry accredited qualifications and so forth, can mean a reduction in the number of core units of study of up to four gateway units.

English language requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification


- This degree is recognised as the first Australian educational partner of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute and is accredited by the Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA) and, in some instances, exemption may be granted from PRM exams I and II.
- This degree meets the education components of the criteria for membership of the Finance and Treasury Association Limited at Certified Finance and Treasury Professional (CFTP) level and by the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia). Graduates are potentially eligible for Senior Associate Membership of Finsia (conditions apply).
- Upon completing the required core units, students are eligible to undertake the RG146 Compliance Gap Training Program as a qualification for responsible managers of organisations holding a licence issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commision (ASIC). This program is offered through the MAFC, and successful candidates receive a Certificate of Completion.

Career Opportunities
Our graduates have gone on to senior positions within banking, corporate finance, stockbroking, investment management, venture capital, project finance and risk management firms in Australia and overseas.

Average starting salary
Over 50 per cent of our graduates receive salaries greater than $150,000

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-applied-finance

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Are you seeking to acquire advance expertise in quantitative and qualitative finance? The Master of Applied Finance is designed for finance professionals who are seeking additional specialist knowledge for career progression. Read more
Are you seeking to acquire advance expertise in quantitative and qualitative finance? The Master of Applied Finance is designed for finance professionals who are seeking additional specialist knowledge for career progression.

The course allows you to align your learning to your career aspirations with advanced studies in global financial markets, funds management, financial planning, money market dealing and business forecasting.

The course covers specialist areas of finance instruction, and is a CFA Program Partner of the CFA Institute, which awards the international CFA Financial Analyst Designation qualification.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/applied-finance-b6003?domestic=true

Course Structure

The course is structured in two parts. Part A. Mastery knowledge and Part B. Application studies. All students complete Part A. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for part A or part B or a combination of the two.

PART A. Mastery knowledge
These units will develop your understanding of the finance discipline and will enable you to provide discipline-based solutions within a business, professional or public context.

PART B. Application studies
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You will develop a sound knowledge base and acquire a thorough understanding across specific areas of finance.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/business-and-economics

About us

The Department of Banking and Finance is a leader in the advancement of knowledge in banking and finance across the world.

We undertake high quality research, teaching and learning. We also acknowledge our role and apply serious endeavour to the preparation of future business leaders, banking and finance professionals and academics.

The Department of Banking and Finance has its roots in the David Syme Business School of Banking and Finance, which was established in 1974.

Advanced research

The Department has a vibrant research culture and an outstanding record of quality publications in quality international journals.

Research areas in the Department of Banking and Finance include:

- asset pricing
- banking
- corporate finance
- behavioural finance
- superannuation and funds management.

Our research is supported by a robust infrastructure.

We subscribe to all major international and national financial databases (including WRDS). The Department is a full member of SIRCA, a leading provider of financial data and research support to over 200 universities world-wide. Empirical research is strongly supported with a database manager and a full range of statistical analysis software.

Our resources include a simulated teaching and research laboratory (STARLab) and behavioral research laboratory.

Comprehensive teaching program

The Department of Banking and Finance has 45 full-time academic staff who contribute to:
undergraduate and postgraduate degree course offerings
our highly regarded honours and higher research degree programs.

A new PhD program has been developed, where the first year is spent undertaking coursework which focuses on core PhD level units as well as advanced training in econometrics and economics. This program is unique amongst PhD courses in Australia and is designed for prospective PhD students wanting rigorous training in empirical finance.

Strategic collaborations

The Department of Banking and Finance enjoys a rich set of professional and research-based collaborations with key individuals, networks and organisations across the world.

We organise and sponsor major global finances conferences and workshops.

We have strong links with the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and CFA Institute, with professional accreditation options available to our students.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/applied-finance-b6003?domestic=true#making-the-application

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CATÓLICA-LISBON - located in Lisbon, Portugal, is the Top Portuguese Business School accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA and is one of the very few schools in the world holding the famous Triple Crown accreditation. Read more
CATÓLICA-LISBON - located in Lisbon, Portugal, is the Top Portuguese Business School accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA and is one of the very few schools in the world holding the famous Triple Crown accreditation. CATÓLICA-LISBON is the Leading Portuguese Business School to be ranked amongst the Top European Business Schools according to the Financial Times.

The MSc in Finance prepares students for high level careers in the global financial industry. CATÓLICA-LISBON is the only CFA® partner school in Portugal and this program offers an opportunity to obtain the internationally recognized CFA® Level 1 accreditation. Students can also pursue a Double Degree.


Immersion in the Business World

- 98% of CATÓLICA-LISBON Master Students have been placed in the job market within a maximum of three months after graduation.
- CATÓLICA-LISBON students have access to our outstanding graduates with high-level careers in Business and Economics through the Mentoring Program.
- At CATÓLICA-LISBON, students have access to internships, company based projects and entrepreneurial start-up projects and participate in ventures with companies and NGO. For example, CATÓLICA-LISBON students started microcredit projects in Africa helping finance start-up companies managed by local communities.

- Option of Double Degree with Aston Business School - UK
- Option of Double Degree with ESCP-Europe - FRANCE
- Option of Double Degree with BI Norwegian Business School - NORWAY
- Option of Double Degree with WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management - GERMANY

September 2017 intake - Feb 2017


- 1st cycle degree with quantitative background
- High academic standing
- English Proficiency
- Professional experience/internship (up to 2 years)
- International exposure (exchange, summer school or internship)
- Extra curricular achievements
- When considering your application we take into account your academic performance and the reputation of the institution awarding your degree. A GMAT Exam or equivalent may be required.
- Our MSc courses are pre-experience programmes for newly qualified graduates yet to start their career.


Católica Top+ is a scholarship program for students with an outstanding academic record.
Implemented by CATÓLICA-LISBON, this program allows high-potential students to complete their MSc at CATÓLICA-LISBON with a partial waiver of tuition fees.
We encourage outstanding students to apply to these scholarships; especially those that have completed their first cycle degree at the top of their classes (for example, average final grades of 75% or above).

The following criteria are highly valued by the jury:
- Undergraduate GPA
- International Experience
- Extracurricular activities
- Professional experience (e.g. internships)
- Contribution to the diversity of the group
- Contribution to School activities

Top international bank institutions offer low-interest loans to students that cover tuition fees and study-related expenses. The applications for these loans should be submitted directly to the bank.
In addition, we strongly encourage you to check out the financial institutions in your home country.

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Our Masters in Finance programs take a detailed and disciplined look at the tools, techniques, theoretical know-how, and practical focus that make it possible to put these functions into practice. Read more
Our Masters in Finance programs take a detailed and disciplined look at the tools, techniques, theoretical know-how, and practical focus that make it possible to put these functions into practice. The experience is enhanced by additional studies and tools that assist decision-making in areas directly or indirectly affected by the financial manager’s actions.

The Master in Finance at IE University is designed for students with a strong academic record and advanced quantitative skills who have recently completed their undergraduate studies, and young professionals with up to a maximum of 18-months full-time professional experience who wish to pursue careers as analysts in the finance and related industries; investment banks (corporate finance, equities, fixed income derivatives, etc.), financial boutiques, hedge funds, private equity, private banking, asset management, consulting, finance area of a corporation, as an entrepreneur with a financial angle. Above all, our students have a passion for the world of finance and a real desire to outperform in their professional career. The Master in Finance program equips participants with up-to-the-minute knowledge in key areas of finance such as leveraged buy-outs, credit derivatives, and mergers and acquisitions. The program plays a pivotal role in increasing candidate appeal in the recruitment processes for leading financial institutions. This program is 100% focused on finance in line with the demands of the financial recruiting market arena. In addition to finance courses we include workshops to develop soft skills such as presentation or negotiation skills, fundamental to have a successful career in finance. Students of the Master in Finance have an elective period, to specialize in the areas they later want to work in. Amongst the electives they can choose to prepare level I of the CFA charter, the most renowned qualification for finance professionals worldwide. IE is the first Spanish academic partner of both CFA Institute and CAIA Association, and our Master in Finance students can be eligible for scholarships to undertake those exams.

Quick Facts

Format: Full-time

Intake: Sep-Jul

Duration: 11 months

Language: English

Work Experience: 0-2 years

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