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To qualify for the award of MSc, it will be necessary for you to complete seven modules, four compulsory 20 credit modules, the dissertation (60 credit module), together with two optional 20 credit modules which tailor the programme to your particular needs and interests. Read more
To qualify for the award of MSc, it will be necessary for you to complete seven modules, four compulsory 20 credit modules, the dissertation (60 credit module), together with two optional 20 credit modules which tailor the programme to your particular needs and interests.

Each 20 credit module will take approximately 200 hours of independent study (the dissertation 600 hours). Compulsory modules cover the fundamental areas pertinent to lift engineering including the codes and standards to which lifts and their design must adhere to. Optional modules allow you to pursue your own particular specialisation within the industry.

Course content

The course will benefit lift engineers and consultants as well as members of senior management in the lift industry. You will gain an in-depth understanding of advanced technical issues arising in lift design, maintenance and contract management. The course teaches the skills required in electrical and mechanical science, together with mathematics and other engineering areas associated with the lift industry.

The course aims to provide a detailed, academic study of lift engineering and related management issues, together with a higher level qualification for persons employed in lift engineering as well as allied industries.

Course modules (16/17)

-Lift Applications Engineering
-Codes and Standards
-Management of Contracts in the Construction Industry
-Case Study
-Control Systems
-Dynamics and Vibration
-Hydraulic Systems
-Lift Component Applications
-Microprocessor Applications
-Utilisation of Materials
-Vertical Transportation Systems


This course uses a wide range of assessment methods, including coursework, project reports and end of module examinations. A dissertation based professional practice project will consist of design and/or investigative research on an appropriate topic.

Facilities and Special Features

Facilities available
Our virtual learning environment facilitates constant communication between you and course leaders. You are able to access key course materials at times to suit you and can submit the assignments electronically.

Special course features

The MSc is delivered in a distance learning regime. In this regime the emphasis is on learning rather than teaching, and the tutorial team is staffed and supported by a combination of experienced educational practitioners, together with experienced practitioners drawn from the national and international lift industry.

At the beginning of each academic year students are invited to participate in the annual Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies, organized in conjunction with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lifts Group. You will have an opportunity to attend this event at reduced registration fee. The symposium has become an annual event, is in its fifth year and brings together over 100 industrial and academic experts from within the field of vertical transportation engineering with peer-reviewed papers on the subject of their research being presented and published.

The programme holds regular online meetings through the WizIQ/ virtual classroom tools within NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment). These are attended virtually by staff, student representatives and industry experts (including visiting professors and fellows). Students have an opportunity to attend open virtual (online) meetings to discuss their learning progress. This virtual environment helps to reduce the potential isolation of students and provides the opportunity for the tutors to supply additional learning and tutorial materials.


The broad range of skills, experiences and expertise developed during this course will mean graduates are better placed to progress in their professional career. The programme is in the process of accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

The course was initially developed through collaboration with the Lift industry and is extensively supported by the industry. Its content is regularly reviewed by industry experts – including four visiting professors/fellows all of whom hold senior positions within the industry or academia.

These fellows also assume associate lecturer roles, and assist with the delivery and support of modules and dissertations on the programme. The School of Science and Technology has an active research programme in the field of lift engineering as well as well-equipped laboratory facilities for those wishing to pursue a research degree (MPhil/PhD).

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This course covers the application and development of computer technologies as used in banking and financial systems, as well as financial and economic principles. Read more


This course covers the application and development of computer technologies as used in banking and financial systems, as well as financial and economic principles.
This course provides knowledge in key areas involving three subjects: Computing, Economics, and Finance. Together they offer a unique combination of expertise required for a successful career in the financial sector. This MSc offers a choice of computing modules so that the student can adapt the course to their previous computing experience.
The course has a distinct international dimension as financial markets today are international in scope: trading in equities, bonds, derivatives and other securities occurs across borders and on a global scale. It emphasises the key characteristics of today's globalised financial world.
Computing Science at Stirling has strong links with industry. Students can get a first-hand industrial experience through placements and internships with local enterprises and organisations. More specifically, we offer company-based MSc projects to our students where our students can work with an employer to gain valuable commercial experience. We also regularly invite industry experts to share their expertise with students through seminars and talks.
You will also get prepared to find and secure a great job after completing this course through an integrated structured personal and professional development programme called ‘Lift-Off’. This course covers crucial topics such as self-image, body language, interview techniques, assessment centre startegies, conflict resolution as well as CV preparation and job targeting techniques.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
- Study methods: Full-time, Part-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Mario Kolberg

Course objectives

The course is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds, especially those that do not have any previous training in computing, economics or finance. The course is designed to complement and extend a student’s previous education, training and experience. Appropriate module choices facilitate adjusting the course of study according to a student’s preferences and prior expertise.
The MSc in Computing for Financial Markets will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. On completion of this course, you will be ideally placed to embark on an IT career in the financial sector. Our company sponsored MSc projects will provide an ideal pathway into the industry.

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 .

Structure and content

This course comprises two 15-week semesters of taught modules, a winter programming assignment over three weeks in January, and the MSc project over three months at the end. Semester 1 concentrates on fundamental techniques. Semester 2 integrates, develops and applies these skills.
Practical work is a key component in this course. It builds from self contained tasks in the first semester, over the larger Winter programming assignment, to a group project in Semester 2. Finally, the dissertation project (possibly with a company) is the largest piece of work leading to your MSc dissertation. We usually place more than 50% of our students with a company for the MSc project duration.

Why Stirling?

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Career opportunities

The MSc in Computing for Financial Markets will greatly enhance the employment prospects of students. As a graduate of Computing for Financial Markets, you will be in demand in a range of sectors including banks, insurance business, IT software organisations, and service enterprises.
Previous postgraduate students have been very successful in obtaining suitable employment in the computing field in a considerable diversity of posts - some with small companies, others with major organisations such as HBOS, Prudential and RBS, with Local Authority and Government bodies. A number of graduates of the MSc Computing for Financial Markets have continued their studies towards a PhD.
Common job profiles of our graduates are:
- As a Systems Analyst, you will work on solving computer problems. This might involve adapting existing systems or using new technologies designing a new software solution In doing so, you will design software, write code, and test and fix software applications. You might also be involved in providing documentation for users. Typically you would work as part of a larger team.

- IT Consultants closely work with clients (often at the clients premises) and advise them on how to use computer technology and applications to best meet their business needs. You will work with clients to improve their efficiency of using computer systems. This may involve the adaptation/customisation of software applications, or the development of custom applications for the specific needs of the customer. As well as technical duties, you may be involved in project management.

- Applications Developers translate software requirements into programming code, and will usually specialise in a specific area, such as computer games or web technology. Often developers work as part of a larger team. You may be in charge of developing a certain component or part of a larger application.

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