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This degree offers ACCA exemptions from Papers F1-F3 (recently re-named to Applied Knowledge AB, Applied Knowledge MA, Applied Knowledge FA)

This course enables you to understand in detail the operation of modern business organisations and the role of financial institutions and capital markets in the global economy.

It will introduce you to state-of-the-art techniques and thinking regarding research methodology and the statistical techniques employed to investigate a firm's values and asset prices. At Dundee you will be taught by staff who have practical experience working in the financial sector or who have insights into financial practices through their research of, and with, analysts, company directors and market traders.

Visits by guest speakers complement the academic programme and cover topics such as Behavioural Finance, Portfolio Management, High Frequency Trading and International Trade.

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Teaching & Assessment

You’ll learn about the structure of modern capital markets, with an emphasis on data analysis and quantitative skills through taught modules and a dissertation.

How you will be taught

There are two intakes each year - January and September. The course lasts for 12 months. Modules start at the beginning of the academic session and are taught through a mixture of lectures and tutorials.

How you will be assessed

Modules are examined in December and April/ May. Students complete their supervised dissertation during the summer. The dissertation takes around three months to complete with final drafts submitted in August.

Course content

The course will encourage you to think critically about how modern business organisations interact with capital markets. Specifically, you will will:

  • understand the manner in which modern global capital markets operate
  • analyse the relative merits of alternative trading systems
  • evaluate the impact of risk on modern businesses and find out how markets can minimise its impact
  • understand challenges facing emerging financial markets
  • appreciate the links between international capital markets and related disciplines, such as financial accounting, management accounting and corporate governance
  • apply econometric techniques to large datasets using modern statistical software, and use these skills to assess the behaviour of individual shares and market indices
  • understand methodological issues inherent in social science research
  • work intensively on a research-based dissertation

Core Modules

  •  Emerging Financial Markets and Investment (BU52012)
  •  Research Methodology and Methods (BU52015)
  •  Econometrics for Finance (BU52017)
  •  Global Risk Analysis (BU52006)
  •  Dissertation (BU52006)

Plus two optional modules from:

  •  International Banking Systems (BU51011)
  •  Derivatives and Risk Management  (BU51021)
  •  Risk Management for Banking (BU51012)
  •  Global Financial Markets (BU51013)
  •  Bank Modelling and Performance Analysis (BU52009)
  •  Security Analysis and Equity Valuation (BU52042)
  •  Investment Management (BU52043)
  •  Venture Capital and Private Equity (BU52047)
  •  Financial Regulation and Ethics (BU52048)


This course is ideal if you want to progress in banking, fund management, investment analysis, treasury management or doctoral study in finance. The structure of the degree emphasises the development of both the technical and generic skills required to work in the fast-moving world of finance.

The University has excellent employment outcomes for its students and this programme is designed to build on this record; past graduates have gone on to take up careers in international banking, asset management, investment analysis and academia.

You’ll be able to make use of the University's dedicated careers service to help you to confidently present yourself to the world's top employers.


You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the MSc Finance page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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