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MSc Investment Analysis

Course Description


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)

Visit the MSc Investment Analysis page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

(Student Profile)

James Bowden

The fact that the course is CFA- affiliated provides the student with an opportunity to impress potential employers, and ultimately gain a foot in the door of some of the major players in the industry.

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Akif Qadri

MSc Investment Analysis at University of Stirling is one of the very few CFA Program Partner courses in the UK with an excellent reputation. The course is designed in such a professional way that it bridges the gap between theory and practice through interactive seminars and lab sessions. It gives you the opportunity to develop a broad range of academic and professional skills that are highly sought after in the finance employment market.

This course undoubtedly helped me to stand out of crowd in what is a fiercely competitive employment market. I didn’t have any previous professional experience but the contents of the course and the depth of my distinction level dissertation impressed the interviewers very much, so much so that I achieved a post at senior management level in the Finance Department of Allied Bank Ltd.

The MSc Investment Analysis at Stirling is an excellent starting point to achieve the CFA designation as it covers at least 70% of all three levels of the CFA curriculum and you really don’t have to worry about the CFA Level 1 exams. If your destination is academia then you are at right place already as Stirling Management School is one of the strongest business research centers in Scotland. This course gives you the option to conduct a case study dissertation or investigation of an academic topic. Professors are expert and high quality researchers in their respective areas.

The University of Stirling provides you intellectually stimulating environment with most beautiful campus and surroundings in ancient capital of Scotland. In addition, the campus has the best sporting facilities in Scotland set within a safe environment.

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Sabina Astarita

Having a background in engineering and no relevant work experience I had struggled to make the transition into the highly competitive investment industry before studying at Stirling. The MSc in Investment Analysis that I gained there added credibility to my C.V. and augmented my commitment to the career change. I have since secured a trainee position at Alliance Trust, a FTSE 100 investment company.

The standard of teaching was very high and I found the staff very accessible and always willing to help. Whilst the learning curve was steep at times the course is definitely both suitable and achievable for those coming from a non-finance background given the teaching structure; the relevance of mathematical components was always apparent and never too complex.

The calibre of graduate seeking to enter the investment industry is without doubt impressive and in a competitive job market I found that the MSc in Investment Analysis was very well regarded which is crucial in reaching the interview stage for investment posts. I am sure that the CFA® Institute Program Partner status will further enhance the MSc’s reputation and I would recommend the course to those seeking exposure to the industry as an excellent starting point.

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Matthew Glover

What degree did you graduate with and when?
I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) in Financial Economics with a year in Europe, spent at Gothenburg University, Sweden, under the ERASMUS scheme. I then enrolled on an MSc in Investment Analysis at Stirling University and graduated in 2007. I knew that my first degree gave me a good grounding for entering employment in the financial services sector, but felt that I would require an ‘edge’ to place me above my peers and secure a job in what is an extremely competitive environment. The Investment Analysis course at Stirling University provided me with this edge and has undoubtedly helped to kick-start my career in Asset Management. I am also currently studying part-time for another MSc in Financial Engineering at Birkbeck College, London, and will graduate in 2013, with a PhD as a possible option in the not-so distant future.

In what way did your time at Stirling shape your career to date?
I looked into the many different postgraduate courses based in the UK that all aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the CFA® curriculum. Stirling stood out from the rest, not only for its stunning location and friendly on-campus atmosphere, but for the highly regarded teaching and research facilities that are available to students. I also believe that Stirling University offers its prospective students the best value for money.
Without my Master’s degree I believe it would have been almost impossible to get the job I am currently in. My employer is Scottish based and therefore has a rich history of hiring graduates from Scottish universities – there are at least two people I know at Aberdeen Asset Management who have the exact same degree as I do. Stirling University also put me forward for a scholarship for the CFA level I exam, a requisite of any job in asset management and a key selling point at interview. Moreover, the course as a whole taught me many of the theories and principles that I apply on a daily basis.
I would recommend the MSc Investment Analysis course to anyone who feels they may need more ‘vocational’ skills in order to pursue their chosen career path. Alternatively, for anyone looking to gain their CFA® Charter at some future point, this course is a must.

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Aigul Moldabayeva

Before coming to Stirling I obtained a teaching degree and an MBA. After several years of teaching and jobs in accounting and administration at home in Kazakhstan, I became interested in investments and financial markets and decided to change my career. I looked for graduate programmes in investment and finance which would provide me with the knowledge and the practical skills necessary for this new career. That is how I first learned of the University of Stirling and their MSc in Investment Analysis. I was offered a full scholarship and was honoured to study at Stirling.

The programme was interesting, exciting, challenging and demanding - I could go on. From the first lecture until the dissertation submission the programme was very thorough and I found it fascinating. As a Program partner of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute the programme follows the CFA curriculum and provides students with the foundation to become qualified as a CFA. The teaching and administrative staff are very professional, approachable and responsive.

I was lucky to get some time to visit the Highlands of Scotland, including Glencoe, and was impressed by Scotland’s beauty. The university is located close to the historical and friendly city of Stirling. I love the university’s campus, with its beautiful scenery: the loch, the hills and the forests.

I am confident that the knowledge I have acquired will be applicable in my future career.

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Patrick Toes

I was born in York and boarded at St Peter’s School while my father was working for the Government in Hong Kong. As head of my house, I also represented my school at first team level for hockey, rugby and cricket.

Following a ‘gap’ year working for Peat Marwick in Hong Kong, I went to study Accountancy and Economics at Lancaster University, where I played pool for my college and “drank for Yorkshire because Lancastrians couldn’t drink!” After graduation I landed my first job with a Hong Kong broking company and gained useful skills dealing in currency markets.

In 1991 I began work as an investment manager for the Homeowners’ Friendly Society in Harrogate. Although the Society was very successful during my time there, I did not have time to progress professional qualifications as far as I would have wished. As Stirling’s MSc in Investment Analysis was the only such degree in the country to provide exemption from the investment management exam, I decided to invest some of my own savings in registering to study at Stirling.

After completing my studies at Stirling, I joined Yorkshire-based stock broking firm BWD Rensburg (now Rensburg Sheppards) as an Investment Manager. Managing discretionary funds for wealthy individuals and small corporate clients, the focus of my work is on fund management rather than client relations. I also sit on the Asset Allocation Committee which decides the mix of equities, bonds and other assets for the Group, as well as selecting recommended funds (equities, bonds and overseas markets) for the Group. Successive promotions within the Group led to me becoming Senior Investment Director in 2002.

Living near York, I enjoy the quality of life of my local area, go to the horse-racing and follow the fortunes of Liverpool FC. My Stirling degree required considerable hard work, but I believe it was worth the effort as I’ve been able to adapt academic learning to the practicalities of my chosen career and been able to achieve rapid professional advancement.

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Meredith Glasse-Davies

Half way through my undergraduate degree (B.Sc. Sport Science) I realised that I wanted a career in business, and was particularly interested in the investment side of the financial industry. My lack of prior exposure to the academic subjects of finance and economics meant that the MSc in Investment Analysis was challenging, and occasionally the amount of new information felt overwhelming. However, the standard of teaching at Stirling is extremely high, enabling me to quickly get on an equal footing with my class mates. The content of the course closely follows the CFA curriculum, which is not only attractive to employers, but also means that everything you learn is directly applicable to most careers in the investment industry.

My motivation for doing the course was mainly to equip myself with a strong base of knowledge needed for the investment industry. When applying for jobs, I found that there was a great deal of respect for the course amongst employers, which is extremely important for getting interviews in this highly competitive industry. I am delighted that I have been employed by Alliance Trust, a highly respected investment company, on their graduate scheme. During the next few years I will be expected to take various professional examinations, and the MSc has made me confident that these are manageable. I was also lucky enough to be awarded a partial scholarship by the university to sit the CFA level 1 examination, which is a great opportunity to take the first step towards becoming a CFA charter holder.

This course attracts an extremely diverse range of people from across the world. This international flavour means that you are exposed to different cultures and you come away from the year with friends and contacts around the world. Because of the opportunities the MSc has opened to me, I would recommend it to anyone whose aim is to work in the investment industry.

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Cuong Nguyen Manh Manh

Coming from Vietnam to study in one of the UK’s most beautiful campuses, I had numerous opportunities to make friends with people from all over the world. Based on my achievements on the Investment Analysis programme I won 2 full PhD scholarships from Manchester Business School, and International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre. Actually, studying at Stirling has ensured my entry to the competitive finance industry and I have had the time of my life doing it.

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Zhanar Kurmanalina

"Stirling is a great place to study in." This is the phrase that I always say when I talk about my academic experience in the UK. It is a quiet and very picturesque town in the centre of Scotland. The University of Stirling is provides everything necessary for students.

The Investment Analysis programme provides excellent an background in the field with well organised, professional education provided by highly qualified teaching staff who are always ready to provide help.

When you are far away from home you need people who would help you to overcome “difficulties of distance”. In this respect I would like to note that the University accommodation is very cosy and convenient. In John Forty’s Court, where I lived, I met my best friends.

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Chijioke Ohuocha

Before arriving at Stirling, Chijioke obtained a bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and acquired experience of investment research, business strategy and portfolio management working for major financial institutions and investment banks in Nigeria.

After graduating with an MSc in Investment Analysis (with Distinction), Chijioke joined Thomson Reuters as financial correspondent for Nigeria. In this role he writes stories on Nigerian businesses and financial markets whilst also analysing policy decisions and their impact on the Nigerian economy. He interviews policy makers, CEOs, economists, research analysts and academics, breaking news items which often receive global coverage.

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Hoang Linh Nguyen

In 2011 I graduated with the MSc in Investment Analysis with Distinction and passed CFA level 3. The academic content of the programme, the outstanding teaching staff and learning environment all contributed to my success.

I very much like the way the MSc programme combines the CFA curriculum with an academic MSc as it provides students with an understanding of issues outside the CFA curriculum so that they can develop a wider appreciation of academic topics in finance. The programme has introduced me to interesting topics such as EMH and behavioral finance and I am considering applying to undertake a research degree.

I highly appreciated the quality of the lecturers here, especially those of Dr Kevin Campbell and Professor Chris Veld whose lectures I never missed. The staff of the Accounting and Finance Division provide an environment which is supportive and friendly and my time studying in Stirling would not have been so comfortable without their help.

Last but not least, I am really satisfied with the learning environment in Stirling. I think I am quite lucky to be among the first students who can use the new library. Moreover, I have visited many campuses around the UK and consider the Stirling campus to be the most beautiful in the UK.
As a result of my own experiences I would highly recommend the CFA Program Partner MSc in Investment Analysis at Stirling.

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Svetlana Viteva

Having completed a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration, I believed I had a solid understanding of market fundamentals and considered the Investment Analysis programme offered by Stirling University to be the right step forward in fulfilling my academic ambitions. After my involvement with the University for over a year, it would suffice to say that this is a place full of opportunities for the discerning student. This could be fully illustrated from my own experiences in the university.

To begin with, I was awarded with the Karen Napier scholarship, without which I would have found it difficult to complete the Masters. The programme proved to be intellectually challenging and truly inspiring. Classes were demanding and required extensive reading. The faculty was an invaluable support and offered help whenever needed. Comprehending the often complex and intertwined concepts in financial studies was quite intimidating at times. The course, however, is structured in a way which allows you to see link between different classes and grasp the “bigger picture”, while learning about the intricacies and technicalities of finance. Moreover, the partnership of the programme with the CFA institute is an immense benefit to everyone planning to sit the CFA examinations as it covers a substantial portion of the Level I, II and III curriculum. I would highly recommend the course to anyone who aims to become a certified analyst. I successfully passed my CFA Level I exams before the end of the school year thanks to the great preparation provided by the Investment Analysis classes in Stirling.

Passion and commitment for your field of study truly pays off in the end. At the end of the programme, I received the prestigious Walter Scott global Investment Management Prize, a monetary award given to the most meritorious student in the Investment Analysis programme. I have also chosen to pursue doctoral study in Stirling University for which I am being generously funded by the Accounting and Finance Division. The academically motivating atmosphere coupled with the excellent teaching staff makes me look forward to the next four years of research with optimism.

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Ye (Ray) Yang

Even the most positive adjective is not enough to describe the Investment Analysis programme. All I know is that choosing the programme was the best choice I could have made. It is incredible that I came to Stirling knowing nothing at all about investments and left that heavenly town with all of the knowledge I needed to embark on a career in that industry.

As other classmates have pointed out the programme is well-structured and industry-relevant. The wide content coverage, emphasis on both practice and academic research and first-class teaching staff are the key ingredients for the programme's success.

I didn't fully realise the benefit of the programme until I obtained the job as a Pension Trustee in one of the top trust companies in China. The trustee plays an essential part in the proper running of pension schemes. The job requires me to assess and select custodian banks and investment managers for our institutional clients, communicate with their investment consultants and draft guidance for investment managers. In the very first project my colleagues, who graduated from top universities in China and abroad, all marveled at my capacity to discuss all kinds of topics from accounting, fixed-income investment to excel modeling in detail along with the ability to present to clients the firm's services in a professional manner and what's more, in fluent English!

I gained the IMC certificate while in Stirling, passed CFA Level 1 and am preparing for CFA level II this year. The programme has certainly saved me a great deal of time in the preparation, especially when China's pension industry keeps thriving and my work demands more and more hours.

There's so much to say about the Investment Analysis programme and I could never exhaust my words of praise and gratitude towards the Accounting and Finance Division and the University. On behalf of all my friends who have benefited from the Investment Analysis programme I thank all the staff who work so hard to continue the programme's development and international recognition. We're amazed at what you have done and proud of Stirling University!

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Sabina Astarita

Having a background in engineering and no relevant work experience I had struggled to make the transition into the highly competitive investment industry before studying at Stirling. The MSc in Investment Analysis that I gained there added credibility to my C.V. and augmented my commitment to the career change. I have since secured a trainee position at Alliance Trust, a FTSE 100 investment company.

The standard of teaching was very high and I found the staff very accessible and always willing to help. Whilst the learning curve was steep at times the course is definitely both suitable and achievable for those coming from a non-finance background given the teaching structure; the relevance of mathematical components was always apparent and never too complex.

The calibre of graduate seeking to enter the investment industry is without doubt impressive and in a competitive job market I found that the MSc in Investment Analysis was very well regarded which is crucial in reaching the interview stage for investment posts. I am sure that the CFA® Institute Program Partner status will further enhance the MSc’s reputation and I would recommend the course to those seeking exposure to the industry as an excellent starting point

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Kumbirai Mabwe

Having been recommended to study on Stirling’s MSc in Investment Analysis by a former student of the programme, I was not disappointed. The programme is interesting, challenging and stimulating. It is intensive and covers all aspects of the modern world of finance and investment.

My experience at Stirling University has been one on which I look back with pride. Within a year I was transformed into the holder of a Masters degree who can face the world of finance and investment with pride and confidence.

The most memorable part of my Investment Analysis degree was writing the case study dissertation. It allowed me to apply what I had learned in the modules and produce an independent piece of work.

Enrolling for Investment Analysis has proved to be the best decision that I have ever made and it has opened up many opportunities to me.

Kumbirai Mabwe is now working for HSBC Bank in Stirling in their Global Market and Pricing Team.

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Emmanouil Vrachnis

How has your Stirling degree helped you in job-seeking and career progression?
My MSc degree provided me with the necessary knowledge and skills for my profession.

What kind of contacts did you make at Stirling and how did these help you?
I made new friends that I'm still in contact with. Sometimes we help each other with our knowledge from our current work.

How did your experience at Stirling differ from that of friends and colleagues who studied elsewhere?
Studying in such a beautiful campus, in beautiful Scotland with nice people around you can not be compared with studying somewhere else.

What made you choose Stirling?
I looked at the reputation of the University and MSc in Investment Analysis programme ratings.

How did you enhance your CV to break into your chosen sector?
The way someone presents his knowledge and experience and by highlighting key aspects can make a CV fit to a specific sector. Is your career what you expected or has anything changed? Generally I am doing what I wanted to do in my job.

What other activities would you recommend to build up my skill set?
Work even for non-profit institutions to get experience in communication, project implementation, and gain skills.

What advice would you give to current students and recent graduates?
To look further than getting a job position and explore the development they can have in this market with the knowledge they will get from this job. Also, try to combine work and social time especially with people from other countries. Try to get as much as you can from other cultures.

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Kriti Murthy

"I joined the Investment Analysis program right after my undergraduate degree. I had hoped that this program would provide me with the requisite technical knowledge I required to succeed in the financial services industry, and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, my experience in the University of Stirling involved much more than just a technical degree. The exposure to various nationalities, be it professors or students, proved to be the highlight of my one year on campus. The professors are jovial and helpful, and make learning a delight!

I found the modules to be rigorous, requiring long hours of smart work. However, the MacRobert Centre, with its range of plays and movies, made sure that life in Stirling was much more than just work!

I am now working as an Associate with a financial services firm in Mumbai, India. My responsibilities include financial modeling and investment valuation. I find that the modules I studied in university have a direct relation to industry practices, and I am positive this will help me go a long way in my chosen field."

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Rustam Sapayev

Few places in the world offer such a quality education as the University of Stirling, and before coming to Scotland from Kazakhstan I did not appreciate that one year could make such a big difference. But, comparing the knowledge and experience that I have now to that I had last year I can see how far I have come. The thorough knowledge of investments and finance provided on the programme made me more confident and forward-thinking. Overcoming challenges like coursework and a dissertation and communicating with the lecturers not only made me grow as an individual but also provided a solid foundation for my further professional growth.

It is worth to mention that I was offered two scholarships before coming to Stirling, one from the University of Stirling and another from a similar course at a London-based university. After a careful consideration I decided to choose MSc in Investment Analysis at Stirling University. Now, after the course has finished I can say that I had never regretted my choice.

The course itself is very challenging and it offered way beyond what I expected. The fact that the course is chosen as a CFA partner speaks volumes. The teaching staff consist of expert professionals always ready to help and provide useful feedback in all issues related to the course. Guest lecturers from financial and investment organizations often visit the university with lectures and give a deep insight into the industry and make the course strongly related to a real life.

But my year in Stirling was not only about studies. Seeing different places like the magnificent Cairngorm National Park and the fabulous Edinburgh and, importantly, meeting different and interesting people from all over the world made my time in Stirling a distinct and unforgettable experience. Experiences such as these broaden your views, breaking stereotypes and clichés.

Now it is time to move forward to the even higher goals. But wherever I may be in my heart there will always be a place for Scotland, the country that felt like home.

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Steve Charangwa

Life at Stirling was one that l will always look back with happiness and unwavering gratitude. My heartfelt gratitude goes to the Karen Napier Charity for awarding me the scholarship. This experience would have not been possible. The faculty and administration staff on the course were very supportive; the course was not easy but very achievable. I was changing careers from the health industry with very limited finance background. I made some lifelong friends from as far afield as China, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Ghana, Germany, Canada, Vietnam and of course some local Scotsmen.

One of my highlight experiences was being chosen to represent, as part of a team of five, the University in the annual CFA Global University Research Challenge finals in London. The competition draws about thirteen CFA Program partner top business universities in the United Kingdom. Stirling had been second in the United Kingdom for the two preceding years, a feat on its own, but we managed to win the UK finals representing the UK CFA Society and the University in the European finals as UK winners.

After graduating with an MSc in Investment Analysis (with Distinction), l initially joined Silk Invest (London) as an Intern. l am now a Quantitative Analyst. Silk Invest is a specialist asset management boutique focused on the high growth markets of Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Every day is different and l regularly draw upon the knowledge gained from this very practical course to keep ahead of what is a steep learning curve.

In conclusion, the MSc Investment Analysis course at Stirling is simply, best in class. It is practical and the knowledge gained can be readily and very effectively applied, especially in the infancy of a fund management career at the very least.

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Theofanis Recheniotis

When I first visited the campus of the University of Stirling I could only compare it with paradise. Later, I realised that this paradise was a result of concerted efforts by people who care about providing quality services. With enthusiasm I recommend the University of Stirling as the best place for a prospect student who seeks to strengthen his or her theoretical and practical knowledge base. By studying the Investment Analysis programme students possess knowledge and skills that provide them with recognition in the market. The MSc in Investment Analysis is a milestone in my CV.

I want to heartily thank all those kind people working at Stirling University who participated in my “Stirling experience”!

Invest in your dreams, invest in your future and invest in a “Stirling experience”.

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Francis Mawala

I found the MSc Investment Analysis programme to be rigorous, demanding but achievable and fulfilling. Its emphasis on practical applications of the concepts taught without compromising the theoretical (academic) content of the programme enriched my learning experience. The case study type of dissertation gave me an opportunity to bring together the various concepts and principles learnt in different modules within the program into one product (company analysis) that mimics in all material respects the kind of analysis that is done in the investment community.

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Mr Solomon Opare

Studying in Stirling is one of the best experiences to have happened to me.

I chose the MSc Investment Analysis as the course provides an understanding of current and emerging issues in the global financial market and the investment management profession. The course also has CFA Institute Programme Partner status.

The University of Stirling introduced me to individuals from different backgrounds and cultures and gave me the opportunity to learn and share ideas with people from all over the world. The lectures were very interactive and the lecturers always had progress of the students at heart.

The best experience on the course was my participation in the trading boot camp as the experience has boosted my confidence to meet future challenges in my pursuit as a finance and investment professional. Another unforgettable moment was my participation in the CFA Global Research Challenge as part of a team of five. The team represented the University of Stirling in the UK finals. My participation has enhanced my abilities in financial and investment analysis and the writing and presenting of a high quality investment report.

I have gained what I was expecting from an international education and even more as a result of my studies in Stirling. I was always welcomed and greeted with smiles at every area I found myself in Scotland. I recommend the University of Stirling to anyone searching for an institution to pursue higher education. Stirling is indeed home away from home.

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Shang-Tun Wu

I found the MSc in Investment Analysis to be a very interesting and practical course. It gave me skills that developed my career quickly on graduation and I am now a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Felix Amoako

Studying at the University of Stirling has been a life time experience that will remain indelible in my memory. Prior to my arrival in Stirling as an International Student from Ghana, I had a fair idea about what to expect at the University of Stirling. However, upon arrival, I was amazed at the breathtaking scenery that greeted me. The University is well situated, providing the enabling environment conducive for a successful academic life while the state of the art sporting centre facilitates a healthy lifestyle.

The teaching has been excellent and access to information is readily available. Both the teaching and the auxilliary staff are friendly, approachable and ready to help; there is always someone to talk to. The MSc Investment Analysis programme is so practical that I could often envisage myself as an investment professional and this has helped define my career path. My involvement in the CFA Global Investment Research Challenge as part of a team of five (5) Stirling University students who won the UK finals of the competition and represented the UK in the EMEA Regional finals in Turkey is my greatest achievement to date. Stirling University made history as the only university to appear in the UK finals on three occasions, first runner-up in 2008 and 2009, and first in Scotland to win this prestigious competition in 2010. This indeed makes me proud to be a student of the University of Stirling and that of a great tradition.

The City of Stirling is not left out of this great experience as the homely environment created by the University is complimented by the warmth and friendly nature of its residents. Another thing I have really enjoyed is the opportunity to interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The University is truly international with students from all six continents. I enjoyed learning a lot of new things and cultures I would otherwise not have known.

Looking back from the days I started my search for an institution of higher learning to pursue my postgraduate studies, I have come to trust my decision in choosing the University of Stirling not only because of its splendour and colour, but also because of its reputation, its distinct influence on students and close knit family. Indeed the University of Stirling is a beautiful place to be.

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Aggelos Kallipolitis

Looking back at my experience as a postgraduate student at Stirling University I can safely say that it was one of the most pleasant experiences in my life. I not only graduated with a Masters degree which kick started my career but also met my wife, a fellow Masters student!

The overall atmosphere (campus, location, Stirling as a city) and above all the people at Stirling made the difference and created an environment to support students to get the most out of the programme.

When I left Stirling I realised that the knowledge I obtained at Stirling equipped me very well for a career in the investment industry and I found that my skills compared favourably with those of other graduates when I entered the job market. I started my career as an Equity Analyst at ING Barings London, and then moved to a post as an Equity Fund Manager at Alpha Asset Management. From there I moved to the position of Head of Equity Sales at Alpha Private Bank and in 2006 I joined Citi Private Bank as Investment Counselor. After a successful three year period I was appointed as Senior Private Banker at Citi, a role that cemented my relationship management skills and offered me a broader perspective of the Private Wealth Management business and from there I moved to my current position of Investment Research and Advice Head at Citibank Greece.

Since graduating from Stirling I have recommended it to numerous people that have asked my personal view on postgraduate study options. I certainly plan to visit Stirling again, this time with my two young daughters!


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Business, Finance and Sport and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto this Master's degree.

Course Fees

2015/16: Home/EU £6,000; Overseas £13,500

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