Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Finance & Investment Management
The combination of academic challenge and practical, professional focus makes the prospect of studying our MSc Finance and Investment Management highly appealing for those wanting to advance future career and earning potential.

Key Facts

Study Mode
Full-time (12 months)
Entry Date
Learning Mode
On-campus Learning

Programme Details

This established programme has enabled many students to achieve their finance career or PhD ambitions over the years. It has now been revised to give students the opportunity to take the leading professional qualification, CFA level1.

Many students of the course in the past have finished the MSc and then had to take CFA exams as soon as they commenced employment. Attaining this qualification whilst doing the MSc will put graduates of the programme ahead of others competing for jobs in the finance industry and mean they have less professional exams to take once they are working.

The course is designed to maximise students’ chances of being successful in the CFA exam – with six weeks of the programme dedicated to this and supported by professional finance trainers, who work for many of the leading finance companies in London and around the world. Those students who do not wish to take the CFA exam have an alternative research-based programme whilst their colleagues are working on the CFA material.

The academic programme is up-to-date and provides a high level of understanding of both theoretical and numerical material. The university has market-leading financial databases (the Thomson-Reuters Eikon suite) to support both the teaching and the individual study of students. Online product certification using this database can be achieved during the course of the programme which will put any student in an advantageous position with potential employers, as they are already trained and certified.

All students finish their programme with a dissertation, giving them the opportunity to show their ability to address and answer a research issue under the supervision of academic staff.

Why Study this Programme?

Find that competitive advantage that’s needed to grow and develop a career in finance within the current business environment by acquiring highly sought-after intellectual and practical skills

  • Excellence with relevance
  • A full 'conversion' programme that may be completed in a single year
  • Does not require accounting, finance or any quantitative study to be completed at undergraduate level
  • Expand knowledge of the industry
  • Strong emphasis on the practical application of theory
  • Develop awareness of professional best practice and the principles underlying current thinking in finance
  • Earn top credentials to accelerate your career before graduation with CFA Level 1 and be taught by experienced professionals who are active in consultancy in the City
  • Use of advanced tools and quantitative techniques to appraise financial opportunities
  • Experience world leading facilities - access to our in-house stock exchange provides opportunities to work with a real trading platform and supports in-depth understanding of finance in practice
  • Develop analytical capabilities
  • Develop a well-rounded skillset – gain the tools to succeed in your job search, as well as the communication and professional skills that finance recruiters are looking for
  • Access top-tier global recruiters. Students benefit from employer-led skills sessions from big name global finance brands - Deloitte, KMPG, PwC and Ernst & Young - to explore how to stand out at an interview or assessment centre
  • Acquire and develop research skills and techniques relevant to higher academic qualifications in finance


The programme runs in parallel with the globally-recognised qualiification CFA Level 1, so you have the opportunity to take this leading professional qualification as part of the MSc with 6 weeks dedicated study to maximise your chances of successful completion. CFA Level 1 will open up the investment management world in more depth and.sets a base for what you need to know at the beginning of your career as an investment professional. You'll add allure to your CV with this upgrade, plus have fewer exams to take whilst working.

In addition,students pick up professional certification alongside their degree qualification, with the Thomson Reuters Eikon and Datastream certificates at no additional cost.


Bringing together faculty interests, knowledge, experiences and a strong commitment to graduate employability prospects, the programme consists of eight modules and a dissertation/project which is designed to enable you to prosper in what is a complex and competitive and continually changing market place or to prepare for further research in finance if that is your career aim.

Our Experts

Programme Director: Mark Whittington

Mark is Head of the Business School and the Programme Director of both MSc Finance and Investment Management and MSc Finance and Real Estate and is involved in teaching financial analysis and financial strategy. His research interests lie in governance, financial analysis and mergers and acquisitions. Mark has been actively involved in teaching and consulting with many international businesses.

Prior to joining Aberdeen University, Mark worked in industry qualifying as an accountant before joining a management training college where he headed up financial and commercial training activities. Twenty years ago he then joined Warwick Business School as an academic and moved to Aberdeen in 2004.

Contact Information

Clare McIntyre, Recruitment & Admissions Co-ordinator 

Graduate Business School

email: or tel: + 44 (0) 1224 273235



Semester One

  • Issues in Corporate Finance
  • Economic Analysis
  • Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods

Semester Two

  • Financial Analysis and Markets
  • Empirical Methods in Finance Research
  • Portfolio Analysis
  • Professional Finance (CFA study and exam) or Studies in Finance (academic-led research skills course).

Summer Term

  • Dissertation


Our programme employs a variety of assessment methods which are designed to assess knowledge, competencies and skills that are required in the modern financial world.. Predominantly this means you will be required to prepare reports, group and individual presentation etc as well as traditional exams and academic essays.


Teaching includes traditional methods as well as computer lab based time and other up-to-date teaching and learning styles.

Mark Whittington speaks about the programme at:


This programme has been designed to prepare you for a successful career in a wide range of finance –related roles – working for an investment bank, hedge funds, or in a regulatory agency.

Alternatively, if you choose not to take the professional finance (CFA) module, the course can lead to further academic study of finance – potentially a PhD and a career as as an academic as it has done for numerous students in the past.   

An Alumni profile of a previous year's student can be seen at:

This student is happy for any prospective student to contact them with any questions they may have about the programme.

A video testamonial of another Alumni, Yang Lui, can also be seen at:

The minimum requirement is a good first degree (equivalent to a British second-class Honours degree) or above in any discipline. References are not required in order for applicants to submit an application. They are not usually required in order for a decision to be made but in certain cases applicants may be asked to provide a single academic reference at the request of the academic selector.  For more detailed information on entry requirements, please contact

Please note, students who accept an offer of a place will be asked to pay a deposit to secure their place. This deposit is later deducted from the tuition fees payable at registration.  See

English Requirements

  • IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
  • IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 in writing, 5.5 other elements (or equivalent PTE)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. Please visit the English language requirements page for more information.


For further information on tuition fees please visit


All applicants will be considered for Graduate Business School and Kings College Scholarships.  See:

Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.  More Information can be found here.

SAAS funding is available to eligible (Scottish domiciled and EU) full-time or part-time students who have accepted a place on a course eligible for a postgraduate loan.


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General Information

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
The Hub
King's College

Tel: +44 (0)1224 272090 / +44 (0)1224 272091
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272576

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