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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Becoming a Certified Financial Analyst charter holder is the aspiration of every finance industry professional. This course covers the CFA syllabus courtesy of our friends from FitchLearning who will teach you week by week and prepare you for the CFA level 1 exam. You will also write an essay reflecting on professional and academic approaches to finance

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mr Mark Whittington

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MSc (Econ) in Finance and Investment Management (Studied) or MSc (Econ) in Finance and Investment Management (Includes Cfa Exam) (Studied) or MSc Finance and Real Estate (Includes Cfa Exam) (Studied) or MSc Finance and Real Estate (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Ethics (15%) Quantitative Methods (12%) Economics (12%) Financial Reporting and Analysis (20%) Corporate Finance (8%) Portfolio Management (5%) Equity Investments and Valuation (10%) Fixed Income (12%) Derivatives (5%) Alternative Investments (3%).

Associated Costs

Students go to Edinburgh for the CFA exam. We travel on the Friday (School provides privately hired bus and overnight accommodation and next day breakfast and Lunch). Students would have to buy their own meal on the Friday night. The students are transported back to Aberdeen on Saturday evening.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc (Econ) in Finance and Investment Management (Includes Cfa Exam)
  • MSc Finance and Real Estate (Includes Cfa Exam)

Contact Teaching Time

152 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


One 50% in-class test (testing understanding of content) and one 3,000 word essay (50%), testing understanding of the course material in a broader learning context. Resit: 100 % 2hr written examination.

Formative Assessment




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