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Aim of the Programme: This programme aims to impart the knowledge and skills that students need for a successful career in banking and finance, or in a related field such as the financial press or relevant government bodies. The teaching departments: The teaching staff belong to the Department of Economics and the Department of Accounting and Finance. Each department has a long-standing recognised expertise in teaching, research and practice in this area. The expertise within the departments is supplemented by expert visiting speakers from the financial sector. Semesters and modules: The academic year at Stirling is divided into two semesters, each with 10 weeks of teaching, followed by an examination period. All students on the programme take four taught modules in each semester, followed by a dissertation. Programme content: All students take the following compulsory modules: ? Economics for Banking and Finance. ? Banking and Financial Institutions. ? Corporate Finance. ? Financial Reporting. ? Money, Banking and the Economy. ? Quantitative Methods in Finance. Students also select two of these optional modules: ? Issues in Corporate Finance. ? Derivatives. ? Investments and Portfolio Analysis. ? International Corporate Finance. ? International Finance and Emerging Countries. ? Modern Banking Theory and Practice. ? Emerging, Transition and Islamic Banking. During the summer, from May to August, students write a dissertation. Dissertations are up to 10,000 words long and allow students to apply what they have learnt to an in-depth study of a topic of interest to them. Dissertations are written under the supervision of a member of staff. Dissertation topics are chosen by the students, subject to approval by staff. Here is a sample of past titles: ? Insider dealing ? The regulation of derivative markets ? Mortgage-backed securitization and competition in the UK mortgage market ? The banking system in Balkan countries in transition ? An analysis of e-banking and its implications for the Greek financial system ? A critical assessment of the Indian financial sector reform ? Central bank and monetary policy: the case of Thailand ? An empirical test of the efficiency of the Chinese stock market ? Universal banking: an appropriate strategy for China ? Adverse selection and moral hazard in the US health care insurance market. ? Foreign direct investment in Kenya ? Responses to global warming from the insurance industry and financial markets ? The impact of microfinance on gender empowerment in emerging countries ? The relationship between the formal and informal financial sectors in Ghana Delivery and Assessment: Modules are taught by a combination of lectures and small group teaching, in the form of seminars or workshops. The quantitative methods module includes teaching in a computing lab. Each taught module is assessed in the semester in which it takes place, so students are well-informed about their progress. In almost every module, the assessment is a mixture of coursework, counting for 20% or 30% of the total marks, and an end-of-semester examination. There are resit examinations. Careers: Former students have been very successful in obtaining employment with many institutions, including those listed below. Also, some students have gone on to study for doctorates. The University has a Doctorate in Banking and Finance for which this programme is the ideal preparation. ? Alpha Bank (Greece) ? Bank of Greece ? Barclays Bank ? China Construction Bank ? Citibank ? Deloitte and Touche ? Deutsche Bank ? Ernst and Young ? European Central Bank ? International Finance Corporation ? Is Bank (Turkey) ? KPMG (Beijing) ? Merrill Lynch ? Ministry of Finance (Greece) ? Morgan Stanley Dean Witter ? National Bank of Greece ? PriceWaterhouseCoopers ? Royal Bank of Scotland ? United Nations ? Uzpromstroybank (Uzbekistan) Some comments by former graduates: I had really high expectations for the programme, and even so it exceeded my expectations. As

Aim of the Programme: This programme aims to impart the knowledge and skills that students need for a successful career in banking and finance, or in a related field such as the financial press or relevant government bodies. The teaching departments: The teaching staff belong to the Department of Economics and the Department of Accounting and Finance. Each department has a long-standing...

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

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