• For Entry: January | September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Business
  • Study Mode: Full Time

We focus on the role of modern business organisations, financial institutions and markets in the global economy.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

Students have an opportunity to visit London to tour the Bank of England, the Lloyds Insurance Market and attend presentations from bankers and financial analysts.

The Centre for Qualitative Research in Finance based at the University of Dundee provides a focal point for qualitative research which is becoming increasingly influential in the financial sector, and focuses on issues such as why managers and investors make their certain decisions and choices.

Dundee is among the fastest risers in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings and has also been rated the best in Scotland by some of the most influential higher education surveys.

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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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



  •  Emerging Financial Markets and Investment (BU52012)
  •  Research Methods and Methodology (BU52015)
  •  Econometrics for Finance (BU52017)
  •  Global Financial Markets (BU51013)
  •  Dissertation (BU52010)

Plus one optional module from:

  •  Corporate Governance (BU51001)
  •  Current Issues in Banking and Finance (BU51012)
  •  International Banking (BU51011)
  •  Derivatives and Risk Management  (BU51021)

Plus one optional module from:

  •  Global Risk Analysis (BU52006)
  •  Money, Investment and Banking Systems (BU52009)


Optional modules are subject to change.

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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.

A good undergraduate degree in business.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 5.5
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2017-18
Scottish and EU students £5,950 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £5,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study
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Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £6,950 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £6,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £16,450 per year of study
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You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) 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.

  Degree Course Code
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Course Contact

Fiona McMillan
Social Sciences
+44 (0)1382 385838

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