Postgraduate taught 

International Financial Analysis MSc

Capital Markets and Investment ACCFIN5249

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course provides a comprehensive framework to examine the operations of capital markets to channel funds from individual and institutional investors to enterprises. The course examines several valuation techniques associated with financial securities including equities, bonds, derivatives and alternative investments.


10 x 2-hour lectures, 5 x 1-hour tutorials.

Excluded Courses

ACCFIN5017 - International Capital Markets




25% Coursework (a project of managing simulated investment portfolios, word limit 2,500), 75% Final Exam.





Word Count

Degree Exam

ILO 1-5 (see box 16)


120 Mins

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The course aim is to,

■ provide a comprehensive framework to examine the operations of financial markets and institutions to facilitate the flow of funds from ultimate savers to borrowers via financial securities including equities, bonds, and derivatives.

■ provide several advanced techniques to incorporate financial information including returns, risk profiles and relevant characteristics into financial valuation and examine their implications for investors, enterprises and institutions.

■ develop a framework to examine the role of alternative finance to channel funds to enterprises and generate financial gains for individual and institutional investors.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Critically examine financial markets, institutions and their services to the overall financial system.

2. Critically assess the operations of the financial markets and their implications to the investors and enterprises.

3. Critically appraise the different elements of portfolio management using various techniques of measuring risk and returns for portfolio revision and evaluation.

4. Critically evaluate pricing techniques for various financial assets, specifically equities, bonds and options, traded within the financial markets.

5. Critically appraise the role of alternative finance in providing funding to run enterprises through their life cycle and its implications for financial valuation and growth.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.