During your Master’s you will have the opportunity to engage with business professionals in a variety of ways from listening to them deliver as Guest Lecturers or engaging with them during the Employability and Careers Expo. Find out more about the opportunities available to you on our MSc in Finance.

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Company sponsored dissertations

A company sponsored dissertation (CSD) involves a student carrying out an authoritative piece of research on a business or management issue identified by a project client.

The work will typically take an in-depth look into a defined research area and result in a substantial report containing extensive research, rigorous analysis and practical conclusions.


  • Gain direct exposure and understanding of a company's business needs
  • Enhance your technical skills and develop transferable skills
  • Gain insights into the sponsoring company as well as the sector and environment in which it operates
  • Network with the company and raise your profile
  • Enhance your employability and boost your CV

Past companies have included:

  • Baillie Gifford
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Water Witness International
  • ThermaFY
  • State Street Global Advisors

Career and Employability Treks

We provide students with the opportunity to visit organisations and engage with industry and business professionals in their own environments.

Please note: Treks may be in and around Edinburgh or further afield and may have limited places


  • Developing your knowledge of an industry, sector, or geographical location in order to make informed career choices
  • Get a feel for the culture, people, and values of specific companies
  • Build your network of industry professionals and alumni

Read our Student Blog about attending a Career and Employability Treks in 2022/23

Guest lecturers

Over the course of the academic year, we bring in senior figures from relevant organisations to talk about specific subject matter and its application to real world working challenges.

These lectures provide a fantastic opportunity to ask questions, network with the speaker and gain valuable career insight and advice from experienced professionals.

Organisations represented in the past include:

  • abrdn
  • Accenture
  • CDC Group
  • Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
  • EY
  • European Central Bank
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KPMG
  • Kraft Heinz
  • Revolut
  • Santander
  • NatWest Group