On the MSc in Finance you will have the opportunity to work with industry and business professionals in a variety of ways, such as through group consultancy projects, dissertations, guest lectures, and career exploration treks.

Investment Management Consultancy Project

Our students share their experience of working with a client for their investment management consultancy project.

Group Consultancy Projects

During your MSc you may elect for a course which involves a consultancy project; this involves working closely with companies or businesses as part of a team to assist with a real-life active project.

In most cases, the client will ask you to write a report which you will research and develop during the taught component of the course. Furthermore, there is likely to be an opportunity to present your findings back to the business.

Topics range from broad, strategic issues to more specialised business matters. Your group will have to work together to produce clear and practical recommendations while meeting deadlines.

Past companies have included:

  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Aubrey Capital Management
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Costain
  • Quince Advisory Ltd
  • Standard Life Investments

Company Sponsored Dissertations

A company sponsored dissertation (CSD) involves a student carrying out an authoritative piece of work 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.


  • Real project defined by a company's business needs
  • Enhances your technical skills, also developing further transferable skills
  • Gain an insight into the sponsoring company
  • You get to network and raise your profile
  • Enhances employability and adds to your CV

Past companies have included:

  • BDO
  • Cameron Hume
  • Heineken
  • Jupiter Investments
  • RBS
  • Standard Life
  • State Street
  • Tesco Bank


Throughout the year, the School gives students the opportunity to engage with industry and business professionals in their own environments.


  • Developing your knowledge of an industry, sector, or geographical location in order to make the best career choices
  • Getting a feel for the culture, people, and values of particular companies
  • Building your network of industry professionals and alumni

We run different types of treks:

  • Local Treks: involve visiting organisations in and around the Edinburgh area
  • Industry Treks: take place over the course of two or three days and are designed to give insight to a particular industry through visiting a series of related organisations, typically in a location away from Edinburgh
  • Thematic Treks: generally programme-specific and focus on issues surrounding employability and the main learning outcome of your programme.

Cross-programme Trip to Dublin

Past trek locations for our Finance programmes have included Frankfurt, London and Aberdeen and local trek visits have included Standard Life, RBS and Baillie Gifford.

Guest Lecturers

Within modules of the finance programmes our academic team bring in senior figures from relevant international organisations to talk about specific subject matter and its application to real world working challenges.

These lectures are followed by the opportunity to network further with the speaker and gain valuable career insight and advice from experienced professionals.

Organisations represented in the past include:

  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Baillie Gifford
  • Tesco Bank

Got Questions? Get in Touch

Peter Maksimczyk

Peter Maksimczyk

Student Development Manager

+44(0)131 651 5973