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Enhance your financial qualifications in just eight weeks.

Join our online Financial Analysis course and develop your abilities with experts from the University of Aberdeen Business School.

Financial analysis is an essential skill for almost any role in the finance industry. Build these skills week by week and learn:

  • how to analyse companies using accounting and financial data
  • the techniques used in the financial industry to value companies.

Access this focused part of our MSc Finance on an online course you can fit around full-time work.

You can use the credits you earn on this course towards our Masters in Finance qualification.

What will I study?

On this online short course, you’ll study all vital elements of financial analysis.

You’ll cover:

  • the relationship between accounting and capital markets
  • how to value a company and select the most appropriate analytical model
  • the prudential, economic and efficiency factors that motivate the control of the activities of financial agents and markets
  • credit analysis, what it is, and how to perform it.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Conduct a financial analysis based on accounting documents.
  • Perform fundamental analysis, ratio analysis, and the Rappaport analysis.
  • Apply practical financial analysis skills, including analyst’s adjustments.
  • Identify the most appropriate valuation model depending on the company analysed.
  • Recognise the limitations of analysis and valuation models and qualify results based on this.
  • Discuss the ethical assumptions on which the financial market system is based.
  • Explain the importance of ethical behaviour for financial analysts.

How will I study?

Financial Analysis is an eight-week short course, delivered 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Course materials are carefully planned and structured. You’ll have unlimited access to our custom-built study platform, designed for ease of use and communication. Also available as an app, you can study on computer, smartphone and tablet 24/7.

Tuition is one-to-one and unlimited, which means your tutor will respond to any questions and provide feedback on your coursework within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • online one-to-one tutorials
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

This course is taught at Masters level by experienced academics and researchers from the University of Aberdeen’s Business School.


This course is assessed entirely online via:

  • a 2,000-word research report where you will analyse and value a company (70% of your final grade)
  • a reflective review in the form of an 800-word essay (30% of your final grade).

Your course coordinator

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

MSc Finance

  • Study part-time, online.
  • Gain a deeper knowledge of core financial theory.
  • Develop key skills in corporate finance, portfolio analysis, asset valuation, derivatives and risk management.

Further short courses

We have a range of online Business short courses you can use to build your skills.

Most carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

Apply for this course

Start date
30 November 2020