Taught course

Asset Pricing & Investment

University of Glasgow · Adam Smith Business School

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in economics, finance, engineering, physics, or another highly mathematical discipline.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed to help students understand how prices and values for claims to uncertain payments are derived, by using fundamental principles from economics and finance, and includes claims such as company shares and dividends, financial derivatives, real assets such as metals and commodities as well as insurance claims.

Why this programme
  • This programme will give you a thorough knowledge of the mechanisms used to determine asset prices, knowledge which is fundamental for all types of investor.
  • You will learn about the latest and most sophisticated techniques in asset pricing and investment theory and you will receive training on Bloomberg software in the school's dedicated training suite.
  • You will acquire the practical skills to implement and calibrate these models in a computer-based learning environment using empirical and econometric techniques.
Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work normally in the form of a dissertation.

You will be taught in lectures, some of which may also be accompanied by class/group discussions. You will attend workshops to help define and develop your dissertation proposal and you will be assigned an individual dissertation supervisor who will provide guidance and comments as you complete your dissertation.

Core courses

  • Economic fundamentals and financial markets
  • Empirical asset pricing
  • Investment, finance and asset pricing
  • Portfolio analysis and investment.

Optional courses may include

  • Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a co-requisite for this course)
  • Applied computational finance
  • Basic econometrics
  • Corporate finance and investment
  • Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
  • Financial market micro structure
  • Intermediate econometrics
  • Mathematical finance.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme will typically find employment in financial institutions (asset management, investment banks, the quant sector and consulting); governmental bodies involved in financial decision-making; and organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, Central Banks etc. Companies which have employed graduates include Morgan Stanley, Lloyds Banking Group, the European Parliament, and the Arcadia Group.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • two sub-tests no less than 6.5, no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Adam Smith Business School