Taught course

Banking and Financial Services

Institution
University of Glasgow · Adam Smith Business School
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in economics or finance, or a related discipline with at least four courses in economics and/or finance.

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

September

Course content

This programme will provide you with an understanding of management and regulation of financial markets, various models of pricing financial assets such as stocks, bonds and elective contracts and the underlying assumptions of such models.

Why this programme
  • The programme will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the economic, financial and legal environment in which providers of financial services operate.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with business leaders and opinion formers, such as the Vice President of Morgan Stanley and the former Management Editor of the Economist.
  • The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.
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.

Core courses

  • Corporate finance and investment
  • Financial services
  • International finance and money
  • Modern theory of banking and finance.

Optional courses may include

  • Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a co-requisite for this course)
  • Basic econometrics
  • Financial analysis and equity valuation
  • Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
  • International banking and financial markets
  • International capital markets
  • International financial management
  • International trade
  • Monetary policy and the role of central banks
  • Portfolio analysis and investment
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.
Career prospects

You should find employment with financial institutions including banks, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, government bodies involved in financial-decision making as well as firms involved with financial transactions and provision. Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations like Bloomberg, central and private banks, and consulting firms. This programme offers a strong foundation to continue to PhD research.

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
£10200
International students
£19500

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Adam Smith Business School
Email
business-economics@glasgow.ac.uk