Taught course

Finance & Management

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 a relevant subject containing at least 20% credits in business, management and economics. Students who do not have such a background and who would like to pursue further studies in the area of financial management are advised to apply for the MSc Management with International 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


Course content

This programme combines the expertise of the subject areas of management and economics and provides you with a variety of skills and in-depth knowledge associated with financial management and international business.

Why Glasgow

  • You will gain insights and expertise in key management practices, including formulation of corporate strategies, finance, entrepreneurship, and innovation, as well as important contemporary topics such as corporate social responsibilities and ethical governance.
  • Your understanding, analytical and interpretive abilities will be significantly enhanced to enable you to appreciate and manage the challenges faced in macro and micro environments by business and finance management from an international perspective.
  • You will work with multidisciplinary teams of researchers and classmates who have different perspectives and experiences to help sharpen your critical thinking, communication, team building and management, and problem-solving skills.
  • This programme will equip you with essential practical, intellectual and transferable skills for careers in financial services, management, business analysis and consultancy, or for evaluating and launching international ventures.

Programme Structure

You will take both core and optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation, on a topical business, finance or management related issue.

Core courses

  • Corporate finance and investment
  • Financial services
  • Global business environment
  • International strategic management
  • Managing across cultures and comparative management
  • Management issues and controversies.

Optional courses may include

  • American business and management in an international context
  • International finance and money
  • Modern theory of banking and finance
  • The business environment in china
  • The European business environment
  • The internationalisation of SMEs.

You will benefit from active learning in real life case studies and scenario investigations, guest talks, lectures by senior business practitioners, and career development sessions involving essay and exam answering workshops, CV writing workshops, and mock interviews.

Career prospects

MSc programmes emphasise reflective learning, active participation, and the development of interpretive, evaluative and problem-solving abilities which provide benefits for employers and enhance the career prospects of our graduates. You will attend workshops in the Adam Smith Business School involving essay and exam answering sessions, CV writing sessions, interview simulations, careers advice workshops and job market analysis meetings. This programme will equip graduates for careers in financial services/management or assist in evaluating and launching international ventures. Companies which have employed graduates include Scottish Enterprise, British Consulate, Siemens, and Proctor and Gamble.

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


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Business Management