Taught course

Financial Modelling

University of Glasgow · Adam Smith Business School

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, or other subjects with a substantial mathematics component.

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 mathematical and statistical methods with advanced studies in finance. It will provide you with an enquiry-led understanding of interconnected subject areas in mathematics, statistics and finance.

Why Glasgow

  • The programme is for graduates in mathematics, statistics, engineering, or a related discipline who wish to use their skills to pursue a career in finance.
  • You will be taught by staff who are regularly published in leading finance journals such as the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics.
  • By the end of the programme, you will have a critical awareness of evolving and controversial areas of market behaviour. You will develop analytical, computation, evaluative and communication skills that can be applied to a wide range of finance and other business contexts.

Programme Structure

You will take eight core courses and one optional course, and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation, on a finance-related theme. Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Core courses

  • Financial statistics
  • International capital markets
  • Introduction to R programming
  • Probability
  • Regression models
  • Risk management and derivative securities
  • Statistical inference
  • Time series.

Optional courses may include

  • Behavioural finance
  • International banking and financial markets.

Career prospects

The central role of accounting and finance in today’s society makes our postgraduate degrees a sound basis for many stimulating and prestigious career opportunities and our graduates are in demand. The Adam Smith Business School has graduates working in accounting and finance roles all over the world, in organisations like Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Turner Broadcasting, KPMG, the United Nations, Coca Cola, Toyota, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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