2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in economics, or a related discipline such as finance, accounting or management, with at least three courses in economics 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
This programme offers an in-depth study of financial systems in theory and practice. The course considers the role of the financial system in an economy, how monetary policy is implemented and the use of different financial instruments such as bonds, stocks and derivatives.
- The programme will give you a graduate-level analysis of different types of derivative securities with emphasis on the practical use of financial instruments and you will receive specialist training on Bloomberg software.
- The Adam Smith Business School has been ranked in the top 10% worldwide for economics and finance (RePEc), with two of our academics rated in the top 1%.
You will take four core and two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.
- Corporate finance
- Financial markets, securities and derivatives
- Monetary policy and the role of central banks
- Modern theory of banking and finance.
Optional courses may include
- Basic econometrics
- Financial analysis and equity valuation
- Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
- Foreign direct investment and development
- International banking and financial markets
- International capital markets
- International financial accounting for MNCs
- International financial management
- International macroeconomics and policy
- International trade
- Project planning, appraisal and implementation
- Public finance
- The IMF, The World Bank and economic growth
- The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.
Optional courses are also offered in Accounting & Finance and Economic & Social History.
If you want to work in an international financial environment, this programme is designed for you. Our graduates are working in roles such as finance officers, research fellows, accountants, general managers and analysts. Recent employers include companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC, Deloitte and Barclays
Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.
Information for international students
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.
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
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- : Adam Smith Business School