Taught course

International Banking and Finance

University of Glasgow · Adam Smith Business School

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above). Candidates should have a good background in economics though not necessarily an economics degree. In particular, applications will be considered from those with an accounting, finance or management background.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers training in the key areas of investment banking and financial investment. You will acquire an understanding of how financial markets operate, particularly in relation to the aims and operations of banking organisations and institutions.

Why Glasgow

  • This programme will develop both theory and lecture-based teaching and its practical application in computer labs will allow you to develop real-life skills, such as managing a portfolio according to a customer's requirements.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures with business leaders and opinion formers, such as the Vice President and the former Management Editor of the Economist.
  • The 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 courses, 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 markets, securities and derivatives
  • Modern theory of banking and finance
  • Portfolio analysis and investment

Optional Courses

  • Advanced portfolio analysis
  • Basic econometrics
  • Economic fundamentals and financial markets
  • Financial sector stability and growth
  • Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
  • Foreign direct investment and development
  • Hedge fund risk management
  • International finance and money
  • International financial accounting for multi national companies (MNCs) (Accounting & Finance)
  • Investment, finance and asset prices
  • Mathematical finance (co-requisite for Financial derivatives)
  • Monetary policy and the role of central banks
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulations.

Information for international students

The University of Glasgow welcomes students from over 100 different countries. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University normally sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. Visit: http://www.gla.ac.uk/international/englishlanguagerequirements/ for details.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

: Adam Smith Business School