Taught course

International Corporate Finance & Banking

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 any subject, with at least one course in introductory finance or economics and school level Mathematics, or at least one course in university level mathematics.

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

In this banking and finance degree you will be taught by specialist lecturers who are active researchers in their fields. The programme reflects the increasing importance of ethics in modern-day banking.

Why Glasgow

  • You will be provided with a research-led, rigorous and comprehensive introduction to the international banking industry.
  • The programme is part-accredited by the Chartered Insurance Institute.
  • Our dedicated IT labs provide statistical software such as SPSS and Minitab, as well as specialist financial and statistical programmes, including Matlab, EViews and OxMetrics Enterprise, as well as the latest accounting software such as Sage Accounts.
  • 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.

Programme Structure

You will take five core courses and one optional course, and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation, which offers you the flexibility to pursue studies in your chosen area of interest, on a theme related to financial analysis.

Core courses

  • Financial management in banking
  • Financial regulation and ethics
  • International capital markets
  • International corporate finance
  • Statistics for business research.

Optional courses may include

  • Financial risk management
  • International banking and financial markets
  • Responsible banking and development finance.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates have attained various positions in the financial sector, in industry and commerce, and in the public sector. Companies which have employed our graduates include Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Shell Finance, and the United Nations. Recent graduates of the programme have gained employment in roles such as finance managers, teaching fellows, audit specialists, and senior portfolio managers.

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