Taught course

International Financial Analysis

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 any subject, with at least 1 credit credit-bearing course in Introductory Finance or Economics, at least 1 credit-bearing course in Introductory Accounting and school level Mathematics or at least 1 credit bearing module 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

This programme is designed to assist students to obtain a professional financial qualification and equip graduates with knowledge essential for a successful career in financial analysis, investment management and allied financial services.

Why Glasgow

  • The programme covers parts of the CFA Level 1 syllabus and more: it offers an excellent grounding in topics that will be of importance to students who want to become financial analysts, fund managers and investment bankers.
  • You will benefit from expert teaching, using the latest materials across a carefully chosen range of courses, informed by cutting-edge research in the area of international financial analysis.
  • Our staff have close connections to the accounting and finance profession.
  • Many of our graduates have attained various very positions in the financial sector, in industry and commerce, and in the public sector., with, for example, staff serving on the Accounting Standards Board, as Advisor to the House of Lords, as well as on various committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Our staff also act as advisors to the Economic & Social Sciences Research Council, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

Programme Structure

On this programme students will take three core courses, one optional course and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation of aroud 12,000 words, which offers you the flexibility to pursue studies in your chosen area of interest.

Core courses

  • International capital markets
  • International corporate finance
  • Statistics for business research
  • Financial analysis and equity valuation
  • Financial reporting and interpretation.

Optional courses

  • International financial management
  • Financial management in banking
  • Risk management and derivative securities.

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