2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in economics or finance or a related discipline, with at least four courses in economics and/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 is for those with a special interest in international economics and its two components: international trade, and international finance and money.
- This programme will enable you to design trade and finance related policies as well as provide a solid grounding for PhD research should you wish to carry on your studies.
- At the Adam Smith Business School, the student experience is at the top of our agenda. We host regular workshops, trips, social events and speaker events by business leaders to enhance your learning.
- 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.
You will take five core courses, one optional course and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.
- Basic econometrics
- International finance and money
- International trade
- Economic fundamentals and financial markets
- Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
- Financial sector stability and growth
- Foreign direct investment and development
- Game theory with applications in economics and finance
- Intermediate econometrics
- Investment, finance and asset prices
- Modelling and forecasting financial markets
- Public finance
- The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.
As a graduate you will be well prepared for a career in the academic sector and institutions such as banks and government organisations which are involved in transactions and policies in trade and finance at the international level. Graduates from this programme have gone on to careers in academia, finance, management, and commerce.
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:
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Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Adam Smith Business School