Taught course

Investment Banking and Finance

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 economics, finance, or a related discipline, with at least four courses in economics/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


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 five core courses, one optional course and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Basic econometrics
  • Corporate finance and investment
  • Financial markets, securities and derivatives
  • Modern theory of banking and finance
  • Portfolio analysis and investment.

Optional courses may include

  • Advanced portfolio analysis
  • Economic fundamentals and financial markets
  • Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
  • Foreign direct investment and development
  • International finance and money
  • Investment, finance and asset prices
  • Mathematical finance
  • Monetary policy and the role of central banks
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulations.

Career prospects

As a graduate you will have future career opportunities with various financial institutions including investment banks, hedge funds, financial consultancies and asset management firms. The programme also provides a strong foundation for PhD research. Recent graduates of this programme have been employed in various senior roles such as Operations Manager, Project Manager, Senior Analyst, and Business Manager.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements and the international page.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time £10,650
International students
Full time: EU £10,650 Non EU £24,000
Please see the list of scholarship opportunities available.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Adam Smith Business School