Taught course

Investment Banking & Finance

University of Glasgow · Adam Smith Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a 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 4 credit bearing modules 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 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

General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Adam Smith Business School