Taught course

Economics, Banking and Finance

Institution
University of Glasgow · Centre for Development Studies
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in economics or in a related subject such as finance, accounting or management, with at least three 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

September

Course content

This programme focuses on economic analysis of financial and banking issues. It is aimed at policy-makers, postgraduate students who are interested in financial markets, or those who work in financial institutions and government organisations.

Why Glasgow

  • You will be taught by specialists in the field who work regularly with global central banks and policymaking institutions around the world.
  • You will have access to exclusive computer labs which feature specialist financial and statistical software programmes, including Matlab, EViews and Oxmetrics Enterprise.

Programme Structure

You will take four core and two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses

  • International macroeconomics and policy
  • Money, finance and growth
  • Modern theory of banking and finance
  • Monetary policy and the role of central banks.

Optional courses may include

  • Basic econometrics
  • Behavioural economics: theory and applications
  • Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
  • Financial services
  • Foreign direct investment and development
  • IMF, World Bank and economic growth
  • Intermediate econometrics for applications in financial and development studies
  • International finance and money
  • International trade
  • Modelling and forecasting financial markets
  • Project planning appraisal and implementation.
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.

Optional courses are also offered by Economic & Social History

Career prospects

This programme will offer suitable career choices if you wish to enter or are already in a profession which requires employees to be able to provide economic analysis of financial and banking issues. Recent graduates have embarked on roles in academia, the banking industry, and in global business.

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
£10200
International students
£19500

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
business-economics@glasgow.ac.uk
Email
business-economics@glasgow.ac.uk