The Adam Smith Business School has significant expertise in the field of international finance research and is ranked in the top 10% of institutions worldwide while staff member, Professor Ronald MacDonald, is ranked in the top 5% of authors in this area and in economics as a whole. The subject of Economics within the Adam Smith Business School is among the top 25% Economics Departments in the world (RePEc, January 2013). RAE 2008 ranks all research in Economics at Glasgow as being of international quality: 75% is considered to be world-leading and internationally excellent.
This Masters programme offers training in the key areas of financial analysis, forecasting and financial investment. It will provide you with an understanding of the underlying forces driving financial markets and the relevant analytical tools; the management of portfolios to optimise clients’ objectives; and the forecasting of the future behaviour of stocks, interest rates and exchange rates.
Suitable career paths when you graduate will be in financial institutions including central banks, investment banks as well as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank; asset management firms; governmental bodies involved in financial decision-making; other organisations involved with financial transactions and the provision of finance; and the academic sector.
Students on this Masters programme will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.
Teaching is provided by lectures. Technical subjects are supported by weekly or fortnightly tutorials, which provide opportunities for you to engage with issues and questions in a group format. Some courses also involve lab sessions using specialised software, for instance in the study of econometrics or computational finance.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.
You should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Physics or a related discipline including some credit-bearing courses in economics.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
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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):
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
No work experience is required.
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