MSc Investment Banking & Finance

This programme focuses on the key areas of banking and financial investment. You will develop an enhanced understanding of how financial markets operate, particularly in relation to the aims and operations of banking organisations and institutions.

Why this programme?

  • Investment Banking & Finance will provide you with an excellent understanding of:
    • how to correctly value financial products such as equities and derivatives using theoretical models of assets
    • the role of risk in portfolio choice
    • how international financial markets function
    • the role of adverse selection and moral hazard problems on the informational irregularities within financial markets.
  • You will gain the necessary skills to help you manage portfolios according to customer requirements.
  • You will have access to dedicated computer labs that will enable you to put theory into practice and develop real-life portfolio management skills.
  • We are now partners with Bloomberg Experiential Learning. The ELP program recognises and celebrates academic institutions that are leaders in experiential learning through the integration of Bloomberg terminal exercises into curriculum.      
  • Take advantage of our individualised skills development programme, which will ensure you balance academic theory with crucial employability skills to help you maximise your potential and achieve your career goals.

Programme structure

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

Core courses

  • Corporate Finance and Investment
  • Dissertation GCEFS
  • Investment, Finance and Asset Pricing
  • Modern Theory of Banking and Finance
  • Portfolio Analysis and Investment

Optional courses

  • Basic Econometrics
  • Economic Fundamentals and Financial Markets
  • Financial Markets, Securities and Derivatives
  • Financial Services
  • International Finance and Money
  • Understanding Development: a Multidisciplinary Approach

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme.

Career prospects

You will have potential future career opportunities with various financial institutions including investment banks, hedge funds, financial consultancies and asset management firms. Graduates of this programme have been employed in various international organisations such as Bloomberg, HSBC, Bank of China and PricewaterhouseCoopers; and are working in roles such as equity portfolio manager, business planning analyst, and accounting and reporting senior analyst. We have a dedicated careers and employability team who provide 1-2-1 support and advice, group workshops, employer events on campus and networking opportunities throughout the year to help you with your career prospects.

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees for 2023-24:

MSc

  • UK - Full-time fee: £13,650
  • International & EU - Full-time fee: £32,850

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in economics, finance, or a related discipline, with at least four courses in economics/finance.

Only applications that meet or exceed our stated entry requirements will go forward for consideration. Any application that does not will be automatically rejected. Applicants will be made offers based on their relative performance compared to other applicants, taking into account both current GPA, or degree classification, and the relevance of an applicant’s academic background.

Please note, applications that meet our minimum entry requirements may still be rejected, based on its score in comparison to other applications received during the same round. Please review our stated entry requirements to ensure you meet or exceed them before submitting your application.

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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