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Course content

Banking & Financial Services is designed to develop expertise in topics relevant to the banking sector, and the provision and valuation of financial services. It is ideally suited for those who want a career in banking or financial management, and provides a thorough knowledge of the main components of commercial and investment banking in a dynamic economic environment which is governed by structural regime changes.

Why this programme

  • This programme offers a range of courses focusing on areas such as corporate finance and modern theory of banking and finance, to enhance your understanding of how the banking system functions, its role for the economy and how it is regulated.
  • You will gain an in-depth understanding of
  • the theory of corporate finance
  • the practicalities of the financial system in the international economy
  • the role of price, money and interest rate fundamentals in determining exchange rates
  • the organisation, management and regulation of financial markets, financial exchanges and financial service providers.

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

  • Corporate finance and investment
  • Financial services
  • International finance and money 
  • Modern theory of banking and finance.

Optional courses may include

  • Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a co-requisite for this course)
  • Basic econometrics
  • Financial analysis and equity valuation
  • Financial institutions and markets in developing countries 
  • International banking and financial markets
  • International capital markets
  • International financial management
  • International trade
  • Monetary policy and the role of central banks
  • Portfolio analysis and investment
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.

Career prospects

This programme will help prepare you for employment with financial institutions including banks, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and government bodies involved in financial-decision making, as well as firms involved with financial transactions and provision. Recent graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as Bloomberg, central and private banks, and consulting firms. 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. 


Visit the Banking and Financial Services - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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