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

Why this programme

  • Economics, Banking & Finance will provide you with an excellent understanding of
  • core issues in open economy macroeconomics, including current account imbalances, exchange rate determination, and monetary policy
  • the empirical performance of economic models of exchange rates, including modern models based on Taylor rules
  • key challenges that face policymakers in the global economy
  • how financial markets and intermediaries influence economic growth and development
  • how financial resources can enhance economic welfare
  • how the three main elements of the financial systems operate: banks, bond market, and stock market.
  • 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 Bloomberg terminals, prestigious financial databases, Matlab, EViews, Stata and Oxmetrics Enterprise.
  • You will develop the essential concepts, analytical skills and critical thinking you require to start or enhance your career in economic policy, and the banking and financial sector worldwide. 

Adam Smith Business School is triple accredited

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

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, to give you a wider perspective of how the economy operates.

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. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

This programme is beneficial if you wish to enter or are already in a profession which requires you to provide economic analysis of financial and banking issues. Recent graduates have been appointed as auditors, economists and strategy & policy analysts for example, in companies such as EY, HSBC and Accenture. 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 Economics, Banking and Finance (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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