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Finance & Economic Devlopment is designed for economics graduates who would like to develop an understanding of the nature of the differing institutional settings of financial systems and their effects on economic growth in developed and developing countries. This programme will help equip you for a career as an economist in public and private institutions concerned with economic development and finance capacity.

Why this programme

  • Finance & Economic Development will provide you with a good understanding of:
  • the role of money and financial intermediation in economic growth
  • the rationale for financial repression and financial liberalisation
  • structures and social functions of monetary and financial systems in both developing and developed countries
  • operation of economic stabilisation and financial regulation
  • the role of appropriate institutions for financial development and international financial integration
  • financial and economic crisis and ways of promoting recovery and of preventing similar events in the future
  • tools which are used to evaluate the problem of moral hazard in relation to international rescue operations
  • how analytical frameworks can be used to evaluate strategies of growth and development
  • This programme provides you with the empirical tools, data and software training that will enable you to do research in finance and economic development and help prepare you for your dissertation.
  • You will be taught by experts in the field, many of whom have worked with international and government organisations including the IMF, World Bank, UN, Asian Development Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, central banks and government organisations in developing countries.
  • You will have access to all conferences and seminars hosted by the Glasgow Centre for International Development. This means you will be exposed to interdisciplinary research and approaches to development in the fields of medicine, veterinary medicine, environmental management, sustainability or education. 
  • The Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally-recognised research with real social impact.

Adam Smith Business School is triple accredited

Programme structure

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

Core courses

  • Financial institutions and markets in developing countries
  • Growth and development
  • Money, finance and growth.

Optional courses may include

  • Aid and development
  • Basic econometrics
  • Behavioural economics: theory and applications
  • Development policy 
  • Economics of inequality and deprivation
  • Environmental economics 
  • Foreign direct investment and development
  • IMF, World Bank and economic growth
  • International finance and money 
  • International macroeconomics and policy 
  • International trade
  • Introduction to normative economics
  • Project planning, appraisal and implementation
  • The EU in international politics and development (Politics)
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.

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 will prepare you for careers in economic development as a government official, in international agencies or in other organisations concerned with economic development. Our graduates have taken up roles as research economists and senior economists, for example. 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 Finance and Economic Development (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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