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This programme focuses on key macroeconomic and microeconomic forces which shape and influence financial markets. These elements are fundamental for financial decision making and draw on the most recent developments in these areas. It is also designed to provide a thorough understanding of the functioning of financial markets and monetary policy.

Why this programme

  • Financial Economics will provide you with rigorous training in macroeconomics, microeconomics and quantitative methods, and develop your understanding of financial theory and empirical applications.
  • You will learn how macroeconomic factors, such as monetary and fiscal policy, growth and risk, interact and influence financial markets and the pricing of financial assets, such as stocks and bonds.
  • You will develop a strong understanding of the functioning of financial markets and the channels through which monetary policy decisions affect them. You are taught to analyse the market both technically and fundamentally.
  • You will develop your expertise in topics relevant with financial markets, empirical and quantitative finance, macro and microeconomics, and international applied economics.

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 on a topic related to your research interests in financial economics. 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 in which you will use specialised software, especially through quantitative courses such as basic econometrics. 

Core courses

  • Economic fundamentals and financial markets 
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Microeconomics.

Optional courses may include

  • Applied computational finance
  • Behavioural economics: theory and applications
  • C++ in finance (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
  • Corporate finance and theory
  • Empirical asset pricing
  • Financial market micro structure
  • Foreign direct investment and development
  • Game theory with applications in economics and finance
  • Intermediate econometrics
  • International financial management
  • Investment, finance and asset prices
  • Mathematical finance
  • Modelling and forecasting financial markets
  • Public finance.

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

As a graduate you will have developed the essential knowledge and practical experience to work in the financial market as, for example, a financial economist, data analyst, policy analyst or financial analyst. Recent graduates have been employed by companies including KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Standard Charted Bank. 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 Financial Economics (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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