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Course content

This programme offers training in the key macroeconomic and microeconomic issues fundamental to financial decision making. It draws on the most recent developments in these areas.

Why this programme

◾The programme draws on the most recent developments in financial economics, giving you a strong foundation for PhD research and providing you with the tools to gain employment in a wide range of spheres.
◾The Adam Smith Business School has been ranked in the top 10 worldwide for economics and finance (RePEc), with two of our academics rated in the top 1%.
◾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.

Programme structure

You will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation, on a topical business, finance or management related issue.

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, for instance in the study of econometrics.

Core courses
◾Basic econometrics
◾Economic fundamentals and financial markets
◾Macroeconomics
◾Microeconomics.

Sample optional courses
◾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.

Career prospects

We expect graduates from this programme will gain employment in financial institutions, including banks, investment banks and asset management firms and government organisations, involved in financial decision-making. It also offers candidates a suitable grounding for working in international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank and is appropriate for those wishing to work in academia. In particular, graduates are suitable for working in international organisations involved in financial transactions and provision of finance. Graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Lloyds Banking Group, the European Parliament, and the Arcadia Group.

Our dedicated College of Social Sciences Employability Officer works with students to enhance their employability.

Visit the Financial Economics - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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