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Course content

Financial modelling integrates mathematical and statistical methods with advanced studies in finance. This programme will provide you with an enquiry-led understanding of interconnected subject areas in mathematics, statistics and finance.

Why this programme

◾The programme is designed to meet the needs of highly numerate graduates (principally graduates in mathematics, statistics, engineering or a related discipline) who wish to use their skills to pursue a career in finance.
◾This programme is designed to prepare you for back-office or mid-office roles in banks or other financial services businesses, or in any other part of a financial services business where a strongly numerate role exists.

◾By the end of the programme, you will have a critical awareness of evolving and controversial areas of market behaviour. You will develop analytical, computation, evaluative and communication skills that can be applied to a wide range of finance and other business contexts.

Programme structure

On this programme, you will take eight core courses, one optional course and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation, on a finance-related theme, which will give you the flexibility to specialise based on your chosen area of interest. Teaching is through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Core courses
-International capital markets
-Introduction to R programming
-Regression models
-Statistical inference
-Probability
-Financial statistics
-Time series
-Risk management and derivative securities

Optional courses
-International banking and financial markets
-Behavioural finance

Background and aims

This new degree offers a pathway for graduates with numerate degree disciplines in subjects such as mathematics, statistics, engineering, and physics, to learn about the wide interface between finance and mathematics. It is anticipated that graduates will be employed primarily in back-office roles in financial institutions.

On this programme, you will get a high-level introduction to the use of mathematics and statistics in finance. By the end of the programme, you will have a critical awareness of evolving and controversial areas of market behaviour. You will develop analytical, computation, evaluative and communication skills that can be applied to a wide range of finance and other business contexts.

This programme is designed to prepare you for back-office or mid-office roles in banks or other financial services businesses, or in any other part of a financial services business where a strongly numerate role exists.

Career prospects

The central role of accounting and finance in today’s society makes our postgraduate degrees a sound basis for many stimulating and prestigious career opportunities and our graduates are in demand. The Adam Smith Business School has graduates working in accounting and finance roles all over the world, in organisations like Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Turner Broadcasting, KPMG, the United Nations, Coca Cola, Toyota, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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

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

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