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Course content

This programme provides you with an in depth understanding of the theory surrounding international financial systems and how they operate in practice. It is ideally suited for recent business graduates who want to pursue a career in banking or finance.

Why this programme

  • International Banking & Finance will provide you with an excellent understanding of
  • the Binomial and Black, Scholes and Merton models, computing Greeks for a variety of derivatives securities, pricing forward contracts, trading options and portfolio management using options and futures
  • corporate finance, the functions of the securities markets and the optimal investment strategy
  • how the three main elements of the financial systems operate: banks, the bond market, and the stock market
  • how monetary policy is implemented, a review of the instruments available to central banks and the monetary transmission mechanism.
  • We have dedicated Bloomberg terminals, prestigious financial databases and MATLAB for our postgraduate students. This will enable you to gain practical experience in order to analyse problems and assess the relevance of finance in real-life situations.
  • You will develop the essential concepts, analytical skills and critical thinking you require to start or enhance your career in 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 write a dissertation, which is a substantial independent piece of work.

Core courses

  • Corporate finance
  • Financial markets, securities and derivatives
  • Monetary policy and the role of central banks 
  • Modern theory of banking and finance.

Optional courses may include

  • Basic econometrics
  • Financial analysis and equity valuation
  • Financial institutions and markets in developing countries 
  • Foreign direct investment and development
  • International banking and financial markets
  • International capital markets
  • International financial accounting for multinational corporations
  • International financial management
  • International macroeconomics and policy  
  • International trade
  • Project planning, appraisal and implementation     
  • Public finance
  • The IMF, The World Bank and economic growth
  • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.

Optional courses are also offered in Accounting & Finance and 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

Our graduates have gone on to work in roles such as accounting analyst, performance analyst, and project accountant. Recent employers include KPMG, HSBC and Barclays. 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 International Banking & Finance (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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