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Course content

This programme offers an in-depth study of financial systems in theory and practice. The course considers the role of the financial system in an economy, how monetary policy is implemented and the use of different financial instruments such as bonds, stocks and derivatives.

Why this programme

◾The programme will give you a graduate-level analysis of different types of derivative securities with emphasis on the practical use of financial instruments and you will receive specialist training on Bloomberg software.
◾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%.

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.

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

Sample optional courses
◾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 MNCs
◾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.

Career prospects

If you want to work in an international financial environment, this programme is designed for you. Recent graduates work in organisations such as Deloitte, Bank of China, HSBC, Nielsen, Citibank and various banks, universities, governments and consulting groups around the world. Our graduates are working in roles such as finance officers, research fellows, accountants, general managers and analysts.

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

Visit the International Banking & Finance - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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