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Course content

This programme draws on recent developments in finance with a quantitative approach to help you understand the structure of financial markets in order for you to make optimal investment decisions.

Why this programme

  • Quantitative Finance will provide you will a detailed understanding of:
  • the structure of financial markets and forecasting of financial data
  • theoretical models in the core areas of quantitative finance, such as option pricing and hedging
  • advanced econometric and calibration methods to construct practical models of asset prices using these theories.
  • You will put theory into practice by using software packages such as C++ and Matlab, and will have access to our Bloomberg training room to enhance your employability skills.
  • You will develop programming skills to utilise in the workplace. In lectures you will be taught the theory and be provided with a financial problem and you will solve these in labs/tutorials.

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.

Core courses

  • Financial derivatives 
  • Mathematical finance
  • Modelling and forecasting financial markets.

Optional courses may include

  • Advanced portfolio analysis
  • Applied computational finance 
  • C++ in finance
  • Empirical asset pricing
  • Economic fundamentals and financial markets
  • Financial market micro structure
  • Game theory with applications in economics and finance
  • Portfolio analysis and investment (co-requisite for Advanced portfolio analysis).

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

This programme will help prepare you for a career in government, international organisations or financial institutions working as derivative traders, quantitative traders or quantitative risk managers. Recent graduates have taken up positions in various investments banks. 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 Quantitative Finance (MSc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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