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MSc Financial Modelling & Investment

The Adam Smith Business School
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 29, 2024

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Job Role
Business Analyst
Contract Type
Full Time
This exciting new programme is provided by the subject of Economics and offers training in the key areas of financial analysis, forecasting and financial investment. The programme is offered by the Centre for Economics and Financial Studies (CEFS) and aims to equip graduates with a comprehensive and practical understanding of financial markets and investment strategies, demanded by the financial and asset management sector.

Why this programme?

  • MSc Financial Modelling & Investment aims to:
    • Provide you with a thorough understanding of the underlying forces acting in financial markets and the relevant analytical tools
  • Help you develop the skills required to:
    • Design and formulate optimal portfolios and investment strategies under market uncertainty
    • Exploit available information to forecast the future behaviour of stocks, interest rates, exchange rates
    • Provide authoritative and up-to-date analysis and advice on every type of financial investment and risk hedging strategies in global markets
    • The constituent courses will develop both theory and practical applications through interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and computer labs. These are often supplemented by online learning activities that help you prepare for and supplement in-class activities, working not only individually but also collaboratively. In this way, you will develop high-quality market skills that supplement a range of transferable and specialist skills within the context of global investment management.
    • The acquired skills and knowledge on issues relevant to asset pricing and investments are essential for both institutional and individual investors participating in capital and money markets.
    • You will receive Bloomberg training in the school's dedicated training suite, which will provide hands on experience in asset pricing, portfolio management and financial trading strategies.
    • We are now partners with Bloomberg Experiential Learning. The ELP program recognises and celebrates academic institutions that are leaders in experiential learning through the integration of Bloomberg terminal exercises into curriculum.
    • Take advantage of our individualised skills development programme, which will ensure you find a balance between academic theory and crucial employability skills. This will maximise your potential and help you to achieve your career goals.
    • You will gain skills necessary to conduct advanced empirical analysis on equities and derivatives markets, enabling you to design and formulate optimal portfolio, investment and risk hedging strategies that will meet the most demanding clients’ expectations.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work normally in the form of a dissertation.
Core courses
  • Financial Markets, Securities and Derivatives
  • Modelling and Forecasting Financial Time Series
  • Portfolio Analysis and Investment
  • Empirical Asset Pricing
  • Dissertation GCEFS
Optional courses
  • Basic Econometrics
  • Economic Fundamentals and Financial Markets
  • International Finance and Money
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Applied Computational Finance
  • Investment, Finance and Asset Pricing
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.

Career prospects

Graduates will typically follow career paths in major financial organisations, including asset management firms, investment banks and financial consulting companies, as well as governmental bodies, the IMF and the World Bank. Graduates have taken up roles as equity traders, financial managers, investment specialists and business intelligence analysts. We have further developed a dedicated careers and employability team who provide 1-2-1 support and advice, group workshops, employer events online and on-campus and networking opportunities throughout the year.

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees for 2023-24:
  • UK - Full-time fee: £13,650
  • International & EU - Full-time fee: £32,850

Entry requirements

  • 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in economics, finance, engineering, physics, or another highly mathematical discipline.

Only applications that meet or exceed our stated entry requirements will go forward for consideration. Any application that does not will be automatically rejected. Applicants will be made offers based on their relative performance compared to other applicants, taking into account both current GPA, or degree classification, and the relevance of an applicant’s academic background.

Please note, applications that meet our minimum entry requirements may still be rejected, based on its score in comparison to other applications received during the same round. Please review our stated entry requirements to ensure you meet or exceed them before submitting your application.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

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