Postgraduate taught 

International Financial Analysis MSc

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We are offering £1000 of funding for UK/EU students applying to this Masters programme starting in September 2017. See: Adam Smith Business School Welcome Awards.

This programme is designed to assist you in gaining a professional financial qualification, and equip you with knowledge essential for a successful career in financial analysis, investment management and allied financial services.

Why this programme

  • This programme covers the first-level syllabus of the CFA Institute and will help you obtain the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Institute Charter and a professional career in financial services.
  • You will benefit from expert teaching, using the latest materials across a carefully chosen range of courses, informed by cutting-edge research in the area of international financial analysis.
  • Our staff have close connections to the accounting and finance profession, for example, serving on the Accounting Standards Board, as Advisor to the House of Lords, as well as on various committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Our staff also act as advisors to the Economic & Social Sciences Research Council, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council.
  • By the end of the programme, you will be able to explain the treasury function of multinational companies, analyse the way in which businesses respond to issues of financing and investment, explain and analyse the functioning of the principal capital markets, and the features of the main products traded on these markets.

Programme structure

You will take five core courses and one optional course, and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

Core courses

  • Financial analysis and equity valuation 
  • Financial reporting and interpretation
  • International capital markets
  • International corporate finance 
  • Statistics for business research.

Optional courses may include

  • Financial management in banking
  • Financial risk management
  • International financial management
  • Risk management and derivative securities.

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: Legal statements: Disclaimer.

Career prospects

This programme provides a good starting point for aspiring finance professionals who intend to pursue their career in providing financial services to a wide range of corporate and non-corporate clients. It is particularly suitable if you wish to pursue a professional career in areas including equity research, sell-side analysis and fund management.  Recent graduates have been employed by global companies such as Morgan Stanley, Unilever, Deloitte, and Johnson & Johnson.

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

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in any subject, with at least one course in introductory finance or economics, and introductory accounting and school level mathematics, or at least one course in university level mathematics.

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

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • two sub-tests no less than 6.5, no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk


 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

View fees for entry in 2017-18

Tuition fees for 2018-19

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£10650
International
Full time fee£21500

Fees are subject to change and for guidance only

Deposits

International applicants (from beyond the EU) are requested to pay a deposit of £2000 when an offer is made.

Deposits terms & conditions

The University requires a deposit to be paid by International (beyond the EU) applicants in receipt of an offer to this programmes and who require a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University in order that they can apply for a student visa. This is required where the programme is competitive and the deposit is required in order to demonstrate your commitment to attend the programme should you meet all the conditions of your offer.

If you are made an offer for this programme the University will write to you and request a deposit with information on how to pay your deposit and the deadline for making the deposit payment. Please note that if you are unable to pay a deposit because you are planning to fund your studies through an official financial sponsor then you should upload a copy of your scholarship application or award letter to your application by the deadline date.

The following guidelines will apply in determining whether or not a deposit will be refunded. Where the deposit is refunded, a 10% handling fee will be deducted.

Deposits WILL be refunded to applicants under the following circumstances:

  1. Where the University is unable to offer you a place.
  2. Where the applicant has personal circumstances such as illness, bereavement or other family situations that has prevented them coming to the UK. Medical or other proof may be requested.
  3. Applicant can prove that they have applied for a visa to attend the University of Glasgow, but the VISA has been refused. The applicant must have shown ‘real intent' to study at the University of Glasgow but has been unable to obtain their visa.
  4. Applicant does not meet his / her conditions of offer: this may be academic or language test requirements. Satisfactory evidence must be uploaded to the student’s online application to prove that they have not met the conditions of their offer (note that applicants who do not meet the language condition of their offer must show reasonable attempt to meet this, i.e. they must provide a language test which was taken after the date that the deposit was paid).

Deposits WILL NOT be refunded to applicants under the following circumstances:

  1. Applicant decides to go to another institution.
  2. Applicant cannot be released from work to study at the University of Glasgow.
  3. Applicant does not send completed documentation as requested in the condition of the offer: this may be required in order to prove that the offer has not been met for academic or language test conditions - failure to respond to requests for this information will result in no refund.
  4. Applicant has not secured funding to attend the University of Glasgow: this may be as a result of not being successful in applications for scholarships, OR simply not having sufficient funds in bank at time of visa application. This condition will apply unless it can be proven that there are clear mitigating circumstances which have significantly changed the applicant’s position since the time of application.
  5. Applicant has decided to defer – in this situation the University will retain the deposit and credit it against the applicant’s account for securing their place for the following year of entry. 

Refund requests must be made within 60 days of the programme start date stated on your offer letter: requests made after this date will be subject to discretion.


Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £315
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £200
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150
  • General Council fee: £50

Funding opportunities

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Egypt

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Malaysia

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Lebanon

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

Adam Smith Business School Welcome Award

The University if offering a £1,000 award to the first 100 students who accept their offer of a place on one of our Adam Smith Business School Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes.  The Award will be made after registration has been completed

more information

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Thailand

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Thailand

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award Indonesia

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

Adam Smith Business School Excellence Award India

The University of Glasgow has a number of Adam Smith Business School Excellence awards available for 2017 entry for students who demonstrate academic excellence. The Award is available to students entering the Adam Smith Business School and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.

If you study here you will benefit from our extensive  knowledge and studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.

more information

University of Glasgow/Glasgow International College Achievement Award

In conjunction with GIC we are pleased to reward our best-performing students who finish the Foundation or Pre-masters course with excellent grades and attendance. This is awarded as a one off tuition fee discount of £3,000

more information

University International Leadership Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has  20  International Leadership Scholarships available to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline in September 2017. The scholarships is awarded as a tuition fees discount of £10,000.

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Alumni Discount

The University offers a 10% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.

more information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What documents do I need to provide to make an application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

If you do not have all of these documents at the time of submitting your application then it is still possible to make an application and provide any further documents at a later date, as long as you include a full current transcript (and an English translation if required) with your application. See the ‘Your References, Transcripts and English Qualification’ sections of our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

How do I provide my references?

You must either upload the required references to your online application or ask your referees to send the references to the University as we do not contact referees directly. There is two main ways that you can provide references: you can either upload references on headed paper when you are making an application using the Online Application (or through Applicant Self-Service after you have submitted your application) or you can ask your referee to email the reference directly to pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk. See the 'Your References, Transcripts and English Qualifications' section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Postgraduate Admissions
Marketing, Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Further Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on applying to a postgraduate taught programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Application deadlines

International applications (non-EU) deadline

As there is extremely high demand for places on this degree programme, the University has established a three phased application process which recognises that different geographical areas complete and submit their applications at different times of the year. This process aims to ensure fairness and equity to applicants from all geographies.

The following details the key dates for international application submission, for entry to the University in September 2017:

  • Application phase 1 deadline15 December 2016: All international applications submitted before 15 December 2016 will be reviewed and processed normally with no priority given to any geographic region.
  • Application phase 2 deadline: 31 March 2017: Between 16 December 2016 and 31 March 2017, priority will be given to applications which come from geographic areas which have been unable to submit applications before that point.
  • Application phase 3: Applications post 31 March 2017: A limited number of places will be held back for geographic areas who have not been able to submit their application prior to the 31 March deadline


UK and EU Application Deadline

  • 25 August 2017

Classes start September 2017 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

Application fee

A fee of £25 per application must be paid by all applicants to this programme. The application fee will be requested when you apply online and it can be paid using your credit or debit bank card.

Terms and conditions

The application fee is non-refundable so it is important that you check any specific entry requirements for the programme. If you are applying with qualifications from outside the UK then you should check the postgraduate taught entry requirements for your country: see International students: In your country

Applicants who are sponsored may have the application fee waived at the point of applying online. However if the sponsorship status changes before the student registers with the University and the student is self-funding the University reserves the right to invoice the student for the initial application fee.

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