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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 10.4k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 21.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This Masters in Investment Fund Management offers training in the key areas of investment fund management with particular emphasis on hedge fund management and applications of financial engineering.

    This programme, which is unique in Scotland, is offered by Economics in the Adam Smith Business School. It provides you with a comprehensive understanding of hedge fund management, alternative investment and structured products. Legal aspects related to the investment fund arena will also be covered.

    • You will find this programme suitable if you wish to pursue a career in investment fund management such as asset management companies, hedge funds, wealth management banks, regulators and central banks.
    • You will acquire a sound understanding of how an investment fund works, legal aspects of the assets under management and the risk related to different asset classes. In addition you will acquire employability skills by practising real case studies using the Bloomberg Trading Room available at the Adam Smith Business School.

    Career prospects

    This programme is for students wishing to pursue a career in investment fund management such as asset management companies, hedge funds, wealth management banks, regulators and central banks.

    Students will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation. Students will be welcome to attend Economics research seminars taking place in the Adam Smith Business School as well as practitionersΒ’ talks.

    Knowledge and understanding of the subjects is mainly promoted through lectures, some of which may also be accompanied by class/group discussions.

    Core Courses

    • Advanced portfolio analysis
    • Financial markets, securities and derivatives
    • Hedge fund risk management
    • Portfolio analysis and investment.

    Optional Courses

    • Applied computational finance
    • Basic econometrics
    • Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a co-requisite for this course)
    • Mathematical finance
    • The law and economics of sovereign debt regulation.

    Other optional courses may be available subject to the approval by the Programme Director.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    Program requirements

    You should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Physics or in a related discipline, with at least two credit-bearing courses in economics or finance, and two credit-bearing courses in mathematics or statistics.International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.Further information regarding academic entry language requirementsFor 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 6.5no sub-test less than 6.0or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)Common equivalent English language qualifications:ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20Pre-sessional coursesThe University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:Language Centre, University of GlasgowBALEAP guide to accredited courses English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    As a commitment to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence, the University of Glasgow offers a wide range of financial support.

    The University of Glasgow also offers funding opportunities to its current students wanting to carry out a project or a piece of research away from the University.


    The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School has accreditations by the following professional bodies:

    • Accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
    • Accredited by the Association of MBAs (for the MBA programme)
    • Accreditation by professional accountancy bodies
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
    • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
    • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
    • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

    We are also members of the Association of Business Schools and of theEuropean Foundation for Management Development.

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