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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 10.7k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 22.3k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    phase 1: applications open 1 october 2013 and close on 6 december 2013; phase 2: applications open 20 january 2014 and close on 31 march 2014; phase 3: applications open 1 may 2014 and close on 30 june 2014

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    This Masters programme offers training in the key areas of financial analysis, forecasting and financial investment. It will provide you with an understanding of the underlying forces driving financial markets and the relevant analytical tools; the management of portfolios to optimise clients objectives; and the forecasting of the future behaviour of stocks, interest rates and exchange rates.

    Career prospects

    Suitable career paths when you graduate will be in financial institutions including central banks, investment banks as well as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank; asset management firms; governmental bodies involved in financial decision-making; other organisations involved with financial transactions and the provision of finance; and the academic sector.

    Students on this Masters programme will take four core courses, two optional courses and complete a substantial independent piece of work, normally in the form of a dissertation.

    Teaching is provided by lectures. Technical subjects are supported by weekly or fortnightly tutorials, which provide opportunities for you to engage with issues and questions in a group format. Some courses also involve lab sessions using specialised software, for instance in the study of econometrics or computational finance.

    Core courses

    * Basic econometrics
    * Financial markets, securities and derivatives
    * Modelling and forecasting financial markets
    * Portfolio analysis and investment (co-requisite course for Advanced portfolio analysis).

    Optional courses

    * Advanced portfolio analysis (Portfolio analysis and investment is a corequisite for this course)
    * Applied computational finance
    * C++ in finance (Mathematical finance is a corequisite for this course)
    * Corporate finance and investment
    * Economic fundamentals and financial markets
    * Empirical asset pricing (Basic econometrics or Portfolio analysis and investment or conomic fundamentals and financial markets are corequisites for this course)
    * Financial derivatives (Mathematical finance is a corequisite for this course)
    * Financial market micro structure
    * Foreign direct investment and development
    * Hedge fund risk management
    * International finance and money
    * International financial accounting for multinational companies (MNCs) (Accounting & Finance)
    * Investment, finance and asset prices
    * Mathematical finance (co-requisite course for Financial derivatives).

    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.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Entry requirements for entry in 2014You 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 a related discipline including some credit-bearing courses in economics.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 6.5 * no sub-test less than 6.0 * or 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 Glasgow * BALEAP 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.
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