University of Glasgow

United Kingdom

University of Glasgow

Adam Smith Business School

University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow includes among its alumni the father of economics Adam Smith, and the Adam Smith Business School is named in his honour. We aim to follow his legacy and create world changing graduates who make a positive impact on culture and society. In the spirit of critical reflection, for which Adam Smith was famous, we promote the values of engagement, enterprise, and enlightenment. Glasgow is a place that inspires ambitious people to succeed. A place where inquiring minds can develop their ideas. A place where people make discoveries that change the world.
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Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. We are one of the top 100 of the world's universities. We help to transform organisations and careers. Our business is creating inspiring leaders, researchers and professionals whose research and relations with industry have real impact; influencing organisations as they develop and grow globally

Masters information
The University of Glasgow has a history of changing the world and the Adam Smith Business School is committed to nurturing the people that make it happen.

Our postgraduate programmes offer students the opportunity to be taught by academics who are leading experts in their field. A member of the prestigious Russell Group, we equip students with the tools necessary to allow you to develop your critical thinking, analytical abilities, research skills and curiosity. 

At the Adam Smith Business School, we offer postgraduate programmes in Accounting & Finance, Economics, Management and Financial Technology, as well as a Masters in Global Business (MGB). 

With over 500 years experience in creating future world leaders, the University of Glasgow is globally recognised. Join one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world, and leave equipped with the tools needed to go forward as a leader in your industry. 

Programme information

You'll be taught by experts who produce internationally recognised research and create social impact. We are a member of the Russell Group of Universities and we are consistently ranked in the top 100 business schools in Europe. Join us and you will enter a gateway that will lead to international career options. 

Rankings and accreditations

The University of Glasgow was the first UK university to be rated as 5 stars Plus overall, and is ranked 1st in the Russell Group for teaching. The University is also consistently included in the top 100 ranked universities globally. 

The Glasgow MBA is internatinally recognised as being Triple Accredited by AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS.

Accounting & Finance

We have been teaching accouting & finance for nearly 100 years, and our Masters programmes are carefully designed to suit students from varying academic backgrounds and to meet the ever-changing demands of the accounting & finance industry and the business world. 

We prepare our graduates to take on challenging roles within organisations and equip them with practical skills needed for success in an increasingly global and competitive environment. Our academics balance professional orientation and qualification, and the production of world-class research. This ensures our postgraduate degrees are both research-led and professionally focused.

During your programme, you will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods including case studies, seminars, lectures, lab sessions, small group classes and blended learning. This will enable you to develop a critical understanding of theories and concepts and their real-world applications.


The Adam Smith Business School offers a range of one year management MSc degrees, with a strong emphasis on research-led teaching. Our postgraduate taught degrees aim to suit all: those who either have a degree in business and management, with possibly some experience and want to specialise in a specific field, or those whose academic background is not in business but want to gain a general understanding of management.

We’ve been teaching management at the University of Glasgow since the 1950s. Our postgraduate degrees aim to develop you into a strategic thinker to tackle complex business challenges across different management functions: marketing, human resources, financial management, strategy and international business. 

Our economics faculty continues Adam Smith’s legacy by building new ideas on the fundamental theories he articulated and applying them to the modern economy and corporate landscape. Our postgraduate degrees stem from one of two centres: Graduate Centre for Economic Development and Graduate Centre for Economic and Financial Studies. 

The postgraduate degree programme offers research in areas of macro and microencomics, development and international economics, and research on finance, such as pricing of financial products and international corporate finance.

All of our economic postgraduate taught degrees are research led and professionally focused. Our economics academics have an established reputation in advising and consulting public and private sector bodies, such as IMF and World Bank, Scottish Fiscal Commission, and central banks to inform economic and development policies. This experience is fed in to our teaching, enabling students to understand how our research, and what they are learning, has a direct impact on the economy.

Financial Technology (FinTech)

Glasgow is emerging as one of the UK’s leading FinTech hubs. It is well positioned to offer a unique business network and industry connections, and the Adam Smith Business School is leading the way.

Fast-moving trends in technology and banking have altered the landscape for those seeking to make an impact in the world of finance. The MSc Financial Technology provides an advanced education in the multiple converging skills and knowledge bases that are required by the organisations of the future. Students will benefit from a multi-disciplinary learning experience – this programme is delivered collaboratively by the internationally renowned Schools of Business, Law and Computing Science.

Graduates will become enlightened, enterprising and engaged with new processes around the management of risk, uncertainty and human performance in a rapidly changing global business and finance marketplace.

The MSc Financial Technology programme embodies the School’s mission through drawing on current applied research expertise and insights into professional practice in finance and enterprise, equipping students to contribute to this sector through their studies and become leaders in subsequent professional practice.

Master of Global Business (MGB)

In the Glasgow Master of Global Business (MGB) programme, you will study, travel and explore the world. Designed for recent graduates with an undergraduate degree in business, commerce or management, the MGB programme offers you a truly global learning experience at three leading business schools across three continents.

The MGB classroom is literally without walls or borders. In each semester, you learn about the business context of the region and you have the opportunity to learn a new language throughout the programme. Moreover, you also cumulatively learn about ‘doing’ global business, from fundamentals to opportunity recognition to actual application and consulting methods.

The MGB is taken over 16 months. You will spend the first four months in Glasgow. Together with students from Glasgow’s partner institutions (University of Victoria and Chulalongkorn University) you will then study and travel as a close-knit group for eight months. In the final four months you will conduct a global research project. For the project, you can collaborate with a multinational enterprise as part of a global internship.

Throughout the MGB programme you will develop practical, intellectual and transferable skills through a range of group and individual activities. You will also complete a major consulting project for an external organisation on an international business issue (in Bangkok).

Student body

Join more than 7,000 postgraduate students at the University of Glasgow enjoying world class teaching and facilities at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. 


Individual programmes have different entry requirements. Please check the Adam Smith Business School’s postgraduate page for full details of each programme.

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you need to provide:

  • A final or current undergraduate degree transcript (and an official translation) - scanned copy in colour of the original document
  • Degree certificate (and an official translation) if you have already completed your degree - scanned copy in colour of the original document
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • One reference on headed paper
  • Any additional document specifically listed under 'Entry requirements' on the Postgraduate Taught degree programmes A-Z
  • Copy of your passport (photopage) - non-EU applicants only

If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide a language test before you can start your studies.

Postgraduate programmes generally start in September, but please check individual programme application deadlines and start dates.


Costs for our postgraduate programmes vary.

Please go to for individual programmme costs. 

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