Department of Finance

Department of Finance

The Department of Finance is the leading finance department in Finland with a strong dedication to research, as shown by a stream of research published in top Finance and Economics journals.

The department runs an excellent seminar series and is equipped with all major finance databases. The department offers finance education at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level. Finance PhD studies are organized within the Graduate School of Finance (GSF). The Department of Finance also hosts the Nordic Finance Network (NFN).

 

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People at the Department of Finance

Faculty and staff

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Finance Research

The Department of Finance's research covers a broad range of topics in the areas of corporate finance and financial markets. The current focus areas in the research are:

  • behavioral finance
  • corporate finance
  • asset pricing
Ongoing Research main picture. Photo by Unto Rautio.

Ongoing Research

Examples of ongoing externally funded research projects at the Department of Finance.

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Department of Finance Publications

The Department of Finance actively publishes in leading Finance and Economics journals.

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Aalto BIZ Research

Financial Data

The Department of Finance has access to high-quality financial databases, such as Datastream, Compustat and CRSP.

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Studies in Finance

Applying to Bachelor's Programmes

The application period for bachelor's programmes in English is 4–18 January 2023 for studies starting in autumn 2023.

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Finance, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration)

The Master’s Programme in Finance at Aalto University offers an exciting curriculum spanning various topics including corporate finance, (alternative) investments, mergers and acquisitions, behavioural finance, sustainability, fixed income, entrepreneurial finance, fintech, and financial econometrics. Students can select minor and elective studies from numerous other disciplines including Economics, Accounting, Analytics and Data Science, and (Financial) Engineering. Students selected into the programme share high academic potential, ambition, and an analytical mindset, making Finance graduates an extremely attractive talent pool for global employers in the financial sector and beyond. The programme also provides an excellent preparation for the world’s leading PhD programmes.

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CFA University Affiliation Program

Aalto University is a member the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program. The Program is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing scheme.

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PhD Programme in Finance

The PhD programme at the Aalto University School of Business is intended for candidates of excellent academic background and intellectual ambition who are motivated in producing research at the highest international level and pursuing careers in the academic and business world.

PhD lecture in Finance, photo: Roope Kiviranta

Graduate School of Finance & Nordic Finance Network

The Department of Finance hosts the Graduate School of Finance (GSF) and the Nordic Finance Network (NFN). More information on the GSF and NFN websites.

Graduate School of Finance (GSF) (external link)

The national PhD programme in Finance

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Nordic Finance Network (NFN) (external link)

A network for research and doctoral training in Finance in the Nordic countries.

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Finance Department Seminars

The Department of Finance has two weekly seminars.

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Helsinki Finance Seminar (external link)

Helsinki Finance Seminar hosts international guest speakers on Mondays. Seminar schedule and more information on the GSF seminar page.

Aalto School of Business, ground floor view from above.

Finance Brown Bag Seminar

The Finance Brown Bag Lunch Seminar is held on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 13:00. See the seminar schedule by clicking the title Finance Brown Bag Seminar.

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Finance Department contact information

Visiting address

School of Business building (3rd floor)
Ekonominaukio 1
FI-02150 Espoo
Finland

Postal address

Department of Finance
Aalto University School of Business
PO BOX 21210
FI-00076 AALTO
FINLAND

Department administration

Head of the Department: Associate Professor Matthijs Lof
Secretaries of the Department: Sara Viitala and Reetta Ali-Alha

Inquiries regarding

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Ekonominaukio 1

Locations

News

Mikko Jääskeläinen
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Alumnus Mikko Jääskeläinen: Studying at the School of Business has opened many professional doors

Our alumnus Mikko Jääskeläinen, who majored in Creative Sustainability and also studied finance, ended up working in management consulting after graduation. While in that position, he became fascinated by transport and real estate infrastructure projects, which led him to a job involving urban economy and land use general planning for the City of Helsinki, and from there, a position at the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The best parts of his job are the interesting tasks and his knowledgeable colleagues.
Elias Rantapuska, photo by Evelin Kask
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OP Group Research Foundation grants EUR 1.2 million for a research project of three Finnish universities

High-quality research cannot be produced without expensive research data and people, says Associate Professor Elias Rantapuska, leader of the research project on the financing sector and financial institutions at Aalto University.
Finavia-projektin työryhmä, Aalto BIZ
Cooperation, Studies Published:

Students helped Finavia to analyze the terminal logistics at Helsinki Airport

The unexpectedly rapid recovery of air travel has caused capacity issues
Kuvassa näkyy Taloudenpuolustuskurssin puhujia keskustelemassa lavalla.
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Eighth Economic Defence Course digged into the topic of risk

For professors at the School of Business, times of radical uncertainty call for efforts to outline alternative scenarios and a critical perspective on talk of a ‘new era’.

Events

Studio Kipsari venue
Networking, Lectures and seminars

Intellectual property rights (IPR) in the creative industries

Aalto Digital Creatives first afterwork event takes over Studio Kipsari on the last week of November with IPR issues.
Electrical Grid court. Fingrid
Networking, Lectures and seminars (recurring)

2022 Energy Forum seminar series – Future energy systems

Key players in Finland's energy sector present their views on the energy systems of the future.
Dipoli
Networking, Lectures and seminars

Best practices in mergers and acquisitions

The Aalto strategy circle brings together strategy professionals and business leaders to learn and exchange ideas about the most relevant current topics in strategy through interactive sessions involving international academics and local professionals.
Study Pre-Registration and Registered Reports (Q&A)
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Study Pre-Registration and Registered Reports (Q&A)

Learn about pre-registration and registered reports with Data Agent, Dr. Enrico Glerean.
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