The programme offers students a thorough understanding of the models and theories of corporate financing and investment decisions, as well as skills necessary to apply these ideas independently and analytically. Graduates of the programme will know the features of the capital markets and have the skills to apply financial tools in a number of situations both in strategic decision making of the firm (e.g. mergers and acquisitions) and in day-to-day management (e.g. portfolio and risk management). They are able to analyse corporate risk factors quantitatively and evaluate the value of e.g. derivative instruments using sophisticated techniques. The Master’s Programme in Finance prepares students for a world in which financial services are global, a significant part of the economy, and in constant change. The programme helps students adapt to a financial environment which is increasingly aware of system-wide risks, conflicts of interest, and regulatory challenges.
The students have a further opportunity to tailor their degree by specializing in one of two areas of concentration, corporate finance or asset management.
In the corporate finance area, students focus on questions such as analysing and choosing investment projects, mergers and acquisitions, agency theory, investment banking and obtaining funds from the primary markets, and capital structure and dividend decisions. The corporate finance area prepares students for entry-level positions in investment or commercial banking, management consulting, or the finance and corporate planning functions of industrial firms.
In the asset management area, students focus on issues such as the behaviour and determinants of security prices, their implications on portfolio management, behavioural finance and investor psychology, sustainable investments, venture capital, risk management, as well as pricing of options, futures, and other derivatives. The asset management area prepares students for entry-level positions in investment management and strategy, venture capital, private equity, data analytics, and risk management.
The general management skills the programme aims to foster include analytical, teamwork, and problem solving skills. The student will also have the opportunity to consider challenging issues in sustainability and to develop international business communications skills at an advanced level.