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Finance: Banking and Regulation (track)

Study programme

MSc Finance: Banking and Regulation track

Banks play an important role in our economy. The recent crisis has taught us a lot about the challenges that these institutions and their regulators now face. The Banking and Regulation track of the Master’s programme in Finance provides you with the theoretical foundation to analyse key issues and formulate your own motivated opinions on developments in banking, risk management, ethics, and financial regulation.

About the programme

In this programme the emphasis is on banking and regulation. The first semester acquaints you with the most important theories in financial markets, as well with theories of corporate finance that are at the core of banking and regulation. In the second period you will take the specialisation courses Banking and Financial Derivatives. This knowledge provides you with a strong foundation for understanding the role of banks in society, the management of banks, and in particular, risk management in banks. The second semester continues with Financial Regulation and an elective (either Behavioural Finance or Fixed Income and Risk Management).

Programme structure

The Banking and Regulation track of the Master’s programme Finance is a one-year programme of 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 0.5 US credits). The academic year runs from September to the beginning of July and is divided into two semesters, each with three periods. Each period is rounded off with an examination. The curriculum is designed to give you a strong background in the field of finance in general, as well as sufficient options to pursue your specific interests.

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Course Catalogue


The Master's thesis is the final piece of work you will be required to complete prior to graduation. You will write the thesis in the field of your chosen track, and will be supervised by one of the researchers from this specialisation.

Special study track

Duisenberg Honours Programme in Corporate Finance and Banking and Regulation

The honours programme Corporate Finance and Banking honours programme is designed for top talent with excellent analytical and leadership abilities and a fundamental drive to challenge the environment. The Corporate Finance and Banking programme is based on learning at the frontiers of our knowledge in this field in addition to the best-practices methodology related to corporate finance, banking and investment, commercial banking and strategy consulting.

The programme for the two specialisations together must equal a minimum of 85 credits (including a master's internship). For more information, please check the Course Catalogue.

Research in the Finance group

The content of the programmes directly reflects the Finance Group at the Amsterdam Business School (ABS), one of the top research-oriented finance departments in Europe. Benefit from the carefully designed tracks that will provide you with a long lasting background and framework for decision making. This track is informed by a strong link between academic scholarship and industrial practice, thanks to the University’s strong ties to and collaboration with the industry.