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Study programme

The MSc Finance at the Amsterdam Business School will give you a thorough understanding of the complexities of financial markets and international business. With no less than 7 tracks our programme offers you a wide selection of specialisations to choose from; covering asset management, banking and regulation, corporate finance, quantitative finance and real estate finance.

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How to apply

Help organisations and individuals in financial decision-making

Globalisation and technological innovation are rapidly changing the world of finance. Posing  questions for us like: how should banks be managed? How should institutional investors invest their clients’ money? How to save a company from financial distress? What data are important in financial decision-making? 

To solve such complex business issues, you need specialist knowledge and the ability to collaborate with other disciplines. We train you to study current theories and apply that know-how to financial challenges that companies face today. 

Advise on complex financial business issues

Work on real-life cases presented/supervised by companies such as Ernst & Young, American energy company AES and the Dutch National Bank.

Study in an international environment

In this MSc you will team up with fellow students from all over the world, which offers you the opportunity to widen your perspective and have an extraordinary learning experience. 

Our dedicated team of academics and lecturers also represents a wide range of nationalities. They bring with them international experience, knowledge and industry practice for you to take with you on your career journey.

Expect interesting lectures from leading finance academics, policymakers and global figures, inviting you to discuss theories, practise them in real-life cases and draw up creative solutions.

Online education

Due to the coronavirus we now offer 100% online education for our programmes. All programmes are being continued with success with regards to teaching as well as examinations.
If needed we will continue to offer online education in September 2020 to ensure your start in the programme. We are making sure you can continue your journey towards your Master's degree without any delay.

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Teaching methods

At the UvA you will enjoy mastering knowledge at the highest level through our blended learning teaching method. We offer both offline and online education such as Web and Tablet Assisted Video Lecture. This frees up class time for interaction with the lecturer and peers.

Assignments can be in traditional form such as a paper or a Powerpoint but also a video recording or a peer-feedback assignment.

The UvA Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching continuously works on improving our teaching methods with regards to interactions between students, teachers and learning resources.

The programme

  • Advanced Corporate Finance

    This course offers you a rich blend of lectures, guest lectures from industry representatives, readings, exercises and cases in the area of corporate finance. You will cover topics such as equity offerings, private equity, mergers and acquisitions as well as advanced research methodologies. You will extend your theoretical framework as well as understand how these theories are implemented in the real business world.

  • Financial Markets

    This course provides you with a hands-on treatment of the field of market microstructure - the area of finance that studies price formation in securities markets. 

  • Applied Financial Econometrics

    In this course you expand your knowledge about regression analysis applied to finance topics,  a powerful tool in empirical finance for  analysing empirical relationships. You will review estimation and testing of the basic linear regression model and subsequently will focus on various applications and extensions of the basic model. 

  • Empirical Methods in Finance

    In this course you will focus on the current statistical methodology used in empirical work and the practical implementation of data analysis using STATA. You will attend methodology lectures on how to use the university’s databases and tutorials in which you present and receive feedback on empirical group assignments. Also you will write a first thesis proposal.

  • Ethics and Professional Skills in Finance

    This course will explain to you the importance and relevance of ethics in finance. You will discuss:

    • the relationship with corporate governance and recognition;
    • personal dealing with ethical issues in the finance profession.

    You will also get acquainted with ethical issues in finance through practical cases.

    Being a professional requires more than specialized knowledge of finance. You also need professional skills to become successful. That is why during this course we offer you a selection of skills workshops to choose from:

    1. Public Speaking and Presenting 
    2. People Skills
    3. Self-management
    4. Programming with Python

  • Thesis Seminar Finance

    This course prepares you for writing your Master's thesis. It brings you up-to-date knowledge and professional skills.  Also, you will learn how to acquire a critical view on your own work and that of fellow students. In the course you will develop your thesis plan as well as learn to present, discuss and referee other’s work.

  • Thesis

    The Master’s thesis is the final requirement for your graduation. It is your chance to dive deep into a topic in your field of choice (track) that you are enthusiastic about, and allows you to do an independent research project in Finance. A professor of your track will supervise and support you in writing your thesis.

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Arthur Croes

'Lecturers really think about how to link theory to practice'

Arthur Croes (Finance & Real Estate Finance track) feels that lectureres spend a lot of time reading your work and answering all your questions. 'They are strongly involved with the courses, which is nice.' Read Arthur's full review

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