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Finance: Real Estate Finance (track)

Study programme

MSc Finance: Real Estate Finance (track)

The Real Estate Finance track teaches you to understand the role of real estate assets for individual and institutional investors.

The financial and economic aspects of commercial real estate are the core of the track, fully preparing you for a rewarding career focusing on organisational and financing issues of real estate markets, combining a quantitative and analytical approach.

About the programme

This programme consists almost completely of compulsory courses only, to provide a solid grounding in all aspects of the discipline. Starting with Real Estate Valuation and Real Estate Markets and Analysis, you will acquire the fundamental methodology to assess real estate values. Applied Financial Econometrics enhances your mathematical skills and understanding of the metrics involved, while Empirical Methods in Finance increases your scientific research skills in the relevant context. It is only in the last semester that students can choose either International Housing Markets or Real Estate Investments. This is followed by  Ethics and Professional Skills in Finance and the thesis seminar to pave the way for completion of the programme in the form of a master’s thesis, for which we provide ample guidance.

Programme structure

The Real Estate Finance track of the Master’s programme in 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.

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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 based on your chosen track, and will be supervised by one of the researchers from this specialisation.

Double specialisation

Students can choose to follow a double specialisation, Finance and Real Estate Finance. This double specialisation carries a minimum of 80 EC, and combines the core courses Financial Markets and Advanced Corporate Finance with the full curriculum in Real Estate Finance. In addition, you also have to incorporate two specialisation-specific courses of either Asset Management or Corporate Finance. The double specialisation runs over a period of 1.5 years. 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 and one of the very few with a strong research group in Real Estate. 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.