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The 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. The programme offers 5 tracks that are carefully tailored to the different career paths in finance: Corporate Finance, Quantitative Finance, Asset Management, Banking and Real Estate. For the most ambitious students, 2 additional tracks are available that combine coursework across these fields.

Help organisations and individuals in financial decision-making

The purpose of financial markets is to allocate funds from people saving for the future to entrepreneurs and companies looking to grow today. Both sides benefit when markets function properly, leading to the development of products and solutions that address broader social needs. A crucial responsibility of finance professionals is to produce information on companies and assist investors to make savings decisions.  

Recent crises have highlighted the importance of this role, and the negative consequences of resource misallocation. Moreover, globalisation and technological innovation are rapidly changing the world of finance and how companies operate. This poses questions for society like: How much risk should banks be allowed to take? Which firms are best positioned to take advantage of new technologies or business opportunities? What type of quantitative models and data can help investors make good decisions? What determines the value of commercial real estate?
To solve complex business and societal 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. And recent surveys show that these skills are in high demand among employers in the Netherlands and beyond.

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 take classes and work on group projects with a highly diverse group of students, from a wide range of international backgrounds. Your coursework will also emphasize how companies and financial markets operate across the world. This offers you the opportunity to develop a global perspective on finance and have an extraordinary learning experience.

Experience guest lectures from top experts

Our dedicated team of faculty also represents a wide range of nationalities. They bring 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.

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 corporate investment strategies, corporate governance, bankruptcy, equity offerings, and mergers and acquisitions, all while discussing state-of-the-art 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 
    2. People Skills
    3. Self-management
    4. Negotiation skills
    5. 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 aacademic programme culminates in a thesis, which allows you to engage with state-of-the-art data analysis and statistical techniques. 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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The courses in the 1st period provide you with broad knowledge. During the electives and the Master’s thesis you can expand on that. Reinier Zonneveld, track Finance & Real Estate Finance Read about Reinier's experiences with this Master's

Add extra value to your studies

  • Student associations

    Amsterdam has a thriving student community with many activities organised outside of the university’s grounds. You will find student associations focusing on networking, specific interests and sports. It is only at sororities and fraternities that you can expect an initiation ritual (hazing).

  • Student participation

    At university, you are entitled to make your voice heard and assess the quality of your own education. Students can participate in the discussion on the university's education policy in various ways, such as by joining the Programme Committee, the Faculty Student Council or the first-year focus group. You can also stand for election and dedicate your efforts to the programme and your fellow students.

Hybrid Learning Theatre

Online meets offline in our Hybrid Learning Theatre. The future-proof setting is the stage for dynamic interaction and inspirational education. Students watching the lecture online are projected on a large Zoom wall of 5x3 metres. Together with students who are physically present in the theatre and the lecturer there can be energetic interaction in the class room. In class the material is studied actively, for example by having debates, discussions and case assignments.

Interactive Online Learning at UvA Economics and Business

During your Master’s, you will experience an inspiring combination of both offline and online education. Learning through case studies, interactive online debates with your fellow students, and lecturers sharing videos on their YouTube-channels are just a few examples. We work with a blended learning teaching method. By applying this method, you will be able to combine different types of learning into 1 approach. You can enjoy mastering knowledge at your own pace.

Types of education
In this programme, you will find that in your education there’s a balance between innovative teaching methods (e.g. online challenges, game-based learning), and traditional forms such as writing an academic paper or a (web)-lecture supported by PowerPoint slides. You can expect peer-feedback assignments, or video recordings with explanation.

Our Centre for Educational Innovation and our Teaching and Learning Centre are continuously working on improving our teaching methods. We take the interactions between students, teachers, and learning resources into account. In doing so, we hope to offer you the right combination of challenging, effective, and efficient education.

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

'Lecturers spend a lot of time reading your work and answering all your questions. They are strongly involved with the courses, which is nice.'