What’s your opinion of the regulations that were introduced following the 2008 financial crisis? Which regulations would you propose – whether for banks, insurance firms or investors?
Wim Duisenberg was a Dutch politician who served as the first President of the European Central Bank from 1998 to 2003. Because of his pivotal role in the financial sector, this challenging Honours programme has been named after him. And for good reason: this broad, multi-disciplinary programme tackles the world of finance from two perspectives: financial and legal. Financial markets and the regulation of the financial sector are now inextricably linked. Banks, asset management firms and financial authorities are looking for graduates who understand the law and financial markets. The job prospects are limitless! But the programme is demanding, too: we’re looking for ambitious students who are ready to be challenged (the study load is 84 EC in one year compared to the regular 60 EC). If this sounds like you, read on…
This is what you will be doing
On the financial markets side, the programme covers courses from the Financial Management, Finance, and Accounting & Control programmes. On the regulation side, the programme offers unique courses covering company law and financial sector regulation. At the same time, you’ll participate in career services workshops and self-reflection exercises that will help you enter the world of work ready to hit the ground running.
To break it down:
- You’ll take seven mandatory courses that together cover corporate finance, accounting, finance and the law. Two of these are unique to this programme:
- Company Law – The course covers company law in three countries (Germany, the UK and the US) and looks at how general law and interpretation, corporate tax law, regulation on market manipulation and data protection law, for instance, impact on companies’ structures and operations.
- Financial Sector Regulation – The course examines the regulations that were imposed on the financial sector after the 2008 crisis, and asks whether their outcomes correspond to the original goal. For example: the impact of Basel on banks’ activities, or the consequences of Solvency on insurance companies’ balance sheets and risk strategies.
- You’ll take at least three electives.
- You’ll also conduct a research project that will give you the academic preparation to write your Master’s thesis.
- Throughout the programme, you’ll focus on ethics in the financial industry, preparation for the labour market, and self-development.