MSc in Economics and Business - Specialisation in Financial Economics
Challenge yourself and all of your preconceptions while navigating the complex world of finance
Does the world of finance attract you like no other? Do you aim for a career in which you address challenges, such as private equity, corporate governance and asset management? The Financial Economics specialisation covers it all.
In one of the three tracks - Corporate Finance, Investments or International Finance - you will acquire deep and systematic knowledge of the driving force behind companies, markets and economies. You learn to analyse and explain complex financial and business problems, including setting up and executing a scientifically sound research project based on a financial problem of your own choice. In the process, you learn how to effectively communicate and be critical, self-directed and original in your approach.
Erasmus School of Economics: international, well-connected, experience-based
This Financial Economics programme attracts students from around the world for a great number of reasons. Which ones triggers you the most? Is it our renowned experience-based teaching methods? Our close connections to the international business world? Or maybe the fascinating guest lectures, company and study trips?
Where do you want your knowledge and skills to take you? Be it in the Netherlands or internationally, the formidable reputation of the Financial Economics specialisation here will open doors for you everywhere, for instance at:
- private equity houses
- insurance companies
- asset management institutions
- government institutions, such as central banks or treasury departments
"This programme is both challenging and rewarding"
Depending on one’s personal preferences, courses and electives present an excellent way to get acquainted with a variety of topics that are essential for Financial Economics. The Master’s specialisation consists of core courses, electives, seminars and a Master’s thesis distributed over five blocks of eight weeks.
Core courses and electives help you to get acquainted with a wide range of topics that are essential for financial economics, and provide you with a solid background for attending the seminars. Seminars are the most important component of the Master’s specialisation. For these intensive courses, active participation and commitment is a prerequisite. You are expected to present excerpts of literature or case applications, ask questions, express doubts and share your ideas in class discussions.
The specialisation allows you to select from the available seminars in corporate finance, international finance and investments. The last block of the specialisation is devoted to the Master’s thesis. The thesis is written individually under close supervision by one of our academic staff members.
Luis Javier Hernandez Derbez - alumnus
'With the skills that I learned during my Master, I have been able to help large fortune 500 companies to improve their business operations in Mexico'
Why did I choose Financial Economics?
After completing my Bachelor in Economics, I had developed strong quantitative and analytical skills, however, I felt the necessity to study finance more in depth in order to be fully prepared for working in the private sector. The Master in Financial Economics at Erasmus School of Economics is a 12-month programme that is very practical because of its strong focus on teaching core financial skills that companies value in their future employees.
Furthermore, the Master has a vast variety of electives and seminars relating to finance in order to match the different interests of each individual student. For example, some electives and seminars have a stronger focus on private equity, while others focus on corporate finance or asset management. In addition, the wide range of courses allows students to make an appropriate choice in line with their finance background. It enables every student to study at their own pace, while still learning the most important financial skills needed for their future careers.
Apart from having great courses and seminars, the faculty is extremely helpful and willing to help out whenever it is needed. The Erasmus University campus is located in a great neighbourhood in Rotterdam. Furthermore studying in Rotterdam is a great experience because of its modern atmosphere, business environment, and close proximity to other important cities in Europe.
My career so far
After I successfully graduated from the Master in Financial Economics at Erasmus School of Economics in September 2015, I immediately started my career as an Associate at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Mexico. With the skills that I learned during my Master, I have been able to help large fortune 500 companies to improve their business operations in Mexico. Not only in their financial decisions but also in their day to day operations and strategic decisions. For example, during my time at BCG, I helped a large Fortune 500 in defining their competitive strategy in Mexico. Specifically, I helped this company to develop a more effective process to optimize their pricing decisions and marketing penetration strategy.
Finally, during my time at BCG I have also been able to help out the community by giving pro bono consulting to important non-government organizations in Mexico, particularly in helping them define an effective strategy to increase their impact in the community.
Cost & Fees
- € 2.060 EEA/EU students*
- € 14.700 NON-EEA/EU students**
*This is the statutory tuition fee for Dutch students, students from another country within the European Economic Area (EEA), the European Union (EU), Switzerland and Suriname who meet the statutory conditions.
**This is the institutional tuition fee for students for whom the statutory tuition fee does not apply. You have to pay the institutional fee if you:
- don’t have an EU-, EEA, Swiss or Surinamese nationality
- have finished a Dutch programme and want to follow another programme on the same level
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Last updated November 19, 2018