What determines stock prices? What’s the best way to finance a particular company? And how can the financial markets and financial regulations help society as a whole to prosper?
This top-ranked Finance Master’s program explores these questions through real-life business cases, many of which are led by people who work in the financial industry themselves. You’ll look at the macro-level of financial economics: how financial markets help maximize economic growth. You’ll also look at the inner workings of financial markets and corporations – and how financial regulation is the bridge between these two sides.
Learn about the impact of financial markets
The Finance Master’s program builds on a set of core courses that focus on the main areas of finance: asset pricing, corporate finance, and institutional finance. After that, you can specialize in one of the learning lines. You’ll also pick up valuable financial methodologies, quantitative skills, research skills, and preparation for the job market.
The program has been a top-ranked program according to the National Student Survey (NSE) for several years. With approximately 150 students it is small enough to maintain close contact with your classmates and the teachers, but large enough to ensure a good selection of electives. On top of that, one-third of the program’s professors also work in the financial industry themselves. All other courses offer at least two guest lectures from industry professionals and use cases from the industry.
You’ll take four core courses:
Asset Pricing – Learn what drives stock prices by competing against each other as portfolio managers. You’ll directly apply your knowledge of asset pricing by investing in (virtual) stocks to generate the most money – may the best team win!
Advanced Corporate Finance – You’ll work with case-studies from Harvard Business to assess how real-life companies should finance their activities in the most optimal way for their situation.
Financial Markets and Institutions – Based on interviews with practitioners, the course will teach you about financial infrastructure: how financial institutions are linked and what their various responsibilities are.
Empirical Finance – You’ll study financial econometrics and statistical methodologies, and you’ll test the validity of economic theories. You’ll directly apply your newly acquired knowledge in the interactive PC labs. The best preparation for your thesis.
You’ll take at least two electives, each of which relates to one of the learning lines:
Investments – You can take electives in Derivatives, Institutional investments, and Quantitative Financial Risk Management, or Credit and Complexity.
Corporate Finance – Think of courses like Corporate Valuation, Behavioural Finance, or Bank Management
Institutional Finance – choose from Economics of Payment Systems, Macro, and International Finance and Bank Management.
Real Estate Finance – You’ll get the opportunity to further specialize in the real estate sector. We offer electives on Real Estate Finance and Investments, Real Estate Economics, and Urban Economic Challenges.
The start date of this program is September 1st.
The Finance Master's program
Throughout the program, we will prepare you for the job market by doing workshops by the career service department. You’ll look at the ethical side of the financial industry, and work on your self-development.
During the program, you’ll conduct a research project in small groups that will allow you to apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills, as well as preparing you to write your Master’s thesis and you’ll have the opportunity to take an internship.
Advanced Corporate Finance
Financial Markets and Institutions
Research Project for Finance
Thesis MSc Finance
Duisenberg Honours programs
For motivated students, we also offer two honors programs: the Duisenberg Honours program in Quantitative Risk Management and the Duisenberg Honours program in Finance and Technology. These honors programs offer students a challenging yet rewarding program that covers six periods in total.
The Financial Study association Amsterdam (FSA)
The FSA forms the link between ambitious students and leading companies in the financial sector. Throughout the year, we host 20 career events, designed to help you take the step from university to the labor market. These events help you orientate your career and get in contact with the right people to apply for an internship or a job. In the Netherlands, our portfolio is unmatched: we collaborate with companies such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Heineken, Bain & Company, De Nederlandsche Bank, BCG, and many more.
Some of the areas we are active in investment banking, private equity, strategy consulting, real estate, data science, and many more. Next to events, we offer career opportunities on our website.
The FSA is led by a full-time board of 6 students and 20 different committees. Are you looking to gain leadership experience, get in contact with leading companies, orientate on the financial job market, develop yourself on a personal and professional level, and have an awesome year? Then working at the FSA is the right step for you!
Change your future with the Finance program
On completing this Master’s program, you’ll be able to fulfill a valuable bridge function between the quants (as you’ll understand the numbers) and the business managers (as you’ll be able to interpret the results).
As a graduate of a Master’s in Finance, you are perfectly prepared for roles as an asset manager, risk manager, business analyst, or consultant.
Once you have completed the program, you are a valuable part of any company, by being able to provide a pivotal role in bringing the numbers and the results together.
Throughout the program, you’ll have taken workshops that will help you find your ideal role, write the perfect CV and covering letter, and ace the interview.
The university has close connections with the Dutch Central Bank as well as companies in Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district – these are reflected both in the program itself and in the future job opportunities of its graduates. Furthermore, VU Amsterdam has a reputation for its broader societal focus, which means the program also applies ethical questions to the financial sector, for example, allowing students to discuss dilemmas they may face in the industry.
Entering the job market
Graduates from the program have gone on to work at one of the large consulting firms (Deloitte, Accenture, McKinsey, etc.), the big banks (ING, ABN AMRO, etc.), the Central Bank, or large corporations. IT firms like Google are also interested in graduates from the Finance program.