Master in Finance

Catolica Porto Business School

Program Description

Master in Finance

Catolica Porto Business School

PRESENTATION

The MSc in Finance is a highly internationalised programme that aims to produce top financial professionals. Created in 2000 and inspired from the Anglo-Saxon model and methods, it was considered an important turning point in terms of innovation in the Portuguese academic community. Drawing on a solid and rigorous theoretical foundation, the MSc in Finance is a professional oriented programme, developed in close collaboration with the top Portuguese financial institutions.

Taught by a first class national and international Faculty, the MSc in Finance has been producing highly-skilled financial specialists for more than ten years. These experts now occupy prominent positions in Portuguese firms and financial institutions, as well as in international financial centres such as Madrid, London and New York.

The drive to ensure that the programme has an international scope – by creating professional and academic opportunities at home and abroad – is visible in the recruitment of our members of staff and in the choice of our programmes. Our mission is to train and produce highly-qualified students that can hold prominent positions within the financial services sector, either in industry or in service-producing companies, in Portugal and abroad.

CAREER IMPACT

The MCs in Finance is suitable for those interested in following a career in finance related areas. Our experience and the opportunities offered to our former students have shown that it is possible to pursue, from this platform, successful professional and academic careers in Portugal and abroad. The MSc in Finance fosters a high-level of cooperation between the University and the business community through the production of applied research work and the establishment of partnerships for internship programmes.

Innovation and the growing complexity of markets worldwide have rendered finance-based careers particularly attractive to individuals with a high-level background and good quantitative skills, allowing them to redefine themselves professionally and redirect their careers towards activities within the financial services sector. The MSc in Finance has welcomed students coming from degree programmes in exact sciences – Engineering and Mathematics – in addition to those who have completed programmes in Economics and Management.

The programme is not exclusively focused on an academic background and therefore provides an accurate and comprehensive viewpoint substantially anchored in the realities of the corporate sector. This makes it possible to train highly-quality human resources perfectly capable of grasping the complex reality of today’s financial markets. Teaching does not lose sight of the contemporary trend towards globalisation and is designed to train and prepare specialised professionals to meet the modern challenges of financial innovation (e.g., structured products), corporate financing (e.g., private equity and project finance), risk management (e.g., credit and business risk analysis) and business governance (e.g., performance assessment and corporate governance).

The MSc in Finance has won a national and international reputation demonstrating the success of the choices made. Many students who have completed our MSc in Finance now hold important positions in several Portuguese institutions and organisations and have access to international career opportunities. New York, Madrid and London are some of the destinations chosen. A number of other students have decided to pursue an academic career and have taken up research work and continued with their PhD studies in reputed foreign universities.

STRUCTURE

TIMETABLE

As in most Masters Programmes, classes run from Monday to Friday, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:00 pmto 1:00 p.m.. The calendar which schedules all classes is announced to the students at the beginning of each semester.

In the case of courses taught by invited professors a concentration of classes may occur in only a few days, but with a more intensive schedule. In these circumstances classes will be scheduled well in advance, allowing time to take the necessary measures.

ATTENDANCE REGIMES

The Masters at the Católica Porto Business School has a full time regime.

LANGUAGE

English.

VENUE

Lectures of the Masters of the Católica Porto Business School take place at Católica Foz in Porto.

APPLICATIONS

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Graduates from different scientific areas can apply to the Masters of the Católica Porto Business School.

The application process to the Masters of the Católica Porto Business School must contain elements that provide evidence of the academic and scientific competence of the candidates, as well as the command of the English language. The GMAT test is valued in the selection process to assess the academic and scientific skills

Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic and scientific curriculum
  • Degree classification
  • Professional experience or research

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMPETENCE REQUIREMENT

Candidates must possess an official English language qualification corresponding to B2 level of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of references for Languages (http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/cadre_en.asp), or an equivalent recognised qualification (Cambridge FCE, Cambridge Michigan ECCE and ECPE, TOEFL, IELTS.
The equivalency to Level B2 requires a classification greater than or equal to 85 (0-120 scale) in case of the internet-based TOEFL and greater than or equal to 170 (0-300 scale) in case of computer-based TOEFL.
The equivalency to Level B2 requires a classification greater or equal to 7 (0-9 scale) in case of IELTS.

APPLICATIONS - 2017/18

Applications for Masters of the Católica Porto Business School are permanently open.

The Programme Direction meets three times a year to assess the applications: March, July and September. After this meeting, candidates are informed of the decision and the next steps.

Round Deadline for Application Assessment Period Results*
1st March, 15th 16th to 29th March March, 30th
2nd June, 27th 28th Juneto 15th July July, 16th
3rd Sept., 13th 14th to 20th Sept. Sept., 21st

*If applicants submmit there application before the deadline an offer can be made imediately after.

DOCUMENTATION FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Application form
  • Copy of the Identification Document/Passport or submission of the Identification Data Form
  • One photograph
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Detailed* Qualifications certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Official diploma of English, official level B2 of The Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of References for Languages, or equivalent diploma (TOEFL, IELTS, FCE ou CAE).
  • Complementary evaluation elements (e.g., GMAT ...)
*Certificates must specify the courses taken, their assessment and ECTS, and the final grade of the course. If you have not completed a degree, you must present a certificate of the courses taken, their assessment and ECTS, and the current average.
NOTES:
  • Applicants who held a degree in a foreign country must submit the certificate of qualifications: a) legalised by Portuguese diplomatic or consular authority, or b) with the Hague Apostille issued by the competent authority of the issuing country, if that country has acceded the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Acts (the Hague Conference).
  • When the documents are written in a foreign language other than Spanish, English or French, the respective translation is due which, in the case of the certificate of qualifications, must be made pursuant to the notarial law.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Applications may be submitted byfilling the online application form.

The original documents should be presented before the registration date.

FEES

FULL-TIME PROGRAMME

  • Submitting the application: Free
  • Acceptance and enrolment in the Masters: € 610. This fee will not be refunded in case students cancel their enrolment.
  • Fees amount to 8.256 euros for the complete master. Payable in fiftheen monthly installments.

NB: These values are calculated in accordance with the fees established for the academic year 2016/17

MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

The Board of the Católica Porto Business School decided to create a set of Scholarships for the purpose of rewarding the merit of the students whose academic performance deserves it. These consist in total exemption from tuition fees up to a maximum of 36 ECTS per semester and also from the enrolment and tuition fees.

Candidates are eligible for scholarship if they have an enrolment average of at least 16/20 points from a Portuguese University or a GMAT score of at least 650 points.

The merit scholarships can be renewed each semester. The eligibility criteria for the award of scholarship in the 2nd and 3rd semester master are:

  • Completion of a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester with no failures in the normal or resit assessment period.
  • Weighted average of the marks obtained in all the subjects concluded in the previous semester to the award of the scholarship equal to or greater than 16/20 values.

SOCIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

There are Social Scholarships to support the payment of fees: Scholarships from the Higher Education General Directorate and Social Scholarships of the Catholic University of Portugal.

For further information you can visit the Area of Students and Employability.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 31, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 27, 2018
Duration
Duration
3 semesters
Full time
Price
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8,256 EUR
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Portugal - Porto
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Sept. 27, 2018
Portugal - Porto
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1st year fees (curricular part: 60 ECTS): 10 instalments of €516. 2nd year fees (dissertation, project or internship: 36 ECTS): 5 instalments of €619,20