Panthéon Sorbonne Master in Economics (PSME): Financial Economics track


Program Description

This track will give students with a background in economics a deeper understanding of the economic and quantitative tools applied to the field of financial economics. Students will be trained at an upper-intermediate level (M1 level) and will have a broad understanding of the main themes in both economics and finance.

Interested applicants should clearly state in their motivation letter that they would like to apply to this track and choose the PSME Financial Economics track in the application form that they should submit along with the rest of the documents.

This specialized training in financial economics allows for better preparation and integration into the different M2 courses of the MBFA Master's degree. The main objectives, admission procedures, number of teaching hours (and ECTS credits), languages of instruction follow those of the main course of the PSME, but students enrolled in the "Financial Economics" course will follow a balanced mix of courses in economics and also in finance.

Courses in economics and languages are shared with the main course of the PSME, while courses in finance are either shared with M1 MBFA or created specifically for students in the PSME Financial Economics course.



In the first semester, students will take courses in general economics:

  • Microeconomics*
  • Macroeconomics*
  • Econometrics*

Plus three courses oriented towards financial economics:

  • Economics of banking**
  • Financial economics***
  • Computer programming for applied financial economics***

All first semester courses are mandatory.

In the second semester, two blocks of courses are offered. The first block includes three mandatory courses in finance:

  • Principle of finance (corporate finance)*
  • Financial econometrics***
  • Market finance and derivatives***

The second block consists of three courses chosen by students from a list of 8 courses covering macroeconomics, international economics and finance, development economics, and industrial economics.

NB: *PSME courses common to all courses; ** courses shared with M1 MBFA; *** PSME courses created for the "Financial economics" course.

After the Diploma

In most European countries, the Master is in two years. The first year, called M1, is normally followed by a second year, called M2. The PSME program is an M1 program. The PSME Financial Economics track is an equivalent of the French national M1 MBFA (Money, Bank, Finance, Insurance) and thus provides direct access to the M2 programs in the Money, Bank, Finance, Insurance field.

After this year you obtain a university diploma entitled Panthéon Sorbonne MSc. in Economics and have access to the M2 programs specialized in the field of Money, Bank, Finance and Insurance (MBFA).

You can find details on the Money, Bank, Finance and Insurance programs here:

More and more M2 programs are taught in English, but having learned French during the PSME year remains an asset since some courses are still taught in French.

Professors of PSME 

The Professors teaching and guiding their students in the PSME program are amongst the top Professors of France and around the world.


Interactive Academic Space

The PSME Interactive Academic Space - EPI (Espaces Pedagogiques Interactifs) is a web page where you will find news and updates throughout the year relevant to the PSME community, as well as the necessary course syllabus and reading materials for your classes. 


Interactive Academic Space or "Espace Pédagogique Interactif, (EPI)" en français, is a space where you will be able to log in and have access to all of your course material once registered at the university. You will find your course syllabus, course outline, slides, readings, papers, professor contact information, etc. located on the course pages. Each course page is maintained by the course professor. Information and material may vary from one class to another. 

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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With eight hundred years of excellence to build on, the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, a descendant of the Faculty of Law and Economics of the Sorbonne, is one of the most famous and largest universities in France. Read less
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