In the first semester we build the foundations for the following specialization. All four courses in the first semester are mandatory and common across the two tracks (Corporate Finance or Investment Management). The courses are:
- 4317 - Portfolio Choice and Asset Pricing
- 3310 - Accounting and Financial Statements Analysis or
- 3301 - Financial Accounting
Note: The course 3310 is not open to students with a BSc specialization in Accounting and Financial Management from SSE or with equivalent background (minimum 30 ECTS in Accounting and Financial Management). These students will instead take the MSc course 3301 - Financial Accounting.
Having completed these courses, students choose to specialize in Corporate Finance (or Investment Management).
MSc FINA Presentation Choosing Specialization.pdf
There are no mandatory courses in the second and third semesters. However, students who choose to specialize in Corporate Finance (CF) must select at least four courses from the list of Corporate Finance core electives.
Although the set of CF core electives has not yet been finalized, a tentative list of CF core electives is as follows:
In addition to the four core elective courses, students have the freedom to choose the remaining four courses according to their preferences. Some students may want to specialize further by taking more CF or IM core electives, others may prefer to broaden their perspectives by taking courses outside of finance.
The Master’s Thesis is viewed as an opportunity for the student to take the first step towards a future job by choosing a subject that will lead to further specialization within corporate finance. A thesis can either be written as an academic research paper, or as a case study, or report that addresses a real-world financial problem faced by a firm or financial institution.