MSc Program in Finance, specializations in Corporate Finance and Investment Management
Semester 1 and 2 Portfolio Choice and Asset Pricing Accounting and Financial Statements Analysis * or International Financial Reporting * Fixed Income and Derivatives Markets Corporate Finance Having completed these courses, students choose to specialize in Investment Management or Corporate Finance. The list of electives to choose from in both specializations:Financial Stability and Regulation Banking and Financial Intermediation International Financial Management Value Investing I: Listed Equities Value Investing II: Frontiers The list of specific IM electives: Quantitative Modeling of Asset Prices Risk Management Investment Strategies Behavioral Finance and Trading The list of specific CF electives:Private Equity Quantitative Methods in Corporate Finance M&A: Value, Corporate Structure and Control Venture Capital and Private Equity International Financial Management Corporate Transition and Restructuring Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
In the first semester, the foundations are built for the subsequent specialization. All four courses in the first semester are mandatory and common across the two tracks (Corporate Finance and Investment Management) * The course Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis 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 International Financial Reporting. There are no mandatory courses in the second and third semesters. However, students who choose to specialize in Corporate Finance (CF) or Investment Management (IM) must select at least three courses from the list of core electives within each specialization. In addition to the three core elective courses, students have the freedom to choose the remaining five 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.
Semester 3 and 4
Thesis in Finance and choose between:
The second year of the Master program in Finance is devoted to Thesis writing (30 ECTS), to be combined with either taking elective courses (30 ECTS) or going on a student exchange to one of our partner schools.
The Master’s Thesis is an opportunity for students to delve deeper into a question of particular interest, often with significant analytical challenges, and to work independently on a challenging task, developing project management and other career-relevant skills. The thesis can either be written as an research paper or as a case study or report that addresses a real-world financial problem faced by a firm or financial institution. The thesis work is done with advice and oversight from a faculty advisor, and is usually undertaken jointly by a pair of students.