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Program Description

MSc program in Finance (Specialization in Corporate Finance or Investment Management)

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

In the first semester, the foundations are built for the subsequent specialization. All courses in the first semester are mandatory and common across the two tracks (Corporate Finance and Investment Management).

For students with limited background in accounting, the course Accounting and Financial Statements Analysis is mandatory. This course is, however, not open to students with a BSc specialization in Accounting and Financial Management from SSE, or with equivalent background (minimum 30 ECTS credits in Accounting and Financial Management). These students must instead make a choice from among available MFIN electives for which they fulfill requirements.

Having completed these courses, students choose to specialize in Investment Management or Corporate Finance.

The program includes an international study trip that combines both academic and non-academic components as well as a diverse mix of employer meetings. The one-week trip is a degree requirementis funded by the program, and takes place at the beginning of the first semesterAs part of the trip, students undertake a course in sustainable finance. In 2019, the MFIN students travelled to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

There are no mandatory courses in the second and third semester. 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. 

Please note that the course offering is subject to change.

Year 2

Semester 3 - 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.

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