MSc in Finance and Economics

M2: Financial Economics track 

Curriculum

The Financial Economics track is divided into three modules:

  • Mandatory courses
  • Elective courses
  • Internship and internship report or Master thesis

Across the 3 modules, students will develop in-depth knowledge in areas including econometrics and programming, banking and finance, economic modelling and data analytics, as well as the application of this knowledge to different contexts.

Topics covered include data mining, big data, programming in Stata and R, testing economic models, behavioural and household finance, financial engineering and impact evaluation.

Students are also given the option to complete an internship.

  • Internship: Students can take up an internship within the public or private sector for a minimum duration of 12 weeks (with the option to negotiate a longer placement depending on the availability of the student and the hosting company/institution). Each student has to submit a field report. The topic of this report is coordinated between the student, the programme director of the Master, and the company supervisor. The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance provides some support to students in obtaining a placement as well as drawing up internship contracts between the hosting institution and the student.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Acquire advanced interdisciplinary knowledge within the academic field
  • Develop detailed understanding of a range of econometric and programming techniques, economic theory and policy making, the working of financial markets and institutions, and further aspects of financial economics
  • Develop skills and tools to analyse problems and identify appropriate solutions based on well-founded scientific knowledge of theories, methods and instruments of the field
  • Gain critical thinking, ability to work independently and communicate on the subject using terminology, language and expressions of the field
  • Gain exposure to the financial sector and offer opportunities for professional networking

Prerequisite

Successful completion of the first year (M1) of the MSc in Finance and Economics.

Studiendirektoren


M2: Financial Economics

Programme at a glance:

  • 60 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester)
  • Second year track of the MSc in Finance and Economics
  • Taught in English (optional course in French)
  • Intake: max. 20 students per year
  • €200 per semester