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What will I learn?

Financial markets play a key role in the current and future stability of firms, government bodies, states – and of course of the individual and society as a whole. If you want to make a positive impact on the future of international finance, the Master’s in Banking and Finance at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is the programme for you. Based on Utrecht University’s research expertise, this multidisciplinary finance Master’s will show you the interplay of three fundamental factors : financial markets must be supervised effectively to function well; financial institutions – specifically banks – play a major part in the efficient functioning of these markets; and sustainability of financial solutions is an important aspect and requirement for a new generation of bankers and regulators. The Sustainable Finance Lab in Utrecht is at the heart of a national and international debate in Finance and is well integrated into this master specialization.

Banking and Finance

In the Master in Banking and Finance you will focus on international financial markets, the function and behaviour of banks and bankers, the regulatory institutions that govern banks and other financial institutions worldwide, the effectiveness of regulation and the banks’ strategic allocation, funding and investment decisions, and the sustainability of financial solutions and concepts.

Career perspectives

The Utrecht University MSc in Banking and Finance is an excellent foundation for many positions within international firms. The programme trains you to become an effective economist with a sound understanding of the interplay between financial institutions and international capital markets. You will understand clearly the practical impact of the financial industry on the people of the world, using a management perspective that takes a broader societal view into account. As a graduate, you will be well-prepared for a range of different careers in financial institutions or the financial service industry like (international) banks, investment funds, insurance firms, pension funds or financial market regulators.

Programme objective

This MSc in Banking and Finance provides you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a career in a variety of financial institutions and with a focus on banks, investment funds and regulation. You will gain specialized knowledge, for example in sustainable finance, which is highly relevant for a new generation of bankers and regulators. This Master’s programme includes all important aspects of modern banking and finance. On this basis you have the opportunity to specialize in fields like international financial markets, investment banking, and sustainable finance.

By the end of this programme in Utrecht you will be able to:

  • understand how financial assets are priced;
  • manage investments in financial assets;
  • understand how (international) financial markets function and how they are regulated;
  • understand financial risk and how it is managed in financial institutions;
  • understand the role of banks and how they function;
  • understand the challenges and possible solutions to make finance more sustainable;
  • put academic knowledge and skills into practice;
  • conduct independent research which contributes to the field of economics and business;
  • solve problems independently and in a team, while taking social factors into consideration;
  • demonstrate mastery of subject-specific English terminology;
  • manage your own personal and professional development.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€17,078.00 (13,79,483) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,

Utrecht,

3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Religious Studies if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills: A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or in one of the social sciences; Proven interest in Religious Studies, as evidenced in a minimum of 30 EC in a relevant field at the Bachelor’s level; Knowledge of basic concepts in Religious Studies and insight into relevant methods; A high standard of academic achievement, as evidenced in an overall grade point average and a Bachelor’s thesis grade equaling “good” or better in the applicable national system. (Typically, Dutch grade 7.5; US grade B; ECTS grade C.) English language requirements: ELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 93 with at least 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing (internet-based test), institutional scores are not accepted. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

A BSc in Economics or Economics and Business Economics, preferably with some degree of specialisation in Banking and Finance. The International Office assesses all international credentials according to the credential evaluation criteria of the Nuffic (the Netherlands Organization for international cooperation in Higher Education), and advises the Admissions Committee on this subject.

If you have another university Bachelor’s degree you must have knowledge in the following fields:

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Mathematics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Corporate Finance
  • Econometrics

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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