The major benefit of this is that they really looked into the desires of students nowadays

Laura Zijlstra

"One of the best aspects of the MSc Financial Management for me was that it is really designed as how the Utrecht University School of Economics (USE) presents it: in the real-world perspective. This might sound promotional, but in almost every course you have a team assignment, you do a lot of business cases and presentations, and in the final months of the programme there is room to attend a lot of workshops with very useful skills for the actual working field. The programme has only been around for three years and I think the major benefit of this is that they really looked into the desires of students nowadays. We do not all go into the academic field, many of us enter the business world. This is where you have to know a lot more than just the concepts and theories of finance. In this programme, you learn the very useful finance material, but you also focus on how you can apply these materials in your future job. I was honestly surprised of how well USE and the programme is organised and would highly recommend it if you would like to start in any type of finance or business position."

Laura Zijlstra (The Netherlands), MSc graduate

This Master's programme combines financial theory with real-world situations through multiple case studies

Tolias Kostas

"As someone with a background in Banking and Finance, I was looking for a Masters course that would provide me with a further in-depth understanding of financial management and business economics, but also help me develop the necessary skill set to thrive in the 'real world'. Well, the MSc in Financial Management at Utrecht University offered me the chance to achieve both.

The programme is well designed, with challenging initial core modules that combine both financial theory and application to real-world situations through multiple case studies. The courses are very challenging and stimulating and are taught by top-level academics with extensive professional experience. In addition, the cultural diversity of my classmates offered me the opportunity to engage in various discussions during group projects that expanded my horizons and strengthened my sense of responsibility, time-management and teamwork. Also, the wide variety of elective courses during the third period allowed me to tailor the programme according to my personal ambitions and expectations.

However, a Master’s programme is not only about studying, but also about living. And Utrecht is an amazing place to study and live in. It has a huge student population and state-of-the art study facilities while maintaining a small-town vibe. In hindsight, choosing this Master’s programme was an investment in my personal development and, up to now, one of my best and life-changing choices."

Tolias Kostas (Greece), MSc graduate

Stepping stone into the world of finance

Kristýna Popelková

"The Financial Management programme at Utrecht University is challenging, but it is a great stepping stone into the world of finance. If you are considering studying in this programme, prepare yourself for a heavy workload, a lot of reading, many assignments and group projects.

But it is not just about studies; Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) has much more to offer. It is a great international community, so you will have an opportunity to meet a lot of people and make friends from all over the world.

It is demanding, it is intense, but you will learn a lot during this year, while creating amazing memories."

Kristýna Popelková (Czech Republic), MSc graduate