Financial markets play a key role in the stability and prosperity of economies, governments and organisations, with profound effect on the individual and society as a whole.  Are you fascinated by the dynamic context of today’s financial markets, and do you want to make a positive impact on the future of international finance and banking?  Then the Master’s in Banking and Finance at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is the programme for you.

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Research expertise

Based on Utrecht University’s research expertise, this unique and state-of-the-art Finance Master’s gives you a deep understanding of the interaction between the economic environment, economic policy, financial markets and financial institutions. 

Content of the programme

In the Master in Banking and Finance you will focus on:

  • investment banking in international financial markets
  • regulation of banks and other financial institutions worldwide
  • central bank policies and commercial banks’ strategic allocation, funding and investment decisions
  • risk management and the sustainability of financial systems and investments.


The ability to work with a programming language is gaining importance in the financial industry. Every year, more firms require mastering this skill. Therefore, this Master’s programme encompasses programming workshops from the start of the academic year where you learn to program in Python. Weekly workshops are scheduled in both a period 1 and period 2 course. In period 3, it is optional to further advance your programming skills.

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This MSc in Banking and Finance provides state-of-the-art education for a new generation of financial professionals with an open mind for the world around us.

CFA University Affiliated Program

The MSc programme in Banking and Finance is part of the CFA Institute® University Affiliation Programme. As such, this Master’s programme is a good choice for students interested in enrolling in the CFA Programme and obtaining the CFA charter, the designation of excellence in the investment community. U.S.E. can offer scholarships to outstanding master students to undertake CFA exams at a special price.
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Programme objectives

This MSc in Banking and Finance provides you with:

  • the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a career in Finance;
  • the opportunity to specialise in fields like investment banking and financial regulation;
  • a chance to develop quantitative and coding skills and learn how to use them in financial applications;
  • the opportunity to apply theory in practice with real-world case studies, research projects based on your interests, thesis internships, and career events;
  • the opportunity to take part in debates in the Sustainable Finance Lab (SFL) and in the European Centre for Alternative Finance (ECAF), both of which are hosted at U.S.E..

Career prospects

Upon completion of the MSc in Banking and Finance you are prepared for a wide range of positions in (international) financial institutions: central and commercial banks, consulting firms, investment funds, hedge funds, insurance firms, pension funds or financial market regulators. Read more about possible career prospects.


Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master? Check the entry requirements.

  • The experience I gained in programming led me to my current role in Finance
  • Irina Okolelova
    The faculty’s strong connections with the industry helped me to find an awesome internship


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: International Economics and Business
  • Programme: Banking and Finance
Accredited by the NVAO
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Language of instruction:
Part- or full-time status:
1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Law, Economics and Governance 
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