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.

"U.S.E. wants its research and educational programmes to be relevant to a better society. The curricula of the Master's programmes have been set up with an open mind for the world around us: a real-world perspective."

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 specialised 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.

Much of what you will be confronted with is practice related, in the form of real-world cases or engagement with professionals from financial institutions and regulatory agencies. You will also be able to actively participate in major research projects, conduct your own research, present your results, and write short essays and a major thesis. You will have the opportunity to be part of high-profile debates in the Sustainable Finance Lab on the role of finance and how to make it more sustainable.

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 insitutions;
  • 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

CFA University Affiliated Program

Utrecht University is an Affiliated University with the CFA Institute. The MSc program in Banking and Finance is recognized by CFA Institute as incorporating at least 70% of the CFA® Program Body of Knowledge, including the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice for financial practitioners.
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As such, this master program position well students interested in enrolling in the CFA® Program and obtain the CFA® charter, the designation of excellence in the investment community. To qualify for the CFA® charter, you need to pass 3 exams and have a number of years of working experience. U.S.E. can offer scholarships to outstanding master students to undertake CFA® exams at a special price.

For more information about the CFA® charter, please visit the CFA® Institute website.

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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
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Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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