The real world perspective

The statement ‘the real-world perspective’ summarises succinctly Utrecht University University School of Economics (U.S.E.’s) mission. It indicates a strong awareness of the complex socio-economic reality: human behaviour is not always ‘rational’ and markets are not always in equilibrium. Institutions are important in understanding economic dynamics and so are the dimensions of time and space. The real world perspective leads to a multidisciplinary-economics approach, a research profile that favours crossing borders between academic disciplines, but also – within the economics discipline – between economics and business. U.S.E. aims to contribute to a society where people thrive, by taking a broad view on welfare and all factors involved. Well-being, cooperation, innovation and curiosity are the core values in the academic profile of U.S.E.

In the MSc programme Financial Management in Utrecht you will:

  • Acquire hard and soft financial management skills
    This Master’s programme combines quantitative rigour with a multidisciplinary openness to  diverse  perspectives –   a future-facing educational approach created for a new generation of finance professionals. To ensure you understand the story behind the numbers, your strong theoretical background in economics and finance is applied in a practical, real world way. In addition to working on case studies in which you use your theoretical knowledge,  you will refine your research and analytical skills by working – both individually and in teams - with real-world data obtained from different companies and financial markets. The U.S.E.’s strong connection with financial institutions, their leaders and management enriches this programme. Via guest lectures and internships, you have the opportunity to  build your own connection  with both financial management professionals and their organisations.
  • Focus on modern financial management with a long-term, sustainable perspective
    Financial managers have to deliver short term-results and provide long-term value – not just for shareholders, but for all stakeholders.  In this programme you will gain a thorough understanding of the broad, future-facing financial management expertise you need to tackle complex financial issues in (multinational)  corporations. You will learn how to address these problems and how to  navigate global markets, devise long term strategies and keep an eye on corporate social responsibility in an interdependent, globalised society. You will be trained to understand and solve trade-offs between short- and long-term objectives, between shareholders and stakeholders, and between economic and social responsibility.
  • Tailor the programme to your ambitions and interests
    The programme combines a solid foundation in finance, financial management and business economics with the possibility to gain more specialised knowledge in topics of your choice. It offers you several optional courses, ensuring that your own interests and career ambitions are reflected in your programme of study.
  • Be part of a small, international community
    The high staff-to-student ratio in tutorials encourages close interaction between you, your peers, and your professors and lecturers in this highly international programme.  Guest lectures from experts in the field, company visits and the option to combine your thesis with an internship all provide you with interesting and challenging opportunities to prepare for your future career. Finally, you will be part of a very active (student) community, with access to a much larger university environment with international students, researchers and lecturers.
Top-100 university

Utrecht University in the rankings

As a student at Utrecht University (UU), you will be studying at one of the world's top universities. The Shanghai Ranking places UU as the top university in the Netherlands, 13th in Europe, and 48th in the world. The Times Higher Education World University Ranking places UU at number 68. More information about Utrecht University.

Top-quality facilities

The Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is located on the attractive grounds of the International Campus Utrecht. The campus is approximately ten minutes by bicycle from Utrecht’s beautiful historic city centre and is very close to Utrecht Science Park, our main campus. You will have access to a wide range of high-quality facilities such as Wi-Fi, cross-campus library access, and online access to academic books, journals, and databases. More information about student facilities. More information about student facilities.

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Active study association

The Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is also home to an active study association: ECU ’92. This association is a meeting ground for economics students of all nationalities and specialties. Representatives from ECU’92 are found on most Faculty boards, and the society plays an important role at U.S.E. in ensuring that your voice is heard. ECU’92 is also responsible for organising a range of student activities, from social gatherings to field trips and guest lectures, and every year, the study association hosts an annual career event and scientific conference, where you can speak with – and get noticed by – representatives from many major international companies.