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.