MSc in Finance is a full-time, one-year programme that provides a highly advanced qualification in the finance field plus one-year for research and writing a dissertation. It is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in the financial services industry or in the field of corporate finance.
This programme gives you a strong background in the theoretical underpinnings of finance, while offering intensive applied training aimed at developing skills for active interaction in the finance world.
MSc in Finance at IBS will enhance your career prospects, give you exposure to a faculty with a worldwide reputation, and provide you with a cutting - edge knowledge of finance in classes that teach you how to apply what you have learned.

The emphasis of the programme is specialization and flexibility. Half of the courses are electives, which allows students to better tailor the programme to their own career objectives.

Why choose the MSc in Finance?

Our graduates have earned an excellent reputation in the corporate sector for their outstanding quantitative and technical skills.

Studying for a MSc in Finance at IBS offers you:

  • Enhanced career prospects: Graduates successfully leverage the skills and knowledge gained from their degree to embark on careers in their sector of choice. The Master in Finance has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree programs incorporate at least 70% of the CFA candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and positions them well to sit for the CFA exams.
  • Specialization and flexibility: Half of the courses are electives, which allows students to customize the programme so that it focuses on areas of particular relevance to their chosen careers.
  • First-hand financial experience: During the programme there will be a finance agenda that will offer regular presentations made by companies, workshops on financial information systems such as Bloomberg and Reuters, and case analyses.
  • International experience. A mid-week residential stay in Madrid will give students direct contact with companies and institutions in the local financial industry and provide them with additional international exposure.
  • Contact with a world-class faculty: The finance faculty is made up of leaders in the field of financial research who have published in some of the world's most distinguished journals. They will provide students with a cutting-edge education in finance in classes that put a premium on how to apply their knowledge to real settings.
  • Preparation for the business arena: During the programme, students will be able to attend a personal soft skill development programme and career management training designed to upgrade their global skills, improving their prospects for a successful future career.
  • Financial data lab: Among European schools, IBS has one of the most comprehensive financial databases - a resource that includes free access to Wharton Research Data Services, Compustat, Worldscope, CRSP and more complete information systems such as Bloomberg and Reuters. Through its financial database, students will have a chance to do data simulating and modelling, apply theory to the real financial world and develop applied projects using unique data sets.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline March 31,May 31, July 19, August 31
Tuition fee
  • EUR 7000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 5250 Year (EEA)

1st Year EU EUR5.250; Extra EU EUR7.000; 2nd Year (dissertation/project) EUR1.600

Start date Term 0 (Optional): Introductory Courses - Beginning of September Kick-off Weekend: Vision Weekend (Residential) - Middle of September 1st Year: 1st Semester: Courses 16-09-13 29-11-13 2nd Semester: Courses 27-01-14 02-05-14 2nd Year: Master Project in Finance or Master Dissertation in Finance Finance Seminars
Credits (ECTS) 102 ECTS
Duration full-time 18 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

An Approach Geared toward the Real World of Finance

A key feature of our Master's in Finance is the opportunity it gives you to have real contact with the finance industry:

Lecturing style

Each course contains several illustrative examples from the real business world presented as cases, research findings, and small projects to undertake. This approach allows students to apply the concepts, instruments and analytical skills they have learned in a relevant, hands-on way.

Finance Manager Agenda

Throughout the programme, you will have the chance to interact regularly with reputed practitioners who will offer their vision and experience of the field in a series of workshops aimed at discussing and analyzing the different areas of the financial industry such as investment banking, trading, financial innovation, the role of being a CFO of an international listed company, risk management and real state.

Visiting the Real World of Finance

To prepare participants for the global business arena, there is a scheduled trip to Madrid in the second semester to visit companies and institutions in the local financial industry.

The Microstructure and Trading Program at University of Delaware includes a visit to firms in the New York financial district.

The Final Project

The compulsory final project is the ultimate challenge of the IBS Master's in Finance. It gives you the opportunity to apply your recently-acquired knowledge to a real financial issue, situation or innovation. The project may be driven by a request made by a corporation, centred on an issue chosen by the student him or herself, or be based on the consulting or research activities of the faculty.


ISCTE Business School is seeking students who can demonstrate the ability and commitment to successfully manage an academically demanding, full-time programme. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with the potential to become the business leaders of tomorrow.

Our International Masters programmes are designed for high-calibre graduate students and taught exclusively in English, in an international and multicultural atmosphere, therefore candidates must show evidence of a completed Bachelors degree as well as proficiency in the English language.

Although every application is assessed on its own merits, these programmes are mainly designed for students with little or no professional experience.

English Language Requirements

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We require the following skills and qualifications from applicants to our International Masters programmes:

  • A bachelors degree awarded by a university or institution of higher education;
  • Proficiency in the English language;
  • The results of an applicant's GMAT or GRE exam, although not obligatory, may enhance their chances of being admitted.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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