Utrecht University

Banking and Finance, M.Sc.

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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.
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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.

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.

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.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Empirical Economics
  • Asset Pricing
  • Money, Financial Markets And Institutions
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Risk Management In Financial Institutions
  • Research Project
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 96

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You have a BSc of a research university in Economics or Economics and Business Economics, with substantial quantitative background, preferably with some degree of specialisation in Banking and Finance.

Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C)

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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