Degree: MSc Finance & Investments
Duration: 12 months
Start: September 2021
- 52% international students in programme
- 94% of graduates employed within 3 months after graduation
- Examples of your future job title: Financial analyst, Portfolio / Risk manager, Financial consultant
This one-year full-time MSc in Finance and Investments is demanding and requires a proactive attitude; it will provide you with the latest in-depth knowledge and insights, plus the right skills and mindset essential for a successful career as a finance professional. The programme will prepare you for a position in, for example, a financial institution, a corporation, a consultancy, your own start-up, a government project, or an NGO. You will learn from world-class academics specialising in finance, and from leading practitioners.
RSM is one of only a few business schools in the Benelux that is partnered with the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute® (CFA). Thus, you can earn your master’s degree and prepare for the CFA® Level I exam within one academic year – another step on your way to becoming a financial analyst, portfolio/risk manager, or consultant.
And because RSM is also an Academic Partner of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA), your curriculum can be part of your preparation for CAIA exams as you learn strategies and practice for alternative investments that can be applied to hedge funds, real estate, or private equity.
The programme will enable you to master the theoretical foundations of finance and investments as well as practical applications. From September to December, there’s a fixed core of modules in corporate finance, valuation, investments, financial modelling, and ethics, taught by some of Europe’s most respected academics in the field. From January to June, you can customise your choice of electives as well as your master thesis topic to match your career ambitions. On graduation, you will receive RSM’s MSc degree in Finance and Investments.
An important way in which the MSc in Finance and Investments at RSM stands out is the extraordinarily wide range of electives – including courses that are tuned into the latest developments in practice, such as sustainable finance, fintech, and financial analytics.
For the most talented and motivated students in the MSc programme, the Finance and Investments Honours Programme offers a challenging extracurricular course in finance research and practice.
If you’re talented and motivated, and recently graduated with a bachelor degree in business, economics, finance or accounting – and keen to develop yourself into a finance professional – then this master programme is for you. You’ll need to be able to study independently as well as eager to work in teams.
Many graduates find their first career steps as analysts, consultants, or controllers in financial services, consultancy or corporations, according to the findings of our latest MSc Employment Report. Their salaries rank second highest of all graduates from all RSM MSc programmes. While some find a job in top international banks in major financial centres such as Frankfurt and London, many others work in other banks, financial advisory companies, large corporates, or smaller businesses.
Dennis Santo (MSc Finance and Investments 2020)
While this programme is ultimately a research-based master programme, it has a strong practical aspect. Besides learning theory for finance and investments, we apply our knowledge to practical situations through group projects. The programme also provides a wide variety of elective programmes, allowing us to tailor it based on our interests.