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Programme overview

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What you need to know

For complete details of the programme, please refer to the Directive concerning the study plan of the MScF (from the academic year 2019-2020 onwards).

MSc in Finance (90 ECTS)

The core programme consists of three semesters and allows you to earn 90 ECTS within 3 semesters.

  • The first semester concentrates on core courses in the foundations of modern finance, accounting, quantitative methods and economics.
  • During the second semester, there is a transition towards case solving as several courses place a special emphasis on applications.
  • The third semester covers advanced topics in finance and provides exposure to the profession. Through the programme, elective credits allow a customization of the curriculum to match students’ professional goals.

The first three semesters ensure that you gain profound knowledge in finance. The Master of Science in Finance is part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program as it embeds a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge ™ (CBOK). This status is granted to institutions whose degree programme(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CBOK, which provides students with a solid grounding to sit for the CFA exams.

CBOK Topic Areas: courses taught in the MScF

  • Ethical and Professional Standards: Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance
  • Quantitative Methods: Econometrics, Programming, Research in Financial Analysis
  • Economics: Economic Policy, International Monetary System
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis: Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance: Corporate Finance
  • Equity Investments: Valuation, Equity Research Contest
  • Fixed Income: Fixed Income
  • Derivatives: Derivatives
  • Alternative Investments: Alternative Investments, Current Issues in Portfolio Management
  • Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning: Asset Pricing, Portfolio Management, Risk Management, Portfolio Optimization
  • Other: CFA Level I exam

At the end of the third semester, you have the opportunity to extend your studies by an additional semester (30 ECTS) and to write a Master thesis, or to take additional courses in the field of Data Science.

MSc in Finance (120 ECTS)

  • During the fourth semester, you have the option to write a Master thesis (30 ECTS) independently or during a training period at a financial institution or at the finance department of a corporation.
  • The Master thesis allows you to earn 30 ECTS and to bring the total amount of ECTS to the number of 120.
  • The research option prepares you for a research career in academia (PhD) or practice (e.g., at a government agency or a research division of a corporation).

MSc in Finance with Data Science Major (120 ECTS)

During the fourth semester, you also have the option to earn 30 ECTS in the Data Science track and to bring the total amount of ECTS to the number of 120.

We currently offer the following Data Science courses:

  • Programming
  • Data Science for Business
  • Data Management
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Thinking
  • Business Analytics

In addition, you have the possibility to add additional Data Science related courses to your personalized curriculum to match your professional goals. A maximum of 18 ECTS of the core programme can be chosen in other master programmes at the Faculty of Economics and Business and/or comparable programmes in other Swiss universities.