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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Finance at University of Groningen

What drives investment decisions of companies and investors and how should they finance their operations? Finance specialists know the answers.

**Joint 3rd place in best MSc Finance in theNetherlands - HigherEducation Guide Masters 2017**

By choosing this Master, you acquire knowledge, understandingand skills required to analyse and evaluate real and complexfinancial problems of companies and institutions and to designsolutions for these problems. This programme focuses on a criticalanalysis and assessment of key issues in corporate finance andportfolio management, combining an academic perspective with apractical orientation.

The programme allows you to specialise in a broad range of areassuch as corporate valuation, derivatives, institutional investing,banking and insurance, corporate governance, responsible financing,and development finance.

You are also trained to develop the academic skills to analyseimportant questions in each of these areas. By analysing (applied)research questions in the field of finance you learn to analyse andsolve complex financial problems encountered by companies,investors, governments and international organisations.

In addition you will develop professional skills such as givingpublic presentations, working in teams and building computer modelsfor business decisions.

What drives investment decisions of companies and investors and how should they finance their operations? Finance specialists know the answers.

**Joint 3rd place in best MSc Finance in theNetherlands - HigherEducation Guide Masters 2017**

By choosing this Master, you acquire knowledge, understandingand skills required to analyse and evaluate real and complexfinancial problems of companies and institutions and to designsolutions for these problems. This programme focuses on a criticalanalysis and assessment of key issues in corporate finance andportfolio management, combining an academic perspective with apractical orientation.

The programme allows you to specialise in a broad range of areassuch as corporate valuation, derivatives, institutional investing,banking and insurance, corporate governance, responsible financing,and development finance.

You are also trained to develop the academic skills to analyseimportant questions in each of these areas. By analysing (applied)research questions in the field of finance you learn to analyse andsolve complex financial problems encountered by companies,investors, governments and international organisations.

In addition you will develop professional skills such as givingpublic presentations, working in teams and building computer modelsfor business decisions.

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of the MSc Finance you will be trained for positions in which you contribute as a specialist in finance todecision-making in private (multinational) companies and financial institutions, consultancy firms, (international) institutionalorganisations such as the IMF, World Bank, ECB, etc. andgovernmental institutions.

The curriculum of the programme offers you several options to develop a specific labour market orientation selecting specificsets of courses. You may focus on a career in corporate finance,investing, banking, or finance and development. Because all ourprogrammes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only 1%of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valuedon the labour market.

FEB Careers Company:

To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Careers Company empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies.Check: http://www.rug.nl/feb/career-services/

As a graduate of the MSc Finance you will be trained for positions in which you contribute as a specialist in finance todecision-making in private (multinational) companies and financial institutions, consultancy firms, (international) institutionalorganizations such as the IMF, World Bank, ECB, etc. andgovernmental institutions.

The curriculum of the programme offers you several options to develop a specific labour market orientation selecting specificsets of courses. You may focus on a career in corporate finance,investing, banking, or finance and development. Because all ourprogrammes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only 1%of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valuedon the labour market.


FEB Careers Company
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Careers Company empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB CareerServices

Job examples

  • Financial management
  • Investment and asset management
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance Consulting
  • Banking
  • Stock trading
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Economics and Business EconomicsUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

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with completed Intermediate Asset Pricing (EBB084A05) andCorporate Finance for E&BE (EBB079A05)

Business EconomicsUniversity of Groningen

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with completed Intermediate Asset Pricing (EBB084A05), CorporateFinance for E&BE (EBB079A05) and Econometrics for BE(EBB061A05)

Econometrics and Operations ResearchUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

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with completed Intermediate Asset Pricing (EBB084A05) andCorporate Finance for E&BE (EBB079A05)

Business AdministrationUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

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Profile B&M and TM with completed minor Finance

Tax EconomicsUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

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with completed Intermediate Asset Pricing (EBB084A05), CorporateFinance for E&BE (EBB079A05) and Econometrics for BE(EBB061A05)

International BusinessUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

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with completed minor Finance

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE; for specific scores (and exemptions), see http://www.rug.nl/(...)ication/intl-route/1

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation

language test

TOEFL internet based (IBT): 90, IELTS Academic: 6.5; for specific scores, see: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ication/intl-route/1

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following fields: Economics and Business Economics,Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research,Economics of Taxation, International Business and TechnologyManagement (with additional requirements).

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ication/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/(...)rt/admissions-officeor consult the guide for Teaching and Examination Regulations formore information about admission and application requirements: http://www.rug.nl/(...)nt-handbook/?lang=en

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following fields: Economics and Business Economics,Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research,Economics of Taxation, International Business and TechnologyManagement (with additional requirements).

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

Holders of a bachelor diploma of an accredited programme with astudy load of 240 ECs of a Dutch Institution for Higher Educationare eligible for admission after rounding off the pre-masterprogramme for the MSc Finance.

Holders of a BSc diploma of an accredited programme with a studyload of 180 Ecs of a Dutch University are directly admitted oreligible for admission after rounding off the pre-master programmefor the MSc Finance, the foregoing to be assessed by the AdmissionsBoard.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/(...)plication/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/(...)rt/admissions-officeor consult the guide for Teaching and Examination Regulations formore information about admission and application requirements: http://www.rug.nl/(...)nt-handbook/?lang=en

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing5.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based575
TOEFL internet based90

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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