Finance (MSc) - Content

Finance (MSc) Content

Roland Magunia

Study Structure

120 ECTS must be acquired over the course of the study programme. The credits are spread over ten modules in the first, seven modules in the second study year as well as Cross Module Topics. The programme concludes with a project and a Master thesis.

Finance Core

These modules comprise topics which are necessary to persist in today’s financial sector. Computational
introduces students to translate applied problems into code and creates an interface between finance and IT language. The seminar Financial History builds a bridge between the past and future developments in Finance with a special emphasis on Digitisation. Corporate Finance, Investments, Entrepreneurial Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions enhance the knowledge from pre-studies and delve deeper into selected topics.

Quantitative Risk Management & Risk Modelling and Financial Engineering provide a rigorous methodological approach, especially for hedging strategies and the pricing of risk and  financial instruments. The Finance Master experience at HSBA is completed by a Study Trip to a global financial centre, a Research Seminar and a real life Project.

Methods & Context

In modern finance, experts are expected not only to have excellent knowledge but to show
methodological and analytical skills as well. This includes Project Management concepts such as Kanban, Design Thinking, Scrum or Agile but also collaborative IT Tools. Experts are also required to present in different contexts, like pitching, company presentations or academic talks. In a world with big data, competences in Statistics and Econometrics are key to provide superior analysis. Since digitisation is a global phenomenon, modules on Digital Economics, Sustainable Innovation and Compliance (incl. Data Security and Patents) are included. The students can also choose from different Electives, e.g. Digital Communication, Management Game, App Programming, SEO.

Plan of Studies

Year 1

# Module ECTS
1. PC-Lab: Computational Finance  
2. Corporate Finance  
3. Seminar on Financial History  
4. Investments  
5. Project Management  
6. Entrepreneurial Finance  
7. Scientific Methods & Competences  
8. Digital Economics  
9. Data Analystics & Statistics  
10. Econometrics  
  Total in Year 1 50

Year 2

# Module ECTS
11. Quantitative Risk Management & Risk Modelling  
12. International Markets & Study Trip  
13. Mergers & Acquisitions  
14. Electives & Digital Toolbox  
15. Research Seminar Finance  
16. Financial Engineering  
17. Sustainable Innovation & Compliance  
  Total in Year 2 45

Year 3

Module ECTS
Project and Master's Thesis & Colloquium 25


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