Education for the higher educated

Advanced Master in Financial Markets

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

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Programme overview

The Advanced Master in Financial Markets offers a complementary education in finance and financial markets to the curricula of classic graduate programmes in finance or economics. It focuses on creating bridges between theory and practice, as well as on the policy and strategic aspects of the current financial context.

Programme objectives

The Advanced Master in Financial Markets is designed to give students a much deeper understanding of financial markets than the one offered by graduate or classic post-graduate courses.
It examines the connections between the different aspects of finance and the financial markets, as well as the connections between theory and practice of markets and between theory and policy making.
By the end of the programme, you will be able to:
  • understand the financial markets in a way that few students or even young professionals are able to
  • make robust assessments of theoretical and policy-related issues, thanks to the sharing of experience of senior practitioners and top-level academics teaching the courses
  • Be more effective and more creative in your professional environment and
  • be a more accomplished performer in the financial sector able to progress faster to senior levels.

Your profile

The Advanced Master in Financial Markets seeks:
  • High calibre students
  • students with an outstanding academic background, and the intellectual curiosity and discipline that are necessary to succeed in a very demanding environment
  • candidates with at least a graduate degree or equivalent. This degree can be, in economics, management or finance, but also in other disciplines, such as law, mathematics, engineering or international relations
  • young professionals already active in the financial industry seeking to broaden their skills
Eligible applicants must hold one of the following:
  • a master's degree (four or five years of study)
  • a post-graduate degree
  • a bachelor's degree followed by one to three years of work experience
  • another degree equivalent to the above (please consult us for more information)
Admissions will be based on the candidates' proficiency in English and on their background, professional potential and motivation.

Programme framework

This master is a full-time course (at least 60 ECTs) that lasts one year, split over five terms.

Students who do not have an economics or finance background, or want a refresher course, start mid September with an introductory module covering the principles of economics, mathematics and finance.

The course offers a set of core courses and a choice between two options: Advanced Financial Markets and Advanced Finance.
  • Advanced Finance: for students looking for a cutting-edge technical specialisation in quantitative finance
  • Advanced Financial Markets: for students seeking to broaden their expertise further in financial markets and/or develop their knowledge in financial techniques to complement a non-economic background
At the end of these courses, eglible students will perform a three-month internship in a leading financial institution. Alternatively, students will submit a master thesis on a subject relevant in the context of the programme.
For this master, the courses will be delivered after business hours (late afternoon on weekdays and Saturdays) to allow participants to take the course in parallel with a professional activity.

Programme content

  • Overview of Financial Markets and Regulation
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Historical Analysis of Finance and Financial Crises
  • Competition Policy in Financial Markets
  • Corporate Finance and Asset Valuation
  • Banking and Insurance
  • Hedge funds
  • Post-Trade and Investment Funds
  • Portfolio and Investments
  • Financial Infrastructures
  • European Financial Integration
  • ECB, central banks and financial markets
  • Risk and Risk Management in Financial Institutions
  • Investment Banking
  • Principles of Economics and Mathematics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Derivatives Pricing Practice
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Product Structuring

Faculty information

The faculty is made up of an unrivalled cast of senior practitioners and regulators who are helping to shape the evolution of financial markets and of top quality academics from different European universities.

Our high-profile professors include:
  • Chief Economist of the European Central Bank
  • Executive Chairman of a $12 billion fund of hedge funds
  • Chief banking regulator at the European Commission
  • A senior central banker, who has taught at Harvard and MIT
  • A top academic who is chairing the advisory committee of the European Systemic Risk Board
  • Past or current CEOs, CFOs, Chief Risk Officers, and other senior officers of major financial institutions, trade associations or government entities in Europe or the US
  • Top academics who have been acting as expert advisors to the European Commission or national regulators
  • Senior officers and former officers from the World Bank, IMF and EIB

Job opportunity

Graduates of this master can look forward to job opportunities with a faster advancement potential in a broad range of companies, including:
  • banks
  • investment banks
  • asset managers & global custodians
  • hedge funds and private equity firms
  • consulting firms
  • audit firms
  • regulatory agencies
  • universities and research agencies
To successfully grow in your professional life and make the right choices for your career, it is fundamental to define your goals and have the tools to achieve them. The Solvay Brussels School's career service will help you in building your career thanks to its strong connection with the business sector and to its dynamic team who will accompany each participant into the professional world. From self-assessment to networking opportunities, our team will assist participants to realise their full potential. Through a range of seminars, coaching sessions, workshops, events and other resources, we help our participants to discover the career path best suited to their personal fulfilment.

Practical information

If you wish to join the Advanced Master course in September 2015, please follow the five main steps of our admission procedure:
  1. Complete and submit the online pre-enrolment form together with your CV.
  2. Receive feedback on your eligibility from the Academic Director.
  3. Receive the instructions for a written assignment for completion of your application. Submit a copy of your highest degree and of your academic grades. A recent English-language test result (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge ESOL) is not required but would be a plus.
  4. Have a personal interview with the Academic Director.
  5. Receive feedback on your admission. If positive, please note that you will have two weeks to finalise your registration by:
    • Completing, signing and sending back the admission documents
    • Pay a deposit of €1000

Application Deadline:

  • EU students - August 30th 2015
  • Non-EU students - June 30th 2015
Starting date: September 2015
Language: English
Location: Brussels
Tuition: 15,000 euros (contact us for more information on financial aid conditions)
Contact: Aurélie Messina, Programme Coordinator
Tel.: +32 (0)2 650 39 15

Level University
Form Full-time
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 12 months
Location Brussels
Costs €15000
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Start month September
Country Belgium
Completion Diploma