Financial instruments and investments
You will be trained in analysing stocks, bonds, and derivative securities using prevalent models for pricing and risk management. Investors form portfolios of different securities, and you will learn analytical tools for selecting portfolios optimally. The risk-return trade-off is essential to investments, and modern finance focuses on identifying relevant risk measures and the risk premia investors can obtain by exposing themselves to the various sources of risk. You will see theoretical models of the risk-return trade-off, but also empirical studies of the observed risk-return relation.
Financial industry and markets
You will obtain a solid knowledge of the different players in financial markets. Companies use financial markets for raising capital, for short-term liquidity and risk management, and as a source of information for internal decisions related to capital budgeting and corporate governance. Households interact with financial markets when saving and investing for retirement or other purposes and when taking mortgages and other loans. Banks and other financial institutions act as intermediaries facilitating transactions and the efficient allocation of capital among corporations and households, but they also act in their own behalf as large profit-seeking and risk-taking market players and are therefore heavily regulated by society. You will learn about the financial decisions of companies, households, and financial institutions and the influence these decisions have on financial markets.
Analytical and communicative skills
The understanding and applications of both theoretical models and empirical methods in finance require specialized skills in mathematics, statistics, and IT. By nature, financial models build on tools and concepts from probability theory and statistics in order to represent the uncertainty which is so crucial for financial decisions. Computer-based quantitative software is wide-spread in the financial industry as it expedites the applications of the often quite complex models. The programme provides you with sufficient training of the necessary abilities both in a dedicated first-semester course and integrated in other courses whenever relevant. Communicative skills are developed through shorter assignments and longer written reports, as well as both oral and written exams.
Finance and Investments is a two-year master’s programme that is divided into four semesters. The fall semester runs from September to December with exams in January. The spring semester has courses from February to mid-April with exams until mid-May after which students work on a project until late June. There are eight mandatory courses, including the project, in the first year, and elective courses followed by a Master’s thesis in the second year. The Finance and Investments concentration gives access to certain progressive electives, enabling you to go even deeper into specific areas.
In the second year you have the option to apply for the CEMS programme.
You can also use part of your third semester to obtain a minor in one of the specialised minor programmes.
SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
This is a concentration under the MSc in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.) programme. MSc EBA / cand.merc. has 14 concentrations, each with a limited number of places. The entry requirements below are the same for all concentrations, but take special note of the selection criteria which are unique to each one.
The MSc EBA/cand.merc. graduate programme is the natural progression for the following bachelor degrees: HA Almen from CBS, HA i projektledelse, HA i Europæisk Business, BSc in International Shipping and Trade from CBS, BSc IB from CBS and BSc SEM from CBS. These bachelor degrees fulfil the entry requirements for the MSc EBA/cand.merc. programme (note that, depending on the concentration, the language requirement must also be fulfilled).
Applicants who do not have one of the above mentioned bachelor degrees can also be qualified for the programme, if the academic areas listed below are covered in full and as prescribed. Your educational background will be subject to an overall individual assessment in order to establish whether the following specific entry requirements are met:
|45 ECTS-points in the following core academic areas, with a minimum of 5 ECTS-points within each:
|45 ECTS-points in Business Administration/Economics|
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