Master in Finance and Banking

23 FEB 2022
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Our master in finance will turn you into a professional in the financial area that today's market needs. Prepare yourself to be an investment fund manager, bank manager, personal advisor, or expert in the new disruptive platforms in the sector.

  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Financial Markets
Next edition
Classes start
27 September, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Program ends
01 July, 2023 (To be confirmed)
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5 pm to 9 pm. Depending on the electives and/or complementary activities, there may also be classes on Tuesdays and exceptionally on Thursdays at the same time.
ECTS credits
12150 €

The previous masters offered by the school in Financial Markets and in Banking and Finance have been transformed into the Master in Finance and Banking, to respond to an essential training need for professionals and students who want to develop their careers in the corporate finance sector.

The Master in Finance and Banking at the UPF Barcelona School of Management trains professionals in financial markets, in a changing environment marked by digital disruption, capable of applying both classical valuation techniques and new data management techniques, and even adapt to possible disruptions that may come in the future.

The structure of the new master links the analysis and management of the different financial markets (Monetary, Fixed Income, Variable Income, Derivatives, and Currencies) with the study of current platforms and products, such as Fintech or blockchain, all based on the analysis of data, such as big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Professionals trained in the master in finance will not only have a deep knowledge of the financial system, but also an adequate knowledge of the possibilities offered by data processing today and the strategic aspects of the current financial environment.

The Master in Finance and Banking offers its students an adapted financial training that will allow them to position themselves as privileged interlocutors between programmers and financial analysts or managers.

The 3 training itineraries (Markets, Risk Management and customized itinerary) correspond to the new needs of financial institutions in a changing environment, and allow us to respect the concerns and learning desires of our students.

The market moves and we move with it, so by focusing on each student and their specific skills, we help them grow and achieve their personal goals, as well as providing rigorous training.

The objective of the Master in Finance and Banking is to train professionals capable of:

  • offering professional financial advice
  • managing portfolios and investment funds
  • analysing all types of financial products
  • analysing and managing the risks associated with financial products
  • analysing and understanding the economic and financial environment
  • using the latest techniques, platforms, and products for risk assessment, study, and management
  • analysing and understanding banking strategy
  • detecting, adapting, and managing disruptive platforms present in the sector
  • managing data analysis tools

Why choose this program


Trains versatile professionals who are up to date with current market needs

New technologies have transformed the financial sector. This master will provide you with, in addition to the necessary financial knowledge, knowledge of the new business models, technology, and products that have burst onto the sector, training you to develop your profession in this changing environment.


Learn from experts in the sector

You will be trained, for the most part, with recognized active professionals who will contribute the knowledge and experience acquired in their day to day work, as well as with UPF professors, whose Department of Economics and Business has been classified as first in Spain, third in Europe and 46th in the world, by Times Higher Education.


Carry out your internship in top-level entities

The master offers you the possibility of doing professional internships in leading entities of the first level in the financial sector such as BBVA, Banco Sabadell, Criteria Caixaholding, or the Governing Society of the Barcelona Stock Exchange, among others.


Recognized by the CNMV: allows you to act as a Financial Advisor

The master (Market Specialization) is published in the list of the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) that certifies that you will obtain the knowledge and skills of staff who provide financial advice and information, in accordance with the provisions of the European MIFID II directive and that therefore you will be able to practise this profession once you have completed the course.

Students from Specializations: Risk Management and customized itinerary, will be able to obtain this accreditation by completing a complementary training course included in the master.


CFA Accreditation

The Master's is a member of the University Affiliation Program of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute*. At the end of the Master you will be ready to take the exam to obtain the CFA accreditation, a prestigious international recognition in investment management and financial analysis, and for which there are two scholarships offered in each course. 
You can also take part in the CFA Research Challenge, a team competition in which more than 1,000 universities and Business Schools participate from all over the world.

*(Renewal in process)


The master offers 3 possible training itineraries. Two itineraries with specializations and a third customized itinerary.

  • Market Specialization

    You will specialize in advising clients within private banking and in financial market analysis in research services of financial entities (banks, companies, and securities agencies).

  • Risk Management Specialization

    You will specialize in global knowledge of the financial sector and credit institutions. It offers specific training in risk analysis, both credit (essential as a core business of banking) and in the management of cash and liquidity risks, and markets.

  • Finance and Banking (customized itinerary)

    This itinerary allows you to customize the program, choosing the subjects that interest you the most and which to suit your professional concerns and goals from among all the optional subjects offered.

Who is it for?

The master is aimed at both young graduates in the field of Social and Legal Sciences or Engineering or other disciplines in the quantitative field who want to develop their professional career in the financial or banking sector.

The program will also welcome qualified professionals who currently work in the sector and want to deepen or update their knowledge in the area.

Admission and enrolment


his is an official master and has the academic recognition of the Ministry of Education of the Government of Spain. The Quality Agency of the University System of Catalonia (AQU Catalunya) has institutionally accredited the UPF-BSM. This accreditation certifies all the official university master's degrees that we teach and recognizes the quality of our educational model in accordance with the criteria of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).


The Master in Finance and Banking allows you to obtain the title with specialization (Markets or Risk Management) or without specialization.

All participants must take all the subjects of Fundamentals of Finance and Banking during the first quarter  (24 ECTS), and in the second and third quarter 30 optional ECTS, in addition to the Master's Final Project (6 ECTS), which will be developed throughout the course.

Courses with specialization: the student must take the 5 optional subjects of the chosen specialty plus 10 ECTS chosen from all the optional subjects offered (including Professional Internships and optional subjects from the other specialization).

Courses without specialization: the student will choose 30 ECTS from all the optional subjects offered.

Compulsory subjects (24 ECTS)

Basic Finance Instruments (24 ECTS)
Valuation and corporate finance
Investment and portfolio management
Introduction to data analysis and big data
Data science for finance
Financial markets and institutions
Derivatives Market

Optional subjects (30 ECTS)

Market Specialization (20 ECTS)
Investment and portfolio management II
Financial markets and institutions II
Financial markets and institutions III
Analysis and management of taxation
Investment and portfolio management III
Risk Management Specialization (20 ECTS)
Digital banking and Fintech
Regulation and banking accounting
Financial markets and institutions II
Analysis and management of taxation
Credit risk analysis
Other optional subjects available Subjects of 3 or 4 ECTS, except the Professional Interships ( 6ECTS)
Ethics, professional standards, and Corporate Responsibility
New trends in risk
Mergers and acquisitions
Management skills and tools
Applied management
Technological disruption and business
Global vision of the international business reality
Professional Internships

Master's Final Project (6 ECTS)

Master's Final Project

The Master's Final Project can be a research project applied to finance or can develop a specific financial analysis project within a particular organization or company.

Note on elective courses
Elective courses will be carried out in case of reaching a minimum number of enrolled students. The final offer for each academic year may be adapted depending on the academic planning. 

Complementary activities

Those students who have not completed the main subjects recommended for following the master in their previous degree may take supplementary training prior to the start of classes in the following subjects:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economy
  • Quantitative methods and basic mathematical concepts

BSM Inside

The master includes BSM Inside, a transversal and interdisciplinary module, common to all master's and postgraduate degrees at UPF Barcelona School of Management, which has been conceived to work on a set of key competencies for professional development in conjunction with the real needs of today's organizations. 

This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities.

All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way.

International mobility

The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you the possibility of expanding your training and international vision through different programmes and activities:

  • International mobility programme: extend your studies extracurricularly, during the academic year following the completion of your Master's, at a top-level institution. Limited places.
  • Study Trip: optional trip to a European city in which conferences and visits to companies will be scheduled so as to expand knowledge and acquire a global vision.

Qualification obtained

After completing the program, and depending on their specialization, students will be awarded with the following degrees:

  • Máster Universitario en Finanzas y Banca / Master of Science in Finance and Banking, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Máster Universitario en Finanzas y Banca / Master of Science in Finance and Banking. Especialidad en Gestión del Riesgo, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.
  • Máster Universitario en Finanzas y Banca / Master of Science in Finance and Banking. Especialidad en Mercados, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.

Issuance of official Master's Degrees: The amount stipulated in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia) must be paid for the rights to issue the title. This rate varies annually and the rate in force at the time of application for the degree will be applied.


The teaching team brings a dual approach to the program. On the one hand, professors from the prestigious UPF Department of Economics and Business, who contribute their theoretical knowledge. On the other hand, recognized active professionals, who contribute their experience on how to apply knowledge to the daily reality of today's companies.

Academic directors

Xavier Freixas Dargallo

Distinguished Full Professor UPF

Xavier Brun Lozano

Senior Lecturer BSM

Oscar Elvira Benito

Senior Lecturer BSM


Oriol Amat Salas

Full professor of Financial Economics and Accounting at UPF and UPF-BSM.

Xavier Brun Lozano

Senior Lecturer BSM

Oscar Elvira Benito

Senior Lecturer BSM

Xavier Freixas Dargallo

Distinguished Full Professor UPF

David Igual Molina

Adjunct professor BSM

Carmen Jover Díaz

Lecturer BSM

Pablo Larraga López

Adjunct professor BSM 

Luz Parrondo Tort

Head of Accounting and Finance
Senior Lecturer BSM

Miquel Planiol Ribera

Lecturer BSM

Xavier Puig Pla

Senior Lecturer BSM

Joan Anton Ros Guasch

Senior Lecturer BSM

Antonio Valls Roig

Lecturer BSM

  • Francisco Albuixech Micó

Delegate at the CNMV in Barcelona
Bachelor´s degree in law from the University of Valencia.
Master in Legal Practice by IE Law School.

  • Ramon Alfonso Mata

Fiancial Analist at Gar Investment Managers.
Master in Business Administration from Ramon Llull University (Barcelona).
Bachelor in Philosophy and Humanities from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

  • Ramón Amargant Arnau

Manager of the Economic Analysis Unit for Property Transactions and Projects at BancSabadell Investment.
Postgraduate course in Economics and Finance from the Centre for Financial and Monetary Studies (Madrid).
Degree in Economic and Business Sciences from Pompeu Fabra University and is a specialist in real estate.

  • Silvia Baron Gómez

BBVA Real Estate Business Unit.
Master in Banking and Finance from Pompeu Fabra University.
Degree in Actuarial and Financial Sciences from Universitat de Barcelona) and a 
Degree in Business Administration from Rovira i Virgili University.

  • Tomàs Casanovas Martínez

Master of Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde - Glasgow 
President of the company ENERSIDE and CEO of Open Learning Spain S.A. Economist and Business Professor.

  • Francisco Javier Dueñas Selma

Vice-president of Forética and member of the Spainsif Board of Directors. 
Delegate of the Cajamar Cooperative Group for the Sustainable Development Agenda
Management Program (PADE) at IESE Business School.

  • Albert Martí Poyo

Commercial and Business Development Manager at Assurances Credit Mutuel Group in Spain.
MBA in ESADE Business School.

  • Miquel Perdiguer Andrés

Director of the Catalunya Caixa Foundation.
PhD in Economics and Business Sciences from the University of Barcelona.
Lecturer of Financial Marketing at Pompeu Fabra University.

  • Josep Maria Raya Vílchez

PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona.
Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona. He is lecturer of the TechnoCampus Mataró-Maresme Foundation at Pompeu Fabra University and associate lecturer at the School of International Trade.

  • José B. Sáez Madrid

PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona.
Lecturer of the Department of Economic, Financial and Actuarial Mathematics at University of Barcelona.
Coordinator in Barcelona and Andorra of the course for obtaining the international accreditation of financial analyst (CIIA)

  • Pere Serra Bartolí

Founder and owner of Ganimedes Consulting.
Bachelor in Biology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

  • Mireia Sitjas

Director Global Head of FX, Barclays Wealth.
Master of Business Economics and Financial Management from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
Degree in Economics and Businesses Sciences from Pompeu Fabra University.

  • Albert Soler Rubio

Executive Director Credit Risk at Caixabank
MBA from ESADE.Degree in Economics and Businesses Sciences from the University of Barcelona.

  • Jordi Viladot

President and General Director at Gesiuris SGIIC.
Degree in Economic Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.


The Master of Finance and Banking program has a very practical and professional approach.

Theory and practice are combined with a very participatory methodology. In addition to the presentation of theoretical concepts by the teachers, there is the interaction and intervention of the students.


Connect with the professional world

Throughout the course, practical, real, and current cases will be presented and discussed which will allow you to apply the concepts learned and thus face the situations that you will find in your company or professional activity.


Team building

The experience of group activities will allow you to share visions, knowledge, and opinions with students not only from Barcelona but from all over the world, enriching your academic experience and strengthening your network of contacts.


Tutored final project

The experience of group activities will allow you to share visions, knowledge, and opinions with students not only from Barcelona but from all over the world, enriching your academic experience and strengthening your network of contacts.


The evaluation of the program is continuous and will be carried out on the basis of:

  • Practical cases, exercises, and work
  • Tests of the different subjects
  • Class participation and presentations
  • Class attendance (the face-to-face modality requires a minimum of 80%)
  • Master's Final Project

The student's evaluation activities will be carried out individually and in groups, in order to encourage teamwork.


The On-Campus&Live methodology allows you to follow the program in person and also remotely.

In this modality, two stable subgroups are opened that will coexist throughout the course: one face-to-face and the other with 100% remote students. The remote students (a maximum of 15 places per course) will follow the program in a synchronous way with the face-to-face students. That is, they will share the same school calendar and schedule as the face-to-face students.

Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems, and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills, and achieve learning which is transferable to the job. The face-to-face modality is enriched with elements of online programs (virtual learning environment, multimedia resources, among others) so that the learning experience of the two subgroups is equally satisfactory.

You will have:

  • Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops
  • Digital resources and audiovisual blocks for online learning
  • Active methodologies for transferable learning

Professional Future

The program is aimed at all those young professionals who want to focus their professional career on the current financial sector and seek strategic training that, in addition to providing them with solid financial knowledge, trains them to carry out their work in a sector strongly transformed by the emergence of new technologies.

Upon completion of the master, students will be able to exercise the management of financial products and services, from a perspective of financial advice, as well as the analysis of credit risk and other market risks in a changing environment due to new technologies and ways of working.

Student profile

The master brings together young professionals from various fields (Economics, Business Management, Law, Engineering or other quantitative disciplines), and students who come from different countries with a common goal: accessing quality and up-to-date training, in addition to living an academic experience that provides them with the knowledge and tools to face the challenges of their professional future.


Average age


Years of professional experience


International students

Career opportunities

The main areas covered by the Master in Finance and Banking are risk management, portfolio management and investment funds, financial advice, private banking, and corporate finance.

The program also offers the possibility of choosing the optional subject of Professional Internships, an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in corporate finance, financial accounting, etc. in the professional environment.


Portfolio agencies and companies:

  • Portfolio manager
  • Financial advisor
  • Risk analyst
  • Backoffice
  • Department of studies
  • Broker

Financial entities:

  • Personal banking managers
  • Private banking managers
  • Bank office
  • Risk department
  • Settlement and clearing of operations


Financial entities. Companies or offices:

  • Business managers
  • Directors
  • Positions in bank offices


Financial entities. Central services:

  • Risk analyst
  • Social work of the bank
  • Personal banking managers
  • Marketing


Other entities:

  • Financial planning
  • Family office
  • Corporate finance
  • Venture capital
  • Insurance companies
  • Business consultant
  • Central Bank employee
  • Commercial Bank manager
  • Corporate finance services
  • Investment banker
  • M&A Advisor
  • Wealth manager
  • Financial advisor
  • Private banking
  • Socially Responsible Investment
  • Wealth manager
  • Financial advisor
  • Private banking



  • Crowd funding
  • P2P lending
  • Roboadvisors
  • Payment systems

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

University graduates from the field of Social and Legal Sciences (Business Administration, Economics, Law or courses related to the business economic field, etc.), Engineering and quantitative disciplines (Mathematics, Statistics, etc.).

All those graduates or graduates from outside the field of economics, business, law, or engineering must have a minimum professional experience of two years in the banking or financial sector.

Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through its form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional)
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Applications are subject to the number of places available on the program.


  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.


  • Resgistration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your transcript of records.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program codes for this course are:
    • Risk Management: 1569
    • Markets: 1567
    • Finance and Banking (customized itinerary): 1570
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Grants and discounts


Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

Go to the simulator

Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.


Master in Finance and Banking