Master of Science in Finance and Banking

Program curriculum and final degree

Program Curriculum

The MSc in Finance and Banking is organized along three terms. During the first term all students will take the Basics of Finance and Banking core courses.

Elective courses will be distributed throughout the three terms with the highest workload during the second and third term. From October to June, students will work on their MSc thesis, supervised by a specialized faculty member.

Core courses. Basics of Finance and Banking

  • Corporate Finance and Valuation
  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Introduction Data analytics and Big Data
  • Data Science for Finance
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Derivative Markets 

Electives. Financial Analytics

  • Digital Banking and Fintech 
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
  • Investments Trends, Quantitative Strategies and Machine Learning 
  • Benchmarking and Management Control 
  • Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • Banking and Financial Intermediation 


  • Ethics, Professional Standards and Corporate Responsability
  • Connecting with industry 
  • Current Topics in Macroeconomics and International Finance 
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganisations
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Sustainable Finances 
  • Challenge
  • Internship

MSc Thesis

Students will also prepare and present a master thesis (an academic project, a corporate valuation or financial plan), supervised by a specialized faculty member. Through the year, there will also be a master thesis accompanying course, supervised by the master thesis coordinator.

Note: Program contents are under review. New modules and subjects could change for September 2021 edition.

All the information contained in these documents is for information purposes only and may be subject to change in the adaptations of each academic year.
The definitive guide will be available to students enrolled in the virtual space before the start of each subject.

QTEM Program

After successfully completing the master’s program students have the opportunity to do an extension of their master by participating in the QTEM Program, an optional study abroad experience at more than 20 top international universities leaders in the field of Economics. UPF Barcelona School of Management is the first institution in Spain part of the QTEM Network.

Additional Off-Program Activities

Further to the course's regular classes, all Master of Science students have the possibility of attending free complementary training parallel to the running of their programs. The following activities are optional and are included in the program's tuition fees:

  • Brush-up Courses: online preparatory crash-courses on business and economy-related subjects which take place two weeks prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Spanish Course: free of charge during the first term. 3 hours/week course at the UPF's language school.
  • Career Development Program: career sessions and workshops where students obtain specific training on how to improve their CV, approach potential employers and develop professional soft skills. Read more at Employment Opportunities.

    Final Degree

    Once students have completed the course they will receive the official Master's Degree Máster Universitario en Finanzas Corporativas y Banca / M.Sc. in Corporate Finance and Banking awarded by Pompeu Fabra University.

    Students will also receive an additional Master of Science in Finance and Banking completion certificate awarded by UPF Barcelona School of Management.

    Official Master's Degree: Upon successfully completing the master's program you will receive a final diploma awarded by Pompeu Fabra University. In order to issue the certificate, the Government of Catalonia charges an additional fee of approximately €200. The exact amount varies annually and will be finalized upon completion of the degree. In accordance with the regulations set out by the Spanish Ministry of Education this final diploma will be issued in Spanish.