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The Master of Science in Finance and Banking, a program with an international focus, provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills for a successful career in all established and emerging areas of finance.

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Master of Science in Finance and Banking

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Event detailsDate: Monday, June 3, 2024Time: 16:00hLocation: OnlineLanguage: English
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Classes start: September 2024
LanguageEnglish
ModalityOn-campus
ScheduleMornings/afternoons
Duration10 months
ECTS credits60
Price18.500 €

The MSc in Finance and Banking provides students with an-in-depth knowledge as well as practical skills to pursue a successful career across the whole financial sector and in the new and emerging areas of big data, data analytics and digital finance and banking.

Practically focused and internationally oriented, this MSc program provides the core principles of finance and includes cutting-edge electives in financial analytics that allow students to pursue a successful career in an exciting start-up or fintech, in an established bank or in the finance department of any firm

The program benefits from the outstanding world-renowned faculty of UPF's Department of Economics and Business, leading academics from other European universities, and experienced business professionals from top firms and banks.

The Master of Science in Finance and Banking is endorsed by Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 16th best university in the world (of those with less than 50 years), according to the Times Higher Education ranking. In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally.

 

Program jointly offered with:Economics and Business UPF

Why choose this program

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Outstanding faculty

You will learn from a unique combination of the faculty of the world-renowned UPF's Department of Economics and Business, leading academics from other European universities, and experienced business professionals from top corporations, consultancies and financial services firms.

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Solid and practical curriculum

The program provides students with an-in-depth knowledge as well as practical and programming skills to pursue a successful career across the whole financial sector and in the new and emerging areas of big data, data analytics and digital finance and banking. Graduates will master the core principles of finance, be equipped to use data analytics, apply the appropriate financial analytic models and understand financial decision-making in an ethical and digital context.

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Cutting-edge electives in financial analytics

Specialise in some of the most exciting areas of finance by taking some of the financial analytics electives such as Blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Digital banking and fintech and Investment trends, quantitative strategies and machine learning, which entitle you to the officially recognised master specialisation in Financial Analytics.    

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International recognition

UPF Barcelona School of Management is the management school of Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 16th in the world among those under 50 years of age, according to the Times Higher Education ranking. The UPF Department of Economic and Business is in the Top 40 worldwide in the Shanghai’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. The MSc in Finance and Banking is ranked as one of the best masters in finance in Spain by the QS Business Masters Ranking 2023. In addition, the UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally.

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Program with CFA Accreditation and part of the QTEM network

The MSc Finance and Banking is affiliated with the CFA Institute, which recognises that the degree covers at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge and offers scholarships for the CFA exam. Our programme is also part of the QTEM, an international network bringing together students of more than 20 outstanding institutions and top international corporations worldwide.  

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Focus on a successful career

You will benefit from the expertise and business experience of our professional faculty, as well as our professionalisation courses, such as the “connecting with industry” featuring a wide range of invited practitioner speakers, and the continuous support of our careers team, so as to find a job in an exciting start-up or fintech, in an established bank or in the finance department of any firm.

Who is it for?

The program is aimed at recent graduates and junior professionals who wish to acquire the most up-to-date knowledge and the skills with an analytic, practical, and professional approach to finance.

Accreditations

UPF Barcelona School of Management is the management school of Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 16th placed university in the world, among those under 50 years of age, according to the Times Higher Education ranking. 

UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally, and places itself among the top business schools in the world.

In addition, the MSc in Finance and Banking is ranked as one of the best masters in finance in Spain by the QS Business Masters Ranking 2023

Member of the university affiliation program of the CFA, recognising that it embeds a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) into its curriculum.

The program is part of the QTEM, an international network bringing together outstanding students of more than 20 top international institutions and many international corporations. UPF Barcelona School of Management is the first and only Spanish institution that is part of the QTEM network.

The MSc in Finance and Banking is an official master's degree 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) has also institutionally accredited UPF-BSM. This accreditation certifies all the official 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).

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Curriculum

The MSc in Finance and Banking is organized over three terms.

During the first term all students will learn the fundamentals in the Finance and Banking core courses. Electives will be distributed throughout the second and third terms.

Students have the option to do curricular internships in start-ups, financial institutions or corporations. Career development sessions, and a dedicated “Connecting with the Industry” course, will be offered to aid students in finding the placement and prepare them for their professional future.

From October to June, students will work on their MSc thesis, supported by a core faculty member and supervised by a faculty member specialised in the area. 

Classes of the MSc in Finance and Banking take place at UPF Ciutadella Campus.

Core courses

Basics of Finance and Banking
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Electives

Financial Analytics Electives
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General Electives
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Professionalisation courses
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MSc Final Thesis

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Note on the Curriculum

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

Complementary activities

The Master of Science in Finance and Banking also includes the possibility of participating in practical activities and activities for personal and professional growth such as:

  • Brush-up Courses: preparatory crash-courses on business and economy-related subjects which take place two weeks prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Spanish Course: 80% discount 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 professional profile, approach potential employers and develop professional soft skills.
  • QTEM Program: After successfully completing the Master of Science in Finance and Banking students have the opportunity to participate in the QTEM Program, an optional and free of charge experience to study abroad at more than 20 top international universities which are leaders in the field of Economics. 
    Find more information about QTEM here.
  • 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.
  • UPF-BSM Inside: is a group of interdisciplinary subjects (applied data, communication, creativity, innovation and project management, sustainability and leadership among others) that, if you take this program, you can access at no additional cost. They are 100% online and you can take them throughout the academic year at your own pace, as they have been designed as self-study subjects.

Qualification obtained

Once students have completed the course they will obtain the Màster Universitari en Finances i Banca. Master of Science in Finance and Banking - Máster Universitario en Finanzas y Banca / Master of Science in Finance and Banking official Master's Degree awarded by Pompeu Fabra University.

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

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.

Double Degrees

UPF Barcelona School of Management Master of Science in Finance and Banking offers a Double Degrees option with:

  • EBS Business School (Germany):
    • MSc in Automotive Management
    • MSc in Real Estate
    • MSc in Management

Note: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.

Faculty

The program benefits from the outstanding world-renowned faculty of UPF's Department of Economics and Business, leading academics from other European universities, and experienced business professionals from top firms and banks.

 

Academic directors

Faculty

  • Oriol Aspachs Bracons 
    Head of Spanish Economics at CaixaBank Research
    He is the Head of Spanish Economics at CaixaBank Research. He holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, a Master in Economics and Finance from the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI) and an Executive Development Programme from IESE Business School. Before joining CaixaBank he worked as Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics, as a Research Assistant in the Financial Stability department of the Bank of England and in the Financial Markets Group. His areas of study include Inequality, monetary policy, the real estate sector and financial stability. He has published articles in internationally renowned academic journals, as well as papers on topics such as economic inequality, monetary policy, the real estate sector and financial stability, among others. He is Technical Secretary of the board of directors of the Cercle d’Economia.
  • Enrique Benito
    Director at HSBC in London
    Enrique holds a Ph.D in Economics from City, University of London and a Master’s in Finance and Quantitative Methods from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He is a former Fellow at the University of Oxford´s Saïd Business school and a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). He is now a Director at HSBC in London. His past experience spans consulting at a Big 4, where he advised commercial and investment banks on treasury, capital and funding matters, and roles at GE Capital Bank, the Central Bank of Spain and the former UK Financial Services Authority, now part of the Bank of England, where he was involved in the development and implementation of the Basel III framework.
  • Victor Burguete Vidal
    Economist at Banc Sabadell Research
    Victor Burguete Vidal is an Economist at Banc Sabadell Research Department. He holds a MSc in Specialized Economic Analysis from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE). He also holds a degree in Treasury and Financial Markets from IEB and a bachelor in Economics and in Journalism, both from Carlos III University of Madrid. Previously, he worked as a researcher and a research assistant at IESE Business School and at “La Caixa” Research Department. His main research fields are in EU affairs, geopolitics, commodities and international trade.
  • Eudald Canadell
    Director of Research and Statistics at the CNMV
    Eudald holds a degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona and an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Minnesota, where he focused on Financial Economics and Econometrics, and taught (T.A) Managerial Economics and Microeconomics. He has also completed advanced management courses at several business schools including the INSEAD (AMP 2008). He is presently Director of Research and Statistics at the CNMV (Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores). He has spent most of his career working in the international regulatory and financial markets field. Among other positions, Eudald was Secretary General of IOSCO, a position he held for four years. During his tenure IOSCO developed and approved, among other policies, the first Principles for the Regulation and Supervision of Securities Markets (1998), adopted subsequently by the IMF to assess the quality of regulatory and supervisory systems around the world. Eudald has also served as a senior executive at financial markets and international financial companies, including the Financial Derivatives Exchange in Spain (MEFF), and Standard & Poor’s Index Services, where he held the position of Managing Director for Europe during 6 years. Subsequently he was a senior vice-president at the consultancy Company Compass Lexecon.
  • Craig Chatfield
    Blockchain Architect at the FNZ Group
    He has extensive research and architecture experience in enterprise systems, service personalisation, security solutions and user privacy. Since completing his PhD Craig has worked for over 10 years as an enterprise solution and security architect, and has spent the last four years as a Blockchain Architect working for top tier global financial services and market infrastructure organisations. He has experience developing identity, digital assets, payments, and supply chain blockchain solutions across a wide range of industries.
  • Philippe Gelis
    Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Kantox
    He holds an MSc in Business Strategy and an MBA in Corporate Finance, both from Toulouse Business School. Philippe Gelis is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Kantox, a leading currency management software company, with headquarters in London. He founded the company in 2011, with Antonio Rami and John Carbajal. Recognised as a global Fintech Thought Leader and Influencer, Philippe began his career as a strategy and management consultant, spending several years with Deloitte.
  • Javier Gil-Bazo
    Associate Professor of Finance at Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    Associate Professor of Finance at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has previously held an Associate Professor position (with tenure) at Universidad Carlos III. Javier has also undertaken research at the University of Maryland, Tilburg University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Javier Gil-Bazo was the President of the Spanish Finance Association in 2018-19. His research interests cover institutional investors, investor behavior, asset management, and asset pricing. His research has been published in academic journals such as Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Banking and Finance, among others.Javier Gil-Bazo’s work has been awarded with the Best Paper Award at the European Conference of the Financial Management Association, the Honorable Mention of the Moskowitz Prize for outstanding research in socially responsible investing and the BME Best Derivatives Paper Award at the Annual Meeting of the Spanish Finance Association.
  • Germán López Espinosa
    Professor at Universidad de Navarra and IESE Business School
    Germán López Espinosa is Professor at School of Economics and Business of Universidad de Navarra and IESE Business School. He earned his M.A. in Auditing at Colegio de Economistas de Alicante and his Ph.D. in Universidad de Alicante. His research emphasizes the link between Banking, Finance and Accounting. He has been academic fellow at IASB and visiting scholar at NYU’s Stern School of Business.
  • Gyöngyi Loranth
    Professor of Finance at the University of Vienna
    Professor of Finance at the University of Vienna. Previously she was part of a faculty member of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and at the London Business School (United Kingdom). She received her PhD in Economics from Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (1999) and from Université Libre de Bruxelles (2003). Her research interests focus on financial intermediation, corporate finance and corporate governance. Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, Review of Finance, Management Science and Journal of Financial Intermediation among others. She has taught courses in Corporate Finance at the Judge Business School, Manchester Business School, Central European University, Humboldt University, ESADE Business School as well as tailor-made executive courses for banks.
  • Marc Antoni Macia
    Founder of NoviCap
    Marc holds a double degree in Business and Economics from UPF (Barcelona), Science PO (Paris) and CUHK (Hong Kong). He is a Young Talent fellow at IESE Business School. He is the Founder of NoviCap, the leading fintech offering Working Capital solutions in Europe. Novicap has supported more than 2.000 businesses across Europe and financed more than 1B€. Marc enjoys investing and helping other start-ups as an advisor in multiple topics such as: company culture, fundraising, strategy, pricing, hiring and sales. Marc is also the founder of "Hablando con líderes" podcast where he interviewed top leaders to learn from their personal and professional success. He is the co-author of the NoviCap case study, written in collaboration with IESE Business School.
  • Manuel Moreno
    Associate Professor of Finance at Universidad Castilla-La Mancha
    He holds a Ph. D. in Economics by University Carlos III de Madrid and a B. Sc. in Mathematics by Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is currently Associate Professor of Finance and Vicedean of Quality at Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Adjunct Professor at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School and Associate Editor of Studies in Economics and Finance. He has previously held teaching and research positions at the Financial Option Research Centre (Warwick Business School), Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon), IESE Business School, Universidad Carlos III (Madrid) and Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). His research interests focus on finance in continuous time with special emphasis on derivatives markets, financial engineering applications, pricing of derivatives, empirical analysis of different pricing models, portfolio management, and term structure models. He has received several prizes for his research activity as, for instance, the Barclays Global Investors Australia Research Award or the prize Mutua Pelayo in the IX Italian-Spanish Congress on Financial and Actuarial Mathematics. He has also published extensively in leading scientific journals as, for example, the European Journal of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Computational Finance. He has been awarded different prizes to his teaching skills including the distinction “Jaume Vicens Vives” to the University teaching quality, awarded by the Government of Generalitat de Cataluña. At IE Business School, he has been nominated for "Best Professor of the Year IE Business School Prize 2011" in full-time Masters, was included in the Top 3 of the professors in the course 2010-11, and has received 17 Prizes of Teaching Excellence in IE Business School. He has been instructor in several "in company" courses in institutions, as for instance, Caixa Catalunya, Endesa or Banco Popular.
  • Marc Murtra
    President of the Board of Directors of Indra
    Industrial Engineer, specialized in Mechanical Machinery, from the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers of Barcelona (ETSEIB), UPC. Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a major in Finance from the Leonard School of Business at New York University. President of the Board of Directors of Indra, Independent Director at Ebro Foods, S.A., Director at Turbo Propulsores, S.A., and Tess Defence, S.A., and Trustee of the Caixa d'Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona Foundation "la Caixa".
  • Sandra Orozco
    Senior Data Scientist at Accenture Applied Intelligence
    She is a Senior Data Scientist at Accenture Applied Intelligence. She holds a master’s degree in Statistics and Operations Research as well as a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC). Her main area of expertise is Operations Research related to Supply Chain & Operations. She has more than 4 years of experience on the translation of real-world problems into mathematical or conceptual models and their implementation through linear programming and metaheuristics. She is very keen of innovation, lecturing at the BGSE and developing analytics use cases related to Blockchain and IoT.
  • José-Luis Peydró
    ICREA Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    He is ICREA Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and CREI and Research Professor at the Barcelona School of Economics. He is also Bundesbank Research Professor, CEMFI and CEPR Research Fellow, advisor of Bank of Spain, consultant in the European Central Bank, European Bank Authority and European Investment Bank, independent board member at Institut Català de Finances (ICF), and Member of the Group of Economic Advisers of the European Security Markets Authority (ESMA). He was board member at the European Systemic Risk Board and held visiting positions at Becker-Friedman Institute at Chicago University, MIT, IMF and World Bank. Peydró has had an ERC Consolidator grant until December 2021. Peydró specializes in Finance and Macroeconomics, mainly on banking, financial crises, systemic risk, monetary policy, macroprudential policy, globalization, financial contagion, financial innovation, credit, fintech, networks, capital and liquidity. His recent work analyzes credit/finance and (i) political radicalization, (ii) inequality, (iii) climate risk, (iv) digital economy, (v) negative interest rates, (vi) rise of shadow banks and fintech, (vii) fiscal policy and taxes, (viii) state-owned banks, (ix) financial and production networks and (x) COVID crisis. His research has more than 10,000 citations. His research has been published in the top five journals in Economics: Econometrica, American Economic Review and Journal of Political Economy, and in the top three journals in Finance (Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Finance, and Journal of Financial Economics). He has also written the book Systemic Risk, Crises and Macroprudential Policy (MIT Press).
  • Amedeo Pugliese
    Professor of Accounting at the University of Padua
    Amedeo Pugliese is a Professor of Accounting at the University of Padua and visiting professor (long-term) at the Universtitat Pompeu Fabra. Amedeo held positions at the University of Naples ‘Federico II’ (Italy), Queensland University of Technology (Australia) and KU Leuven (Belgium). His research interests span across corporate governance, accounting in the banking industry and the effects of changes in financial regulation during systemic crisis. His work has been published in highly reputable scientific journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Management, Corporate Governance: an International Review.
  • Alberto Santini
    Marie Curie Post-Doctoral fellow at ESSEC Business School
    He obtained his PhD from the University of Bologna. He is a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral fellow at ESSEC Business School, in Paris. He is on leave from the Department of Economics and Business of UPF, holding a tenure-track assistant professor position. His main research interests are in the field of Operational Research and Machine Learning. He is an affiliate professor at the Data Science Centre of the Barcelona School of Economics, the Barcelona Graduate School of Mathematics and CY Advanced Studies. He is also a lecturer at the RWTH Business School. He founded the AIROYoung and EUROYoung, two chapters bringing together young Operational Researchers in Italy and Europe, respectively.
  • Vanessa Servera i Planas
    CEO of the Institut Català de Finances (ICF)
    She is the CEO of the Institut Català de Finances (ICF), the Public Catalan Bank. She holds a degree in Physics from the University of Barcelona (UB) and a master's degree in Finance from the Institut d'Estudis Financers (IEF). She did the Executive Program in Strategy & Operations of the Stanford Business School. She has obtained the FRM certification of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Prior to becoming the CEO, she was the Director General of Finance and Operations at ICF. Previously, she was the Director General of Finance and Risk at the Instituto del Crédito Oficial (ICO). She has extensive experience in the analysis and granting of financing to companies and she has managed the digital and technological transformation of the ICF.
  • Jose Suarez-Lledo
    Founder and advisor to the Global Gradient fund
    Jose Suarez-Lledo is advisor to the (Gestion Boutique VIII) Global Gradient fund. Heavily involved in the development of Machine Learning tools and Factor Models applied to investment strategies, portfolio management and the design of robo-advisors. Jose is also a free-lance Financial Consultant. Before this, he partnered with Kernel Analytics as credit risk director to offer advanced consulting services, focusing on forefront econometric & statistical techniques as well as Machine Learning models. He previously worked in CaixaBank as a Manager at the Financial Markets division within the Strategic Planning & Research department, where he was in charge of developing market analysis & forecasting models for financial variables, as well as the analysis reports that the department publishes regularly for clients and investors. Prior to that Jose worked at the Capital Planning & Forecasting department developing models and solutions as part of the methodological framework that allows the bank to generate capital projections. Before joining CaixaBank Jose was a Director at Moody’s Analytics based in London. As part of the Credit Analytics team he designed macro-econometric models for key economic and financial variables as well as retail and corporate credit models. Dr. Suarez-Lledo’s team provided consulting support to major industry players and implemented stress-testing solutions to quantify portfolio risk under alternative macroeconomic scenarios. Jose is also actively involved in speaking at credit events and economic conferences worldwide and has published his research both in practitioner and academic publications.
  • Adrià Thorson
    Senior Data Scientist at Accenture Applied Intelligence
    He is a Senior Data Scientist at Accenture Applied Intelligence. He holds a bachelor's degree in Statistics (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC) as well as a bachelor's degree in Economics (Universitat de Barcelona, UB). His main area of expertise is Data Science applied to the Supply Chain. He has more than 3 years of experience on the implementation of Heuristics and Machine Learning to solve actual business needs, specially related to the variability of Supply Chains. Adrià is also deeply involved in the Blockchain world. On one hand he is an active member of the Innovation team within Accenture where several Blockchain solutions have been built. On the other, he has been lecturing about Blockchain Dapp Development for several years at the BGSE.
  • Victoria Vanasco
    Researcher at the Centre de Recerca en Economía International (CREI)
    She is a Junior Researcher at the Centre de Recerca en Economía International (CREI). She is also a Research Affiliate at CEPR, an Affiliated Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and at the Barcelona GSE, an Associate Editor at Management Science, and a member of the Editorial Board at The Review of Economic Studies. Before joining CREI in 2018, she was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She earned her PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley and holds a master’s in finance and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, in Argentina, where she is from. Before her PhD, she spent two years as a Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank. Her research focuses on topics related to information asymmetries and their impact on financial markets and the real economy. She is interested in factors that lead to information and belief heterogeneity, in how these factors may impact incentives of market players to screen and monitor assets, and in the study of regulatory policies to increase liquidity and discipline in markets.
  • Sergio Vicente
    Assistant Professor at the Université du Luxembourg
    He is an Assistant Professor and a Senior Research Scientist of Finance at the Université du Luxembourg. He earned his PhD in Economics from New York University. He has held full-time faculty positions at Queen Mary University of London and at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. His main research areas are banking, financial innovation, and the regulation of financial institutions, including topics such as the automatization of lending, the regulation of capital and liquidity, the architecture of banking unions, and the effect of monetary policy on lending. He also teaches finance, banking and economics courses at the University of Luxembourg, University College of London, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He also teaches short courses at several MBA and MSc programs and is an occasional instructor at executive programs for bankers.

Methodology

The MSc in Finance and Banking is an on-campus program that combines diverse teaching methodologies in its various courses to offer a rigorous, hands-on and interactive learning experience, involving both individual and group work

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Lectures

Concepts and methodologies are introduced by leading academics and highly-experienced professionals in the financial sector, who are experts in their respective subject matters.

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Practical case studies

Learning from the successes and failures of real organizations, and training problem solving skills based on acquired competences.

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Guest speakers

Experienced professionals from the corporate and financial sector are invited to share their knowledge and expertise with the students in an interactive environment.

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Interactive activities

Stock market competitions, investment games, and role-playing allow the students to enhance the learning process through hands-on interactive activities.

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In-class discussions and group activities

Debates, discussions, and presentations allow the students to learn how to contribute to and respond to group dynamics, and benefit from the diverse group of students that participate in the program.

Evaluation

The evaluation system may vary from course to course and it will be based on the student's performance on a selection of the following activities:

  • Written exams and multiple choice tests
  • Oral presentations
  • Individual assignments and essays
  • Group projects
  • Class participation and debate interventions
  • Performance in simulation and role-playing games

Tools

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 work.

You will have:

  • Master's Final Project (TFM) or  Postgrad Final Project (TFP)
  • A personal mentor to monitor your final project (TFM or TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The MSc in Finance and Banking  provides students with an-in-depth knowledge as well as practical and programming skills to pursue a successful career in an exciting start-up or fintech, in an established bank or in the finance department of any firm.

Student profile

Every year the program welcomes junior profiles, to study finance and banking in Barcelona: a vibrant, dynamic and international city. The program has a multicultural environment with students from all around the world. The first step to work, communicate and negotiate globally.

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Average age

87%

International students

38%

Previous studies in Economics

30%

Previous studies in Business/Management

24%

Previous studies in Finance

Career opportunities

The Master of Science in Finance and Banking provides students with the opportunity to undertake a curricular internship. The program schedule offers the possibility to do it during the third term and summer terms. Resources and assistance will be provided by UPF-BSM Careers Service to support students in their search for internships and job positions.

  • Data analytics and fintech
  • Financial manager in a corporation or a startup
  • Financial analyst in a commercial bank, insurance company or government
  • Investment bank or M&A analyst
  • Financial consultant
  • Financial advisor in private banking or wealth management
  • Portfolio manager, trader or stockbroker

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

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.

Master of Science Scholarships

Specifically awarded to master of Science students who can demonstrate an good academic, professional, and/or personal trajectory.

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Grants and discounts

External financial aid

A large number of external entities and institutions offer financial aid options to students who want to enrol on one of our master programs and postgraduate courses.

 

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    Alumni discounts

    If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

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    UPF Employee Discounts

    If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

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    UPF Partner Universities Discount

    Check if the university where you took your undergraduate studies is a UPF partner university and obtain a 10% discount on your master's tuition fees. 

    *Discount not compatible with other scholarships, discounts and reductions.

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