Postgraduate Online Course in Financial Information and Assessment

Become an accredited financial advisor through this postgraduate course, which has been approved by the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV), to be included in the list of courses that accredit the training necessary to perform financial information and assessment functions, in accordance with the European MiFID II regulations.

  • Financial markets
  • Taxation
  • CNMV
Next edition
Classes start
12 October, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Program ends
19 April, 2023 (To be confirmed)
ECTS credits
1850 €

With the Postgraduate Online Course in Financial Information and Assessment, you will acquire knowledge of financial products and related markets, as well as the influence of the economicfinancial environment in which they are developed. This will allow you to transmit the appropriate information and provide correct advice to your clients.

Its main objectives are:

  • Know the main characteristics of the financial system and the guidelines for action depending on the client, the financial product, and the service that is being provided to the client.
  • Understand and learn how to analyse the main characteristics of the money, fixed income and variable income markets.
  • Understand the derivatives markets, OTC products and the currency market.
  • Know and learn how to analyse the risks of any investment products that are offered or recommended to clients.
  • Learn how to determine customer needs and have the ability to analyse their investment objectives. Also know the implications of diversification relative to individual investment alternatives, as well as the difference between past and future performance scenarios, and the limits of forecasts.

The Postgraduate Online Course in Financial Information and Assessment is endorsed by Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 15th 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.

Why choose this program


Study at an accredited school

Study at a school accredited by EQUIS, an international distinction that guarantees the quality of our institution and makes us the 1st school 
of management linked to a public university with this accreditation in our country.


Director of international prestige

The postgraduate director, Xavier Puig, holds management positions in leading entities in the financial sector, as well as being part of the prestigious Department of Economics and Business at UPF. He is also an influential leader in the sector with frequent opinions in the media, where he has dealt with different financial issues.


Gain a professional advisor accreditation

The postgraduate course is included in the list of programs of the CNMV, National Securities Market Commission, which will accredit you as trained personnel for advising on investment products and services, as established in the European MiFID II directive.


Learn from industry professionals

You will train, on the one hand, with UPF professors, whose area of Economics and Business has been rated 1st in Spain, 3rd in Europe and 46th in the world, by the Times Higher Education ranking. And, on the other hand, with renowned professionals who will contribute their knowledge and experience to apply theory to practice.

Who is it for?

The program is aimed at professionals who provide information and/or offer financial advice to clients and professionals who need to be accredited through the CNMV, in accordance with the European MiFID II regulations.

Admission and enrolment


The postgraduate course is included in the list of programs of the CNMV, National Securities Market Commission, which will accredit you as trained personnel for advising on investment products and services, as established in the European MiFID II directive.


The Postgraduate Online Course in Financial Information and Assessment is made up of 6 subjects that are carried out consecutively and completely remotely.

At the end of the subjects, a final exam is taken on-campus in which the whole program will be evaluated.

Economic-Financial Environment
Financial system
  • Introduction
  • Current structure of the Spanish financial system
  • Financial intermediaries
  • Financial assets
  • Financial markets
ECB and monetary policy
  • Introduction
  • Functions and structure
  • Monetary politics
Economic environment
  • Introduction
  • GDP
  • Inflation
  • Type of interest
  • Exchange rate
  • Unemployment
  • Balance of payments
  • Supply and demand indicators
  • Advanced indicators
  • Impact of macroeconomic variables on financial markets
Regulatory Environment and Taxation
Regulatory environment
  • MiFID. Classification of clients. Product types. Service modalities
  • Prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism. Real ownership. Analysis of the operation. Communications to SEPBLAC
  • Market abuse. Inside information. Market manipulation
  • General introduction. Previous considerations. Basic aspects
  • Personal income tax
  • Wealth tax
  • Inheritance and gift tax
Financial Markets I
Money market
  • Five key variables to evaluate fixed income in the short or long term
  • Fixing the price of money
  • Interbank market: The Euribor
  • Money market products
  • “Repos” and “FRA’S”
  • Risks. Ratings
Fixed Income Market Basic
  • Basic characteristics of a long-term bond
  • Whole price and running coupon and ex-coupon price
  • Long-term fixed income investment risks. Ratings
  • Guarantees and priority of collection
  • Price and profitability of a bond
  • Time Curve of interest rates
  • Profitability, risk and taxation
Equity Market
  • 4 key variables to evaluate equities
  • Characteristics of the stock market
  • Types of orders
  • Cash operations
  • Credit operations
  • Capital increase
  • IPO, rights offering, and takeover
  • Risks in investing in equities
  • Analysis: Fundamental and technical
Financial Markets II
Derivatives Market

Section 1. Futures

  • Introduction to derivatives: Forwards and Futures
  • Clearinghouse and standardization of contracts
  • Hedging and speculation
  • Operations, costs and guarantees in the futures market


Section 2. Options

  • Types of options and the four basic positions
  • Call options
  • Put options
  • Basic valuation of options: intrinsic value and time value
  • Operations, costs and guarantees in the options market
Forex market
  • Main characteristics of the foreign exchange market
  • Expression of exchange rates
  • “Spot” and “forward” operations
  • Price determination
  • Exchange insurance
OTC Market
  • Characteristics
  • Risks
  • Operation
Investment planning
  • How to plan the investment
  • Criteria for the selection of banking products
  • Classification of banking products
Bank deposits
  • Deposits: simple interest, increasing interest, structured with capital guarantee, individual long-term savings accounts (CIALP), gift deposits, and e-deposits
  • Double deposits
Life Insurance Products - Savings
  • Investment savings to deferred capital
  • Individual long-term savings insurance (SIALP)
  • Immediate life annuities
  • Systematic Individual Savings Plan (PIAS)
  • Unit linked
Pension plans

Pension plans

Debt securities
  • Repos. Treasure letters
  • Bank promissory notes
  • Bonds, and public and corporate obligations
  • Sub-ordinated debt
  • Mortgage Debentures and Mortgage Bonds
Shares, Hybrid Financial Instruments and Others
  • Shares and business participations admitted for trading on regulated markets or equivalent
  • Preferred shares
  • Convertible bonds
  • Convertible contingent bonds
  • Structured notes of unsecured capital
Collective Investment Institutions
  • Collective investment
  • Collective investment institutions
  • Information for shareholders
  • The net asset value
  • Subscription and refund procedure
The client and their investment
The client and their investment
  • Knowing the customer. Knowing what to ask the customer to determine their needs
  • Having the ability to analyse objectives. For this, the client's assets must be compared with their needs. Creating the balance sheet and the customer's income statement
  • Being able to create a client portfolio by choosing the best financial assets based on Ranking and Rating
  • Calculate Sharpe, Treynor and Jensen's Alpha ratios.

Complementary activities

This course has been approved by the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) to be included in the list of courses that certify the training necessary to provide information and financial advice functions, in accordance with the European MiFID II regulations.

Qualification obtained

Once you have passed the program, you will obtain an electronic degree (e-Título) for the Curso de Postgrado en Información y Asesoramiento Financiero, issued by Pompeu Fabra University.

The e-Título is an authentic digital degree, issued in pdf format and electronically signed, with the same legal validity as if it were in paper format.


On the one hand, you will train with professors from the Department of Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University. On the other, with recognized professionals who will contribute their knowledge and experience to apply theoretical knowledge to current practice.

Academic directors

Xavier Puig Pla

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director

Gemma Cid Salvador

Lecturer UPF-BSM


Xavier Brun Lozano

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director

Oscar Elvira Benito

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director

David Igual Molina

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Carmen Jover Díaz

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Miquel Planiol Ribera

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Xavier Puig Pla

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Program Academic Director

Ernest Solé Udina

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM


At UPF Barcelona School of Management we are committed to a flexible and dynamic online model, whose objective is to place you as a participant at the centre of the process and to be the owner of the development of your learning.

To facilitate the day-to-day management and the achievement of academic goals, you will have 24/7 access to the virtual environment so that you can organize your study without schedules and at your own pace.

As such, you will acquire knowledge, and instrumental and aptitude skills while combining training with your work and personal life, making the most of the time you have for it.


Interactive teaching materials

Various materials and formats will make your experience more motivating: videos, case studies, content maps and downloadable resources. Designed and updated periodically by professionals and experts in the field, they put at your disposal the latest knowledge, skills, and tools to take your career to the next level.


Active and collaborative learning

Participation and discussion with your classmates and teachers are essential to the collaborative learning process. We will provide you with various tools such as the Discussion Forum, where you can propose new topics for debate, comment on and answer questions presented by the teacher or respond to interesting comments.


Streaming sessions with experts

Through videoconference sessions with the expert teacher or special guests, you will be able to ask questions, discuss your learning and connect in real time as if you were all in the same place. To ensure the flexibility of the training, we record the sessions so that you can refer to them if you have not been able to connect.


Personalized help

You will have the support of the expert tutor, who will guide you through each didactic unit; the help of the coordinator and the program manager in the delivery of activities, qualifications, management of procedures or access to services, and the guidance of the career advisor in the improvement of your personal brand and the search for professional opportunities.



On-campus exam.


The learning process is characterized by its flexibility, since, in the virtual learning environment, the structure of the school calendar and the diversity of multimedia resources which are made available to the student allows them to acquire knowledge in a self-regulated manner.

The support of the teaching staff and interaction with classmates is carried out by making use of a wide variety of communication channels that facilitate proximity and didactic dialogue. 


Professional Future

The Postgraduate Online Course in Financial Information and Assessment prepares all professionals in the financial environment to be able to provide information and advise correctly on products and services to those clients who request it, within the framework of the entry into force of the new European MiFID II directive.

Student profile

You will share a virtual classroom with active professionals from the financial sector who have a common background (Accounting and Finance, Economics, Business Administration, or Law), from different national and international origins, who seek flexible quality training, which allows them to combine their working and personal life with academic experience.


Average age


Number of years of professional experience


International students

Career opportunities

After complying with the training requirements required by MiFID II, you will be able to develop advisory and information functions on investment matters, in any entity that carries out these activities within the financial sector.

Personnel who provide information or advise clients in financial entities:

  • Office directors
  • Personal and private banking managers
  • Other posts in the bank


Personnel who provide information or advise clients in other entities related to financial markets such as:

  • Portfolio Manager of Collective Investment Institutions (SGIIC)
  • Securities Agencies
  • Securities Companies

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?

A university degree is needed to apply.

Those participants who, having passed the course, cannot prove possession of a university degree, will receive a certificate of completion issued by the UPF Barcelona School of Management.

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 the following 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
    • 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.
Application rounds 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.


  • Registration 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.
  • 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 code for this course is 3326.
  • 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, we collaborate with various entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links. 

Application for admission
You are applying for admission to the program:
Postgraduate Course in Financial Information and Advice
Modality: Online
Language: Spanish
Price: 1850
Admission fee: 120
We will deduct this amount from the total registration fee if your application is accepted. If your application is rejected, we will reimburse you.

Postgraduate Online Course in Financial Information and Assessment