Master’s programme in Finance

MSc in Finance | 1 year | 60 credits

The Master’s programme in Finance prepares you for an international career in the financial services sector, e.g. in commercial and investment banking, insurance firms and supervisory authorities, and in finance functions in both private and public sector. Graduates from this programme have found work at financial and non-financial companies all over the world.

About the programme

This programme extends your knowledge of all major areas of financial decision-making. You will gain a thorough understanding of, and training in, effective identification, analysis and resolution of complex financial problems.

The Master’s programme in Finance provides knowledge in both financial economics and corporate finance. Important objectives are to familiarise students with the main areas of investigation and research techniques used in finance, and to give you the general knowledge required to specialise in your preferred area of finance.

The programme is research-driven and based on the prin­ciple of academic rigour in practical application. You will learn advanced theoretical and empirical concepts in both financial econom­ics and corporate finance. We use case studies to help you practice what you learn. Thanks to our close connection to the business community the classes feature guest speakers from top management in financial firms on a regular basis.

With a Master’s in Finance from a world class university you are well equipped to pursue a career in finance all over the world.

International Master Class – in Europe and Australia

Students with exceptional study results during the first semester at the MSc in Finance, may compete for seats at the International Master Class (IMC) programme. The IMC in Finance makes it possible to add on an additional semester after completing the year at LUSEM at for example: University of Melbourne, University of Konstanz, University of St. Gallen or Bocconi University. 

Top 50 in the Financial Times ranking

The finance programme is ranked in the Financial Times prestigious global ranking of the best Master’s in Finance in the world. The international financial paper sends questionnaires to the students who graduated three years ago, in which they have an opportunity to answer questions about what the study programme has meant for them, how their careers have taken off, what they have learned, to what extent they feel their studies paid off, etc. According to the questionnaire, 84% of the finance students are employed after three months. 

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Bloomberg terminals

As a MSc Finance student you have access to extensive data resources, including Bloomberg terminals. You will be able to view live market data from across the world and use it to test how theoretical mathematical financial models stand up in practice.

Bloomberg is one of the leading providers of market data, news and analytical functions and is used globally in bank dealing rooms and investment houses.

Pre-programme career workshop

The Careers Centre provides guidance and advice to help you meet your career goals. During the academic year, the Careers Centre delivers a wide range of activities, for example, CV writing, interview preparation and networking skills.

As part of your orientation week, a half-day career workshop is run, especially tailored for the students of the MSc in Finance.

 

Double degree options

For selected students that deliver very good study results during the initial semester of the programme, double degree options with Emlyon Business School and University of Groningen will be offered. 

Emlyon Business School (60 credits)
The programme at Emlyon business school takes place in Lyon and Paris with two learning trips abroad. Four specialisations are available for you to choose within the MSc in Finance at Emlyon. At the end of the programme you are invited to apply for an internship. No further thesis is required for the degree at Emlyon. The length of the programme is two semesters. 

University of Groningen (30 credits)
After completing the Master’s in Finance (60 credits), you can take a third semester (30 credits of course work) at the University of Groningen, studying parts of their Master's in Finance programme. You do not need to write another thesis.

More information about the double degree options

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Personally, I have learned to think critically, to solve problems and to understand different finance related perspectives. The class is so diverse that I will have a network all over the world, in banking, corporate finance and consulting firms.

Kathery Razo (Mexico)

“After working in wealth management at Citi Bank, I wanted to specialise further in finance. I chose Lund because the Master’s in Finance programme is highly ranked by the Financial Times. The programme covers topics like econometric models, valuation, financial/credit risks, fixed income and derivatives. What I like the most is that the programme includes corporate finance and financial market topics. Personally, I have learned to think critically, to solve problems and to understand different finance related perspectives. The class is so diverse that I will have a network all over the world, in banking, corporate finance and consulting firms. I have also participated in different extracurricular activities, which has made my experience in Lund even more exciting

Most of the courses are based on lectures and computer labs where you use real financial data to practise what you learned in the class. Teamwork is crucial; however, it also requires individual preparation. The professors are committed, and the communication between faculty and students is very casual and friendly. Although my main interest is in financial portfolio management, the programme has given me the tools to start my career in a number of financial areas, and a Master’s degree in Finance from Lund University is well recognised among future employers.”

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Rankings

The Master’s in Finance is ranked 38th in the world (No. 2 in Scandinavia) in Financial Times ranking of pre-experience programmes 2018, and 47th in the QS Masters in Finance Rankings 2018. 

    

Our Master's in Finance is ranked #2 in Scandinavia by Financial Times.

Next programme start

Late August 2020

Arrival day

TBA

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Duration

1 year, full time

Tuition fee

SEK 120 000. EU/EAA citizens are not required to pay tuition fees.