Master’s programme in Finance

MSc in Finance | 1 year | 60 credits

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

An undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) with at least 90 ECTS credits in business administration and/or economics which must include a course in basic microeconomics (can be part of a course in basic economics), a course in intermediate finance, and a course in econometrics or statistics.

Recommended prior knowledge

The programme requires students to have a basic knowledge of finance and statistics upon admission. We therefore strongly recommend that students have prior knowledge of the following:

  • Finance, including net present value, risk and return, diversification, asset pricing, market efficiency, cost of equity, weighted average cost of capital, forwards, futures, swaps, options, hedging, capital structure, dividend policy, information asymmetry, agency costs, interest rates, and exchange rates.
  • Financial accounting, including the structure and format of financial statements, analysis and interpretation of accounts, profit measurement, the cost and revenue concepts, and ratio analysis of financial statements.
  • Mathematics, including algebraic rules, solving single and multiple equations, solving quadratic equations, polynomials, exponential function and (natural) logarithms, rules of differentiation, and finding extreme values for a function.
  • Microeconomics, including expected utility, preferences, risk aversion, rational choice, market equilibrium, elasticity, and perfect competition. A course in intermediate microeconomics is recommended.
  • Statistics, including descriptive statistics, probability, normal distribution, random sampling, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression analysis.

English language requirements

Strong English language communication skills are crucial to gain the full benefit of this programme.

What are our minimum requirements?
The English language entry requirement is the equivalent of English studies at upper secondary level in Sweden (gymnasium), called English 6/English Course B.

For international students, this can be demonstrated in various ways. You can demonstrate that you meet the English language requirement through certain upper secondary (high school) studies, certain university studies, or an internationally approved English test.

We prefer candidates to take the IELTS test where possible. We accept the following tests and minimum scores:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (with no section less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL paper-based score of 4.5 (scale 1-6) in written test and a total score of 575
  • TOEFL internet based score of 20 (scale 0-30) in written test and a total score of 90 

Find out more about the English language requirements at Lund University’s international website

Selection to this programme

Selection is based on academic merits from previous studies at the undergraduate level. In this assessment special weight will be given to grades for studies in finance, econometrics/statistics, and degree projects related to these fields of study.

GMAT and GRE tests

We do not require a GMAT or GRE score but a well-balanced score may strengthen your application to this particular programme.

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