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Specialisation in Financial Economics

In the Master’s specialisation in Financial Economics, you gain an in-depth understanding of:

  • how financial markets function at various scales
  • how to evaluate portfolios of stocks, bonds, and other financial assets
  • how to manage risk
  • insights beyond mainstream finance taking into account human psychology (behavioural finance)
  • quantitative and qualitative research methods used in the field

With the knowledge and skills you acquire during the Master’s specialisation in Financial Economics, you become an expert on investing scarce capital in uncertain global markets. You will be equipped with tools to manage those investments and make value-enhancing decisions. Besides traditional financial economics, you learn about financial decision making with insights from psychology and other disciplines in line with behavioural finance. Moreover, you will learn about sustainable finance and its impact on financial markets. 
The new course Societal Challenges in Economics integrates state-of-the-art discussions on sustainable finance and its effects on the financial eco-system, and considers innovations in FinTech.

Master's Thesis
Your Master’s Thesis consists of an individual research project in which you investigate a topic of your choice in the field of financial economics under the supervision of our expert staff. Recent thesis topics have included risk management and diversification, market anomalies, monetary policy effects on markets, mergers and acquisitions, or the influence of overconfidence, mood, or loss aversion on financial decision making using methods like theoretical modelling, empirical research, or experimental research in the lab or online.

Elective courses

You can decide whether you want to give your specialisation a macro perspective with the elective Macroeconomics and Policy, or an international corporate perspective with the elective Mergers & Acquisitions, or whether you would like to understand how culture influences the market behaviour with the elective Culture and Institutions.