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The first step towards your qualification as a financial analyst
The Financial Analysis track is both broad and specialised. It is broad in that it covers disciplines from four different departments, meaning that you have access to the varied skills and expertise of the staff of those departments. But it’s specialised in that it prepares you for a specific qualification. It’s also international, which means that graduates are highly regarded by multinational firms.

Become a Chartered Financial Analyst
The track provides great preparation for post-graduate programmes in financial analysis offered by professional associations in Europe and North America, such as the CFA (US/International) and RBA (Netherlands) programmes.

Financial Analysis is a 1-year, full-time programme and is taught entirely in English. Graduates will a master's degree in Financial Economics with a specialisation in Financial Analysis.

Programme Information

The Financial Analysis track brings four disciplines together – monetary economics, finance, econometrics and accounting – in an international environment. This unique approach makes graduates of this track particularly attractive to employers of financial analysts. The Financial Analysis track aims to prepare you for further qualification as a Chartered Financial Analyst. However, the track is also suitable for anyone looking to gain international experience in making investment decisions and solving financial problems.

What will you learn?
Financial Analysis will give you the tools to make better investment decisions, either as a buy-side analyst or a sell-side analyst. You will also be able to recognise, analyse and solve financial economic problems, bearing in mind their macroeconomic implications.

At the end of the track, you will be able to:

• interpret information in financial markets and to report on it to give sound advice to the investment public
• demonstrate an understanding of how financial markets work
• estimate the value of a company’s debt and equity and how this translates to price in financial markets
• develop quantitative investment strategies
• assess how economic events affect financial markets

Career Prospects

The track is excellent preparation for further study to gain a qualification as a Chartered Financial Analyst or equivalent. The track also offers great international opportunities to work in the Netherlands, Germany and elsewhere across the world.

Graduates have found positions in:

- sell-side analysis – working for investment banks, providing advice to the public
- buy-side analysis – working for pension funds, banks and other financial institutions, providing information to your employer
- transaction services departments – offering advice on mergers and acquisitions
- universities, doing further research and academic studies

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