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MSc in Financial Economics

Radboud University Business and Economics

Full time September MSc Full-time: 1 year

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Master's specialisation in Financial Economics

Understanding modern financial economics, which includes asset pricing, risk management, monetary policy and financial regulations for pursuing careers at, for example, banks, capital funds and finance ministries.

The spectacular growth of international capital markets is creating great opportunities. But, as the latest financial crisis has shown, this also entails major challenges for financial decision-makers and regulators of financial markets. The academic Master’s specialisation in Financial Economics is ideal for students who want to understand the workings of global financial markets, from asset pricing and risk management to monetary policy and financial regulation. It provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills set for careers

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Entry Requirements

1. A Bachelor's degree in Economics – or a closely-related discipline – from a research-oriented university, with sufficient background in Research Methods and Mathematics
2. A proficiency in English (Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following):
a. A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
b. A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
c. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
3.A letter of motivation


€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,000 (from non-EEA countries).

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The curriculum of the Master's programme is well-structured and the courses offered enable students to have a broad understanding of the specialisation. The courses offer a view of both past and current developments within the field. There is a good balance in courses based on theory and practical skills. Students get well-prepared for the Master’s thesis. Important skills are acquired in order to write and present academic research. Furthermore, it is an internationally orientated master’s programme in both the courses offered and the participating students.

The Master’s programme provides you with a good understanding of your Financial Economics. On many aspects where the financial economic field is focussed on, in both knowledge of theory and practical skills. For example, reading assignments on research papers were followed by presentations. This allows students to understand and analyse previous research, which subsequently supports the development of academic writing and research of the student.

One of the most important parts of the programme is the Master’s thesis. For this process, good guidance is provided. The student knows what to expect and get well-informed early on. Professors are willing to assist you within the process of writing the thesis. Furthermore, the faculty allows you to broaden your perspective by choosing elective courses.

Although you specify in a specific field, the courses offered in the curriculum provide you with a good understanding of past events and current developments. Students get challenged by having a critical look at research within the field and provide constructive arguments subsequently. By having a broad view on the topics offered within the field of specialisation allows you to change your perspective.

Economics and finance are in many aspects of society, whether this holds for companies or individuals. The Master’s programme at the Radboud University prepares student to have a broad understanding of the field you are specialised in, which enables the students to have a good contribution within the field specialised.


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