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MSc in Banking and Finance

Course Description

The Banking and Finance program is a specialized degree designed for students who wish to concentrate their career in financial markets and institutions. The program provides advanced training in the key areas of trading and risk management. A significant feature of this program is the combination of strong analytical foundations and applications that deal with real world issues.

Learning objectives

Students will learn to integrate financial models, firm-specific as well as industry and economic factors in their decision making process. In this program, students will have access to meetings with highly qualified speakers from areas such as the financial industry, internship programs in major Italian and international financial institutions, and exchange programs in European and US universities.

Career opportunities & professional recognition

Graduates from the Banking and Finance program will gain both the technical knowledge and the methodological tools suited to pursue professional and managerial careers in banks, asset management companies, security firms, large corporations (particularly in the Treasury and Finance departments), and regulators. Professional consulting positions in all areas of Banking and Finance represent another option for graduates.


First year credits
● Advanced financial accounting (5 ECTS/CFU)
● Advanced microeconomics (5 ECTS/CFU)
● Applied econometrics (8 ECTS/CFU)
● Applied statistics for finance (6 ECTS/CFU)
● Corporate finance (8 ECTS/CFU)
● Derivative securities pricing (8 ECTS/CFU)
● Monetary economics (6 ECTS/CFU)
● Principles of financial regulation (10 ECTS/CFU)
● Quantitative methods for finance (8 ECTS/CFU)

Second year credits
● Investment risk management (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Foreign language (French, German, or Spanish)* (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Market microstructure (8 ECTS/CFU)
● Risk management (8 ECTS/CFU)
● Electives (12 ECTS/CFU)
● Thesis (20 ECTS/CFU)

* The foreign language course can be anticipated to the first year. The language of instruction of the French and Spanish foreign language course is taught in English. German is taught in Italian.

Elective courses list Business area
● Corporate governance and social responsibility - I part (4 ECTS/CFU)
● International corporate finance (8 ECTS/CFU)
● International financial markets (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Project management (8 ECTS/CFU)
● Real estate finance (4 ECTS/CFU)
● Stage/Internship (8 ECTS/CFU)

NB: Upon submitting the study program for the first Master’s degree year, students may insert up to 12 ECTS relative to the teachings of the second year.


The financial district, including the Italian Stock Exchange, is located only ten minutes from our campus, a prime vicinity for those students who plan on studying in the field of Banking and Finance.

Our experts

Cattolica takes great pride in its program contributors. Both academics and professionals from the field teach at our University. Special guests and renowned experts will enhance your learning experience at Cattolica.

Career service

Cattolica’s Career Service will help orientate you along the paths of research, internships and employment, providing you with highly valuable information and support.

International Student Services

At Cattolica, international students should never fear being alone. We have invested in a range of services which ensure that our international visitors are fully supported. Our objective is to guarantee that the unique Cattolica welcome is there for all.

Visit the MSc in Banking and Finance page on the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore website for more details!

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UCSC International Scholarship (non EU only) - 20+ Awards

The scholarship consists of a tuition fee reduction from EUR 8.500 a year to EUR 5,000 and applies to all M.Sc. degrees offered (both English-taught and Italian-taught). The discount covers about 42% of the total cost. Applicants are notified of the award by e-mail when they receive an offer for admission.
Students are considered non-EU for the scholarship only if they/their family pays taxes in a non-EU country (and not based on their passport).

Value of Scholarship(s)

EUR 3,500


Merit-based, for students that meet entry requirements and are made an offer on our 2 year M.Sc. degrees.

Application Procedure

Simply click "yes" on the relevant section of the online application form. No separate application or documents are needed; All eligible students submitting their application within the deadlines are automatically considered.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Eligible candidates need to hold an undergraduate degree obtained after a minimum of 3 years of study (180 ECTS), which satisfies the requirements for access to second-level academic studies in the awarding country. If candidates have undertaken less than 15 years of total schooling, they may not be eligible for admission to a Laurea Magistrale. The degree has to be issued by a higher education institution which is regularly accredited or recognized in the awarding country. The undergraduate degree must be obtained before 31 July 2016.

Course Fees

EU Residents (or non-EU residents with an EU generated income): ranges from €3,600 to €8,600 per annum, Non-EU residents: €8,540 per annum

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