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Advanced Master in Financial Markets

Postgraduate course in Finance for Master students or professionals in the early phase of their career
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Brussels
Solbosch Campus (ULB)
1 year
September to May + 3-month internship
Every evening & Saturdays
Weekday evening classes & some Saturdays
English
€ 15.000
1000€ Early-bird discount for registrations by 31/03/2021
Registration deadline: 30/08/2021 | Programme start: 17/09/2021
FOR NON-EU STUDENTS - Registration deadline: 30/06/2021

Who is the programme aimed at?

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This program seeks Master students or professionals in the early phase of their career with a degree in economics, management, finance or in other disciplines - such as law, maths, engineering, international relations- if willing and able to acquire basic proficiency in financial matters, with strong academic background, and the intellectual curiosity and discipline that are necessary to succeed in a very demanding environment.

Key admissions criteria

Eligibility criteria
  • Bachelor or Master or equivalent (4 or 5 years of study overall)
  • 3-year Bachelor (180 ECTS), followed by 2 years of relevant work experience
  • Proficiency in English

Your benefits

Acquire the competencies and the skill set that top financial firms are expecting from their young professionals thanks to your deep understanding of how financial markets work in practice, the connections between theory and practice of the financial markets, and your mastering of sophisticated financial techniques. 

Get the most out of the 3-month internship, which the programme helps you find, and which is a springboard to find job opportunities in leading banks and investment banks, asset managers, private equity firms, consulting firms, regulators, commodity trading firms and other institutions, both in Belgium and abroad.

Our career service will help you in building your career thanks to our strong connection with the business sector and to our dynamic team who will accompany you into the professional world. From self-assessment to networking opportunities, our team assists you to realise your full potential. Through a wide range of seminars, coaching sessions, workshops, events and other resources, we help you to discover the career path best suited to your personal fulfilment.
80% of our students find a job even before graduation and over 90% within three months from the completion of the programme!

We offer you the possibility to participate in the London Finance Tour that we organise every year for the students of the Advanced Master. Join this 3-day field trip in London for visits to top financial institutions (Banks, Investment Banks, Fintechs, Hedge Funds, etc.) and networking opportunities.

Please note that the cost of this trip is not included in the tuition fees. 

Develop strong new competencies and skills to be a more accomplished and creative performer in the financial sector, with the ability to progress faster to senior positions.

Experience our teaching methods which are very hands-on and participant-centred. Courses are mainly structured into real case studies, seminars, simulations, presentations, group work, company visits and on-the-job learning.

Classes are limited to manageable-sized and coherent cohorts (about 30 students), ensuring maximum participation and easy access to the faculty and the advanced masters academic or administration team.

The faculty comprises Solvay and ULB professors bringing in their theoretical insight and the latest research expertise from their respective fields, as well as top-level practitioners (CEOs, CFOs, Chief Risk Officers, Head of Private Banking, Director at the European Commission, and other senior executives from banks, asset managers, hedge funds, private equity, infrastructures and regulators) driven by a real passion for education bringing in their practical insight and on-the-field experience. Top-of-the-line guests are also invited for additional workshops or sessions.

Diversity in class in terms of gender, academic background and culture enhances your student experience. Two thirds of the participants are from outside Belgium, including from Europe, Asia or the Americas. The faculty is also very international in nationality or professional background. Benefit from our international faculty, international case-studies, the student trip and the multicultural environment you will be studying in, right at the heart of Europe.

Become part of one of the largest business networks in Belgium, members of which are actually present in more than 65 countries around the world. Participate in the events organized, expand your network and never stop learning and evolving.

Overview of the programme

The Advanced Master in Financial Markets is designed to help you develop knowledge and an entirely new skill set: a strong understanding of market practices, financial techniques, risk management and the new regulatory environment, which is a must to get the best jobs and accelerate career development.

Curriculum

5 terms

1 - TERM 0

(no credits - available throughout the year)

Training in:

  • Excel for Beginners via Data Camp
  • Excel for Finance via Data Camp
  • VBA via Data Camp
  • Python via Data Camp

Additional trainings in class by expert professors in some of these fields (Excel and VBA) may be organized in September if sufficient demand (contact us for details). 

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2 - TERM 1

September – November (6 weeks courses, 2 weeks exams)

  • Corporate Finance and Valuation
  • Overview of Financial Markets and Regulation
  • Corporate Reporting
  • European Financial Integration and Banking Regulation - I
  • Sustainable Finance

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3 - TERM 2

November – January (6 weeks courses, 2 weeks exams)

  • Investment Banking
  • European Financial Integration and Banking Regulation - II
  • Portfolio and Investments
  • Financial Infrastructures
  • Risk and Risk Management in Financial Institutions

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4 - TERM 3

January - March (6 weeks courses, 2 weeks exams)

  • Alternative Investment I (Hedge Funds)
  • Banking
  • ALM, Fair Values and Balance Sheet Optimisation
  • M&A Valuation - Case Study
  • Data Analytics OR Machine Learning and AI

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5 - TERM 4

April - May (6 weeks courses, 2 weeks exams)

  • Alternative Investment II (Private Equity)
  • Asset Pricing Practice
  • ECB, Stress Tests and Bank Internal Models
  • Banking Analysis - Practice
  • Insurance Markets

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6 - TERM 5

June - August

Internship

Participants will perform a 3-month internship in a leading financial institution.

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More programme features

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:

1- Complete and submit the online application form together with the required documents

2- If eligible, an interview with the Academic Director will be scheduled

3- After the interview, you will be asked to submit a 5-page essay in English on a financial subject agreed with the Academic Director

4- Receive feedback on your admission. If positive, you will have 2 weeks to finalize your registration by paying a deposit of €2000

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR APPLICATION:

  • Online application form (inclusive of a cover letter)
  • CV
  • Copies of University degree(s) and of all academic transcripts
  • Copy of ID/Passport
  • Profile picture

All documents have to be provided in English. 

If the applicant deems it relevant, he/she can support the application with:

  • Letters of reference
  • Proof of English proficiency for non-native speakers
  • Any other certificate (GMAT, GRE, etc.)

Participants.

Apart from a robust knowledge of how financial markets work, my communication skills have been improved by interacting with colleagues from all over the world. The fact that our coursework resembled the tasks that I was later given in my professional life was essential for a successful transition from my academic life.

The program prepares you in the best possible way to enter the job market and this is also helped by the career coaching service, the interesting field visits and the networking possibilities. My job opportunities were much broader after this advanced master.

Coming to Solvay, meeting different people and enthusiastic professors who are looking to help candidates at a personal level helped me not only improve my finance knowledge but also change my approach, helping me secure a full time job in investment banking. The reputation and the rigorous curriculum of the program proved to be a key factor in my interviews as I was able to display my finance abilities and understanding of current state of matters in the industry.

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Nationalities in the class

63 %

International students

80 %

Of our students find a job even before graduation

Lecturers

Pierre Francotte

Fr CEO Euroclear Group, Fr Independent Director Belfius Bank, Member College of Resolution of Banks, BNB

Academic Director

Grégory  Chouette
Landy Partners, LandyTech
Partner, COO

Lecturer

Rudi Vander Vennet
Belfius Bank, Ghent University
Member of the Board of Directors, Professor of Economics and Banking

Lecturer

This Advanced Master is for graduate students and young professionals who want to know how the financial markets operate in practice, not just in theory. It is taught by senior practitioners and has been designed to help you find a better job in the market and benefit from faster career growth.
Pierre Francotte
Academic Director

Career Opportunities

After graduation, an unlimited range of job opportunities will be accessible to you. Graduates of the program have been recruited by a range of firms in Belgium and abroad, including:

  • Banks and investment banks: Belfius, BNPP Paribas, Euroclear Bank, KBC, Credit Suisse Zurich, Goldman Sachs Warsaw, ING Amsterdam, ING London, etc.
  • Asset managers, private banks and private equity funds: Blackfin, Blackrock Zurich, Bank of New York Mellon, Candriam,Capital @ Work, DNCA Paris,  Kartesia, Landy  & Partners London, Lombard Odier, Société Générale Luxembourg, Sofina, , etc.  
  • Insurance companies: Fidea, La Baloise
  • Consulting or advisory firms: Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PWC, Baker Tilly, Grant Thornton, Moore Stephens (London), etc  
  • Regulatory Agencies: Bank of England, European Central Bank, National Bank of Belgium, Single Resolution Board, etc
  • Industrial Companies:  Cargill commodity trading, Exxon Mobil commodity trading, Colruyt Treasury, etc 
  • Fintech, Trade Associations, Universities, etc.

Any questions?

Contact us
Programme Manager Advanced Masters
Anna VITIELLO
  • Instalments option for the tuition fees available. Contact us for more info.
  • 15 Postgrad Solutions study bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply.

"Advanced Master in Financial Markets” university certificate delivered by Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management – Université libre de Bruxelles.

Young professionals may also choose to register for modules of courses of the Advanced Master program on a stand-alone basis, instead of following the full program. For more information on this modular education offer, please click here