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 classes & 3-month internship
every evening & Saturdays
weekday evening classes & some Saturdays
English
€ 15.000
The fee does not include accommodation, travel and living expenses, as well as the optional London Finance Tour.
Registration deadline: 31/08/2019 | Programme start: 12/09/2019
For non-EU students: 31 May 2019, EU students: 31 August 2019

Who is the programme aimed at?

Profile

This program seeks Master students or professionals in the early phase of their career with a degree in economics, management or finance (but also in other disciplines - such as law, maths, engineering - if willing and able to acquire basic proficiency in financial or economic 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 work experience
  • Proficiency in English is a must

Your benefits

By the end of this Advanced Master, you will be able to understand the connections between the different aspects of finance and the financial markets, as well as the connections between theory and practice of markets and between theory and policy making. You will also develop the ability to handle sophisticated financial techniques and make robust assessments of theoretical and policy-related issues.

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, private banking institutions, asset managers, consulting firms and other institutions, in Belgium or 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 their 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!

We offer you the possibility to participate in the London Finance Tour that we organise every year for the students of the Advanced Masters in Finance. Join a 3-day field trip in London for visits to top financial institutions (ING Investment Bank, S&P Global, Bloomberg, Fintechs and Hedge Funds) 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 intentionally limited to manageable-sized and coherent cohorts (max 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. 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)

Training in:

  • Excel for Beginners
  • Excel for Finance & VBA
  • Basics of Python

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2 TERM 1

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

  • Corporate finance & valuation
  • Principles of economics
  • Overview of financial markets and regulation
  • Corporate reporting

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3 TERM 2

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

  • Investment banking
  • European financial integration & banking regulation
  • Financial infrastructures
  • Asset pricing practice
  • Insurance markets

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4 TERM 3

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

  • Alternative Investment I (Hedge Funds)
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Risk & risk management
  • Banking
  • ALM, fair valuation & balance sheet optimisation
  • Case study valuation – M&A transaction

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5 TERM 4

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

  • Portfolio & investments
  • Alternative Investment II (Private Equity)
  • ECB, stress tests and bank internal models
  • Banking Analysis - Practice

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6 TERM 5

June - August

Internship (or Master thesis)

At the end of the courses, students will perform a 3-month internship in a leading financial institution.

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More programme features

ADMISSION PROCEDURE:

1- Send your resume (see contact details below) for an eligibility check.
2- Complete and submit the online application form together with the required documents.
3- If eligible, you will have an admission interview with the Academic Director and will be asked to submit a 5-page essay in English on a financial subject agreed with the Academic Director, before approval of the application.
4- Receive feedback on your admission. If positive, please note that you will have two weeks to finalize your registration by paying a deposit of €2000.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR APPLICATION:

  • Online application form
  • CV in English
  • Copies of University degree(s) and of all academic transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency for non-native speaker
  • A cover letter in English

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

  • Letters of reference
  • 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

Frédéric Van der Schueren
Belfius and ULB Solvay Brussels School
CIA, CRMA, ACCA, Head of Capital and Liquidity Management at Belfius, task force member of the Belgian High Level Expert group and associate lecturer in finance at SBS

Lecturer

Johan Vankelecom
Belfius
CFO

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 for 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: Blackrock Zurich, DNCA Paris, Landy & Partners London, Lombard Odier, Société Générale Luxembourg, etc.
  • Insurance companies: Fidea, La Baloise
  • Consulting or advisory firms: Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PWC, etc.
  • Regulatory Agencies: Bank of England, European Central Bank, National Bank of Belgium, etc.
  • Industrial Companies (finance positions), Fintech, Trade Associations, Universities, etc.

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"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