Advanced Master in Financial Markets

Postgraduate programme in finance for professionals and recent graduates willing to gain practical knowledge, connections and inspiration for success in financial markets and services.

 

 🔔 Applications are open for the September 2024 intake
 🐣 EARLY BIRD: enjoy a €1.000 discount off your tuition costs until March 31st!

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Programme start:

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Advanced Master in Financials Markets
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18h00 - 19h00
 
Leading Belgian Business School
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Who

Who is the programme aimed at?

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The programme in Financial Markets welcomes recent Masters' graduates from all disciplines and professionals who have a deep interest in financial matters and the intellectual curiosity to gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of how financial markets work.

 

The Master's programme enables you to link theory and practice and to manage sophisticated financial techniques through interactive classes and real business cases in a multicultural, inspiring environment.

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Key admissions criteria

  • English proficiency
  • Master's degree from a recognised institution (you can apply during your final year of study) OR Bachelor's degree from a recognised institution combined with work experience
Benefits

What's in it for you?

The Advanced Master in Financial Markets takes your career to the next level.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the operational aspects of financial markets, bridging the gap between theory and practice, and mastering advanced financial techniques. Exactly the competencies and the skill set that top financial firms are expecting from their young professionals!

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Secure attractive jobs in the financial sector

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

 

  • Banks and investment banks: Belfius, BNP Paribas, Euroclear Bank, KBC, Credit Suisse Zurich, Goldman Sachs Warsaw, ING Amsterdam, ING London
  • 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
  • Insurance companies: Fidea, La Baloise
  • Consulting or advisory firms: Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PWC, Baker Tilly, Grant Thornton, Moore Stephens (London)
  • Regulatory Agencies: Bank of England, European Central Bank, National Bank of Belgium, Single Resolution Board
  • Industrial Companies: Cargill commodity trading, Exxon Mobil commodity trading, Colruyt Treasury
  • Fintech, Trade Associations, Universities, etc.
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Job placement ratio: 90% even before graduation!

 

Our team and lecturers (business experts) help you build a successful career aligned with your aspirations. They give you access to industry connections, personalised advice and a variety of resources to facilitate self-discovery and career planning.

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Become part of the Solvay Schools Alumni network

 

With 35.000+ members in more than 65 countries, the Solvay Schools Alumni network is one of the largest business networks in Belgium. You will be part of a unique and effective community dedicated to your personal and professional growth.

 

Participate in exclusive monthly events and conferences, expand your network and never stop learning and evolving!

Why Solvay Brussels School

What makes the programme unique?

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Experience the Solvay interactive teaching methodology

Engage in a dynamic learning experience that is 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. You will be constantly challenging yourself to expand and evolve.
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Learn from an exceptional cast of academics and practitioners

The faculty comprises SBS and ULB professors bringing in their theoretical insight and the latest research and expertise from their respective fields, as well as top-level practitioners (C-level executives from international corporations) bringing in their practical insight and on-the-field experience. Top-of-the-line guests are also invited for additional workshops or sessions.

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Small and diverse classes, big experience at the heart of Europe

Take part in small classes (max. 35 students), ensuring maximum participation, easy access to the faculty and personalized follow-up. Classes are also diverse in gender, nationality, academic background and culture, which enriches debate and teamwork. You will be studying in a enriching multicultural environment, right at the heart of Europe!

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The 3-month internship

Get the most out of a 3-month internship, facilitated by the programme, 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.

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The study trip experience

The programme focuses on practical knowledge and learning, fostering connections and inspiration. Our optional study trip involves masterclasses and networking events hosted by major market players such as banks, asset managers, stock exchanges and fintech accelerators, complementary with the programme credited lectures.

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A focus on sustainable finance

Immerse yourself in the world of sustainability and sustainable finance, gaining an in-depth understanding of its significance for corporates, financial markets, and service providers. As the sustainability imperative is seamlessly integrated into all of our courses, you will discover why it is a crucial aspect to explore and embrace.

The Advanced Master in Financial Markets is ranked 50th globally in the business master category of the QS World University Rankings

“With its global focus and recognition, AMFM opens doors to a plethora of job opportunities for its graduates. Armed with a solid theoretical foundation and hands-on experience, AMFM alumni are well-positioned to excel in diverse roles across international financial markets, ensuring their success and contributing to the global finance industry.”

 

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Benjamin Lorent

Academic Director | Advanced Master in Financial Markets

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Curriculum and Methodology

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 - with courses given by an exceptional cast of senior practitioners.

 

The programme includes 16 core courses, 2 elective courses, and a 3-month internship:

Available throughout the year (no credits)
TERM 0

  1. Excel for beginners via DataCamp
  2. Python via DataCamp

September – November (6 weeks courses, 2 weeks exams)
TERM 1

  1. Corporate Reporting
  2. European Financial Integration and Banking Regulation - Part I
  3. Corporate Finance and Valuation
  4. Overview of Financial Markets and Regulation
  5. Sustainable Finance
  6. Coaching & Personal Development
  7. Excel for Finance & VBA

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

  1. Investment Banking European Financial
  2. Integration and Banking Regulation - Part II
  3. Financial Infrastructures
  4. Portfolio and Investments
  5. Risk and Risk Management in Financial Institutions

January - March (6 weeks courses, 2 weeks exams)
TERM 3

  1. Alternative Investment I (Hedge Funds)
  2. The Banking Environment
  3. ALM, Fair Values and Balance Sheet Optimisation
  4. M&A Valuation - Case Study
  5. Data Science for Business OR Machine Learning & AI

April - May (6 weeks courses, 2 weeks exams)
TERM 4

  1. Alternative Investment II (Private Equity)
  2. Asset Pricing Practice
  3. Real Estate Investing
  4. Banking Analysis - Practice
  5. Insurance Markets
  6. Fintech

June - August (internship)
TERM 5

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

The programme in numbers

Did you know?

Just a couple of key insights.

90

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Of our graduates find a job within 3 months after graduation (80% even before)!

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Of the class is made up of students from various corners of the globe.

50

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place in the Business Masters category of the QS World University Rankings. 

Testimonials

What our students say

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Galib Akash
Structured Finance Associate
Rabobank

“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 programme proved to be a key factor in my interviews as I was able to display my finance abilities and understanding of the current state of matters in the industry.”

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Justyna Kaminska
Alumna
Financial Markets
"I chose Solvay because of the location, the design of the programme, and the field visits that were very appealing. In my opinion, the  Advanced Master in Financial Markets leads to any job within the MNAIP or VC. However, from my personal perspective, you are also very well prepared for any job within the banking industry."
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Julie Van Eeckhout
Financial Analyst
National Bank of Belgium

“The programme 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. It definitely helped me get a job right away at the European Central Bank.”

How to get started?

Admission Procedure

Steps

  1. Complete and submit the online application form, inclusive of a cover letter
    (there is no application fee).
    > Deadline for EU students: 31/07/24
    > Deadline for non-EU students: 31/05/24 (recommendation related to visa procedures)
  2. Have an interview with the admission team
  3. Write a short essay on a financial subject
  4. Receive feedback on your admission!

Required documents

  • CV in English
  • Copies of University degree(s) and of all academic transcripts
  • Copy of ID/Passport
  • Profile picture

 

You can also support your application with:

  • Letters of reference
  • Proof of English proficiency for non-native speakers
  • Any other certificate (GMAT, GRE, etc.)
 
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Financial Aid
DISCOUNTS
  • Early bird: Early bird applicants who submit their applications before the end of the early bird date will receive a discount on the tuition fees.
  • Alumni of the Solvay Brussels School, Solvay Lifelong Learning, Université libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel benefit from a 10% discount on tuition fees. 

SCHOLARSHIPS
We offer numerous scholarships each year to promote diversity in the classroom, and equal access to learning. You can check if you're eligible for the scholarship here.

SUBSIDIES & FINANCIAL AID
  • KMO Portefeuille (Flanders): the SME e-wallet is a measure whereby you – as an entrepreneur – receive financial aid when purchasing services that improve the quality of your enterprise. These services contain training courses. More info about KMO Portefeuille.
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Certification Awarded

Upon completion of your studies, you will receive an “Advanced Master in Financial Markets” university certificate delivered by Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management – Université libre de Bruxelles.

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Modules

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

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