Who is the programme aimed at?
The programme in Financial Markets welcomes recent Masters' graduates from all disciplines and professionals who have a deep interest in financial matters - as well as 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.
Key admissions criteria
- Master's degree from a recognised institution (you can apply during your final year of study) OR
- 3 or 4-year's bachelor's degree from a recognised institution (for this type of degree, there may be additional requirements)
- English Proficiency
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 - with courses given by an exceptional cast of senior practitioners. The programme includes 16 core courses, 2 elective courses, and a 3-month internship.
1 - TERM 0
(no credits - available throughout the year)
- Data Analysis in Excel via Data Camp
- VBA via Data Camp
- Python via Data Camp
Optional in-person courses in Excel and VBA may be arranged during the first term of the program if there are sufficient requests.
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
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
4 - TERM 3
January - March (6 weeks courses, 2 weeks exams)
- Alternative Investment I (Hedge Funds)
- The Banking Environment
- ALM, Fair Values and Balance Sheet Optimisation
- M&A Valuation - Case Study
- Data Science for Business OR Machine Learning & AI
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
6 - TERM 5
June - August
Participants will perform a 3-month internship in a leading financial institution.
More programme features
1- Complete and submit the online application form together with the required documents (there is no application fee).
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)
- 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.)
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.
Julie Van Eeckhout
Nationalities in the class
Of our graduates find a job within 6 months after graduation
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.
"Advanced Master in Financial Markets” university certificate delivered by Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management – Université libre de Bruxelles.
News and articles
From graduates to business leaders: How I became a winning candidate thanks to the Solvay Advanced Master
If you're an ambitious graduate with a clear goal in mind, or even if you are not sure of the professional path you wish to follow an Advanced Master at Solvay Brussels School is one of the best...
London Finance Tour for our Finance students - from a Financial Markets student's perspective
Within the framework of our Advanced Masters, a student trip is organised every year. During this trip, participants have the opportunity to visit different institutions and companies and meet...
Why pursue an Advanced Master at Solvay Brussels School?
Learn more about the practical and intensive one-year postgraduate programs offered by the Solvay Brussels School.
You are finishing your studies, you have no (or little) professional experience?...