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Finance, Master of Science (Economics and Business Administration) (2 years)
The International Master's Programme in Finance is a two-year programme that covers the core areas of finance, investment management, and corporate financial management. The program includes such courses as:
- asset pricing
- portfolio management
- corporate finance
- corporate governance
- financial risk management
The programme includes a module of core courses which cover fundamental theory, mathematical methods, and research methods. In addition to providing the fundamentals, the programme takes on current topics and trends, such as green financing, crowdfunding, banking regulation, market developments and so on.
Students also gain special insight into investor behavior. Finance research at Oulu Business School focuses on individual investors’ actions in the financial markets. The research utilizes large empirical datasets covering individuals’ securities transactions. The research projects include analyzing the rationality of investors’ decision making under standard models of finance, analyzing the reasons for the possible deviations from the standard model’s prediction of behavior, and developing alternative theoretical models to help understand these seemingly irrational behaviors. A rapidly rising phenomenon is social and environmental responsibility as a factor in investor behavior, as investors want to fund initiatives and projects that take on global challenges like climate change.
The courses are lectured by our own professors, guest professors from other universities worldwide and high-profile business people to ensure that students will get a diversified perspective on current issues.
The programme is one of several international Master’s programmes provided at Oulu Business School. Students are allowed to take courses from all these programmes.
Studying at OBS is a genuinely multicultural experience, as international degree students, exchange students from all over the world, and of course Finnish students are attending the courses of the FMA programme. Students in the programme can also join an exchange programme with another university.
"The academic knowledge and skills cultivated during my studies in Finance will equip me on my professional journey to tackle challenges in our ever-evolving world."
The programme gives students the abilities and knowledge to pursue their academic careers further, if they so choose. Whether students aim at pursuing an academic career or working in the industry after finishing their studies, they will be well-prepared for both options.
Possible job titles for graduates include:
- Asset Manager
- Financial / Market Analyst
- Investment Banker
- Corporate Financial Manager