Brief description


Degree programme code: 066 974
Degree programme: Master's programme
Degree programme duration: 4 semesters
Workload: 120 ECTS credits
Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Language of instruction: English
Admission requirements: Click here
Application procedure: no

Programme outcomes

The objective of the Master’s programme in Banking and Finance is to provide students with a sound education in core areas from the field of finance. In addition, the programme imparts knowledge from other sub-areas from the field of business and economics as well as from related fields and methodological subjects.

Students of the programme acquire the latest theoretical and methodological competences, equipping them for a successful career in the financial sector, in public administration or with regulatory authorities. 

Advanced courses focusing on different research areas provide an opportunity for students to give their education a more practice-oriented or a more academia-oriented focus. Compulsory elective modules and individual specialisations enable students to select courses according to their interests.

Fields of activity

Graduates of the master’s programme in Banking and Finance have the methodological and academic profile required for taking up special positions and leading positions in the financial sector, in public administration or with regulatory authorities.

The special focus on Business Administration trains students in the area of modern bank management or corporate finance and prepares them for careers in consultancy companies, controlling, corporate finance departments, risk management as well as in corporate banking and investment banking.

The special focus on Science Orientation is aimed at students who strive for a career in central banks, state authorities supervising different segments of the financial market, international financial institutions and research departments of banks, or who plan to continue their academic education in the form of a PhD programme in the field of finance.


Core Programme
ECTS credits required: 36
ECTS credits
Introductory Module:
Basics of Finance (4 ECTS credits)
Decision Theory (4 ECTS credits)
Core Courses in Finance 1:
Asset Pricing 1 (4 ECTS credits)
Banking and Financial Intermediation 1 (4 ECTS credits)
Corporate Finance 1 (4 ECTS credits)
Money and Banking (4 ECTS credits)
Game Theory and Information Economics (12 ECTS credits)
Elective Programme
ECTS credits required: 60
Students choose one orientation:
Business OrientationECTS
Econometrics for Business Orientation
  • Introductory Econometrics

Banking for Business Orientation: 

  • Banking and Financial Intermediation 2 (4 ECTS)
  • Commercial Banking (4 ECTS)
  • Investment Banking (4 ECTS)
  • Seminar (4 ECTS)
  • Electives in Corporate Finance or related areas (8 ECTS)
Corporate Finance for Business Orientation: 
  • Corporate Finance 2 (4 ECTS)
  • Valuation (4 ECTS)
  • Corporate Restructuring (4 ECTS)
  • Seminar (4 ECTS)
  • Electives in Corporate Finance and related areas (8 ECTS)
Electives in Finance, Accounting and Economic Law20
Electives in Business, Economics and Statistics8


Science OrientationECTS
Core Courses in Finance 2:
  • Asset Pricing 2 (4 ECTS)
  • Banking and Financial Intermediation 2 (4 ECTS)
  • Corporate Finance 2 (4 ECTS)
Econometrics for Science Orientation:
  • Introductory Econometrics (8 ECTS)
  • Econometrics in Finance (8 ECTS)
Banking for Science Orientation
Corporate Finance for Science Orientation
Financial Markets
Electives from the fields of:
Finance, business administration (in particular accounting and controlling), economy, mathematics and statistics, financial mathematics and actuarial mathematics, econometrics, programming and computer based financial modelling, business law and psychology



Master's Thesis Module
ECTS required: 24
Master's Thesis Seminar2

 Curriculum/Study plan

A list of all courses to be completed is available at the website of the Department of Finance.

Personal requirements

The programme is not only open to graduates from degree programmes focusing on business and economics, but is also aimed at graduates of any fields of study who are interested in financial issues and, in particular, to those with a formal background in academia. 

All courses are taught in English. Therefore, English language skills corresponding to language level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages are required.

Please note that there has been a change of Entry Requirements as of 22.01.2021 - click here for more information!

Mathematical and statistical ability

We encourage students with various backgrounds such as business, economics, statistics, mathematics and physics to apply.
A sound background in mathematical and statistical tools is advantageous but not a requirement. But we expect students to have a working knowledge of calculus and should know the basics of vectors and matrices, probability and statistics. 

Professional experience

Candidates are not required to have previous work experience and this would not disadvantage them in any way.

Contact and help

Please address questions and concerns regarding the admission procedure to "Studienservice und Lehrwesen" via their contact form.

For questions regarding the content or the organisation of the programme, please contact:
You find useful information on the website of the SSC.

Additional information about the master’s programme in Banking and Finance is available on the website of the Department of Finance.