Program content MScF

Study plan and regulations

Study plan
MScF official study plan 2019-2020  (123 Ko)
MScF official study plan 2018-2019  (122 Ko)
MScF official study plan 2017-2018  (156 Ko)
MScF_4.1  (56 Ko)
MScF_4.2_Corporate  (13 Ko)
MScF_4.2_Fin_Datascience  (13 Ko)
MScF_4.2_Risk  (13 Ko)
MScF_5.1_Corporate  (45 Ko)
MScF_5.1_Fin_Datascience  (12 Ko)
MScF_5.1_Risk  (15 Ko)
MScF part-time program  (111 Ko)

Program content

The MScF is organized along three orientations: Asset and Risk Management, Corporate Finance, and Financial Entrepreneurship and Data Science. The orientation will figure on the diploma.

The MScF program includes a total of four semesters. The first three modules comprise a collection of compulsory and elective courses. During the third semester, students can ask to participate in an exchange program in another university. The fourth is entirely dedicated to the Master thesis.


Module 1

All students must attend a set of five compulsory courses (no waivers possible) whose aim is to harmonize participants' knowledge. Some courses such as Data Science for Finance and Mathematics for Economics and Finance are of quantitative nature, whereas Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, and Investments start from the first day on to provide practice oriented skills. The module ends with a series of demanding tests ensuring that students who pursue the Master will have the level of knowledge required to complete the program successfully.


Module 2 and 3

Module 2 comprises general compulsory courses for every student, and a wide selection of optional courses.
Module 3 represents the mandatory orientation courses.
Students may change their orientation at the beginning of module 2. 


Research or internship thesis (module 4)

The last module is dedicated to the Master's thesis. The student may opt for a research thesis or an internship thesis. In either case the students must demonstrate their technical skills in a written report and their soft skills in an oral presentation of the written report. 


Work and credit allocation

The 120 ECTS credits of this Master's program are allocated as follows:

  • 90 credits awarded for the first three semesters of coursework
  • 30 credits for the Master's thesis (contingent upon the earning of the initial 90 credits)

A typical 6-credit MScF course represents 5 hours of lectures and supervised exercises per week, over a 14-week semester. Students should allow up to 4 additional hours per week per course for individual preparation and revision.

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Class 2016-2017-2018

Program content, class 2016-2017-2018

The MScF program includes a total of four semesters. The first three comprise a collection of compulsory and elective courses. During the third semester, students can ask to participate in an exchange program in another university. The fourth is entirely dedicated to the Master thesis.


First semester

All students must attend a set of five compulsory courses (no waivers possible) whose aim is to harmonize participants' knowledge. The semester ends with a series of demanding tests ensuring that students who pursue the Master will have the level of knowledge required to complete the program successfully.


Second semester

Students acquire theoretical knowledge which is required to tackle problems of corporate finance and risk management. This semester is based on courses such as classical and alternative investments, corporate finance, empirical methods in finance, private equity, etc.


Third semester

Students acquire more practically oriented knowledge while still remaining somewhat theoretical. This will give the practical knowledge necessary to handle critical problems as they arise in an actual job. This semester is based on courses such as Advanced Corporate Finance, Asset and Liability Management, Ethics, Financial Engineering & Commodities, Credit Risk, Macro Finance, Market Microstructure, etc.


Research or internship thesis (fourth semester)

The last semester is dedicated to the Master's thesis. The student may opt for a research thesis or an internship thesis.


Work and credit allocation

The 120 ECTS credits of this Master's program are allocated as follows:

  • 90 credits awarded for the first three semesters of coursework
  • 30 credits for the Master's thesis (contingent upon the earning of the initial 90 credits)

A typical 6-credit MScF course represents 5 hours of lectures and supervised exercises per week, over a 14-week semester. Students should allow up to 4 additional hours per week per course for individual preparation and revision.

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Timetables and courses

Information relating to timetables and study programmes may be found on the display boards of the 2nd floor (lifts) of the Internef building as well as on our web page. A network of television screens provides regular updates about timetable changes and other useful information.

Masters' timetables and courses

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Recommended courses prior to MScF

2nd year Bachelor
Analyse économique : macroéconomie (6 credits)
Statistique et économétrie I (6 credits)
Analyse économique : microéconomie (6 credits)
Risk Management (3 credits)
Principes de finance (6 credits)
Statistiques et économétrie appliquée : introduction (3 credits)

3rd year Bachelor
Finance d'entreprise (6 credits)
Financial Markets (6 credits)
Statistique et Econométrie II (6 credits)
Mathématiques de la Finance (3 credits)

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Exchange programs

During the third semester, students may take part in an exchange program and study at a university recognised by HEC Lausanne. A maximum of 30 ECTS credits can be acquired during the exchange.

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Preparatory courses

Candidates who are required to successfully complete a preparatory program (French command necessary):

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