Master in Finance

Degree awarded

Master of Science (MSc) in Finance with 3 specific orientations: "Asset and risk management", "Corporate finance", "Financial entrepreneurship and data science"



Professor Michael Rockinger, Director of the Master in Finance (MScF)

The Master’s in Finance offers three options:

  • The "Asset and Risk Management" option focuses on developing highly quantitative skills. Courses for this option cover empirical methods in finance, quantitative management of assets and risks, and alternative and bank investments.
  • The "Corporate Finance" option aims to provide students with an understanding of the factors that determine value creation in corporate finance. It focuses on the principles of investment, finance, distribution and risk management. Courses for this option equip students with the tools they need to produce a detailed assessment of value and understand how to conduct a financial analysis of a business in general terms, how to weigh up different financial options, cash-flow management and management of international businesses. Advanced courses deal with mergers and acquisitions, finance for private companies, risk capital, business restructuring and insolvency. This option focuses on modern financial analysis tools and monitors the latest developments in research in the field. It also offers the chance to reflect on corporate governance and the role of business in society in general, and finally, aims to respond to the challenges of corporate finance in the future.
  • The "Financial Entrepreneurship and Data Science” option offers students a solid grounding in finance and an introduction to information technologies and data science in relation to finance. The aim is not to train programmers but provide students with the skills they need to manage programmes implementing technological tools in areas such as fintech, crowdfunding, robo-advice, chatbots and distributed ledgers. Students will also acquire knowledge of machine learning, such as classification algorithms, deep learning and natural language processing, to name just a few.

The programme adapts constantly to the needs of businesses and financial institutions, as well as students’ areas of interest. As a result, new courses are added to the Master’s in Finance on a regular basis, along with new professors and experts. The three options were created more recently, for the start of the 2017 academic year, to allow students to specialise in a particular field while continuing to acquire general skills.

The Master’s in Finance is one of the best finance programmes in the world, notably according to the Financial Times ranking.

The programme is taught by professors who mainly hold PhDs from leading European or American universities. Some are members of the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI). They are actively involved in research and maintain close contacts with the world of finance.

The quality of the programme has also been recognised by the CFA, CAIA and GARP, of which the Master’s in Finance is a partner. The Master's courses covers a very significant proportion of the curriculum required for these organisations’ prestigious certifications, offering students an excellent grounding and access to grants as part of the partnership with the CFA. HEC Lausanne was the first university partner in the world to secure a partnership with all three organisations.

Students on the Master’s in Finance regularly perform well in the CFA Institute Research Challenge and even won the global final in 2018. In 2019, the HEC Lausanne team participated in the world final in New York after winning the Swiss final and then the EMEA final.

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