Programs

Master's in Finance

The Program

Master’s in Finance

This program will enable you to develop a solid knowledge, and analytical and problem-solving competencies in the financial area, in a fully international learning environment.

Below you can find more information regarding the basic structure of the program and remember: you can tailor-make the curriculum according to your interests.

Have a look at the elective courses (specialize in a particular field), areas of expertise (focus a part of your studies on a specific area of interest) and professional development modules (let’s talk about responsible leadership and creative thinking) sections as well, to make sure that your program reflects the way you want your career to move.

Note: Please refer to the "Apply" section in order to learn more about your eligibility for this program.

 

Applications Fall Intake 2022/23

Applications for the Fall intake 2022/2023 are open until 23 May 2022.

Are you ready for this unique learning experience?

For more information, please contact us by emailing leadyourfuture@novasbe.pt or calling +351 213 801 699.

Week 1

  • Discovery Week


1st Semester (30 ECTS)

  • Mandatory Courses
  • Electives
  • Study Trips
  • Professional Development Modules
  • Career Development Program - Mastering Your Career
  • Mentoring Program
  • Conferences, Meeting with Alumni, Networking Events, Business Forum


2nd Semester (30 ECTS)

  • Electives
  • Professional Development Modules
  • Study Trips
  • Conferences, Meeting with Alumni, Networking Events, Business Forum


3rd Semester (30 ECTS)

  • Work Project
  • Conferences, Meeting with Alumni, Networking Events, Business Forum

* Please note that for the academic year of 2021/2022 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Corporate Finance
  • Empirical Methods for Finance
  • Financial Modeling
  • Investments

* Please note that for the academic year of 2021/2022 this information may be subject to changes.

Banking

Recommended for students looking to pursue a career in central banks and regulatory bodies, or in retail banking or in the consulting and auditing of financial institutions.

  • Asset Management
  • Banking
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Credit Risk
  • Derivatives
  • Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Financial Intermediation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fixed Income
  • Futures and Options
  • Hedge Funds
  • Islamic Finance
  • Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Risk Management

 

Corporate Finance

Designed to help students build up the required analytical and practical tools to pursue a career in Investment banking. Retail banking, private equity, and venture capital or consulting and auditing.

  • Applied Corporate Finance
  • Auditing
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital
  • Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Impact Investments
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Strategic Costing
  • Strategic Planning and Control

 

Business and Data Analytics

The Data and Business Analytics area of expertise is designed for students who understand business problems and want to use technology to solve them. A strong background in mathematics and applied statistics is required so that students will be able to analyze large data sets and translate them to support data grounded strategic decisions.

  • Algorithmic Governance
  • Blockchain Fundamentals
  • Computational Thinking and Data Science (includes Applied Statistics)
  • Data Analytics for Finance
  • Data Curation
  • Data Visualization
  • Fintech Ventures
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Machine Learning  
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Network Analytics
  • Numerical Methods for Economics and Finance
  • Web and Cloud Computing

 

Financial Markets

Aims to provide in-depth knowledge for all students seeking a career in Investment banking, Investment management, or portfolio risk management.

  • Asset Management
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Credit Risk
  • Data Analytics for Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Energy Finance
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fixed Income
  • Futures and Options
  • Hedge Funds
  • Islamic Finance
  • Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Nova Students Portfolio
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Seminar on Current Economic and Financial Issues
  • Sustainable Finance

 

*Please take note of the following:
— Students can qualify for only one area of expertise, but it is not mandatory for students to choose one. 
— Areas of Expertise and respective courses might be subject to change from one academic year to the next. 
— Some courses might not be offered every academic year. 
— Students may attend elective courses from other master’s programs, subject to availability.
— Please note that for the academic year of 2021/2022 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Advanced Behavioral Economics and Finance 
  • Algorithmic Governance
  • Applied Corporate Finance
  • Asset Management
  • Auditing
  • Banking
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Blockchain Fundamentals
  • Computational Thinking and Data Science (includes Applied Statistics) 
  • Computational Thinking and Data Science
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Valuation
  • Credit Risk
  • Data Analytics for Finance
  • Data Curation 
  • Data Visualization
  • Derivatives
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • Energy Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital
  • Financial Crises in History
  • Financial Distress, Bankruptcy and Restructuring 
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Financial Intermediation
  • Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fintech Ventures
  • Fixed Income
  • Futures and Options
  • Hedge Funds
  • Impact Investments
  • International Taxation
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Islamic Finance
  • Machine Learning   
  • Macroeconometrics
  • Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring
  • Microeconometrics
  • Network Analytics
  • Nova Students Portfolio
  • Numerical Methods for Economics and Finance
  • Performance and Progress
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Seminar on Current Economic and Financial Issues
  • Sovereign Advisory
  • Strategic Costing
  • Strategic Planning and Control
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Web and Cloud Computing

* Please note that for the academic year of 2021/2022 this information may be subject to changes.

  • Quantitative skills

Learning to analyze data.
 

  • Ethics

Thinking about ethical challenges.
 

  • Corporate links/internationalization

Building knowledge about the business environment and international careers.
 

  • Communication and creativity

Thinking outside the box and improving communications skills.

* Please note that for the academic year of 2021/2022 this information may be subject to changes.

Before you cross the finish line

The Work Project

Students must complete a Master’s Work Project, which is equivalent to a Master's Thesis. You can choose one of the following to finish your studies with flying colors. 

Directed Research
An original piece of work on a topic proposed and supervised by a professor. This may also take the form of a case study (this option is exclusive for Double Degrees & prospective Ph.D. students).

Directed Research will be accepted, but subject to higher burden, since is designed for students that intend to follow a research career.

Field Lab (default format)
A group project developed in collaboration with a public or private institution and under supervision by a professor.

Internship
An internship where students develop a project in a problem-solving format for a company, in response to a predefined question/problem raised by the host organization and under the supervision of a Nova SBE Professor. Students may apply for internships offered by Nova SBE or obtain one directly from a company through their own contacts.

ECTS this, ECTS that

How does the grading system work?

Grading is based upon the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) a grading scale developed to facilitate the understanding and comparison of grades given according to different national systems. 

We did the math for you, and the awarding of ECTS grades per curriculum component breaks down as follows:

23 ECTS
in Mandatory Courses including the Mastering Your Career Activities
(Bridging courses not included)

35 ECTS
in Elective Courses (minimum)

2 ECTS
in Professional Development Modules

0 ECTS
MS Excel Certification

30 ECTS
in the Work Project
 

You need a minimum of 90 ECTS to complete your Master’s, but if you need 120 ECTS to proceed with your studies, you can extend your Master’s by one semester with courses (28 ECTS) and modules (2 ECTS).