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DDM Finance

What drives investment decisions of companies and investors and how should they finance their operations?

**Joint 3rd place in best MSc Finance in the Netherlands - Higher Education Guide Masters 2018 **

In this double degree programme, you obtain two masters at two renowned universities: MSc Finance from the University of Groningen (UG) and MSc Finance from Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM). Both programmes are research driven. Yet, whereas the programme in Groningen is more practically oriented with courses such as company valuation, institutional investment management and banking, insurance and risk management, the programme at LUSEM goes deeper into theoretical modelling and applying econometric techniques.

Once you have completed this double degree you will have academic knowledge and expertise in solving complex financial problems and understanding contemporary international literature in finance. You will learn how to apply this academic knowledge when you're analyzing new or unknown financial problems.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Finance
Course type
Master
Duration
18 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60046
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Economics and Business
AACSB accredited
Why study this programme in Groningen?

With this double degree programme you are experienced in work and interact in two different academic contexts in a truly international environment. While the Groningen track leans more towards a link with practice, the Lund program is more oriented towards economic theory and a quantitative approach.

Besides, it is an international accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that according to the AACSB standard only 1% of universities worldwide meet.

Programme

You take one year in Groningen where you will get 60 ECTS. You take in quantitative research in finance that focuses on the knowledge and techniques that are necessary to conduct a research project. As such, it provides a good background for the final research project, i.e. writing a master's thesis of 20 ECTS. You also take the courses Research Methods in Finance, Corporate Finance and Portfolio Theory as mandatory courses. Next to these three mandatory courses, the programme offers eight elective courses from which you choose four. Finally you may choose one course outside the Finance domain.

During the programme, you will develop both academic and professional skills. With respect to academic skills, the programme focuses on collecting and analysing data, planning and designing a research project and academic writing. Examples of professional skills are computer model building for business decisions, presenting in public, identifying and analysing problems and working in teams.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >12
Corporate Finance (5 EC)
Portfolio Theory (5 EC)
Research Methods in Finance (5 EC)
Two electives (10 EC, optional)
Banking, Insurance and Risk Management (5 EC)
Corporate Valuation (5 EC)
Derivative Instruments (5 EC)
Master's Thesis (20 EC)

The second year you take one semester in Lund where you will get 30 ECTS.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1
Study at Lund University (30 EC) (30 EC)

Curriculum

During the programme, you will develop both academic and professional skills. With respect to academic skills, the programme focuses on collecting and analysing data, planning and designing a research project and academic writing. Examples of professional skills are computer model building for business decisions, presenting in public, identifying and analysing problems and working in teams.

Check for in-depth info on all courses: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/feb/vak/showpos?opleiding=6025

Programme options
Energy Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Energy and open up extra career opportunities. There are two steps to the Energy Focus Area-

1) complete two of four chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on an energy topic

More information about this option

Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of your next study year.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

Holders of a bachelor diploma of an accredited programme with a study load of 240 ECs of a Dutch Institution for Higher Education are eligible for admission after rounding off the pre-master programme for the MSc Finance.

Holders of a BSc diploma of an accredited programme with a study load of 180 Ecs of a Dutch University are directly admitted or eligible for admission after rounding off the pre-master programme for the MSc Finance, the foregoing to be assessed by the Admissions Board.

For more information, see: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions or consult the guide for Teaching and Examination Regulations for more information about admission and application requirements: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/student-handbook/?lang=en

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Business AdministrationUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

with completed minor Finance

Econometrics and Operations ResearchUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

with completed Intermediate Asset Pricing (EBB084A05) and Corporate Finance for E&BE (EBB079A05)

Economics and Business EconomicsUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

with completed Intermediate Asset Pricing (EBB084A05) and Corporate Finance for E&BE (EBB079A05)

International BusinessUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

with completed minor Finance

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE; for specific scores (and exemptions), https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation

language test

TOEFL internet based (IBT): 90, IELTS Academic: 6.5; for specific scores, see: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following fields: Economics and Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics of Taxation, International Business and Technology Management (with additional requirements).

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions or consult the guide for Teaching and Examination Regulations for more information about admission and application requirements: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/student-handbook/?lang=en

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing6.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 June 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time

The tuition fees above are for the one year studying in Groningen. For an estimation of the total tuition fees for the double degree, please see DD fees.

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of the DDM Finance you will be trained for positions such as financial expert in national, international or multinational institutions and enterprises. Moreover, you may aim a career in the finance industry, including portfolio management, investment banking, trading, security analysis and asset allocation. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only 1% of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Career Services
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB Career Services.

Students of the DDM Finance may finance jobs in areas such as:

Job examples

  • Financial management
  • Investment and asset management
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance Consulting
  • Banking
  • Stock trading
Research

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and pre-professional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

Research institutes related to the MSc programme:

Economics, Econometrics & Finance

Global Economics and Management

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Study associations

Risk

Risk is the study association for the financially interested students at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
Risk has set itself the goal to close the gap between theory and practice in the areas of Finance, Accountancy and Controlling, Management Accounting and Control, and International Financial Management. Risk also organises activities to enhance the contacts between its members, the academic personnel and businesses.
https://www.riskgroningen.nl/

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/
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Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.