How do you manage international financial transactions? This programme will teach you.
**Joint 2nd place in best MSc Finance in the Netherlands - Higher Education Guide Masters 2018 **
These days internationally oriented firms and organisations do not merely need financial specialists who are acquainted with the latest finance and risk management tools and techniques. They are looking for professionals who can use these tools and techniques for managing information and business resources.
This programme equips you with knowledge, understanding and skills required to define, analyse and evaluate real and complex international financial management problems on both a societal level as well as on the level of companies and institutions and to design solutions for these problems. You will gain advanced academic knowledge of theoretical concepts in (international) financial management and you will be able to apply research methods.
The Master's degree programme in International Financial Management (IFM) focuses on the different aspects of financial management in an international business environment. You will develop the skills needed to become a financial manager in an international firm or organisation.
The MSc in IFM broadens my academic horizon
I thought it was important for my personal development to take my Master's degree abroad.
The advantage of the MSc in International Financial Management is that it combines two Master's degrees in the space of one and a half years. You take International Business & Management in Groningen in the first semester and the MSc in Business & Economics in Uppsala in Sweden in the second semester. Another attractive feature of the MSc in IFM is that it broadens my academic horizon by providing financial insights under a managerial lens, as well as dealing with all subjects in the programme in an international framework. In the end the double programme turned out to be a perfect combination. In Groningen the emphasis was on academic theory, whereas the programme in Uppsala had a more practical slant.
"Focus on your studies but enjoy extracurricular activities as well."
"The Master's in International Financial Management is broad and offers you many opportunities in the labour market. I was therefore able to sign my employment agreement as a Commercial Management Trainee at Lidl quite soon after graduation. The theoretical knowledge about strategy and management is something I apply on a daily basis in my current job. The financial angle of the Master's also helps me to interpret financial figures quickly. I am currently responsible for one store – opening and closing, receiving and sending goods, personnel and more. At the end of my traineeship I will be responsible for managing the key performance indicators of five stores.
I would advise people to get the most out of their time as a student and not settle for what is average. Focus on your studies but enjoy extracurricular activities as well. While the former provides you with a solid background of financial and management knowledge, it is the latter that allows you to put your knowledge into practice. A great example is the Master's Honours College, a programme that focuses on developing leadership skills by putting them into practice."