12 months
17078 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Based on Utrecht University’s research expertise, this unique and state-of-the-art Banking and Finance programme offered by Utrecht University gives you a deep understanding of the interaction between the economic environment, economic policy, financial markets and financial institutions. 

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Financial markets play a key role in the stability and prosperity of economies, governments and organisations, with profound effect on the individual and society as a whole.  Are you fascinated by the dynamic context of today’s financial markets, and do you want to make a positive impact on the future of international finance and banking?  Then the Master’s in Banking and Finance at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is the programme for you.

Content of the Programme

In the Banking and Finance programme offered by Utrecht University you will focus on:

  • investment banking in international financial markets
  • regulation of banks and other financial institutions worldwide
  • central bank policies and commercial banks’ strategic allocation, funding and investment decisions
  • risk management and the sustainability of financial systems and investments.

Programme Objectives

This MSc in Banking and Finance provides you with:

  • the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a career in Finance;
  • the opportunity to specialise in fields like investment banking and financial regulation;
  • a chance to develop quantitative and coding skills and learn how to use them in financial applications;
  • the opportunity to apply theory in practice with real-world case studies, research projects based on your interests, theses internships, and career events;
  • the opportunity to take part in debates in the Sustainable Finance Lab (SFL) and in the European Centre for Alternative Finance (ECAF), both of which are hosted at U.S.E..

CFA University Affiliated Programme

The MSc programme in Banking and Finance is part of the CFA Institute® University Affiliation Programme. As such, this Master’s programme is a good choice for students interested in enrolling in the CFA Programme and obtaining the CFA charter, the designation of excellence in the investment community. U.S.E. can offer scholarships to outstanding master students to undertake CFA exams at a special price.

Career Prospects

There is a growing need for well-trained young talent able to see ‘the story behind the numbers’ in the financial industry. As a graduate of the MSc in Banking and Finance, you are prepared  to work within financial institutions and regulators worldwide, functioning at an excellent practical and academic level. Positions in the financial industry held by our graduates include:

  • (Investment) manager at a financial institution (Rabobank, ABN Amro, PGGM)
  • Regulator in the financial service industry (Central Banks, such as DNB, ECB, and AFM)
  • Risk Manager and Compliance officer at a financial institution
  • (Junior) consultant Financial Services Industry
  • Researcher at financial and government institutions (e.g. Central planning Agency, CPB).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Empirical Economics
  • Investment Management 
  • Financial Statement Analysis 
  • Financial Markets and Institutions 
  • Risk Management in Financial Institutions 
  • Fintech (Research Project) 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A BSc of a research university in Economics or Economics and Business Economics, with substantial quantitative background, preferably with some degree of specialisation in Banking and Finance. 
  • We specifically encourage applications from students with a background in the Natural Sciences, Engineering  and Mathematics. Other degrees (e.g. Liberal Arts and Sciences) are also welcome to apply provided they have a substantial quantitative element.

You must have solid and demonstrable knowledge in the following fields:

  • Microeconomics
  • Mathematics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Econometrics or Advanced Statistics​

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17078 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17078 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Bright Minds Fellowships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Erasmus+ Master loans
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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