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Master in Finance

University of Minho School of Economics and ManagementBraga - PORTUGAL

Field(s) of study: Banking - Finance
Cost of pre-eligibility application: 
  • Via Mastersbooking: 0 €
  • Via the regular school procedure: 30 €
Course cost: 1 750 €
Possible funding options: 
  • Academic excellence scholarships

Next admission round: 

Next recruitment session:

Available slots: 

Available spots: 40
Places available per academic year: 40

Program Language

  • English

Course length: 

  • 18 months

Start of the program: 


Level of entry: 

A Level+3 years
A Level+4 years
A Level+5 years


The Master in Finance is designed for those who wish to acquire and deepen their knowledge and training in various domains of finance. Based on the most recent financial developments, this program extends and enhances professional competences, combining the latest developments in finance theory with the analysis of complex real cases. Students are prepared to become highly qualified professionals in several areas of finance, such as valuation of real and financial assets, financial institutions management, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, performance evaluation, international finance, derivatives and risk management, volatility characterization and forecasting, and behavioural finance. The program also creates incentives for for academic research in these areas. All courses are fully taught in English.​​

The Master in Finance is acknowledged by the CFA Institute as incorporating at least 70 percent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and placing emphasis on the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. This program positions students well to obtain the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, which has become the most respected and recognized investment credential in the world.

Core Courses - 45 ECTS                                                                                    

Corporate Finance I (S1)
Research Methods and Transferable Skills (S1)

Financial Econometrics (S1)
Corporate Finance II (S2)

Investments and Financial Markets (S1)
Derivatives (S2)

Electives (S2) - 15 ECTS (the students choose two of these electives in the S2)

Complements of Corporate Finance
Complements of Investments

Ethics and Social Responsibility in Management

Human Resources Management in SMEs
International Finance

Logistics Topics
Principles Auditing

Quantitative Methods Applied to Management
Strategy and International Marketing

Topics in Insurance and Actuarial Mathematics
Topics of Banking Economics

Dissertation or Project (S3) - 40 ECTS

Course format: 

  • 1 year of courses
  •  6 months for Dissertation or Internship Report

Qualifications/expertise after completing the program

Graduates from the Master in Finance will be qualified to analyse and interpret companies' financial statements, evaluate capital budgeting decisions in different contexts, evaluate the performance of investment portfolios, and perform equity research analysis and firm valuation, 

Entry requirements

To enroll in the Master of Finance, students must have a completed undergraduate degree.  Students can be from different backgrounds (preferably Management, Economics, Sciences, Engineering or others programs that include courses of Mathematics or Quantitative Methods accounting for at least 20 ECTS). Students with other backgrounds with less exposure to quantitative methods are recommended to take a special course at the beginning of the program on quantitative methods applied to management.

Admission criteria: 

The selection process is based on students' application packages that should include academic transcripts and CV. Students are recommended to show proof of certified English proficiency (level B2 or higher).


Professor Gilberto Loureiro

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