Banking and Finance (Master)

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The objective of the master’s programme in Banking and Finance is to offer a solid and well-founded education in finance, particularly focusing on asset pricing and financial markets, banking and financial intermediation as well as corporate finance. Its aim is to introduce students to the most recent theories and methods which are necessary for a successful career in the financial sector, in public administration, and in regulatory agencies. The master’s programme has two special focuses: “Business  Orientation” and “Science Orientation”.

The programme is not only open to those with a bachelor’s degree in business, economics, or a related discipline, but also to applicants with a degree in other fields of study who are interested in finance, in particular to those with a formal science background. All courses will be held in English. For this reason, the command of English at level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference is required.

The opportunity to choose courses from other disciplines of the economic sciences as well as related fields, and the possibility to select courses in research methods complete the programme. These electives may also be courses held in German.

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Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 974

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

NO entrance examination


Study Programme

The master’s programme in Banking and Finance consists of a common core (the “Core Programme”) and the two special focuses “Business Orientation” and “Science Orientation”. The special focuses are specified as alternative groups of compulsory modules (“elective programmes”). In addition, students have to complete a master’s thesis module, consisting of a master's thesis and a master's examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Econometric
  • Accounting and economic law
  • Game theory
  • Investment banking
  • Valuation

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

The special focus “Business Orientation” is aimed at students who strive for a career in: consulting companies, controlling, finance departments of companies, risk management, corporate banking and investment banking. The special focus “Science Orientation” is aimed at students who strive for a career in: central banks, state authorities supervising different segments of the financial market, international financial institutions and research departments of banks. It also addresses students who plan to continue their academic education in the form of a PhD programme in the field of finance.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates