This programme provides students with a thorough knowledge of and competency in the field of finance. The global financial markets are highly developed and integrated, and as a consequence of this complexity and sophistication there is an increasing demand for graduates with a degree in finance at the highest level.
The first semester features four courses: Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis; Fixed Income Securities; Corporate Finance; and Applied Econometric Methods.
The second semester comprises the following four specialising courses: Bank Management studies the financial system and the role of banks and mortgage credit institutions in the capital market. The financial regulation of markets and institutions is also integrated into the course. Securities Markets focuses on how securities markets function at micro level: in particular, how trading is organised and how market structures are different for different securities. Financial Engineering focuses on describing and understanding financial derivatives such as forwards, futures, swaps and options, and on the underlying markets such as money markets, bond markets, stock, currency and commodity markets. Empirical Finance uses statistical and econometric methods to analyse observed prices and returns in financial markets, and to test financial market theories.
In the third semester, students can choose courses in their areas of interest. These can be taken at Aarhus University, at a partner university outside Denmark or at the AU Summer University. Students can also participate in internship programmes in Denmark or abroad.
The fourth semester is devoted to the final thesis, where students have the opportunity to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest.
Graduates can expect to make a career in financial institutions, regulatory bodies, consulting firms or finance departments in non-financial companies, whether in Denmark or abroad. The programme also provides an excellent basis for subsequent PhD study.
1st semester 30 ECTS
2nd semester 30 ECTS
3rd semester 30 ECTS
4th semester 30 ECTS