Global Master in Finance | IE Business School

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Global Master in Finance

Study part-time, work full-time. Discover interactive, blended learning.

  • 14 months
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  • Masters in Finance
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  • Executive
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  • In English
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  • Blended

At a Glance

Program Format: Blended (online sessions & face-to-face sessions)

ONLINE SESSIONS – using Interactive Distance Learning Methodology

The methodology is eminently practical and based on teamwork and the case method, key concepts on both IE’s blended and full-time programs. Topics are analyzed through participants’ discussion of real business cases and simulations under the guidance of the professor, who leads and focuses the debate.This methodology helps identify the main problems companies have to deal with, and develops participants’ decision making skills. The interactive distance learning dynamic is based on combining live videoconference sessions and asynchronous discussion forums. This combination ensures the same quality and excellence shared by all IE Business School master programs.

- Asynchronous Online Sessions- Discussion Forum (From Tuesday to Friday using the discussion forums of the Online Campus).

- Synchronous Online Sessions - Videoconferences (On Saturday afternoons (15h30) - Madrid local time) using an application that permits communication in real time between participants and professors using audio and video tools).

FACE-TO-FACE SESSIONS (during the residential weeks in Madrid and London):

- Regular face to face sessions on some subjects
- Academic workshops for developing managing skills (e.g. Teamwork, Employability)
- Finance insights (conferences, company visits)
- World Awareness Seminars (Culture and Society)

IE's Blended Methodology Distance Learning at IE
Pre- Program
1 week
Pre-program (optional)

Introduction to General Program

Intake 1:

Optional, introductory courses in Financial Accounting and Quantitative Methods are available to students on enrollment to the program. They are aimed at students wishing to refresh their basic technical skills in these areas. This courses are in a self-study format and are overseen virtually by an expert tutor.

First Module
Interactive Distance Learning

Students will start the First Module with the two-week residential period in Madrid to attend the Opening Ceremony, and to attend various classes at our Madrid Campus such as Case Method, Campus Online Sessions, Ethics Workshop, World Awareness Seminar.

Intake 1:

Topics are analyzed through participants’ discussion of real business cases and simulations under the guidance of the professor, who leads and focuses the debate.

  • Quantitative Finance A methodology and solid knowledge base for the use of statistical and econometrical tools in finance. Students are provided with common statistical and econometric techniques in the industry.
  • Economics for Markets Key macro information for financial markets, including how macro data should be read in order to have an informed opinion of where to invest, and recent macro developments that will shape the world in this century.
  • Financial Accounting Analysis Accounting analysis skills which any financier should master to excel in his/her function. These courses will be biased towards international accounting, creative accounting detection and financial analysis.
  • Corporate Finance This course explores the foundations of financial theory through of the analysis of the financial situation of a business and drivers of the cost of capital, the evaluation of capital investment decisions.
  • Derivatives The foundations of risk control in the different underlying asset classes: fixed income, equities, credits, commodities and foreign exchange (FX).
  • Financial Modelling The course will deal with the effective use of the spreadsheet as a basic tool for financial analysis, data modeling, construction of financial models and specific tools oriented to financial analysis.
  • Investing in Emerging Markets Focusing on the BRICs, this course encompasses EM profiles (consumer-based countries, commodity producers etc), the tools to invest (from ETF to ADR), how to edge, risks & barriers, investment trends and the increasing weight of consumers, housing, energy, etc.
  • Portfolio Management (Investment Game) In this counrse, student will have to build equity, bonds and currency portfolios simulating real life experiences and using live market data.
  • Fixed Income Fundamentals This course is a practical analysis of how bonds are traded in financial markets and the key determining factors of their performance and valuation. The course will also cover key aspects of hybrid markets.
  • Behavioral Finance Psychology plays a pivotal role in the pricing of assets. How human psychology affects these variables will be covered in this course, which will run though the most up to date literature on these issues.
  • Employability in Finance Run by independent experts from the industry, this course will cover topics such as personal branding, job-offer negotiation and successful interviewing techniques.
Second Module
Second Module

Second Module of the Global Master in Finance will cover more advanced topics of finance, it starts after the residential period in London and ends with the last residential period in Madrid.

Intake 1:

The Second Module will focus on more advanced topics of finance such as: Advanced Corporate Finance, Asset Allocation, Portfolio Management, Valuation & Equity Research. This Second Module will start after the residential period in London in May, and students will come back to Madrid in December for the 3rd residential period in Madrid to present final exam, and attend the graduation ceremony together with MBA students and students from many other Masters. 

  • Foundation of Banking The course presents a review of the basic financial concepts, such as arbitrage, market efficiency, risk and preferences, that will set the foundations required to progress on core areas of a finance master program.
  • Advanced Corporate Finance A critical analysis of the different equity valuation methodologies, with their advantages and disadvantages in different scenarios and contexts within the capital markets is essential for all working in finance.
  • Asset Allocation This course takes a look at the real challenges faced by chief investment officers when allocating savings in global portfolios. It will not deal with the art of stock selection or specific bond selection but will examine the big global flows based on top down investment.
  • Employability in Finance This course offers a wonderful opportunity to develop the management skills and competences required to improve your “employability” as well as your “ market value” .
  • Foreign Exchange The focus of this course is on the unique problems encountered by the international treasurer or chief financial officer of multinational corporations.
  • Portfolio Management Simulation The course covers the main implications of asset management in main asset classes: equities, bonds and alternative investments.
  • Risk Governance This course focuses on the identification of risk. The objective is to lead students to discuss the different types of risk generally accepted.
  • Valuation & Equity Research The course explains the foundations of the sell side process within the equities world by focusing on how analysts look at listed companies and build their valuation models interacting with the buy side.
  • Talent Management Program Objectives of the program: establish the elements that a group of people need to become a team, practice the 1:1 dynamics that will help us to be successful as managers, practice the most important leadership competencies.
  • Final Exam Several options: academic case studies, equity research and IPO valuation projects, valuation of a company owned by a private equity firm, academic case, or a microfinance case study.
  • ELECTIVE: Commodities Markets This is where participants learn about the main types of the increasingly important commodities. The course also explores the main options used to trade commodities or to hedge commodities risk.
  • ELECTIVE: Advanced Topics in World Economy The course provides the analytical tools and background information needed to have an informed opinion on different positions in the current economic debate.
  • ELECTIVE: Entrepreneurship through acquisition & private equity In the course students will seek for potential investments suitable for a private equity and select these opportunities together with the financing to private equity professionals.
  • ELECTIVE: Mergers & Acquisitions This course puts into practice the knowledge acquired in the different corporate finance and valuation courses and explores how deal making is structured from the point of view of corporate financiers.
  • ELECTIVE: Financial Inclusion Information to be updated.
  • ELECTIVE: Investing in Emerging Markets This course will give a special focus on BRICs, the tools we can use to invest, how easy it is to invest and hedge (using derivatives) in these countries.
  • ELECTIVE: Money Markets To be updated.
  • ELECTIVE: Technical Analysis This course is aimed at understanding the different aspects of the Technical Analysis tool for the purpose of managing a securities portfolio.
  • ELECTIVE: Behavioural Finance Psychology plays a pivotal role in the pricing of assets. During rainy days the stock market underperforms in comparison with sunny days. How human psychology affects these variables will be covered in this course.
  • ELECTIVE: Islamic Finance Islamic finance is becoming an increasingly important field of investment as Gulf investors have become pivotal actors in the world’s capital markets.
  • ELECTIVE: Central Banks The course covers the role and workings of monetary policy, discusses the institutional setup and the instruments of the main central banks.

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