Master of Science in Business Economics (Corporate Finance )

The Business Economics programme is aimed at students interested in the business scene. It prepares them for the active and flexible fulfilment of a wide range of tasks in the financial, industrial, trade and service sectors in which companies and social profit organisations operate.

Master's Programme
1 year 60 credits
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
English
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What

In the Business Economics programme students become acquainted with almost every functional aspect of the business world: how and why a company is established, how it is financed, how it organises itself administratively, how it produces goods and services, how it markets and sells those goods and services, how it deals with personnel and how the company’s management coordinates and steers all those activities. The emphasis is placed on the inside of the business. In the master’s programme there are three disciplines that allow you to tailor your curriculum, according to your own interests, and become an expert in one of the three functional fields.

In the Corporate Finance specialisation, we develop your understanding of the core financial dimensions of a company and prepare you to become a specialist in financial management. The specialisation will provide you with a detailed understanding of financial statements and how to use them for financial decision-making. We will develop your ability to value companies and manage financial risks. The specialisation will dive deeper into advanced corporate finance topics, such as financial modelling, banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, and address more recent developments, including crowdfunding, green finance, and FinTech. The specialization not only covers established companies but also the financing of entrepreneurial ventures; how do professional investors (such as venture capitalists) screen new ventures, how do they value ventures, and how are “term sheets” negotiated? Throughout the courses, you will have numerous opportunities to analyse important case studies in small groups. A corporate finance in practice course will further prepare you for a job in corporate finance and bring you into contact with finance professionals. The specialisation also covers research methods within the field of corporate finance. The research methods toolbox will allow you to develop answers to new problems, which also have important implications for practice and policy-making. A dedicated team of professors and support staff, with teaching and practical experience in national and international business schools, policy-making institutions and/or businesses, will guide you.

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For whom

The admission requirements vary. Depending on your preliminary training, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.

Structure

The master’s programme has a modular structure. That means that you will no longer be taught according to the traditional semester system. From now on, your courses will be bundled in four modular blocks of six weeks each. You only have two courses per block which allows you to process the content in a more focused and in-depth manner. The teaching methods are challenging: case studies, group assignments, discussion panels, lectures, business games, etc. At the end of each modular block you have exams from the two previous courses. During a modular block you also get interim tests and (group) assignments. As a result, you no longer have exams in January or June.

In the second semester you will receive a practical course that fits with your specialisation and in which you become acquainted with the professional field. You will have enough time in the programme to work on your master’s thesis.

Finally, the master’s dissertation is a very important element. Via that dissertation you can show that you are able to apply the acquired knowledge to a problem independently.

If you want to combine your master’s degree with a teacher’s degree, then there is the option of following an ‘Educatieve master’ instead of the above described master. The Master's Programme in Teaching, however is a Dutch taught programme. More information can be found on www.ugent.be/educatievemaster.

Labour Market

The largest outlet for Business Economics graduates is the business world. We find graduates in every possible position within companies and social profit organisations. Most graduates start their career in the discipline that they choose in the master’s programme. After a few years this often shifts. Some graduates are given greater responsibilities within the original field and become a Marketing Manager or Financial Director and eventually grow into CMO,CFO or even CEO positions. Others expand their career within a different functional field or are promoted to general management posts. The broad orientation of the programme makes such career moves easier. A significant number of graduates choose what is called an economic profession: accountant, corporate consultant, fiscal advisor, marketing consultant, etc. These professions can be practised as an employee or as a self-employed person. Finally, we also find Business Economics graduates in banks, insurance companies, government services and services close to the government. Some examples of jobs in which Business Economics graduates start: auditor, cost price expert (controller), financial director, financial consultant (IPOs, company acquisitions), marketing manager and market researcher.

Some examples of jobs for graduates in Business Economics:

  • Auditor
  • Accountmanager
  • Digital marketeer
  • Credit control officer
  • Executive director
  • Business advisor
  • Marketing & communication officer
  • Project finance consultant
  • M&A analyst
  • Treasury analyst
  • Financial controller
  • Business Consultant
  • Senior Accountant
  • ...