Programme overview

This is arguably the most impressive cast of professors of any university financial markets programme in Europe”- Pierre Francotte – Academic Director of the AM in Financial Markets

This programme combines:

  • courses with a strong focus on how markets actually work in practice, given by an unparalleled cast of senior practitioners and regulators and of highly respected academics
  • an opportunity for a 3-month internship in a top-quality institution.

In which other programme do you have as professors the, the Executive Chairman of a large London-based hedge fund, the chief banking regulator of the European Commission, a senior official of a Eurozone central bank in charge of financial stability, executives of London-based private equity firms, but also current or former Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Risk Officers and other senior officials of banks, asset managers and public institutions like the IMF, the ECB and the EIB?

The internship is a springboard to finding job opportunities. In the first two years of the programme, the job placement rate was 85% before participants even graduated.

It’s arguably one of the best investments you can make as a young professional to prepare yourself for the financial markets industry.” – Jos, Alumni 2014

This Advanced Master was exactly what I expected from a one year preparation on financial markets. The internship in a leading financial institution and the different networking sessions really helped me to find a great job in the asset management field.”- Constance, Alumni 2014

“The Advanced Master in Financial Markets enabled me to further apprehend the economic and financial environment I was working in, providing a complete picture and linking all actors active along the value chain” – Stéphanie, Alumni 2015


Young professionals may also choose to register for modules of courses of the Advanced Master programme on a stand-alone basis, instead of following the full programme.  For more information on this modular education offer, please visit or contact the Advanced Master Programme manager. 


Programme objectives

The Advanced Master in Financial Markets is designed to give students a much deeper understanding of financial markets than the one offered by graduate or classic post-graduate courses. It examines the connections between the different aspects of finance and the financial markets, as well as the connections between theory and practice of markets and between theory and policy making.

By the end of this Advanced Master, you will be able to:

  • Understand the financial markets much better than other graduating students or even many young professionals
  • Make robust assessments of theoretical and policy-related issues, thanks to the sharing of experience of the senior practitioners and top-level academics teaching the courses
  • Be more effective and more creative in your professional environments and therefore, be a more accomplished performer in the financial sector, able to progress faster to senior levels.
  • Make yourself substantially more attractive to preferred employers and better leverage your potential in your professional career.

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Your profile

The Advanced Master in Financial Markets seeks:

  • High calibre candidates with a strong academic background, and the intellectual curiosity and discipline that are necessary to succeed in a very demanding environment.
  • Candidates with at least a graduate degree or equivalent. This degree can be, in economics, management or finance, but also in other disciplines, such as law, mathematics, engineering or international relations.
  • Young professionals already active in the financial industry seeking to broaden their skill range as a springboard to faster career evolution.

Young professionals may also apply to register for modules of 2-4 courses instead of the whole programme. Contact us for details.


Eligible applicants must hold one of the following:

– a Master’s degree (four or five years of study)
– a Bachelor’s degree followed by one to three years of work experience
– another degree equivalent to the above (please consult us for more information)

Admissions will be based on the candidates’ academic and/or professional background, and motivation. Proficiency in English necessary.

Programme content

programme_content_financialmarketsThe courses of the programme are subject to marginal changes.

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Programme framework

Solvay-208For this master, the courses will be delivered after business hours (late afternoon on weekdays and Saturdays) to allow participants to take the course in parallel with a professional activity.

This master is a full-time course (60 ECTs) that lasts one year, split over five terms. Students who do not have an economics or finance background, or want a refresher course, start mid-September with introductory courses covering the Principles of  Economics and Finance.
At the end of these courses, students will perform a three-month internship in a leading financial institution. The programme coordinator helps find internship opportunities. Internships have taken place in institutions in Belgium and abroad, like the European Commission, BNP Paribas Fortis, Belfius KBC, ING, Deloitte, E&Y, PWC, Bank of New York Mellon, Euroclear Bank, SWIFT, and banks,and several prestigious asset managers, private banks and other firms.

Participants may submit a master thesis on a relevant topic as an alternative to the internship.

Faculty information

The faculty is made up of an unrivalled cast of senior practitioners and regulators who are helping to shape the evolution of financial markets and of top quality academics from different European universities.

Our high-profile professors include:

  • Executive Chairman of one of the largest European hedge fund
  • Chief banking regulator at the European Commission
  • A senior central banker, who has taught at MIT
  • A top academic who has chaired the advisory committee of the European Systemic Risk Board
  • Past or current CEOs, CFOs, Chief Risk Officers, and other senior officers of major financial institutions, trade associations or government entities in Europe or the US
  • Top academics who have been acting as expert advisors to the European Commission or national regulators
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Pierre Francotte,

Academic Director of the Advanced Master in Financial Markets

Job opportunities

Graduates of this master can look forward to job opportunities with a faster advancement potential in a broad range of companies, including:

  • banks
  • investment banks
  • asset managers & global custodians
  • hedge funds and private equity firms
  • consulting firms
  • audit firms
  • regulatory agencies
  • universities and research agencies

Solvay-203To successfully grow in your professional life and make the right choices for your career, it is fundamental to define your goals and have the tools to achieve them. The Solvay Brussels School’s career service will help you in building your career thanks to its strong connection with the business sector and to its dynamic team who will accompany each participant into the professional world. From self-assessment to networking opportunities, our team will assist participants to realise their full potential. Through a range of seminars, coaching sessions, workshops, events and other resources, we help our participants to discover the career path best suited to their personal fulfilment.

Practical information

If you wish to join the Advanced Master course in September 2017, please follow the four main steps of our admission procedure:

1- Complete and submit the online pre-enrolment form together with the required documents.
2- Receive feedback on your eligibility from the Academic Director.
3- Have a personal interview with the Academic Director.
4- Receive feedback on your admission. If positive, please note that you will have two weeks to finalise your registration by:
– Completing, signing and sending back the admission documents
– Pay a deposit of €2000

Application deadline:
Non-EU students: June 30th 2017 (recommendation related to visa procedures)
EU students: July 31st 2017.

Young professionals may also choose to register for modules of courses of the Advanced Master programme on a stand-alone basis, instead of following the full programme.  For more information on this modular education offer, please visit or contact the Advanced Master Programme manager.

Proclamation2015-0213Important: non EU-citizens must somehow be aware that student visa procedures may take up to 3 months, and therefore check the timing and conditions of their nearest Belgian Embassy before considering applying after June 2017.

Additionally, non-EU applicants must take into consideration that getting a student visa for Belgium implies the obligation to prove their sufficient and regular means of subsistence (631EUR net/month in 2016-2017) or their sponsor’s. If they can’t, Solvay can support them if the applicant transfers the requested amount covering 12 months on a school deposit account (which will be redistributed on a monthly basis to the student as soon as a Belgian bank account has been created). For more information visit this link or contact the nearest Belgian embassy.

Early-Bird discount: Apply by April 17th, 2017 and benefit from the early-bird discount of 10% on the tuition fee. (valid only for registrations confirmed within 2 weeks from receipt of the admission documents).

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Practical information

  • Starting date: September 11th 2017
  • Location: Brussels
  • Format: Full-time
    Evening and saturday classes
  • Language: English
  • Tuition: 15,000€
  • Length: 11 months
  • Application deadline: July 31st 2017

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    Join the information session of your preferred Advanced Master introduced by its Academic Director and learn all details about the programme content, objectives, career possibilities, and admission procedure. Finally, meet our Directors, participants and/or Alumni who will answer your questions during a networking cocktail.
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“It’s arguably one of the best investments you can make as a young professional to prepare yourself for the financial markets industry.”
Jos, Alumni 2014
“If you want to do a master in financial markets with the best quality of professors and have a great learning experience, you should choose this one.”
Emmanuel, Alumni 2014
“The internship in a leading financial institution and the different networking sessions really helped me to find a great job in the asset management field.”
Constance, Alumni 2014

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