Financial Markets 2017-10-13T09:05:20+00:00

Programme overview

FrancotteThis programme has been designed to give its participants the tools they need to understand how the financial markets work in practice, with courses given by an exceptional cast of professors. This has helped them find attractive jobs and be effective faster in their professional environment”- Pierre Francotte – Academic Director of the AM in Financial Markets

  • Job placement rate: about 80% even before graduation.
  • Ranked 1st in Belgium and in top 50 in the world in the Financial Markets masters category by Eduniversal Best Masters in the World.

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 Financial Officer of a major bank, the Head of Private Banking of a leading asset manager in Belgium, the chief banking regulator of the European Commission, the head o a supervisory team at the European Central Bank, the CEO of the world’s largest international securities depository, the Head of Market Risk in New York at one of the world’s largest banks as well as executives of London-based private equity firms, former Chief Executive Officers, senior officials of the IMF and the EIB?

Who could better teach you how the financial markets actually work, drawing on their own day-today experience?

The internship is a springboard to finding job opportunities. The job placement rate is about 85% before participants even graduate.Graduates get recruited by top banks, asset managers and consulting firms, among others, in Belgium but also in markets such as the UK, France, Spain and Switzerland.

“The programme prepares you in the best possible way to enter the job market and this is also helped by the career coaching service, the interesting field visits and the networking possibilities. My job opportunities were much broader after this advanced master. It definitely helped me get a job right away at the European Central Bank.” – Julie Van Eeckhout, Alumna 2017

Modules

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 http://am.solvay.edu/financial-markets-modules/ 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.

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 4 courses instead of the whole programme. Click here for more 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

The courses of the programme are subject to marginal changes.

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“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, Alumna 2015

Programme framework

For 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, ING, KBC, Capital@Work, Degroof Petercam, Lombard Odier, Deloitte, E&Y, PWC, Bank of New York Mellon, Euroclear Bank, SWIFT, among others.

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 funds
  • Chief banking regulator at the European Commission
  • Chief Financial Officer of Belfius
  • Head of Private Banking at Degroof Petercam
  • Head of Supervisoy Team at the European Central Bank
  • CEO of Euroclear Bank
  • Head of Market Risk at Deutche Bank, Americas
  • A top academic who has chaired the advisory committee of the European Systemic Risk Board
  • Partner at a London-based Family Office Advisory firm
  • Top academics who have been acting as expert advisors to the European Commission or national regulators
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Francotte

More about the Academic Director

Pierre Francotte
Pierre Francotte is a member of the College of Resolution of banks, within the National Central Bank of Belgium. He has been also an independent Board member of Belfius Bank (formerly named Dexia Bank Belgium) and is a Senior Advisor at Kreab Gavin Anderson. He was CEO of Euroclear group from 2000 until 2010, after having held several senior positions in the company since 1993. Prior to this, he was an Assistant General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund, where he worked for over 10 years. He was Chairman of the ECMI-CEPS Task Force on MiFID Review in 2011-12, which made recommendations on behalf of market participants to the European Commission on the MiFID review. Pierre Francotte has been Professor at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management since 2011, where he teaches on the functioning of financial markets and on financial governance and regulation.

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 and investment banks
  • asset managers
  • consulting firms
  • hedge funds and private equity firms
  • finance positions in industrial companies
  • regulatory agencies
  • universities and research agencies

“The programme prepares you in the best possible way to enter the job market and this is also helped by the career coaching service, the interesting field visits and the networking possibilities. My job opportunities were much broader after this advanced master. It definitely helped me get a job right away at the European Central Bank.” – Julie Van Eeckhout, Alumna 2017

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

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Since the number of seats in class is limited, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

If you wish to join the Advanced Master course in September 2018, 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 paying a deposit of €2000

Application deadline:
Non-EU students: May 31st 2018 (recommendation related to visa procedures)
EU students: July 15th 2018

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 http://am.solvay.edu/financial-markets-modules/ 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 May 2018.

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 16th, 2018 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

  • Enrolments for September 2018 are now open!

  • Starting date: September 2018

  • Location: Brussels

  • Format: Full-time
    Evening and Saturday classes

  • Language: English
  • Tuition: 15,000€
  • Length: 11 months
  • Application deadline:
    > Non-EU students: May 31st 2018 (recommendation related to visa procedures)
    > EU students: July 15th 2018

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