Programs, regulations, schedule, preparatory courses

Course schedule

Courses start every year in September (see UNIL academic calendar).

Masters timetable and courses

Information relating to timetables and study programmes may be found on the display boards of the 2nd floor (lifts) of the Internef building as well as on our web page. A network of television screens provides regular updates about timetable changes and other useful information.


Program content

The MScF is organized along three orientations: Asset and Risk Management, Corporate Finance, and Financial Entrepreneurship and Data Science. The orientation will figure on the diploma.

The MScF program includes a total of four semesters. The first three modules comprise a collection of compulsory and elective courses. During the third semester, students can ask to participate in an exchange program in another university. The fourth is entirely dedicated to the Master thesis.

Module 1

All students must attend a set of five compulsory courses (no waivers possible) whose aim is to harmonize participants' knowledge. Some courses such as Data Science for Finance and Mathematics for Economics and Finance are of quantitative nature, whereas Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, and Investments start from the first day on to provide practice oriented skills. The module ends with a series of demanding tests ensuring that students who pursue the Master will have the level of knowledge required to complete the program successfully.

Module 2 and 3

Module 2 comprises general compulsory courses for every student, and a wide selection of optional courses.
Module 3 represents the mandatory orientation courses.
Students may change their orientation at the beginning of module 2. 

Module 4

The last module is dedicated to the Master's thesis. The student may opt for a research thesis or an internship thesis. In either case the students must demonstrate their technical skills in a written report and their soft skills in an oral presentation of the written report.


Credit allocation and workload

The 120 ECTS credits of this Master's program are allocated in 4 semesters as follows:

  • 90 credits awarded for the first three semesters of coursework
  • 30 credits for the Master's thesis (contingent upon the earning of the initial 90 credits)

A typical 6-credit MScF course represents 5 hours of lectures and supervised exercises per week, over a 14-week semester. Students should allow up to 4 additional hours per week per course for individual preparation and revision.

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Career prospects

Our MScF should provide first a good knowledge basis in general finance and then to provide more advanced specialized knowledge in corporate finance and risk management. Our graduates can be then operational in any position in finance. Learn more

Recommended courses prior to MScF

2nd year Bachelor
Analyse économique : macroéconomie (6 credits)
Statistique et économétrie I (6 credits)
Analyse économique : microéconomie (6 credits)
Risk Management (3 credits)
Principes de finance (6 credits)
Statistiques et économétrie appliquée : introduction (4.5 credits)

3rd year Bachelor
Finance d'entreprise (6 credits)
Financial Markets (6 credits)
Statistique et Econométrie II (6 credits)
Mathématiques de la Finance (3 credits)

Preparatory courses

Candidates who are required to successfully complete a preparatory program (French command necessary):

Exchange programs

During the third semester, students may take part in an exchange program and study at a university recognised by HEC Lausanne. A maximum of 30 ECTS credits can be acquired during the exchange.

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