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Program and courses Finance: Sustainable Finance track

Gain a solid foundation in the principles and practice of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) issues in corporate finance and investing. Learn to apply them to real-world cases during assignments, simulation games and group discussions in class.

Program structure

This one-year program consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 3 core courses (18 ECTS)
  • 4 elective courses (24 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis (18 ECTS)

This Master's program starts at the end of August.

Core courses

You will follow these 3 core courses (18 ECTS)

Unit 1: End of August – October

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Empirical Methods in Finance (part 1)
  • Investment Analysis

Unit 2: End of October – January

  • Empirical Methods in Finance (part 2)
Elective courses

Choose 4 elective courses in total (24 ECTS), with minimal 2 of the following courses shaping the Sustainable Finance track:

Unit 2: End of October - January

  • Corporate Governance & Social Responsibility
  • Asset Allocation & Sustainable Investing

Unit 3: End of January - April

  • Sustainable Finance & Value Creation

Other electives courses to choose:

Unit 2: End of October – January

  • Corporate Valuation, Restructuring and M&A's
  • Derivative Securities
  • Banking and Financial Intermediation
  • Data Science Methods in Finance

Unit 3: End of January - April

  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation
  • Fixed Income Analysis
Master’s thesis

During the fourth unit (April - August) you will write your Master's thesis (18 ECTS).

  • The final stage of the Master in Finance consists of writing a master thesis in the field of finance on a sustainable finance topic.
  • Your thesis is proof that you are able to independently conduct scientific research worthy of a master's degree.

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You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

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Please note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in OSIRIS Student at the start of the year.

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Make the most of your Master's

In the first semester of the regular program, ambitious students can apply for the following additional advanced programs:

Extended Master's Program: traineeship (+0.5 years)

Short overview of the Extended Master's Program

During your traineeship, you work on practical assignments for a company, follow professional skills courses, and receive mentoring and guidance. By increasing your professional experience, skills, and network like this, you seriously boost your chances in the job market.

  • If selected, you will fulfill your traineeship from April to October. On average, you will work four days at the company, and attend skills training once a week at Tilburg University. In addition to this, company visits will be organized in the Extended Master's Program network.
  • If both you and the company are happy with the results, you are welcome to extend the traineeship by writing your Master's thesis at the company. Your research topic then needs to be approved by the Tilburg University thesis coordinator.
  • There are no administrative or participation fees for taking part in the Extended Master's Program. You will pay the regular tuition fees for the extra six months the Extended Master's Program takes.

Application and admission

You can apply for the Extended Master's Program once you've started the regular Master's program.

More on the Extended Master's Program

QTEM program: study abroad and traineeship (+1 year)

This Master's program is a proud partner of the prestigious Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management (QTEM) network.

  • Excellent and ambitious students have the opportunity to extend their one-year Master's program with an additional year.
  • In this additional year, they can spend up to two semesters at different QTEM partner universities, and do an internship abroad at one of the corporate partners. Corporate partners include McKinsey, Bain, Deloitte, and ABInBev.
  • Successful QTEM students are awarded the QTEM Network Certificate.

Application and admission

You can apply for the QTEM program once you've started with the regular Master's program.

More information about the QTEM program

Entrepreneurial Literacy Initiative: online extracurricular program

Entrepreneurial Literacy Initiative (ELI) is an online extracurricular program that provides Master's students with tools to reflect and plan for an entrepreneurial career. Overall, ELI can be a very useful experience if you have entrepreneurship on your mind. —either right after graduation or later in your career! If you are unsure whether entrepreneurship fits you and your goals, ELI will help you find out.

Application and admission

All students enrolled in a Master's program at TiSEM are invited to apply.

More information about the Entrepreneurial Literacy Initiative

Or apply for a two-year double degree program with one of our international partner universities, to acquire two full Master's degrees.

Double degree: study abroad (+1 year)

Benefits of choosing a double degree

  • A great opportunity to expand quantitative and financial knowledge and skills. 
  • Because of your wide perspective in addressing international issues, you have gained a competitive edge in the job market; potential employers highly value international exposure and experience.
  • Experience two distinct academic, social, and cultural environments.

Partner university

  • LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy

More on the content of this double degree

Application and admission

You can't apply for the double degree program directly. Once you've started the regular master's program, you can apply for the double degree program. There will be a selection process, so please keep in mind that there is no absolute guarantee that you can start the double degree program. 

Short overview of the Sustainable Finance track

  • Gain a solid foundation in the principles and practice of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) issues in corporate finance and investing.
  • Apply the latest theoretical ESG concepts from scientific literature to real-world cases during assignments, simulation games and group discussions in class.  You will attend many guest lectures where the theoretical concepts are compared to practice.
  • The program is taught by teachers with very good teaching evaluations. The teachers are some of the world's leading finance academics. Many teachers in the program have been awarded Excellent Teacher awards.

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