MSc Financial Markets and Investments


SKEMA Business School Paris

Paris, France

About Course

Key information
: 2 Year
Study Type
: Full Time
Tuition fees
: 25,000 EUR / Per Year
Exam Intake
: Sep
Conditional Scholarship
: NA
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Progra​mme outline

  • The MSc in Financial Markets & Investments is a market-driven finance programme that closely reflects the constantly changing world of international finance. The teaching and curriculum use a practical approach. 
  • The programme gives students practical expertise in the key areas of finance within the post crisis financial environment in the fields of trading, risk management, sales, investment advisory, structuring finance… Content is taught within a global macro-economic and financial environment with market-oriented courses th​at will enable the students to become conscious of a new financial and economic environment including a key component that may remain with them throughout their careers: a stockpile of world debt. 
  • The availability of Bloomberg terminals with existing live quotes and up-to-the-minute financial information from different exchanges allows students to follow and better understand the correlation between geopolitics, economics and the financial markets.

Why choose this programme​ 

  • Classes are taught by professors who have both strong academic backgrounds and expert professional experience in finance. High-calibre professionals also teach.
  • The teaching emphasises a hands-on, problem-solving approach that means graduates can work productively from Day One on the job. 
  • ​The programme is developed constantly to ensure its relevance to shifting global financial markets. ​
  • ​Opportunitie​s for cross cultural interactions and network building.

This track prepares students for positions that require both technical excellence and a global finance knowledge.

  • The MSc Financial Markets & Investments track on the Paris campus brings students together from all over the world with diverse backgrounds. It shifts from being academic and rigorous training in the first semester  to a more hands-on approach featuring experienced professionals in the second term.


  • The best way to prepare is to start class books (which will be required reading over the first semester, with some preliminary self-study - see above) or to read the Financial Times / Wall Street Journal, etc. every day.
  • Of course many other books, including in particular those suggested by Amaury Goguel, the Paris MSc Financial Markets & Investments director, are excellent readings. You will receive, upon selection and registration, additional details. Some courses to level up are included in the programme and take place at the beginning of the year, just after intake. 

On the Sophia Antipolis campus, the MSc Financial Markets has a Trading, Structuring & Portfolio Management track  


Mandatory coursestotal credits: 30

  • Preschooling Applied VBA
  • Introduction to Stochastic Calculus
  • Tackling Country Risk Challenges in the Age of Globalisation
  • Employability & Career
  • Financial Research & Modelling with R
  • Financial Econometrics with R
  • Fixed Income 1: Pricing & Valuation
  • Equity Valuation & Financial Analysis
  • Derivative Valuation & Strategies
  • MS Excel VBA Programming
  • VBA 1: Pricing Techniques
  • SQL Programming


Mandatory courses, total credits: 16

  • Preschooling Stochastic Calculus Applied to Financial Models
  • Amplify Trading Simulation
  • Quantitative Portfolio Management
  • Employability & Career
  • Fixed Income 2: Investment Strategies
  • Credit Value Adjustment (CVA)
  • Portfolio Management Simulation
  • Compliance & Ethics
  • VBA2: VBA Quantitative Development

Elective courses (select seven), total credits: 14

  • Equity/FX Structured Products
  • Quantitative Modeling: Exotic Options
  • Commodities & Commodity Trading
  • Fixed Income Structured Products
  • Option Book Management
  • Quantitative Modeling of the Value at Risk
  • Traded Credit: CDS, CDO, CVA, Loans 
  • Python Proramming for Finance
  • Fintechs and other Banking Ventures in a Digital World

Courses in the second semester emphasise technical and quantitative issues so that students are ready for their first job interviews in February/March

Total credits = 30 (semester 1), 30 semester 2), 30 dissertation = 90

Entry Requirement

Applicants must have a bachelor degree

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