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Business Administration: Duisenberg Honours Programme in Financial Markets & Regulation

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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Business Administration: Duisenberg Honours Programme in Financial Markets and Regulation

A multi-disciplinary perspective on Financial Markets
The Duisenberg honours programme in Financial Markets and Regulation provides you a broad perspective on how financial markets function. It includes the macro view on financial markets and the economic and legal perspectives on corporations, investors and intermediaries when operating in financial markets. 

This programme combines the disciplines finance, accounting, law and regulation. This multi-disciplinary approach matches the close interconnection between these disciplines in the financial sector. The aim of the programme is to give you a firm grounding in these disciplines. This will enable you to make a quick start as an all-round finance professional. Multi-disciplinary trained finance professionals have a good position in the labour market. 

The Duisenberg honours programme in Financial Markets and Regulations is challenging in terms of study load (84 EC in one year compared to the regular 60 EC), special courses, challenging assignments during the programme and an internship combined with the Master Thesis. 

The programme aims for ambitious students who are interested to start a career in finance as academic professional and strive for a maximum learning performance in one year, before making a good start in the labor market. It is also a good option for ambitious students, who are interested in a career in finance but might not know exactly yet where to start. The broad scope of the programme provides an overview which helps to make the right choice in the start of the career. 


Upon successful completion of the Duisenberg Honours Programme in Financial Markets and Regulation, students receive a VU Amsterdam Master of Science in Business Administration diploma.


Benefitting from our Career Services Centre 
In the Duisenberg Honours Programme in Financial Markets and Regulation programme at VU Amsterdam you benefit from a close cooperation with the career services center. Together we organize a number of career management workshops to help you prepare for positioning yourself, building your network, preparing for job interviews, and constructing your perfect elevator pitch. While looking for the right internship or job vacancy that matches your preferences, you benefit from our online job & internship page. Also career coaching and job market information are provided by the school’s Career Services.

Two active student study associations to build your network 
As a student at VU Amsterdam, you further benefit from two active student study associations (AUREUSandFSA). The contacts you build here with fellow students as well as with companies help you establish or extend your industry network and make a quick start with your career.


The admission requirements for this programme are

  1. Outstanding performance in the completed preceding bachelor programme.
  2. Sufficient entry knowledge in the core disciplines finance and accounting and sufficient quantitative skills (see below). 
  3. Motivation by letter and commitment to the high study load of 90 ECTS in one year.

General requirements for holders of a(n):

  • Dutch University degree
  • International degree

This programme is meant in the first place for students with a bachelor’s degree in business and/or economics, although students with an alternative degree are not automatically excluded. Important for a successful start is sufficient entry knowledge in the finance and accounting disciplines. Basic knowledge in the law discipline is helpful but not required.

An indication for the required entry knowledge is the following list of books: 

  • Corporate finance
    Berk & DeMarzo (2013): Corporate Finance, Pearson 
  • Accounting
    Elliott and Elliott (2013), Financial Accounting and Reporting, Pearson
  • Financial Markets and Institutions
    Mishkin, F.S. and S.G. Eakins (2012), Financial Markets and Institutions, Pearson
  • Statistics 
    Berenson, Levine, Krehbiel (2002): Basic Business Statistics, Pearson
    Preferably, applicants need to have successfully completed courses in all of these fields in their completed bachelor programme and to have studied the mentioned literature, or its equivalents. At least a substantial overlap is required. It is possible that students need to eliminate some deficiencies by self-study before the programme starts in September.


The tuition fee for students of European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries who have not yet been awarded a degree in the Netherlands for the academic year 2018-2019 will amount to €2060 for a full time master’s study programme, part time study programme or dual study programme.

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