Finance is one of the most attractive employer markets for business economists. The prerequisite for your career in the capital market, however, is a deep understanding of its interrelationships, processes, and actors. By studying Global Finance (Master of Science), you lay the foundation for your career in international companies and groups. As a manager in senior management, you will acquire in-depth specialist knowledge of finance over four semesters, language skills in English as the language of instruction and another language, as well as competence in team leadership.
In the master’s programme “Global Finance” you will acquire in-depth knowledge in business administration and finance. Your university education will focus on seminars on “Business Economics”, “International Investment” and “Values Based Management”.
Some information about the study plan for the study programme Masters in Global Finance:
Demand analysis & estimating demand
Supply and market equilibrium
Estimating cost functions and production functions
Economies of scale
Prices, output and strategy in different markets
Game theory models of oligopoly
Pricing techniques and analysis
Quantitative and qualitative methods
Development of a research question
Steps of research process
Methods of data collection
Data analysis using statistical software programs (SPSS or R)
Writing a research report
Machine learning, AI and neural networks
Big Data and statistical methods for big data analysis
Database systems (e.g Hadoop, Kubernetes)
Introduction in Business Intelligence
KPIs and Dashboards
Data warehouses within a company infrastructure
Interfaces and ETL
BI Software Products
Foreign exchange and eurocurrency markets
Managing operating exposure to currency risk
Foreign market entry and country risk management
Multinational capital structure and cost of capital
Real options and cross-border investment strategy
World trade and international monetary system
Treasury management of international transactions
Cross border capital budgeting
Corporate governance and international market for corporate control
Fundamentals of accounting
Fundamentals of financial accounting
Property, plant and equipment
Inventories and Receivables
Provision, Current and non-current liabilities
Managerial accounting and global business environment
Cost term, terms and classifications
Systems design: Job-order costing
Systems design: Process costing
Sustainability and ethics in accounting decision making
Social competence: Communication, motivation, groups and team structures, leadership, conflict management
Methodological competence: Structural aspects, time management, cost management, human resource management, creativity and problem solving
Organisational competence: Quality management, documentation, risk management, project start and closure
The “Scholarly Writing and Analysis” course is offered for German native speakers. German as a foreign language is offered as an obligatory course for Non-native German speakers.
Cornerstones of sustainable management
CSR as management approach
Practical approaches of organizational effectiveness
Tools for CSR implementation
CSR and financial performance
Life cycle assessment
Historical developments around the world
Directors and board structures in different parts of the world
Family business governance
Role of institutional investors
Corporate governance in mergers and acquisitions
Socially responsible investments
Corporate governance in different regions
Corporate strategy evaluation and development of strategic options
Emergent and prescriptive approaches
Gap closing strategies
Buy strategies: Mergers and Acquisitions
Build strategies: Strategic renewal, organic corporate development strategies
Developing a business plan
Capital procurement (loans, venture capital)
Human resource planning and capacity utilisation
Fundamentals of investment appraisal
Fundamentals of internal and external accounting
Ethics in Finance
Socially Responsible Investments (SRI)
Developments/Innovations in Sustainable Finance
Traditional versus Behavioural Finance
Anomalies in the market
Prospect and other theories in Finance
Biases including herding, aversion, perception, amongst others.
Reflective Reasoning and the illusion of control
Theories and tools to alleviate behavioural issues in financial decision making
Fixed income instruments
Term structures of rates and yields
How are bonds traded?
Fixed-income risk: Duration and Convexity
Corporate bonds: Credit risk
Fixed income indexes
Yield curve strategies
Interest rate scenario analysis
Evolution of the current Fintech landscape, impacts on the financial services industry
Different Fintech business models
Enablers of Fintech innovations (5G networks, cloud computing, Big Data and analytics, artificial intelligence, Blockchain and cryptocurrencies)
Fintech innovations and disruptions in different areas of the financial services industry
Robo-Advisory and its applications
Success factors and recent failures of Fintechs
Future development and challenges of Fintechs
The overall objective of this course is to provide students with possibility of applying their business knowledge on concrete business situation, related to the field of their specialization.
By the end of the module students should be able to:
Define project goals for the “client”.
Work under the set timeframe and agreed project scope.
Cooperate in the international project teams.
Evaluate markets/ industries/ competitive landscapes.
Develop possible strategic directions for the “client” business.
Financial fraud and its manifestations
Ethics in finance
Alternative Banking Models like those of Triodos and GLS Banks
Alternative business models like those of KIVA and BOVESPA
Alternatives to growth models
Alternative investment products like Social Impact Bonds
Impact Finance and Micro Finance
Understanding the alternative Indices and their shortcomings
Rating Agencies and soft factor scores.
The global economy
Globalization and income
Globalization and international trade
Trade and comparative advantage
David Ricardo’s theory of comparative advantage
Modern trade theory: Heckscher-Ohlin and imperfect competition models
Trade barriers and trade policy
Firm location, distance and transport costs
Firm location, distance and transport costs (multinationals)
Currency crises and exchange rate policy
Gains from capital market integration
Financial crises, firms and the open economy
Cash flows in the context of established valuation models (e.g., dividend discount model, DCF model and other present value-based valuation concepts)
Fundamentals and differences between accrual accounting and cash accounting
In-depth understanding of accrual accounting: cash inflows and cash outflows versus assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses; revenue and expense recognition principles; year-end adjustments
Historical cost concept versus fair value concept
Cash effects of specific assets and liabilities (CAPEX, working capital, deferred taxes, pension liabilities)
Bridging the gap between accrual and cash accounting: statement of cash flows (information value; distinguishing between operating cash flows, cash flows from investing activities and cash flows from financing activities; indirect and direct methods of calculating cash flows
Preparing forecast financial statements (including a forecast statement of cash flows
Predicting cash flows from the business as a whole: Flow to Equity and Free Cash Flow
Determine cash flows from future investments/assets (growth)
Relevance of cash flow prognosis in insolvency proceedings.
Brief review of Probability theory and Statistics
Linear regression with one regressor
Linear regression with single regressor–hypothesis tests and confidence intervals
Non-linear regression functions
Regression with Panel Data
Regression with Binary independent variable
Time series regression and forecasting
Performance Criteria for Risk Management
Process and Framework for Managing Risk
No-arbitrage concept in international financial markets
Nature of Derivatives (Forwards, Futures, Options, Swaps)
Valuation and use of forwards
Marking-to-Market mechanism with futures
Valuation of options: Put-Call-Parity, Binomial-Model, Black-Scholes-Model
Hedging currency exchange risk using derivatives
Basics on business valuation
Valuators and analysts, professional valuation companies
Functions and purposes of business valuation
Process of business valuation, business valuation standards
Earnings-based valuation methods
Cash-Flow-based valuation methods (flow to equity, free cash flow, total cash flow and adjusted present value)
Market-based valuation methods (multiples)
Business valuation and taxes
Preparing the valuation report
Return measurement: Geometric and Arithmetic
Systematic vs. Unsystematic Risk: Diversification Risk: Standard Deviation; Semi-variance; Correlation; VaR
Balancing risk and reward
Market prices of risk: CAPM, market beta, and factor models
Risk-adjusted returns: e.g., Sharpe, Treynor, Jensen’s Alpha, Sortino, Calmar, Information Ratio
Risk models: liquidity risk, credit risk, factor models
Performance measurement and attribution
Asset Management industry and fund types: pension funds, mutual funds, hedge funds, ETFs, closed-end funds, venture capital and private equity
Discovering and evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities
Developing business ideas from opportunities (e.g., based on using Design Thinking, Personas and User Stories).
Feasibility analysis of business ideas
Transferring the idea into a Business Model
Business Model and its building blocks (value proposition, customers segments, channels, customer relationships, revenue model, key partners, key activities, key resources, cost structure)
Business Plan: Introduction, Sample Case and General Outline
Developing the details of the business plan
Finding sources of financing: Business angels; Private equity; Startup financing; Venture capital investors
Preparing a pitch deck for successfully presenting the new venture business plan
Focused review of the curriculum content
Pre-assessment quiz/ content area assessment as a benchmark for students’ status quo
Guide and Strategic Plan to Case Study Analysis
Writing a proper Case Study Analysis report
Developing proper answers to Case questions, applying the relevant theoretical knowledge and frameworks
In-depth Case Study Analysis with focus on all subject areas of the curriculum
In-depth Case Study Analysis with a special focus on Strategic Management
Students will be placed in management teams
Each management team will run their own company
Various companies will compete in an industry
Each company's management will be responsible for all the decisions made, or not made, which will impact the company's performance
Various rounds of decision-making
Presentation, assignments and reports of the group
During the Master Thesis Tutorial you will learn the fundamentals for your Master thesis: Defining the topic as well as structuring the thesis and you will learn the theoretical knowledge for scientific working.
Introduction to Python (modulisation)
Coding in Python (data assignment/updates, data types, )
Solving iterative problems (understanding and creating loops)
Making decisions (understanding and creating selection statements)
Working with structured data (strings, lists)
During your 4th semester you are working on your Master thesis. You have 19 weeks to complete your thesis and the subject is freely selectable. A supervisor from CBS will support you and you can write the thesis in collaboration with a company as well. Or you can write your thesis in connection with a stay abroad.
What analyses are required to assess risks? How can optimization potentials be determined in financial processes? These and other questions are dealt with in the seminars “Global Finance” and “International Investment” during your first semester. Starting in the second semester, the focus will be on topics such as Advanced Financial Accounting and Empirical Analytics for Finance.
The merger of two companies and the acquisition of business units are typical transactions in the international business environment. The entry into new sales markets and company growth often occurs through such M&A activities. Before this happens, however, it is necessary to evaluate the takeover candidate. During the first three semesters of the master’s programme “Global Finance” you will learn the tools for due diligence in the seminars “Empirical Research Methods” and “Applied M&A and Restructuring”.
Graduates with the first degree in business administration can qualify for the master’s programme if they have advanced knowledge of English. Basic knowledge of finance is an advantage.
After graduating, you will have many opportunities in the world of finance – from a management position in medium-sized organisations, to investment banks, to multinational corporations. With your master’s degree, you also have the admission requirement for a doctorate.
Do you wish to make business contacts during your studies? At CBS International Business School, this is possible through practice-oriented teaching content such as Business Projects and an eight-week internship at home or abroad. In addition, your lecturers from the private sector will prepare you for the demands of everyday working life. You will deepen your business English skills in foreign language training and apply them during the English lectures. You can write your master’s thesis in the fourth semester as part of a project with a practical partner or at one of over 120 partner universities.
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