These financial markets programmes are generally targeted to students who just finished their graduate studies or are in the first phase of their professional career. Their design reflects the recognition that, in today’s financial markets, employers tend to favour, in their selection of young candidates, those who are able to use their competencies in a practical context right from the start. Beyond deepening students’ mastery of cutting edge financial tools, their main goal is to build the students’ understanding of how to use these tools in a professional environment. They also typically focus on developing a transversal understanding of how the financial markets function in practice, and how they fit in a broader societal environment following the last financial crisis.
After obtaining a thesis topic the next step is to write and orally present a research proposal (60 min). Proposals take place on Mondays, 14-16 pm, in DOR1-304. During the presentation you should explain why your topic is important, what new insights could potentially be gained from your thesis, and discuss your research methodology. It is important to clearly state the research question and to demonstrate the feasibility of your project. After a successful presentation you can submit the form „Anmeldung zur Masterarbeit“ to the institute's secretary, Mrs. Bulwahn, and begin writing your thesis.