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Corporate Finance

Academic Year: 
Degree Level: 
Master's Degree
Teaching Facility: 
Department of Economics and Business
Access Requirements: 
Italian Classification: 
LM-77 Scienze economico-aziendali
Teaching Languages: 
Italian and English

Course Overview

The master degree program in Corporate Finance aims at training students with specific financial skills, offering different courses in quantitative finance, investment banking, economics, risk management, statistical and econometric models and in stock exchange and banking law. Such courses prepare them to make managerial decisions from a plurality of perspectives. Particular importance is given to the management of financial risks, to the understanding of the capital markets and economic policies, and to the in-depth knowledge of the peculiarities of banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions.

The course provides students with all competencies and skills to operate within the company or to support its activity giving insights in the structure and functions of the financial markets, the policies that can regulate them, the role of bank intermediaries, non-banking, financial and insurance, as well as both traditional and innovative financial instruments with their particular technical characteristics and the main risk profiles. Graduates will therefore be able to take the most appropriate decisions so that companies can use these instruments properly. These skills are increasingly required by the labor market.

Beyond the indispensable theoretical concepts, appropriately formalized, the teaching activities of the course also aims at providing students with all professional and operational skills on all the subjects dealt with in the training course. Moreover, students acquire specific knowledge related to analytical tools and economic-financial planning, also in order to be able to effectively apply the models and methods studied on the job.

Educational Goals

The master degree course in corporate finance is an advanced degree course which constitutes the completion and further study of the preparation acquired in the three-year degrees of the classes of Economics and Business Administration (L-18) and Economics (L-33).

The whole training project and the teaching methodology consider particularly important the acquisition of concrete operational skills on all the subjects present in the training path and in particular the knowledge of quantitative tools and  economic-financial planning.

Graduate in Corporate Finance will acquire specific knowledge related to:

  • Mathematical and financial methods, statistical-econometric techniques to analyze economic and business data;
  • tools for the macroeconomic and microeconomic analysis for understanding contemporary economic contexts;
  • common methods for business valuation;
  • stock exchange and banking law issues;
  • the use of English (in the business, economic and financial area) or another EU language.

The teaching methods for verifying knowledge are based on oral/written exams or a final project.

The path of the course is articulated in twelve exams over two academic years. The regulations of the degree program and the manifesto of studies indicate the courses taught and their distribution for each of the two curricular years and the semesters within the individual years.

The resulting path has no mandatory character, although it is strongly recommended that students adhere to it. Every aspect related to  each course (objectives and description of the course, lectures content, teaching materials - texts, articles, cases, reports - teaching approach, type of commitment required to students, calendar of lessons, methods and frequency of evaluation of the student, assessment of the teacher by the student, etc.) is specified in the syllabus.

Job Opportunities

  • Project managers in private companies
  • Analysts of job organization
  • Accounting managers
  • Financial analysts
  • Specialists in the acquisition of goods and services
  • Economists at banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions
  • Administrative analysts