Master in Finance & Banking.

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CIFF - Universidad de Alcalá
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Lugar Madrid
Horas lectivas 1500h
Duración 9 Meses
Inicio Octubre
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our Master of Finance and Banking will match your ambitions with its content and relevance.

With a practical approach where it’s you and your fellow students who propose solutions, provide creativity and come up with a result, the programme is designed to equip you with a thorough understanding of the many complex and challenging aspects of banking and financial markets. Ranked several times as one of the top financial Masters in Spain, this programme offers students specialized knowledge in modern finance.
Interested in joining CIFF’s Master in Finance & Banking? Here is what we offer:

A Master degree that has been ranked as one of the top financial Masters Spain several times.
An official degree from prestigious University of Alcalá that allows you to undertake a PhD programme upon completion.
A strong faculty of knowledgeable professionals that draw upon real-world experience to help you develop critical thinking and decision-making skills.
Learning methods with a strong practical approach preparing you to react in a flexible way to the rapidly changing needs of the financial sector.
Classmates from all over the world who can add international insight to group work and class discussions.
A study experience in beautiful surroundings in Alcalá de Henares, a city declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
A Career Service Department that will help you find the best internship and career opportunities.
Soft Skills workshops that will improve your interdisciplinary competences such as team working and teambuilding, communicative efficacy, and problem solving.
We offer you a life changing experience, do you a

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María de Molina, 27, 28006, Madrid, España
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· ¿Cuáles son los objetivos de este curso?

Worldwide growth in the financial services sector has furthered the demand for graduates with specialist knowledge and competencies in finance and banking. The course is responsive to trends and issues in the financial world and has a strong focus on the practical understanding of key concepts in diverse contexts using critical thinking. Upon completion our students will be able to: Put academic knowledge and skills into practice applying problem solving, design and decision making methodologies. Demonstrate deep knowledge of Corporate Finance, Business Valuation, Flotation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Methods of Financing, and Structured Finance. Understand financial risk and how the decision-making process in uncertain environments is managed. Identify and provide creative approaches and innovative solutions to complex problems, both independently and in a team. Demonstrate practical understanding of classical and modern financial theories, understanding the possibilities and limitations of their application in the ever changing financial sector. Understand quantitative techniques and solve real world quantitative finance problems using the statistical software. The financial world is ever changing, and this programme enables our students to adapt to the rapid changes in the sector and to master the decision-making process in uncertain environments. The Master will prepare students for a wide variety of careers in banking, the financial services, finance, and financial consultancy.

· ¿A quién va dirigido?

The Master in Finance & Banking is open to international young professionals pursuing a career in the sector of Finance & Banking. As a student your performance and professional profile will be monitored during the Master, and we offer the possibility of being recruited for an internship with one of our many collaborating partners. Our goal is to help you join the most reputable financial institutions.

· ¿Qué pasará tras pedir información?

Admission to CIFF’s Master’s Programmes is subject to strict enrolment criteria, based on an objective selection process and an analysis of the candidate’s profile. Our aim is to form groups with a high development potential and develop business leaders of the future. The application process is not subject to a specific period of time, and you can contact us all year long. In order to start the admission process fill out the Contact Form for the Master, you are interested in. A representative from our Admission Department will contact you with detailed information about how to proceed and will resolve any questions you might have, without any commitment.


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Yuxuan Jin
4.5 01/12/2015
Lo mejor: We works in groups in order to solve problems in the reallife of countries and companies. This master will increase my chances for employment opportunities.
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Anna Dubvko
4.5 01/12/2015
Lo mejor: Professors are telling what they are professional in, what they are really doing, everyone is telling some secrets, small pieces of their own personal experiences that can not be taken from books.
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Kleigh Heither
4.0 16/11/2015
Lo mejor: CIFF helps build a good blend of “hard” and “soft” skills sought after by employers. We worked equally hard on financial models, equity analysis, and trading as we did on understanding what business strategies are working today and why. The program was well rounded and touched on all major components of the financial services industry in developed and emerging markets. Completing this degree was a vital step in my career as I now tackle business problems from a broader perspective, speak a third language, and have built strong relationships with talented people from Africa, continental Europe, and Latin America. Actually I work for Accenture (Manager in Paris).
A mejorar: Nada
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Ahmad Hamdi
4.5 11/09/2015
Lo mejor: Prior to coming to Spain, I was not aware of Santander Group´s importance in the global markets. In the first month of internship, I was exposed on the global relationship management model of Santander´s wholesale banking which includes understanding of all different off the shelf products as well as customised products. I was also preparing the monthly reports and pitch books as well as providing research and due diligence reports to the global offices around Europe. It has been an enjoyable experience and I have worked with a good team.
A mejorar: Nada
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Gonzalo Álvarez
4.5 11/09/2015
Lo mejor: I was looking for a program offering the possibility to start working in the banking industry from the 1st day after my graduation. CIFF’s program resulted to be ideal. Its pragmatic view, in conjunction with the solid theoretical background of its professors, were key elements to smoothly get into any financial institution. Moreover, its international orientation perfectly replicated today’s working situations, providing its graduates with an invaluable competitive advantage. All this, backed by two top institutions like Grupo Santander and Universidad de Alcalá. It was just a perfect deal.
A mejorar: Nada
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Ilias Petropoulakis
4.5 03/02/2015
Lo mejor: During my internship in the department of Capital Structuring & Asset Finance within Santander Investment, I had the chance to gain an in-depth understanding of how complex capital structures are being formed for the financing of companies, positioned in strategic sectors of the Spanish economy. This is an amazing experience for me, since my active day to day engagement in meetings with senior analysts, associates and VPs, reporting my findings, has made me feel an active and valuable member of the team
A mejorar: Nada
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Andrea González
4.5 03/02/2015
Lo mejor: CIFF's Masters in Finance and Banking was in every sense what I wanted. The fact that Banco Santander and the University of Alcalá de Henares were the sponsors gave me the assurance I needed regarding the quality of the Masters. I have improved my knowledge of the financial world, thanks to the highly qualified professionals from several companies. This knowledge has allowed me the opportunity to put it all into practice in my job at Banco Santander.
A mejorar: Todo perfecto
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Caroline Mounier
5.0 25/12/2014
Lo mejor: I had the opportunity to do my internship in the Portfolio Management department of Santander Private Banking in Geneva. I was assigned two projects to work on, which allowed me to learn a lot on Bloomberg and Portfolio Management new theories. This has been a fruitful experience, providing new skills, extra points in my CV, a better understanding of the world current situation, and spending three months in a major European financial centre, world reference in private banking.
A mejorar: Todo bien
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Usuario Anónimo
4.0 01/12/2013
Lo mejor: Lo mejor de esta formación son los profesores. Me parece de mucha calidad.
A mejorar: De momento no he detectado nada que no me haya gustado.
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Information reporting
Corporate finance
Investment in banking
Project finance
Business Ethics
Capital Markets
Corporate law
Strategic Management
Banking industry
Banca y finanzas


Álvaro Fernández Herrero
Álvaro Fernández Herrero
Head of the internal validation unit at Barclays Bank, S.A.U.,

Degree on Economic Sciencies granted by Universidad Complutense, with a major on Quantitative Theory. Title of Financial Risk Manager (FRM), granted by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Álvaro joined Barclays in December 2009. He is in charge of validating the suitability of all credit risk models. Prior to that, Álvaro was a Project Manager at The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked for two years. During the period 2002-2007 Álvaro worked for Enrst & Young in the risk consulting division. While at E&Y, he was deployed for two years to the New York office.

Ana Hernández-Ros
Ana Hernández-Ros
Director of Training in ​​Corporate Finance area at Ernst & Young

Bachelor in Business Administration. CUNEF (UCM Madrid). Executive Program- Investment Banking Corporate Finance Seminar. Kellog Graduate School of Management (North-western University)- Chicago. She is Director of Training in ​​Corporate Finance area at Ernst & Young, performing and designing customized courses (“in-company”) to different clients in the financial and industrial world, in matters relating to corporate finance, accounting, and the development and modeling projections of financial statements.

Anne Marie Garvey
Anne Marie Garvey
Visiting professor at the University of Alcalá

PhD in Business Administration (Financial Accounting) from the University of Alcalá de Henares – UAH. Master in Management and Change Management (Business Administration) from the University of Alcalá de Henares – UAH.

Carmén Alonso-Muñoyerro
Carmén Alonso-Muñoyerro
Capital Markets division at Banco Santander

PhD in Applied Economics and Finance from the Universidad Juan Carlos I. Masters Degree in International Trade from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Bachelors degree in Economics and Business from the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked for over 11 years in the Capital Markets division at Banco Santander and is currently pursuing an academic career in Conduct Research and is a teacher at the Instituto de Empresa Business School (IE).

Damián Rubianes Carrasco
Damián Rubianes Carrasco
Head of Equity and Debt Capital Markets

MBA Cum Laude by IE Business School (Madrid). CEFA/CIIA Foundation certified by EFFAS and Certification in Fixed Income by IEB (Madrid). Degree in Economics and Business Administration by Universidad Complutense de Madrid and University of Westminster (London). Degree (Hons) in Humanities by UOC (Barcelona). Formerly he was Director of Corporate Finance & Capital Markets at BNP Paribas, worked as a consultant at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance and was a financial analyst at JP Morgan.


Our goal has been to design a programme that will equip our students with the skills, knowledge and experience needed for a successful career in the financial areas. Studying our Master will therefore provide you with an excellent set of specialist competencies in finance and banking, but will also equip you with important skills in the areas of communication, problem-solving, teamwork, leadership and creativity thanks to our Soft Skills module.
Soft Skills
  • Soft skills are highly sought after by employers, who are looking for a candidate who not only possesses the skills needed to do the job, but who can also bring these additional soft skills to the organization The Soft Skills module focuses on the five of the most demanded skills by the job market: Identification of the candidate’s Personal Brand, Communication, Creativity, Teamwork, and Leadership. The Soft Skills workshops are facilitated by professional coaches, who use the Lego Serious Play methodology as well as other experiential group dynamics.

1st Term

Basics in Macroeconomics (1 ects)
  • This course provides an overview of main macroeconomics issues related to the Master curriculum allowing students to understand basic economic and financial concepts.

Basics in R (1 ects)
  • This subject aims to introduce the main features of R, especially concerning edition and manipulation of data and visualization of graphics as well as the main points of programming in the R language.

Information Reporting (3 ects)
  • The course takes a global perspective on Information Reporting and highlights accounting and financial terminology, financial ratio analysis, knowledge assets, intangibles, consolidation, auditing. It also examines the development and the implementation of accounting standards and how to interpret the output from these standards in real company situations.

Derivatives (4,5 ects)
  • This course provides an overview of Derivatives from an analytical point of view. It examines traditional techniques as well as more recent procedures that employ the computational power that it is now available and which permits to value arbitrarily complex instruments.

Equity & Fixed Income (4,5 ects)
  • This course provides an overview of Equity from an analytical point of view. The most important goal of the subject is to describe to students the behavior of markets, as well as to equip them with the appropriate tools to evaluate assets.

Trade & Investment in Banking (3 ects)
  • This course focuses on the dynamics of Financial Markets from the view point of the traders and investors. The students will be faced with real-life events and will be able to put to work the tools acquired throughout other courses. The course includes a thorough introduction to the technical analysis tools which, together with the traditional analysis tools, will be applied to the market model through practical work. Emphasis is placed on decision-making in real market scenarios.

2nd Term

Corporate Finance (3 ects)
  • The objective of this course is to introduce students to the main tools used to study Corporate Finance issues, such as value companies, as a basic part of Corporate Finance (investing opportunities, mergers and acquisitions, equity initial public offerings and “optimal capital structures”).

Advanced Corporate Finance (3,5 ects)
  • Advanced Corporate Finance will carry on from the first terms Corporate Finance course. This second part will be focused on advanced investment valuation techniques and practical aspects that a manager or an investment banker will find in M&A transactions.

Project Finance (1,5 ects)
  • The purpose of this course is to explain the manner in which risks are approached by financiers in a project finance transaction. Project Financing includes understanding the rationale for project financing, how to prepare the financial plan, assess the risks, design the financing mix, and raise the funds.

Corporate Governance and Business Ethics (2 ects)
  • The course analyses the link between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Financial Performance. Students will understand the different management theories and the impact of CSR efforts on the financial performance of international firms. Students will understand how conflicts of interests provoke unethical behavior and will be able to solve ethical dilemmas.

Portfolio Management Theory (4,5 ects)
  • In this course students will acquire skills to solve practical problems in Portfolio Management and in evaluation and selection of mutual funds and hedge funds. These skills will be achieved by the development of particular cases and practical exercises completed during the classes.

International Capital Markets (2,5 ects)
  • This course introduces the students to International Capital Markets and Financial Management. We analyze how financing and investment decisions change when a firm operates in more than one country. The course then explores the international capital markets and currency parity conditions, including the relationship between spot and forward exchange rates, interest rates, and inflation rates. It will also explain the financial accounting and reporting issues unique to international business, introducing the major problems faced by multinational firms and users of financial reports.

Financial Emerging Markets (2 ects)
  • This course will introduce the students to the main research techniques of International Economics. The students will learn to analyze, compare and evaluate the situation of different countries, which are considered as emerging markets.

Risk Management I (4,5 ects)
  • The course analyzes the risk concept in financial institutions, looking into the activity of recognizing risks, risk evaluation and the development of strategies to manage and mitigate risks using management tools. Students will be introduced to the main risk management tools.

Risk Management II – online (1,5 ects)
  • Among the different types of risk, we can highlight the ones related to Credit Risk and Market Risk. In this subject students will be introduced to both types, as well as the main approaches in measuring them.

Leadership in Banking Industry – online (1,5 ects)
  • In this subject students will study all about leadership and how to design coordination strategies for team work and meeting management. The course also takes a close look at negotiations styles and how to keep the quality and good customer service.

Financial Marketing – online (1,5 ects)
  • This module looks into the company culture and examines a variety of structures and strategies that companies adopt in order to secure a safe position in today’s markets and satisfy the necessities of your costumers. The first part of this course will focus on gaining an in-depth understanding of customers and their behavior. The second part of the course will focus on how firms can design and implement appropriate strategies based on an understanding of customers.

Strategic Management (3 ects)
  • Marketing focuses on the long-run relationship of a company with its customers as well as short-run sales and profits. In this course all marketing concepts will be applied to international situations. The internationalization of a company is only one of the possible options to its expansion. This is the reason why generic marketing concepts will have to be understood first and they will then be applied to geographic/cultural areas later on.

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