This degree gives students a solid foundation in financial analysis with a strong emphasis on real life applications in order for students to sharpen their business sense.
The Master's degree in hedge funds & private equity thanks to small class sizes is able to ensure a high quality learning process.
The program integrate IUM's network of asset managers and alternative fund managers in the courses conception in order to insure that the curriculum includes the latest developments and expectations of the alternative finance industry. Students can tailor their learning in order to suit to their ultimate career objectives
If you enjoy the challenge of predicting financial markets, devising investment strategies, looking for inefficiencies, discovering undervalued securities, testing models and theories, then the Specialization in Hedge Funds and Private Equity at IUM is for you. In this program you will have plenty of opportunities to do all of that, and to learn how to think like a fund manager.
You will also be asked to create your own (virtual) hedge fund, complete with its legal structure, service providers, due diligence documents, marketing material, and to present your fund to potential investors.
Industry players, faced with complex, ever changing market dynamics, need to develop adaptable approaches to the many challenges they face. They require well educated associates with a solid analysis capacity, the ability to find value creating solutions.
This program aims at fostering highly competent finance professionals with a strong sense of business, the capacity to formulate and implement innovative strategies, and to work efficiently in intense, detailed oriented finance teams.
In the first period, students are required to take all mandatory financial courses. In the second period, however, they have the option of choosing electives according to their preferences.
The electives linked to the Hedge Funds & Private Equity specialization are devised to meet the needs of students who wish to work in these specific areas in the future. The variety of electives allows students to acquire a unique portfolio of skills in order to match their own career strategy and to adapt to market and company requirements.
Anchored in the IUM teaching philosophy, most of the Hedge Funds and Private Equity courses combine the rigorous theoretical approach of IUM professors with the concrete views of Finance professionals.
Courses like Real Estate Investing, Merger and Acquisitions or Venture Capital are mainly taught by finance top executives with proven track records in their fields
Throughout the year, renowned finance experts from leading institutions as UBS, Man Investments, JP Morgan come at IUM to share their view on financial markets trends, forecasts or on the new investment opportunities.
Hedge funds managers regularly come to IUM and present their specific strategies and models to students. They are also invited to evaluate the efficiency of strategies and models developed by students within some specific courses.
The London track allows students to be exposed to the largest financial center of the world and to fine tune their career objectives. They benefit from dedicated elective courses taught by finance professionals with extensive track records in the industry. Specific career development seminars with recruiters and major industry players are also included to provide the perfect London networking experience.
This 3-week track takes place on our London Campus near Green Park and includes the following courses:
At the end of the academic year, the applied research project or the internship gives students the opportunity to apply the theory gained in class and to further develop their interests and competencies in a chosen field of specialization.
In their internship search, students from the Master of Science in Finance Program are supported by all IUM faculty members and by the IUM Career Office, providing them with information and guidance on the finance job market place, helping them throughout the year to carefully prepare their applications for these competitive markets.
The students in the MSc in Finance will follow a Career Development Seminar, divided in 3 main sequences, and supporting the Msc students in their internship or job search strategies.
Equipped with a thorough knowledge of investment strategies but also with an open and critical mindset, IUM MSc in Finance alumni found challenging positions in a large variety of financial institutions worldwide, in traditional asset management companies as in alternative investment companies, and in well established areas as in emerging markets.
The broad range of skills they acquired during this intensive and practical program enabled them to apply for positions as:
- Junior portfolio manager,
- Financial analyst,
- Junior investment manager,
- Performance analyst,
- Asset allocation analyst,
- Hedge fund / funds selection analyst,
- Research analyst in specific funds or in private equity companies...
Some of the companies where Alumni have interned or are still working are:
- HSBC Monaco,
- Bloomberg London,
- Archon Group (Goldman Sachs Group),
- UBS investment banking,
- KnightVinke Monaco/New York,
- Monaco Asset Management,
- SEAF Macedonia,
- Cathagena Capital Germany,
- Odewald & Cie Germany,
- JP Morgan Chase New York,
- EFG Eurofinanciere d'investissements Monaco/Geneva,
- Amherst Funds US...
What I found unique about the MFIN Hedge Funds & Private Equity program at IUM was the excellent combination of quantitative and qualitative studies. Moreover, the small size of the class enabled us to interact with each other and professors on a completely different level. Each lecture brought new perspectives leading to a tremendously steep learning curve.
Most importantly, what I believe sets this very demanding program apart from its peers is the practical focus; literally every module involved practical work such as advanced valuation modeling on Excel. The Master's in Finance program at IUM is in my view the best possible preparation for a challenging and tough career in the financial services industry.
In addition to the tremendous theoretical knowledge base gained, our professors always made sure that we learned how to independently apply this knowledge during complex projects performed under time constraints. Such exercises were a tremendously important preparation for what I was faced with during my first job experience in the financial sector.
What I found unique about the Master in Finance program at IUM is the result of finding yourself in a new and exciting place with a small group of like-minded but very unique and diverse individuals who are trying to get through the year together. Combined with a very demanding program this situation created an immense bond of friendship within the group, which I found to be one of the most valuable and motivating aspects of my studies at IUM.
Currently I'm working as a financial analyst at Knight Vinke, an activist asset manager investing in underperforming public large cap companies.