Master's Programme Banking and Finance

Curriculum (2008W)

As of winter semester 2024/2025 this programme is no longer open to new entrants.  For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page »

Master of Science

4 semesters/120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Relevant bachelor's degree/equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Business and Management

Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0412 Finance, Banking and Insurance

Study Code
UC 066 974

It is recommended to commence the programme in the winter semester in order to avoid study delays.

The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the Master's Programme Banking and Finance will give you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Master's degree.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria have to be fulfilled for enrolment in the Master's Programme Banking and Finance, how long the programme takes, which modules have to be completed and much more.

The curriculum 2008W currently applies to the Master's Programme Banking and Finance.

Information on the Curriculum (2008W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies
available at:
Section: Current curriculum version


Relevant bachelor's resp. diploma degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Knowledge of banking and finance along with the analytical/methodical competences necessary
to solve problems in these areas and to understand the content of this curriculum.

It is assumed that this knowledge has been attained, if a student has positively completed 20 ECTS credits in
economics, mathematics and/or statistics and a minimum of 15 ECTS credits in the areas of
investment and financing, bank management, financial management or risk management.

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme. The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 100 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Economics

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Principles of Financial Economics and Financial Intermediation
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Financial Reporting
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Derivatives
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Methods of Empirical Finance
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Principles of Mathematical Finance

5.0 ECTS-Credits: Corporate Finance
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Asset Allocation and Wealth Management
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Market Efficiency
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Management of Financial Institutions
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Empirical Finance
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Ethical and Methodological Aspects in Banking and Finance

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (1+2)
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (1+2)
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (1+2)
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (1+2)
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (1+2)
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module (1+2)

25.0 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Research Colloquium for Master Thesis


5.0 ECTS-Credits: Corporate Valuation
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Portfolio Optimization and Management
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Behavioral Finance
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Experimental Finance
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Risk Management
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Information Economics
5.0 ECTS-Credits: International Finance
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Real Options
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Market Microstructure
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Financial Regulation
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Corporate Finance
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fixed Income
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Complexity in Financial Markets
5.0 ECTS-Credits: History of Finance
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Current Topics in Banking and Finance

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Special Topics in International Accounting
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Current Topics of Information Systems, Especially Social Aspects of Information Systems
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Ethics in Organizations
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Gender, Work and Organization
10.0 ECTS-Credits>: Art, Culture, and Expert Organizations
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Management of Employment Relationshipgs: Current Topics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Organizational Communication and Governance
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Current Issues in Theory and Practice of Organizations
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Econometrics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Game Theory
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Entrepreneurship
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Marketing Performance Management
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Current Topics in Strategy & Marketing
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Creativity & Change Management
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Human Relation Management (I): Intercultural Human Resource Development
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Human Relation Management (II); Employment-Oriented Consulting
5.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

(1) Two elective modules  totalling 15 ECTS-Credits from the catalogue § 7 Para 2 have to be completed.
(2) One elective module  totalling 15 ECTS-Credits from the catalogue § 7 Para 3 has to be completed.

ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

 Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 36.6= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 42.1
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 15.8
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 5.5
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Examination Dates (in German only)

13.02.2023 until 17.02.2023
Final exam registration: Monday, 30.01.2023 until 06.02.2023 12 a.m.

17.04.2023 until 21.04.2023
Final exam registration: Monday, 03.04.2023 until 10.04.2023 12 a.m.

22.05.2023 until 26.05.2023
Final exam registration: Monday, 08.05.2023 until 15.05.2023 12 a.m.

 Subject to change for organisational reasons.

10.07.2023 until 14.07.2023
Final exam registration: Monday, 26.06.2023 until 03.07.2023 12 a.m.

11.09.2023 until 15.09.2023
Final exam registration: Monday, 28.08.2023 until 04.09.2023 12 a.m.

04.12.2023 until 07.12.2023
Final exam registration: Monday, 20.11.2023 until 27.11.2023 12 a.m.

Subject to change for organisational reasons.

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Universitätsstraße 15

Associate Dean of Studies
Mag. Mag. Matthias STEFAN, PhD

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Mike Peters

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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