Master in
Finance Consulting

Finance Consulting

Online Master’s Degree in financial investment advising and management

Introduction to the Master’s Degree in Finance Consulting and Asset Management

The aim of the Master’s Degree in Finance Consulting and Asset Management is to provide professionals from the field of financial and asset advising with the knowledge, abilities and skills they will need to carry out their activities within a globalised, diverse and multidisciplinary environment.   

In recent years, Asset management has been one of the economic areas that have undergone significant transformations, mainly based on three pillars: banks, which have widened their offer and the range of financial products which can be invested in, financial markets, of increasing complexity, closely interrelated with geopolitical news and the speed at which events happen, and lastly, individuals, who are now more educated in finance, which favours a more active and direct participation in the management of their assets. The current level of complexity is greater, and therefore we need highly specialised professionals.

The OBS Master’s Degree in Finance Consulting and Asset Management, teached in Spanish, will provide the skills required to obtain the various Professional Certificates for Financial Advisors from the EFPA (European Financial Planning Association). You will also be provided with professional training from an international perspective so that you can successfully develop your professional career in the financial markets, whilst acquiring comprehensive skills for the banking business and the management of portfolios and assets, and their respective associated services.

 

Career Prospects:

Some of the sectors you could go into are the following:

  • Fund management
  • Financial advising boutiques
  • Asset management
  • Private banking
  • EAFI Hedge funds
  • Regulating bodies
  • Asset management
  • Family offices
  • Commercial banking

Aims of the Master’s Degree

  • Defining the idiosyncrasies of the various international financial markets according to their type (fixed income, equity and currencies).
  • Personalised analysis of prospective clients and the parameters that need to be considered in order to recommend a specific investment.
  • Knowledge of the factors related to the international macroeconomic and geopolitical context that influences the financial markets and determines the definition of an investment strategy.
  • Identifying the main features, advantages and inconveniences of the various investment alternatives.
  • Studying the psychology of the investor in order to learn and assess the personal and familial motivations that will determine their investment decisions.

Syllabus of the Master’s Degree in Finance Consulting and Asset Management

The programme runs for twelve months, it comprises a ten-module structure divided into 3 blocks, and a final project that is worked on throughout the year. Additional learning activities will also be organised, like workshops, seminars, and simulations, which will complement the academic content with practice from real-life situations.

Block 1: Banking and Financial Markets

> The Economic Context and the Financial Markets

In the economic context and the financial markets module we will analyse the most relevant economic indicators from the contemporary environment in order to analyse and make alternative investment decisions. Likewise, we will study the different types of financial markets and their main features.

> Banking Management

In the Banking Management module we will study how a financial institution works and focus on its particularities from a strategic, organisational and regulatory perspective.

> Quantitative Foundations of Investment

In the Quantitative Foundations of Investment module we will look at the main quantitative techniques and methods used to guarantee strength and efficacy when making financial decisions (financial calculations, statistics, analysis of evidence, etc.).

> Financial Instruments and Markets

In the Financial Instruments and Markets module we will study the macroeconomic factors affecting the yield of an investment, how the financial system works and the various markets that operate within it.

 

Block 2: Investor

> Advising, Financial Planning, Estate Planning and Fiscal Planning

Advising, Financial Planning, Estate Planning and Fiscal Planning is the core module of the programme and the link between the first block, which offers a more general perspective and covers financial markets and banking institutions, and the second block, which focuses on the alternative options that investors have when making decisions.

 

Block 3: Alternatives and Products

> Financial Products

In the Financial Products module we will study the various investment products: public fixed and variable income assets, equity assets, derivative financial products, alongside “structured financial products” from the perspectives of both their valuation and their utilisation within the financial strategy. 

> Fundamental Analysis and Technical Analysis

In the Fundamental Analysis and Technical Analysis module we will complete the study of the financial products analysed in module 6, by analysing the valuation of each of them and the knowledge that these methods provide to the investor so that they can determine their return on investment.

> Collective Investment Institutions

In the Collective Investment institutions module we will further our knowledge about financial products from the perspective of collective investment institutions (national and international).

> Portfolio Management

In the Portfolio Management module we will develop the theoretical and practical asset management models and analyse the whole selection process, both for assets and for the management of asset portfolios, from setting targets to measuring efficacy.

> Private Banking

In the Private Banking module we will study the private banking sector, as an institution whose purpose is the provision of professional advising and asset management services. Likewise, we will develop the policies and marketing strategies that are most appropriate for the trade and marketing of financial products and services, while also focusing on the different types of clients.  

 

Masters's Degree Final Project

Requirements of the Master’s Degree in Finance Consulting

The main aim of our admissions process is to ensure that the candidates are ideal for the course. All the students must be able to take the maximum value out of this learning experience, through a context in which it is possible to develop lasting connections with fellow students, teachers and the alumni.

These are the stages of the admissions process:

1. Prerequisites for admission

2. Application

3. Personal interview

4. Cover letter

5. Admissions Committee Evaluations

6. Enrolment

 

Master’s Degree in Finance Consulting and Asset Management

The people who pass the programme evaluation and comply with the academic requirements, established by the University of Barcelona (UB), will receive the OBS certification: Master's Degree on Financial Consulting and Asset Management as well as the private degree qualification awarded by OBS-UB: Master's Degree on Banking, Financial Markets and Asset Management.

In order to obtain a UB qualification, you need to have a University Degree (Engineer’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree for four years or Bachelor’s Degree for three years). If you do not have a University Degree, once you have passed the different evaluations you will receive an extension diploma from UB.

 

Scholarships forr the Master in Finance Consulting

OBS is now offering candidates a Scholarship Programme with a view to encouraging continuous education of professionals, entrepreneurs and directors. To apply for one of these scholarships, which finance part of the programme, the candidates must be accepted onto the programme and comply with the specified requirements.

The Scholarship and Admissions Committee will take into account the suitability of the profile and the professional career of the candidates, the reasons given in the scholarship application letter and the professional and academic recommendations of the candidate.

Currently the following scholarships are on offer:

OBS Experience Scholarship

Objective: to advance continuous education of future professionals through OBS Methodology Online, which is registered as its own model of online education.

Requirements: candidates without previous experience in online education models and who meet the academic and curricular requirements of the programme in question.

Director Profile Scholarship

Objective: to advance managing skills in those candidates with extensive professional experience.

Requirements: scholarship for candidates with more than three years of professional experience in positions of responsibility, who wish to acquire management skills to further their professional career.

Online Business Management Scholarship

Objective: to promote the generation of companies founded on the Internet, as well as the creation of new business models based on the network and digitalisation of traditional businesses that still do not operate online.

Requirements: candidates who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills to tackle the internet and launch new digital business models, whether it is in their own company or as a director.

Programme Director Master in Finance Consulting

  • Founding Partner of RESA Corporate Finance
  • Degree in Business Management and Administration from ICADE and MBA with Honours from IMD (Switzerland)
  • Experience in national and international investment banking and lecturer at several universities

Teachers

Martí Pachamé

  • Partner and SME consultant at External Partners (www.externalpartners.es)
  • Executive MBA from ESADE
  • Degree in Business and Economic Sciences from UB

Cristina Tomás

  • Partner and Consultant at Diagnóstico & Soluciones, S.L.
  • PhD in Economic Sciences
  • Degree in Economic and Actuarial Sciences

Lester Rodríguez

  • Experience in the private sector in the fields of financial advising, capital markets and in the technological financial sector
  • Master’s Degree in Finances from Florida International University (Miami, USA)
  • Master’s Degree in Economics from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)

Arnold M. Pérez

  • Managing Partner at ARO Consultores
  • Economist
  • Master’s Degree in Financial Management
  • Postgraduate studies in Executive Management

Rafael Hurtado

  • Investments Director at Allianz Popular
  • Member of the Investment committee at Popular Banca Privada and Banco Popular
  • PhD in Economics from Universidad San Pablo-CEU
  • Degree in Economics from Autonomous University of Madrid

Samer Ajour

  • Credit Analyst
  • Lecturer and researcher of Economics, Finance and mathematics
  • Mathematician and Financer

Carme Gràcia

  • Lecturer at the University of Barcelona
  • Collaborates  with UOC as a consultant for Introduction to Business
  • Degree in Economic and Business Sciences from University of Barcelona

Josep Torres Prunyonosa

  • PhD and degree in Actuarial and Financial Sciences
  • Master’s Degree in Stock Markets and Financial Derivatives
  • Diploma in Business Sciences
  • Academic member of the European Academy of Management and Business Economics

Emilio Vizuete Luciano

  • Bankia Empresas: Head of the Businesses section
  • PhD in Business Studies (DEEUB) from the University of Barcelona (UB)
  • Degree in Business Administration and Management with specialism in Marketing from the University of Barcelona (UB)
  • Diploma in Business Sciences, Accounting and Auditing from University of Barcelona (UB)

Xavier Olsina

  • Degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona (UB)
  • Financial Management and Cash Management lecturer 
  • Former Financial and Treasury Manager at groups such as AGBAR, SEAT-VW y ENDESA/Enher
  • Dedication60 ECTS
  • InitiationNovember 2017
  • Term10 months
  • Price6.200 €
  • MethodologyOnline
  • LanguageSpanish

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