MASTER Finance, Control, Audit SPECIALTY Banking and Finance Jobs

This programme sets out to produce financial officers trained in:
-Financial analysis and operations carried out by the financial managements of large groups
-Banking in the broad sense (back office, market finance and account management)

The qualification is organised around a common core and a choice of three options:
-option 1 Finance, which provides training for careers in finance either in companies or in corporate banks,
-option 2 Professional Account Management, which trains students to become account managers in retail banks (branches and offices).
-option 3 Banking and Financial Markets, which trains students for careers in banking in the broad sense
  • Objectives
The programme aims to train operational professionals as rapidly as possible and ensure they enjoy a high potential for career development in the field of finance. Graduates should be able to take up positions of responsibility in administrative or financial managements or in the banking world.

This professional objective goes side-by-side with classes designed to provide students with a degree of financial technical acumen. For the Finance and BFM options, 43% of classes are dispensed by university or business school teachers and 56 % by professionals. For the PRO-AM option, 65% of classes are dispensed by banking professionals, with the rest taught by university teachers as part of the common core.

The aim is to provide students with the means for major mobility and interesting prospects of promotion over the course of their careers. Graduates should have acquired all the necessary competences to enjoy successful careers, whether in investment and business banking or in retail banking in posts to do with credit risk management, or in company financial management. To this end, the programme seeks to strikes the right balance between a technical approach and a more crosscutting approach (business and commercial law, taxation, etc.).

Following the financial crisis, new professions are likely to make their appearance in the fields of:
- Regulation of derivatives (with a view to market scoping and control of transactions).
- Optimisation of balance sheets and the search for liquidities (following banks’ lack of liquidity).
- Restructuring of companies and debts.

There will also be high demand for treasurers’ skills, especially in the context of the current crisis.

Furthermore, the issues involved in globalisation of financial markets, the uncertainties of the economic climate and the crisis have set further challenges for investment and capital markets banks, with modifications to the world of banking as a whole, its risk and resources management, and its relations with markets.

In addition, the age pyramid in financial departments is more distorted in the banking world than in industry (large numbers in the 50-60 age-group on the verge of retirement).

This Master’s therefore prepares students to meet genuine professional needs, making them eminently employable, and further augmenting their employability through a study path that combines initial training with training through apprenticeship.
  • Content or list of themes covered and subjects taught

  • Admission requirements
Students must have a four-year higher education qualification earning them 240 European credits and be proficient in Finance-Accounting-Audit prerequisites.

  • Admission procedure
- pre-selection by in-depth screening of applications;
- an oral interview by a jury made up of professionals and research professors, in order to ascertain whether candidates’ profiles and career goals match the programme and its objectives.
- Admission to the Professional Account Management option also requires students to sign an apprenticeship contract with a bank.