Programme Details

ECTS Composition

The MSc Financial Services requires that students complete 90 ECTS credits as follows:

  • Earn 60 ECTS from taught core courses
  • Earn 30 ECTS from one of the following options:
    1. Specialisation elective courses
    2. Elective courses without a Specialisation
    3. A 15,000+ word Final Project (Thesis)

Admission Requirements

We seek to select highly qualified candidates who are motivated, who desire to affect positive change and who will make a positive contribution at CIIM.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited programme. In terms of GPA, we expect 2:1 and above from UK schools, 3.0 and above from US schools, and 6.5 and above from Cypriot and Greek schools. Candidates with a lower grade than the above, maybe admitted if they have compensatory strengths in terms of work experience or other accomplishments (for example, CFA, ACCA, or ACA).
  • Proficiency in English (graduation from an English speaking institution, TOEFL, IELTS or similar standardised test)
  • Successful personal interview.
    Once the completed application is received and you meet the admission criteria, the Admissions Officer will contact you to schedule an interview.
    Local students will be required to come to CIIM for a personal interview, whereas students living abroad will be interviewed over the phone.
    Therefore, please make sure all contact numbers and addresses on the application form are correct and legible.

Time & Duration

The MSc in Financial Services is a flexible modular programme with rolling admissions, which means you can join any time of the year. However, we generally have two main intakes of students, one in September/October and another in January/February.

Classes are held during evenings and weekends, leaving weekdays free for employment or an internship.

The MSc in Financial Services can be completed in one year by attending classes six-to-eight evenings plus one weekend per month, or you can complete it at a slower pace taking up to a maximum of two years.

Programme Table

Core Courses: Total 60 ECTS

Course Code ECTS
Trust and Ethics in Financial Services * FB405 6
Corporate Finance MB405 6
Investment and Portfolio Management FB540 6
Accounting and Finance MB460 6
Quantitative Methods & Statistical Analysis BI430 6
Derivatives and Financial Engineering FB530 6
Risk Management FB455 6
Company Valuation FB460 6
Managerial Economics MB420 6
FinTech (Innovative Financial Technologies) FB470 6
Total ECTS Credits (Core Courses) 60

* The course Trust and Ethics in Financial Services will be exempted for the applicants that have acquired the CFA Programme designation.

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Elective Courses: Total 30 ECTS

Course Code ECTS
FinTech Track (30/42)
Digital Transformation of Businesses & Organizations AT600 6
Blockchain and Applications AT400 6
Regulation of Innovative Financial Technologies FB500 6
Digital Business Tools and Digital Business Development GD580 6
Data Mining, Visualization and Decision Making BI410 6
Information Security Management for Business BI425 6
ESG: Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance GD610 6
Financial Services Track (30/36)
Behavioural Finance FB605 6
Fund Structuring FB425 6
Project and Business Financing FB415 6
International Finance & Currency Markets FB445 6
Compliance, Supervision and Financial Reporting FB420 6
ESG: Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance GD610 6
Banking & Investments Track (30/30)
Compliance, Supervision and Financial Reporting FB420 6
Investment Industry and Fundamentals of Economics FB610 6
Investment Banking FB435 6
Investment Instruments and Market Participants FB615 6
ESG: Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance GD610 6

Programme Total: 90 ECTS

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FS Programme Director

MSc in Financial Services is of great value for a career in the world of finance, which is not only challenging and demanding, but rewarding as well.

Dr. Andrey Afanasiev
Director of MSc in Financial Services