MSc in Banking, Investment and Finance (Distance Learning)

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

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1.5 YEARS

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90 ECTS

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ENGLISH OR GREEK

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DISTANCE LEARNING

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AWARDED BY NEAPOLIS UNIVERSITY

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE MSC IN BANKING, INVESTMENT AND FINANCE

The innovative design of the program and its market led curriculum equips students with relevant, up to date, skills and knowledge in the areas of finance and banking. The goal of the curriculum is to give well-qualified students the analytical and conceptual foundations for future high-level financial executive positions in any country in the world. The program combines the theoretical rigor of financial and banking economics with empirical, real-world aspects of finance, banking and risk management and accounting.

Whilst the program provides students with a robust grounding in finance and banking, the curriculum also encourages critical thinking fosters skills of research, analysis, synthesis, creativity; and ethical behavior.

The teaching method in the program is a mix of distance learning (teleconferences) and active learning techniques. More precisely, the teaching method is participatory and interactive, so that students can develop their interpersonal skills through active participation in the learning process such as relevant to the content videos presentations followed by critical discussions in forum and through the institution of collective work in game simulation, which are the standard method for developing team skills. Moreover, recent research papers and current issues will be discussed in forum.

The plan is achieved through a curriculum of many core courses covering economics, corporate finance, risk management, statistics, mathematics, banking, accounting as well as a sizeable number of elective courses covering real estate finance, market and credit risk management and portfolio management.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

Intended learning outcomes:

To gain theoretical background and specialized knowledge in order to be able to explain the structural and constituent components that make up the financial markets of investment services firms, investment funds, hedge funds or insurance companies.

On successful completion of the program students will be able to:

  1. Identify different theories and concepts to explain financial issues and decisions in business organizations and financial institutions.
  2. Apply financial and quantitative skills and select the appropriate decision tools to real-world financial problems to produce applicable recommendations that create value for the organization.
  3. Critically reflect on the existing literature by reviewing academic and practitioners’ sources and empirically testing research hypotheses
  4. Demonstrate the ability to be adaptable and demonstrate originality, insight and critical and reflective skills so as to make informed decisions in complex and unpredictable situations and environments
  5. Use information technology (spreadsheets, econometric techniques software, and databases) to interpret and analyse financial and banking data.
  6. Understand and critically evaluate the practical applications of financial theories and techniques and how they are used in the financial industry.
  7. Apply the techniques and methods of finance, investment and banking to conduct independent research projects.
  8. Work collaboratively, exercise team leadership, demonstrate the ability to manage group conflict and produce team outcomes.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

SEMESTER 1

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
DMFIN500Quantitative Methods in FinanceCompulsory7.5
DMAFN540Corporate Finance & Financial ManagementCompulsory7.5
DMAFN550Accounting and Financial Statement AnalysisCompulsory7.5
DMFIN520Economics for Financial MarketsCompulsory7.5

SEMESTER 2

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
DMFIN560Banking Operations and ManagementCompulsory7.5
DMFIN530Derivative SecuritiesCompulsory7.5
DMFIN556Market & Credit Risk ManagementElective7.5
DMFIN545Portfolio Management and Wealth PlanningElective7.5
DMFIN591Real Estate Investment and FinanceElective7.5
DMFIN690Research Methods Elective7.5

SEMESTER 3

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
MDIS600DissertationCompulsory30

DURATION OF STUDIES

1.5 academic year (3 academic semesters)

The Master program will be offered full-time and the program’s normal duration is 1½ years (18 months). Master students must complete 90 ECTS of coursework to fulfil the degree requirements. The first-year core program consists of six integrated thirteen-week modules, totalling 60 ECTS. Master students must also complete a 30 ECTS Dissertation to fulfill the degree requirements. The program will be delivered within three (3) academic semesters. During the 1st semester, a student has to take four (4) compulsory modules, totaling 30 ECTS and during the 2nd semester another two (2) compulsory modules will be provided and two (2) electives out of three (3), totaling 30 ECTS. After completing their first year in the Master program (60 ECTS), students shall take a compulsory Master Dissertation, corresponding to 30 ECTS.

Furthermore, in accordance with the relevant announcements made by the Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, students have the opportunity to complete their postgraduate studies in two academic semesters as long as they start the conduction of their Master’s Dissertation during the first or second semester of their studies, including the summer period. In this case, the completion of the Master’s Dissertation may be prolonged during the summer period, for one or two months. In any case, the total ECTS remain 90.

DISCLAIMER

The University reserves its right to define the electives offered on an academic year basis.

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FACULTY & STAFF OF THE PROGRAMME

Maria Psillaki

Professor of Banking and Finance

Senior Research Fellow

Maria Psillaki is a Professor of Banking and Finance. She studied at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, in France where she received her Bachelor, Master and PhD with the highest honors...

Andreas Hadjixenophontos

Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance

Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance

Coordinator of the BSc Accounting, Banking and Finance and MSc Accounting and Finance

Dr. Andreas Hadjixenophontos is an Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance. He graduated in 1985 from the Department of Accounting and Finance of the London School of Economics...
Dikaios Tserkezos

Dikaios Tserkezos

Professor in Econometrics and Economics Computers software

Demetris Georgiou is a qualified accountant currently working for his own accountancy and audit practice in Paphos. Between 2004 and 2008 he studied accounting at the University of Cyprus...

Christos Christodoulou-Volos

Associate Professor of Economics and Finance

Head of the Department of Economics and Business

Dr. Christos N. Christodoulou-Volos is an Associate Professor of Economics and Finance and the Head of the Department of Economics and Business...

Kostas Giannopoulos

Professor of Finance

Professor Giannopoulos holds a Laurea in Banking and Finance from the University of Siena, Italy. He also holds an MA in Banking and Finance from the University of Wales and a Ph.D. in Finance from London Guildhall University....

Petros Sivitanides

Associate Professor in Real Estate

Head of the Department of Real Estate

Coordinator of the MSc in Real Estate

Petros Sivitanides holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Real Estate Economics and a Master in City Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States.
Evanthia Zervoudi

Evanthia Zervoudi

Assistant Professor in Quantitative Methods and Finance

Evanthia Zervoudi holds a 5-year Integrated Master in Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences, a Master (MSc Diploma) in International and European Economics and Finance, an MPhil (pre-doctoral courses) and a PhD Diploma in Economics and Finance by Athens University of Economics and Business.,,,
Panagiotis Kyriakogonas

Panagiotis Kyriakogonas

Assistant Professor in Managerial Accounting

Dr. Panagiotis Kyriakogonas is a member of the International Institute of Internal Auditors. He is Certified Internal Auditor (C.I.A.), Certified Government Auditing Professional (C.G.A.P.) and Certified in Control Self-Assessment (C.C.S.A.).,,,