Corporate Finance

The Corporate Finance programme focuses on developing careers for students in corporate finance, such as CFOs, corporate finance specialists, financial analysts, financial consultants and investor relations professionals. This course of study is particularly suited for people who wish to work in corporate management, be it general administrative work or financial management. Students have the option of pursuing an internship, which is evaluated for credit, take elective courses that increase the interdisciplinary nature of the programme, or do exchange studies at a partner university.

Overview

MSc Corporate Finance

2 years full time, 120 ECTS

Language of instruction: English.
Students write a 30 ECTS master thesis by the end of their study.

MCF Corporate Finance

1.5 years full time, 90 ECTS

Language of instruction: English.
Students graduate with a MCF degree, which is a qualification at the Master´s level. The programme does not include a 30 ECTS master thesis.

What is the difference between MSc and MCF?


  • Exceptional faculty that features world-renowned professors.
  • Small class sizes and close interaction between students and faculty.

Dean's Selection Grant for RU School of Business graduate students

The recipient of the Dean´s Selection Grant pays undergraduate fees instead of graduate fees. Students with the highest grade in a graduate programme each semester are applicable. In order to receive the award students must complete 30 ECTS units per semester and follow the programme structure. More information about the grant can be found here.

Academic staff

Structure

Programme structure

Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring

* Belongs to MSc-programme in Corporate Finance. Students in the MCF programme choose elective instead of Business research methodology in accounting and finance.

Programme structure for students who started in fall 2015 or earlier.

 Fall Spring FallSpring 
  • Corporate finance 
  • International finance 
  • Equity analysis 
  • Portfolio management
  •  Cases in corporate finance 
  • Fixed income analysis
  • Derivatives
  • Business research methodology*

  •  Venture capital
  • Internship or electives (22,5 ECTS)
  • Research Proposal*
  • MSc Thesis* (30 ECTS)

Internship

The objective of master's program internship is to enhance students' knowledge, skills and abilities related to their core field of study. The internship should grant students that opportunity through hands on projects and by that prepare them for entering the labor market. Students will get to know the operation, culture and people of the firm/institution they conduct the internship at. Students will be assigned a supervisor within the firm/institution and a full time faculty member as a supervisor during the period of the internship. Internships are generally unpaid. Students find internship themselves, and get it approved by the School of Business.

Funding opportunities for internships 

Students can apply for an Erasmus grant to go on an internship in Europe for 2-12 months. Students who have previously been in the Erasmus exchange program can apply for funding for an internship.

The amount of the grant depends on the destination, but is in the range of 450 to 550 € a month, students also receive a travel grant, in the range 275- € 1,100 depending on the destination.

Follow the instruction on the webpage Erasmus+in Iceland .

Students from RU doing internship abroad have so far always been able to receive an Erasmus grant. However, if the popularity increases, students can apply for Nordplus grant. For further information, visit the International Office at RU.

In order to find an internship there are a number of websites that can be referenced:


Facilities


RUCampus

Our University building offers an optimal study environment. Support services, study areas, coffee shop and gym.

IT facilities

Our IT Services provide a range of computer facilities to help you study. IT suites are located across campus – many with 24-hour access. IT facilities also include:

  • Wireless network 
  • Extensive printing facilities 
  • Adapted PCs for students with disabilities or additional learning needs 

Student study areas

Students have 24-hour access, during term time, to group rooms and private study desks. There is a especially dedicated study area for Graduate students.

Student Union

The University of Reykjavik Student's Union is the focus of many student activities on campus.

Sports Facilities

In the basement of the university, World Class runs a gym which offers discounts to students.

University Book shop

In the main building you can find the book store, Boksala Studenta, which stocks all the books you will need for your studies.

Food

There are three shops and cafés in the building that sell food and beverages to students.

  • Te og kaffi (“Tea and coffee”) sells a selection of coffee drinks, light snacks and bakery products. 
  • Malið serves hot food everyday, plus snacks and refreshments. 
  • The University shop (Haskolabudin) sells groceries, household items and snacks. 

Reykjavik University Campus

Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Reykjavik right next to Iceland's only geothermal beach, the newly built campus offers students modern first-rate facilities. The building has well equipped classrooms and students have 24-hour access to the spacious study facilities.

Environmentally conscious

The campus is one of Iceland's most automated buildings designed to provide an environment optimal for working using the lowest amount of energy.

Automated blinds and windows

In the main areas of the building the blinds and windows are controlled by a weather station positioned on top of the University roof. The weather station collects information about wind direction and outside temperature adjusting windows accordingly, and blinds are automated to ensure direct sunlight does not disturb students working.

A breath of fresh air

The University building is constantly ventilated with natural fresh air using the NAVENT system. Fresh air is drawn into the building and then pumped into the rooms. Special CO2 monitors ensure the correct levels of oxygen in the rooms. Heaters ensure that the air pumped into the rooms maintains the correct air temperature. In the summer time the air pumps drag warm air from the building and pump fresh and cooler air in its place.

Intelligent lighting system

Every light in the University has its own IP address and is controlled by the automated system. Light sensors ensure lighting is only on when rooms are in use. Large windows let in natural daylight which creates a more pleasant working environment.

Beach-and-uni

Beautiful surroundings

Our campus is in a unique position of being set in one of the most popular outdoor areas of Reykjavik.

  • The University of Reykjavik is located right next to Iceland's only geothermal beach,  Nautholsvik. Students can enjoy swimming in the geothermally heated sea, or relax in the hot tub on the beach. 
  • Right next to the campus is the most environmentally friendly restaurant in Reykjavik, Nauthóll, which has been awarded the Nordic Environmental "Svan Certificate,"  and was the first restaurant in Reykjavik to receive this certification. 
  • Students can enjoy the many foot and bicycle paths in the neighbouring forest. 
  • Students can visit the nearby Perlan situated on top of the city's geothermal storage tanks.

Admissions

Admissions requirements

  • BSc degree in business administration, economics or related subjects,
  • BSc or BA degree in other fields provided that upon starting the programme, the applicant has successfully passed undergraduate courses in the areas of accounting and managerial accounting or will take such courses at RU in place of elective courses during the Master's studies.
  • Generally we require a first-class grade  (GPA 7.25 or above) according to Icelandic grading scale in an undergraduate programme.
  • Further education and professional experience benefit applicants in the evaluation process.Excellent English language skills.

Applications accompanying documents

All applicants must submit an electronic application and attach the required accompanying documents. The following documents need to accompany applications (they should be supplied in English):

  • Curriculum vitae with a photograph
  • Official university transcripts of records and diplomas
  • Personal statement (Why are you applying to the programme and what is your aim in pursuing the programme? [up to 300 words in English])
  • Please provide contact information for one indvidual who can assess the ability of the applicant to pursue the programme. A letter of recommendation may be required.
  • Accompanying documents need to submitted by the application deadline. Applicants are only summoned for an interview if they have submitted all required accompanying documents on time.

Application deadline and tuition fees

The application deadline for the fall semester is 30 April. 
Applicants outside the EU/EEA must submit an application prior to 1 February. 

Application fee: Non-EEA/EU applicants must pay an application fee of 100 EUR and send the receipt of payment along with the required documents.

Tuition fees.

Evaluation of previous studies

If students have completed university-level courses, they can apply for those previous studies to be evaluated for transfer of credit. Rules and form for evaluation of previous studies.

Contact us

Photo*Name*TitleContactDescription
Fríða RúnarsdóttirFríða RúnarsdóttirProgramme Administratorfridar@ru.is 

(+354) 599 6302
Stefan-Wendt_shStefan WendtProgramme Director
stefanwendt@ru.is 


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