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Specialized Master in Finance, Risk and Control (FRC)

An asset to build your career in finance

By attending a Specialized Masters at Audencia Business School, you enter one of the most prestigious Business School in France, benefiting from a top level education and joining an extensive network of more than 23 000 Alumni.

A Specialized Master is a particular and enriching learning experience. Close collaboration with industry professionals, real life projects conducted on site, courses conducted by top notch academics as well as ex-bankers, mixing up with students of different nationalities and background, it all contributes to acquiring the necessary theoretical basis as well as the hands-on knowledge needed to be immediately employable.

As a matter of fact, the FRC Specialized Masters brings one to a high level expertise in terms of financial strategy and risk management. Courses in portfolio management, advanced derivatives, banking regulation, financial engineering or mergers and acquisition, to name but a few, ensure that our graduates are fully equipped to enter the world of finance – a statement confirmed year after year by the very high acceptance rate that they enjoy among the most prestigious banks, consultants and audit firms.

Key information

  • Duration: 12 to 15 months (Full time programme)

  • Programme start: September

  • Language: 100% in English

  • Degree earned: Specialized masters

Programme

A 360º view of financial Markets

Besides finance dedicated classes, personal development and career counselling modules are offered, allowing each student to better his/her presentation skills, CV writing skills, fine-tune his/her professional objectives
And career path, access a wide offer of internship proposals, prepare the professional thesis etc.

Measure, analyse and improve financial performance

  • Return
  • Value creation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financial Analysis
  • Investments
  • Cash Flows

Use financial markets and their instruments to implement financial strategie

  • Globalized Financial markets
  • Financial instruments and derivatives
  • Asset and Liability Management
  • Trading and arbitrage
  • Dealing room operations
  • Regulation of financial institutions

Identify, quantify and hedge financial risks

  • Types of financial risks
  • Statistical and mathematical analysis
  • Financial assets Pricing
  • Portfolio Management
  • Hedging techniques

At the end of 7 months classes, a 4 to 6 months internship needs to be completed, allowing a direct application of the concepts learned into real life.

The FRC Specialized Master usually organizes towards the end the academic program (around March) a study trip to a financial centre, in particular the City of London. Through visits to banks, the FRC students get an inside view of the functioning of a financial institution, attend professionals economists’ presentations, listen to traders or financial product structurers explain their jobs and engage with them in questions and answers sessions etc...

Not least importantly, an afterword is organized with the (numerous) Audencia alumni working in the City, with whom our students exchange tips and advices on how to get a job in London (e.g. graduate programs) and what that entails when you’re in it! A great way to envisage what they could be in a few months!

A Specialised Master requires the completion of a professional thesis. A professional thesis is an in-depth study and analysis of a current issue pertaining to financial markets, whereby conclusions are underpinned by concrete empirical evidence gathered though research. Each student chooses a research subject according to his/her interests or tastes, which can – but does not necessarily have to – be linked to the mission followed during the internship. Writing a professional thesis makes a graduate deepen his/her knowledge of a particular sector, and therefore reinforces his/her marketability to professional institutions s in that sector.

A few examples of professional thesis

  • Innovation and stock market overperformance
  • Big data: threat or opportunity for banks
  • LBO exit strategies
  • Crowdfunding: opportunities and regulation
  • Does high Value / EBITDA mean that pharmaceutical firms are over-valued post 2008 GFC?
  • Particularities of M&A in Russia
  • The impact of AI on banks
  • What would be the best long-short strategy in commodities futures markets
  • Valuing shares with real options methodology

Reknown professionals contribute to the FRC

  • Pierre Henry Locussol – Managing Director  NUMA Finance
  • Isabelle Mathis - Director Mergers and Acquisitions - Credit Agricole Acticam
  • Arnaud Colas – Chartered Accountant – Associate at Transaction Services Ouest
  • Jeremie ROUZAUD- Portfolio Manager at Le Conservateur
  • Antoine THIEBAUT – Associate – Lawyer in Business Law
  • Denis LE LÉANNEC - Managing Director  - Credit Agricole Acticam
  • Marc Denjean - Managing Director- Head of Credit Products at Lloyds Bank

Benefits

  • A full 360º view of all the component of finance: corporate finance, market finance, risk management
  • Courses mixing academic knowledge and professionals’ involvement
  • A syllabus preparing you for the most important international certifications, e.g. CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) or FRM (Financial risk Management)
  • 100% of courses in English, the language of international finance
  • Understanding the Corporate Social Responsibility in finance
  • Access to a Bloomberg equipped dealing room
  • Partnership with banks and audit firms

Bloomberg Dealing Room: A great way to access markets and learn how to navigate them

  • Priority access to the dealing room for FRC students
  • Possibility to obtain the Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC), a worldwide recognized certification
  • Access to a worldwide database of financial information
  • Follow up of real time market prices and news