The Tuition Plan of the University Master in Financial Consultancy and Planning, designed in accordance with the guidelines of European Higher Education Area (EHEA), is spread across one academic year divided into two semesters, consisting the following courses:
MODULE 1 – Financial Instruments and Markets
Ethical and financial foundations
Analysis of the economic environment and financial markets
The classes on the Master in Financial Consultancy and Planning are scheduled in the morning and afternoon:
> Morning Groups:
Monday to Thursday every week and two Fridays every month, from 09:00 to 14:00.
> Afternoon Groups:
Monday to Thursday every week and two Fridays every month, from 16:00 to 21:00.
EAE Business School gives its Master students the opportunity to take part in a summer international academic residential program in one of the School’s partner universities abroad.
Organized at the end of the official tuition period, these international residential programs run for between one and three weeks and combine theory and practice in the specific field of applied knowledge, as well as including company visits and cultural activities.
Specifically, students on the University Master in Financial Consultancy and Planning in the 2018 academic year have the option to take part in a residential program at the Université du Québec à Montreal (UQAM) in Canada entitled “International Finance & New Business Models”.
The requirements for participating in one of the summer international residential programs are:
Being enrolled on a Master program during the year in question.
A minimum level of English equivalent to B2 or high TOEFL score.
Paying the corresponding costs.
To facilitate comprehensive training and in view of the generalist and practical focus of the University Master in Financial Consultancy and Planning, students are required to participate in the external internships stipulated in the Tuition Plan, which account for a total of 6 credits. EAE gives its students access to the Professional Careers Service, which helps to organize the internships required to complete the Tuition Plan successfully.
The internships enable students to gain a first-hand insight into the professional world while continuing their academic training at the same time. The School’s Professional Careers Service offers this service to students, who can apply to do their internship in one of EAE’s over 2,000 partner companies.
The key objective of the internships is to enable students on the Master to put into practice the knowledge of the finance and financial consultancy sector that they have acquired over the course of the program, and apply the competences and capacities required to operate professionally in the Finance Department of any private or public company, institution or organization.
In short, this part of the Tuition Plan consists of an internship period in an external organization, tutored by a lecturer on the program and a tutor at the host organization, based on a pre-defined internship plan that must facilitate the application and implementation of the knowledge and skills corresponding to the different courses on the Master to the greatest possible extent.
The Master’s Thesis within the framework of the University Master in Financial Consultancy and Planning is a compulsory course accounting for 6 ECTS credits. The aim of the Thesis is to enable students to bridge the gap between theory and practice in an academic context.
The objective of the University Master in Financial Consultancy and Planning is to equip financial directors to be able to tackle economic changes with the solvency and foresight required by organizations in today’s world. The Program trains financial professionals to be flexible, get involved in the strategic management of the company, interact effectively with all the organization’s departments and optimize their decision-making project in a highly changeable economic and financial environment. From an analytical and strategic perspective, this Master aims to prepare financial directors to embrace economic changes in a highly competitive and dynamic setting.
In this respect, the main objective of the Master’s Thesis is to apply the knowledge acquired over the course of the program and display the capacity for resolving problems in new or unfamiliar settings within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the area of study. Moreover, the student must be able to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of making decisions based on incomplete or limited information, including reflections of social and ethical responsibilities related to the application of their knowledge and decisions.
In short, the Master’s Thesis entails the development of an individual or group project, report or original study, under the supervision of a director/tutor, in which the knowledge acquired over the course of the Master studies is applied and integrated. At the end of the Master’s Thesis, participants must draft a report of the work conducted, followed by the public defence of the Thesis in front of a panel appointed for this purpose.
The Master’s Thesis can focus on the analysis, research and development of a Financial Plan, on one of the topics proposed by the Program Management team, concentrating on the field of activity of a company’s Financial Department, with the application of the knowledge and competences acquired over the course of the Master.
Specifically, the following topics are proposed:
Development of Business Plans
Regardless of the approach taken, the development and presentation of the Master’s Thesis strives to achieve a number of objectives that are crucial to ensuring the program runs smoothly and that the participants learn and develop properly. These aspects are specified in the Master’s Thesis Tuition Plan and the corresponding academic regulations.
EAE’s Regulations specify that the Master’s Thesis can be developed individually or in teams of up to three students, with each of the members of the team being evaluated individually and independently.
Each Master’s Thesis is appointed a director/tutor, whose role is to guide the student throughout the development of the Master’s Thesis, give them access to the necessary resources, particularly in the case of a research project, supervise them and help them achieve the objectives set.
The Master’s Thesis is not eligible for accreditation or equivalence credit as, through the project, students acquire and have to demonstrate the set of general and specific competences indicated in the qualification program’s competence profile.
Failure to submit the Master’s Thesis will disqualify the student from receiving the final Master qualification even if the other courses have been completed successfully.
Any Thesis that is deemed to be copied from previous work, either totally or partially, or which is considered to be based on false data will result in a negative grade being giving to the project and the student failing to receive the qualification. If students use quotes or excerpts from course books or previous works, the name of the author and the bibliographic reference must be included in body text itself or as a footnote.
Procedure for presenting the Master’s Thesis
The topic of Master’s Thesis will be chosen based on the student’s proposal and must be accepted by the appointed director/tutor before starting work on the project.
Over the course of the development of the Master’s Thesis, partial submissions must be made via the Blackboard platform. These parts will be evaluated by the director/tutor to enable the student to correct, refocus and improve their work.
Lastly, the final version of the Master’s Thesis is submitted via the Virtual Campus, within the deadline set and published on Blackboard. This final submitted version, which must also be evaluated by the director/tutor, will then be accepted or rejected by the tutor for its defence in front of a panel.
During the development of the project or research, the student or team members have face-to-face tutorials with their director/tutor.
Once the project has been submitted and approved for its defence, it will be presented publicly in front of a panel consisting of three lecturers, who will evaluate the executive summary of the written documentation submitted and the individual oral defence by the students.
Under no circumstances can the defence of the Master’s Thesis be performed without the presence of the president and secretary of the Evaluation Panel. The defence may take place in the absence of the director/tutor, on the condition that the Evaluation Panel has the report they issued.
The Evaluation Panel will discuss the grade to be awarded to the Master’s Thesis in a closed session and the students will be informed if they have passed the oral presentation oral or not. The final score will be announced on the Blackboard profile a few days after the defence.
To get the final individual score for the Master’s Thesis, the following weightings are applied to the evaluation factors:
Score of the Master’s Thesis Panel based on the written work – 60%
Score of the Master’s Thesis Panel based on defence – 40%
The work must be defended in front of a panel formed by:
An expert in the field, external to the School
A Professor from the Program/School
Director of the Program or another program at the School
For more information, see the Master’s Thesis tuition guidelines and the Master’s Thesis Regulations.