MSc in Data Management for Finance

Influence the industry

Are you ready to tackle the challenges of the fast-moving fields of data science and information technology in finance? In this programme, you’ll learn how to work with financial information systems with large, variable and rapid data – and use them to guide the direction of your company.

Gain the competencies employers need to ensure effective communication and strategy between the CFO and data scientists. By strengthening your financial, technical and strategic skills, you can have a pivotal role with a range of employers:

  • Start-ups
  • Corporate finance firms
  • Consulting firms
  • Banks
  • Investment firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Auditing firms
  • IT companies (if you have a background in IT)

 

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Key information

DEGREE EARNEDMaster of Science in Data Management for Finance
LANGUAGEProgramme is taught in English
ELIGIBILITYProficiency in English
MSc: 4-year bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering or business; Extended MSc strongly recommended for those without a degree in business
Extended MSc: 3-year degree in computer science, engineering or business OR exceptionally a degree in another field with experience or academic honours in computer science, engineering or business
FORMATMSc: In-person or online*
Extended MSc: July-Aug. 2022 online*; from Aug. 2022 in-person or online*
*Term(s) offered temporarily online due to exceptional public health circumstances and related travel restrictions
PROGRAMME STARTExtended MSc: July 2022
MSc: October 2022
DURATIONMSc: 9 months of classes + 4-6 months work or research experience
Extended MSc: 12 months of classes + 4-6 months work or research experience
LOCATIONTerm 1: Audencia Business School in Nantes, France
Term 2: Corporate Finance specialisation: France
OR
Market Finance specialisation: China
Term 3: Anywhere in the world for professional experience
TUITIONMSc: €20,000
Extended MSc: €24,000

Programme

Audencia is among the best-ranked and most company-connected business schools in Europe, with triple accreditation and location in one of the most pleasant cities in France. As finance requires more than technical ability, we also help you develop soft skills and analytical competencies. Features include:

  • Holistic approach in finance, data science and technology, and strategy and leadership   
  • Training with “bilingual” finance/data science use cases
  • Your choice of a group consultancy assignment, individual internship or research project
  • Specialisation in Corporate Finance, on the same grounds as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nantes Saint-Nazaire and the Atlantic World Trade Centre OR
  • Specialisation in Market Finance, in Shenzhen, China, an influential place for financial markets
  • Connections with our network through events, career services, industry speakers, site visits, etc.

This programme is accredited by the prestigious Conférence des Grandes Ecoles.

Data science & technology

Build skills and knowledge in information management, data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data, algorithms, database architectures, coding and agile methods, as well as how to extract, refine and visualise financial and operating data. Topics will include: Python, Alteryx, IBM Business Planning, PowerBI and Tableau, and students can receive the Bloomberg Certification.

Finance

Gain advanced knowledge of accounting and financial analysis, financial engineering and financial diagnostics.

Strategy & leadership

Learn to build and carry out your strategic vision, as well as how to guide your company in change management, design thinking, IT governance, corporate strategy and responsible global leadership in finance.

During this term, you’ll build a more holistic set of foundational skills to prepare you for advanced study and real-world projects.

Finance
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Statistics and Econometrics
  • Accounting and financial analysis
  • Financial engineering
Data Management & Computing
  • Programming Methods
  • Data Management and Analytics
  • Big Data & Analytics for Performance Management
Strategic Analysis & Soft Skills

 

  • Strategic Analysis
  • Managerial Coaching
  • Research Methods in Business

 

Build advanced skills and focus your expertise by selecting an area of specialisation: Corporate Finance (in Nantes) or Market Finance (in Shenzhen).

The following course list is for students who select the specialisation in Market Finance, taken at Shenzhen Audencia Business School in China. Courses are taught in English.

 

MSc in financial technology risk control - Shenzhen

Advanced Skills in Finance & Data
  • Asset and Liability Management
  • Introduction to Big Data and Finance
  • Portfolio Management
  • Derivatives
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Quantitative Topics in Finance, Risk and Control
  • Data Mining and Analytics
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
Strategy & Leadership
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

During this term, you’ll build advanced skills and focus your expertise by selecting an area of specialisation: Market Finance (in Shenzhen) or Corporate Finance (in Nantes). 

The following course list is for students who select the specialisation in Corporate Finance, taken here in Nantes, France. 

Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Accounting and Auditing
  • Performance Management
  • Financial Diagnostics & Evaluation
  • Management Control
Data Management & Computing for Corporate Finance
  • Machine Learning in Corporate Finance
  • Data Governance and Security
  • Financial Data Visualisation
Strategy & Leadership
  • Strategy and Business Plan
  • Global Leadership
  • Change and Project Management

During this term, you’ll complete your master’s dissertation and professional experience. This project is the culmination of your programme experience and a way for you to showcase your skills to potential employers. For your professional experience, you have one of three options during this four-month term:

  • Group consultancy assignment
  • Individual internship
  • Research project

Delve into your real-world study of data management in finance that will influence the trajectory of your career. This dissertation is both academic and practical, allowing you to showcase what you have learned and how you plan to apply it.

Personal guidance

You will be matched with a supervisor who will provide personal guidance throughout the life of your project.

Independent learning

You will have tutorials with your supervisor, but the bulk of your work will be self-managed. Your project is a substantial piece of individual work that requires extensive initiative and independent learning.

Format

The bulk of your master’s dissertation (also known as a “thesis” in the United States) will be in written form. The oral defense will take place after you’ve submitted the written dissertation. You can defend it either in person in Nantes or Shenzhen, or distantly.

The last four months of your programme (anytime from July to December) can take the form of a collective consultancy assignment, individual internship, or research project for a company.

You’ll secure your internship or consultancy anywhere in the world with the assistance of our career advisors. This mandatory professional experience will be guided by a faculty member, so you’ll gain both a hands-on practical understanding and an academic one – something that looks good on any resume. Internships in France are paid; this will vary from country to country, depending on local laws.

If you opt for a research project, you will work closely with a researcher from Audencia on contemporary subjects in Data Management in Finance that can enlighten companies in further practical application.

These four months are designed to help you apply your knowledge and skills within your sector, and further strengthen your network and employability.

If you have a four-year bachelor’s degree in a business, computer science or engineering field, you can skip this stage and dive directly into the MSc programme. Note that the Extended MSc is still strongly recommended for anyone without a degree in business. 

If you have a four-year bachelor’s degree in a field other than business, engineering or computer science, or a three-year bachelor’s degree in any field, you will need to successfully complete an additional 30 ECTS from July to October as part of the Extended MSc programme before starting the core MSc programme courses mid-October. During this additional 30 ECTS term, you will follow one of two tracks:

If you have a three-year or four-year bachelor’s degree in a non-business field, the Extended MSc programme allows you to gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of management, improve your soft skills, learn how to work in multicultural teams and acquire knowledge on the latest business innovations. 

Information technology & Fundamentals in management:

You’ll start online (July 2022) with a look at innovation in business through three courses in information technology and fundamentals in management.

Business & finance courses:

Starting mid-August, you can join us on campus (for in-person or hybrid courses) to acquire a solid foundation for your future MSc programme. If preferred, you may continue your studies completely online. You will explore each subject in depth and test your knowledge through extensive business simulations. Courses include:

  • Business Simulation
  • Contemporary Economics
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Principles of Finance

 

Soft skills: 

Taught by field experts and co-created with your fellow classmates, this course develops important leadership and strategy skills:

  • Working in Multicultural Teams 

 

Language for business:

To round off your preparations nicely, you will benefit from Business English or French language courses.

Once you’ve completed the 30 ECTS from July to October, you're ready to start the MSc courses.

If you have a three-year bachelor’s degree in the field of business, the Extended MSc programme will allow you to deepen your business knowledge, improve your soft skills, learn how to work in multicultural teams and acquire knowledge on the latest business innovations. 

Information technology & Fundamentals in management:

You’ll start online (July 2022) with a look at innovation in business through three courses in information technology and fundamentals in management.

Core business & finance courses:

Starting mid-August, you can join us on campus (for in-person or hybrid courses) to study five core business courses. If preferred, you may continue your studies completely online. Courses include:

  • Business Simulation
  • Contemporary Economics
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Principles of Finance

Electives:

Then, you can choose two electives to advance your knowledge:

  • International Law
  • EU Commercial Relations
  • Management of International Trade Operations
  • Geopolitics

Soft skills: 

Taught by field experts and co-created with your fellow classmates, this course develops important leadership and strategy skills:

  • Working in Multicultural Teams 

Language for business:

To round off your preparations nicely, you will benefit from Business English or French language courses.

Once you’ve completed the 30 ECTS from July to October, you're ready to start the MSc courses.

Audencia & SABS

Our reputation, quality, network and locations provide you with training from the best in both industry and academia. The knowledge, experience and vast network you’ll gain will prepare you to lead in the finance sector.  

Quality

Audencia is amongst the elite 1% of business schools worldwide to hold triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. A world leader in corporate social responsibility, we were the first French business school to adhere to the UN’s Global Compact and sign the Principles of Responsible Management Education, which we also helped define. We bridge the gap between passion and business, pairing creativity with meaningful and effective action.

Network

Through our network, you’ll work with faculty members who have extensive industry experience, researchers who specialise in a diverse range of fields and corporate partners in need of real solutions. We’re constantly developing innovative collaborations that expand our network, such as our alliance with other leading institutions in Nantes that unite and enrich engineering, management, architecture and creativity.

Life

A well-connected modern city with old-world flair, Nantes, France, is recognised by the EU for quality of life. The entire Loire Valley region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn more about life at Audencia.

Centre of Finance

Shenzhen is a hub of finance and industry. Shenzhen’s GDP has grown (on average) 20.7 percent each year over the past 40 years. While its GDP per capita started at less than $1,000, it has now reached $30,000 dollars.

Shenzhen Audencia Business School

One of the first schools to be established jointly in China by a French business school and a Chinese university, Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS) brings together leading minds in international business and management. It is run collaboratively by Audencia Business School of France and Shenzhen University of China, two highly ranked institutions with a history of global engagement.  

Life

Enjoy life where the Pearl River meets the South China Sea. Shenzhen is energetic and metropolitan, with a highly international population of 12 million. One of the most innovative cities in China, Shenzhen has all the perks and amenities of a megacity while also offering a vast range of wildlife reserves, botanical gardens and public parks. It is one of China’s top tourist destinations as well as an international centre of finance, technology and logistics. 

Audencia Faculty

Faculty members at Audencia are incredibly diverse, with 50% of professors representing 27 countries outside of France. Many have backgrounds in industry; their work is published in internationally recognised academic journals and business publications and they regularly act as consultants to a wide range of business entities, including start-ups, non-profits, NGOs, SMEs and multinational corporations.

All faculty members work within the frame of corporate social responsibility (CSR), advancing responsible best practices for the business world. Areas of expertise are many and typically fall into one or more of the following research departments:

  • Finance
  • Business and Society
  • Communication and Culture
  • Management
  • Marketing

Meet Audencia faculty members

175
corporate partners
92%
Employed within 2 months of graduation (general statistics from Audencia Alumni)i
90,000+
Internships and job offers per year

Carrer & Alumni

The Master of Science in Data Management for Finance gives you training and experience in the fields of data science and technology, finance and business management. Depending on the direction of your thesis and professional experience, this programme prepares you to climb within your current company, accept a management position at another company or start your own company as an entrepreneur.

A sample of industries hiring graduates in this field:

  • Start-ups
  • IT
  • Consulting
  • Banking
  • Investment firms
  • Insurance
  • Auditing
  • Corporate finance

Examples of companies hiring Audencia graduates in relevant fields:

  • PWC
  • EY
  • DELOITTE
  • KPMG
  • BEARING POINT
  • SIA PARTNERS
  • CAPGEMINI
  • WAVESTONE
  • ACCENTURE
  • SOCIETE GENERALE
  • BNP PARIBAS
  • ROTHSCHILD

Positions

Examples of positions this degree prepares you for include:

  • Credit analyst
  • Risk manager
  • Investment specialist
  • Consultant (IT finance implementation)
  • Bank manager
  • Accounting/Audit process owner
  • Insurance treasury manager
  • CFO
  • Management controller
  • Business analyst
  • Finance manager (IT)
  • Cash manager

Through the Master of Science in Data Management for Finance, you’ll build a global network of peers and potential employers. Audencia is highly international, boasting partnerships with 175+ corporate partners and 190+ global academic partners. At Audencia, 34% of students come from outside of France, representing 100+ countries.

During this programme, you’ll meet and work with professionals in a range of financial and tech-oriented industries. In addition to your internship or consultancy, a roster of guest speakers and industry partners will contribute to your learning and assessment activities. This offers you the chance to network with industry professionals and meet potential role models and mentors throughout your stays in Nantes and potentially Shenzhen.

An international professional network

Throughout your programme and after graduation, you’ll have access to the large, international, professional network of Audencia’s Career Services Department.

Audencia’s Career Services team – with international corporate backgrounds – will help you throughout the entire career development process. You will have access to:

  • Individual career coaching and advising
  • 90,000+ internships and job offers posted each year on our dedicated intranet 
  • Employment fairs with 120+ companies
  • CV workshops
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Panel discussions with professionals and alumni
  • Assessment centre preparation
  • Personal development programme on topics including leadership skills, communication skills, ethics, intercultural management and networking
  • Auditing sector fair
  • Information resources and online tools
  • Access to 100+ career events on various topics

Audencia also has a business incubator available to programme graduates interested in pursuing entrepreneurial goals.

Audencia Alumni

Join the nearly 27,000 Audencia alumni working in 30 countries. Audencia Alumni includes 31 professional and cultural clubs in France and 40 international chapters. Furthermore, over 2,000 of our alumni have become CEOs.

The alumni association will help you connect with other professionals and provide additional development and networking opportunities to support your career.

Admissions & Finance

Join us! Here is a breakdown of everything you’ll need to make it smoothly through the application process.

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Msc programme:

  • 4-year bachelor’s degree in science, engineering or business
  • Proficiency in English

 

Minimum score for English tests:

  • TOEFL: 78
  • TOEIC: 605
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • English-taught programme for bachelor’s degree (up to 20%)
  • Native speaker (40%)

 

Extended MSc strongly recommended for applicants without a degree in business

Extended Msc programme:

  • 3-year degree in science, engineering or business OR exceptionally a degree in another field with experience or academic honours in science, engineering or business
  • Proficiency in English

 

Minimum score for English tests:

  • TOEFL: 78
  • TOEIC: 605
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • English-taught programme for bachelor’s degree (up to 20%)
  • Native speaker (40%)

 

Note: you can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.

 

 

 

You may begin your online application any time; you can save it and make changes before submitting. Admissions are open until the programme is full; however, we strongly recommend applying by the early-application deadline of 31 January.

In addition to the online application, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • CV and cover letter in English
  • Copies of diplomas and academic transcripts
  • English test score (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC)*
  • Copy of identity document (e.g., passport)
  • Photo (jpeg, 346 x 366 pixels)

*English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English. Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take a test later in the year.

  1. Submitting your application
    Complete the online application (recommended by 31 January). Upon completion, you’ll pay the €100 application fee using any major credit card. If you cannot use a credit card, you may contact the Department of International Affairs for alternatives.

    Your application will be evaluated within seven days. If you qualify, step two will also occur within seven days of your application.

  2. Admission interview
    At a prearranged time, you will have a 15-20 minute exchange with an admissions counsellor to assess your level of English and make sure that you are a good fit for the programme.

  3. Admission decision
    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. You should have a decision within a few days of your interview. If your application is borderline and requires further review by the programme director, you will have an admission decision within 18 days of your interview. Please do expect some delay during holidays.

  4. Acceptance
    Congratulations! If admitted, you’re invited to officially join the programme. You’ll sign a contract and pay the first instalment of the tuition fees (€1,500, non-refundable).

Please contact our admissions office with further questions.

 

MSc in Data Management for Finance (2021-2022)

  • €20,000

Extended MSc in Data Management for Finance

  • €24,000

Other costs linked to school fees

  • Application fee: €100
  • Costs such as visa fees, CVEC, supplementary health insurance, transportation, accommodation and meals are to be paid directly by the student. Visit Student Life to learn more. 

There are a range of scholarships you may be eligible for. Please contact us with questions.

ScholarshipAmountProgrammeSelection Criteria
Early application€ 1,500All programmesApply before Jan 31st 2022
Solidarity scholarshipUp to 20%All MSc. Programmes & EIBM

Based on academic merit and financial need.

Apply before March 30, 2022

Excellence ScholarshipUp to 50%All postgraduate programmes

Merit-based scholarship, selection based on academic excellence, test scores and other criteria.

Apply before May 1st 2022

 

*Audencia scholarships are for international applicants only, and are subject to availability of funds and final decision from Audencia’s scholarship committee. Applicants are limited to one scholarship in addition to Early Application. The scholarships are awarded in the form of a partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted to the Fall intake but who have not yet started the programme. Quality applications are given priority.

In addition to an Audencia scholarship, you may be eligible for funding by other public or private bodies. You will find some examples here