FAQs

Below you will find the answers to the questions that candidates most frequently ask us during the admissions process.

The CUNEF Master’s programmes are intended for university graduates with less than three years of professional experience and who wish to begin or explore in greater depth their professional career. Participants come from a wide range of different prior university courses (Engineering, Exact Sciences, Law…). Every year, however, the participants include above all graduates of Economics, Business Management and Administration and related qualifications, which typically account for around 70% of participants in statistical terms. As well as holding a university qualification (graduates or qualified engineers), students must also pass the entrance tests organised by CUNEF.

The period for admissions applications to be submitted by new students begins in the month of November for programmes starting in October. This is therefore an ongoing admissions process during which candidates are analysed, interviews conducted and admissions decisions are taken throughout the process. Given the number of places available, interested candidates are advised to go through the admissions process as early as possible.

Absolutely. The admissions tests can be taken remotely. The tests are taken online, while the interview is conducted by Skype.

All candidates who are admitted will need to provide accreditation of the following documentation before they begin their Master’s programme:

University of origin Required documentation
Spanish universities 1. Sworn photocopy of Official Degree Certificate or confirmation of application for the certificate.
2. Sworn photocopy of academic transcript demonstrating that the targets set for full completion of the official qualification have been met.
EU universities 1. Sworn photocopy of Official Degree Certificate or confirmation of application for the certificate.
2. Sworn photocopy of academic transcript demonstrating that the targets set for full completion of the official qualification have been met.
3. Document from the University of origin providing accreditation of official qualification status; entitlement for postgraduate studies in the country where the qualification was obtained; and the corresponding duration (in semesters or academic years).
Other universities in non-EU countries 1. Sworn photocopy of the Official Degree Certificate with prior legalisation (Hague Apostille or Spanish Embassy/Consulate stamp).
2. Sworn photocopy of academic transcript demonstrating that the targets set for full completion of the official qualification have been met.
3. Document from the University of origin providing accreditation of official qualification status; entitlement for postgraduate studies in the country where the qualification was obtained; and the corresponding duration (in semesters or academic years).

The programmes are taught over the course of nine months from October to July.

Yes. CUNEF has a study grants and bursaries programme. One of these is sponsored by the Spanish Banking Association (AEB), with the aim of facilitating access to undergraduate and postgraduate university education and research in all areas of financial knowledge and activity. Candidates wishing to apply for one of the bursaries intended for postgraduate students must first take part in the admissions process, and then apply for a study grant or bursary. The awarding of bursaries takes into account the candidate’s academic transcript from their university studies, the results of the admissions tests, and places particular emphasis on the economic and family circumstances of each individual candidate.

There are also Banco Santander Bursaries to Fund Excellence, by means of which the bank provides CUNEF students with a specific finance facility and the possibility of joining Banco Santander to work once they have completed their studies.

Which students can benefit?

What are the eligibility criteria?

  1. Newly enrolled postgraduate student
  2. The student’s average grade immediately prior to the application must be at least 7.5/10, which must be maintained until they complete their studies.

Future employment at Banco Santander

Once students complete their studies they can join Banco Santander to work, provided that they have maintained the criterion of excellence and successfully completed the Banco Santander Human Resources Department selection process. Provided that the student continues working at the bank for a period of two immediately consecutive years, all the interest accruing on banking institution covered by the bank itself, which means the student will pay no interest during this period. Meanwhile, following two years of uninterrupted employment there, the amount of the loan will be written off by the Banco Santander.

The CUNEF Master’s programmes demand a high level of commitment and dedication by participants. Each of the subjects requires the participant to prepare a number of sessions, to generate case studies and perform teamwork with the other participants as part of the process.

CUNEF has a great many partner companies which each year offer business experience placement schemes for students on the Master’s programmes. The practical experience placements represent a great opportunity to underpin the education received at CUNEF, and often mark the start of a professional career for many participants. Professional placement schemes are in any event supplementary, never mandatory, and so CUNEF does not ever guarantee that participants on its postgraduate programmes will be selected to take part in such schemes.

CUNEF sets great store by providing its alumni with a range of employment options. Participants on postgraduate programmes have access to the professional guidance service and the personalised mentoring programme, which will be of great help in:

  • Gaining an experience placement at a company, except for those participants who are working while completing the Master’s programme.
  • Access to the CUNEF employment exchange for those who have completed or are about to complete their studies.

One of the main services offered by the Alumni Association is to provide its members with access to the CUNEF employment exchange through its Professional Careers Department.

CUNEF boasts excellent academic staff who in the case of the Master’s programmes stand out as lecturers who combine their teaching and pedagogical vocation with professional and executive practice in their respective fields. CUNEF’s Postgraduate lecturers in most cases hold executive positions at a number of different companies and institutions in the financial sector, along with other leading companies in the corresponding spheres.

The tuition language is Spanish. Participants must nonetheless have a high level of English language skills allowing them to read and understand texts and documentation which are on occasion provided in English. The international week in London takes place completely in English.

Students on the MsC in Financial Institutions and Financial Markets, International Finance must provide accreditation during the selection process of a high level of (spoken and written) English, as some of the teaching is delivered in English.

Students must attend at least 90% of the sessions corresponding to each of the subjects, unless they have a justified reason for absence verified by the Programme Director.

The different Master’s programmes in finance are highly interactive. They combine academic rigour with the necessary practical focus on business and financial performance. The various methodologies employed during the programme are designed to ensure that this theoretical/practical focus is a constant reality in the learning model for all subjects. Individual work, teamwork and shared decisions are therefore all encouraged. Theory and practice to go hand-in-hand in the different modules.

Yes. We have a well-established Alumni Association which is the main channel for communication and relations among alumni themselves and with CUNEF. Some 3,000 former students belong to the association, playing an active part in lifelong learning activities, seminars and conferences. They also benefit from the job offers made available to them.

If you would like any additional information about CUNEF Master’s programmes, you may contact:

  • Luz Añover: luzmaria.vela@cunef.edu
  • Ancir Salazar: ancir.salazar@cunef.edu
  • María Piera mpiera@cunef.edu
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