Risk Management for Financial Institutions


This Master’s degree programme gets to grips with the practical aspects of risk management and is specially designed for working professionals who are keen to utilize essential concepts from behavioural finance to optimize risk management within their own organization.

As the financial world continues to be shaped by dramatic changes and technological advances, you and your organization need fresh insights and applications to protect stakeholder interests. To develop an astute and effective approach to risk management, it is essential to gain a thorough understanding of how human behaviour affects decision-making in uncertain conditions.

On this cutting-edge Master’s programme with a broad scope, you will work towards a new and more sophisticated analysis of how key players in the financial markets and the business world should take decisions in unsure times and handle the risks associated with these decisions. As a risk management professional ready to take the next step in your career, this is quite simply the most relevant, comprehensive and fascinating programme you can take.


Extra Information Session
On Wednesday 11 December 2019, there will be an Extra Information Session for the postgraduate programme Risk Management for Financial Institutions (RMFI), at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

This session is meant for those who were not able to attend the information evening last week. Please register your attendance.

18.30 hrs. Welcome
19.00 hrs. Start
20.00 hrs. End
After the meeting, there is enough opportunity to ask questions.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Forum 7
De Boelelaan 1105

Route description

From the main entrance of the main building you walk diagonally to the right between the coffee bar and the staircase towards the elevator with the grey door. Here you can take the elevator or the stairs to the 1st floor. When you go up the stairs, take the door marked "Forum".

Michael Damm Lecture
The 3rd Michael Damm Lecture will be held on Wednesday 22 January 2020. Speaker of the evening will be Brenno de Winter. Location is the Symphony Auditorium, Gustav Mahlerplein 3 in Amsterdam. More information & registration will follow. Mark the date in your calendar!

Past Events
To learn more, please visit our our page with past events about risk management for videos and pictures. 


Pensioenverlagingen straks ‘gewoner’ (NRC). Onder de nieuwe pensioenregels – afgesproken in het recente pensioenakkoord tussen kabinet, werkgevers en vakbonden – moeten de pensioenen waarschijnlijk vaker worden verlaagd dan nu. Doordat ze meer gaan meebewegen met de economie, gaan ze vaker omhoog én omlaag.

Pensioenen laten meegroeien met aantal 90-plussers (Het Financieele Dagblad). Het CBS publiceerde op 1 november de prognose van de resterende levensverwachting op 65-jarige leeftijd. Die zal rond 2040 ongeveer 22,5 jaar zijn.

Pensioensector consolideert, maar dat verzwakt ook concurrentieprikkels (Het Financieele Dagblad). In het FD ziet Fieke van der Lecq, onder meer hoogleraar Pensioenmarkten aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, een grote gelijkenis tussen de consolidatieslagen in de pensioensector en die in de zorg. Schaalvergroting, evenals de bijkomende standaardisering, biedt veel voordelen, zo erkent Van der Lecq, maar tegelijkertijd wil ze waken voor een te grote verzwakking van concurrentieprikkels.

Geen AOW-plus, maar een basispensioen over het hele salaris (Het Financieele Dagblad). We moeten niet naar een AOW-plus, maar naar een basispensioen over het hele salaris, stelt hoogleraar pensioenmarkten Fieke van der Lecq. Eerdere voorstellen van gepensioneerd FNV-pensioenonderhandelaar Chris Driessen en hoogleraar economie Arnoud Boot zijn in haar ogen uiteindelijk te problematisch.

Fieke van der Lecq

Nvb.nl interviews prof. dr. Fieke van der Lecq about Risk Management at VU. “What's unique about this education is the focus on human behaviour (behavioral finance). Many economic models presuppose that humans act rationally, whereas the reality is that this is hardly the case.”

Risk Management At A Glance

Duration: Part-time, 2.5 years.
Start: The programme begins in September.
Classes: Weekly meetings on a set evening, usually Tuesday or Wednesday, from 19.00 to 22.00 hours.
Assessment: Two written exams and several graded case studies per semester.
Thesis: You will write a portfolio of four concise papers spread throughout the 2.5 years, individually as well as in collaboration with fellow students.
Study load: Approximately 10 hours (including one three-hour lecture) a week.
Language: Dutch, but the language of instruction depends on the lecturer as well as the students.
Title: Master of Science (MSc) in Risk Management and the opportunity to join the Register of Risk Managers for Financial Institutions (RMFI).
Fee: €12,500 for each full academic year. No separate fee for the third year. In total €25,000.