Msc Finance/Strathclyde, Durham, Lancaster, Henley ICMA, St.Andrews, Bradford, Leeds

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erickase
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Hello everyone!

I am an21 years old Spanish student who will finish his degree in Economics this May. I have 7 months experience in private wealth management in Deutsche Bank and now I am willing to carry out a Msc in Finance in order to be able to join the investment banking department of a renamed financial institution. Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Citi....
I have got conditional offers from the following business school, which one do you think will be more useful for my purposes?

Strathclyde Msc Finance, Msc international Banking and finance
Lancaster Msc Finance, Msc money, banking and finance
Durham Msc internatinal banking and finance
Henley (ICMA Reading) Msc finance, Msc corporate finance, Msc international securities...
St. Andrews Msc Finance
Bradford Msc Finance
Leeds Msc Finance


My preferences are:
1- Strathclyde Msc international Banking and finance
2- Lancaster Msc Money, Banking and finance
3- Durham Msc international Bankinf and finance

What do you think about? Henley is a very good business school, but I think they are way too expensive for what they offer.
I also choose in Strathclyde Msc in international banking and finance rather than Msc finance, because I think It could be more helpful for my investment banking career.

Thank you all
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correct me if I'm wrong but investment banking is all about reputation - in which case I would really recommend Durham or St Andrews
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I don't think so, reputations varies depending on the field. Although I believe that Durham have a very high reputation into the financial word I don't think that St.Andrews would have something to do if you compare with Strathclyde or Lancaster.
Durham, Strathclyde and Lancaster hold the triple accreditation that is one of the reasons that I put them on my top 3.
In any case thanks for your opinion, it makes me thinking better of Durham.
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I'd go for Lancaster, a good site to get some info and possible link up with someone at Lancaster is BusinessBecause.com
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Why not LSE, Oxbridge, Imperial or Warwick? I would've though with that work experience you'd be set. Those 4 trump any of those you listed in terms of rep.
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I d go for ICMA Centre, Henley Business School
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(Original post by makaveli121)
Why not LSE, Oxbridge, Imperial or Warwick? I would've though with that work experience you'd be set. Those 4 trump any of those you listed in terms of rep.
Yea, same, I mean with PWM from Deutsche, why arent you going for a top uni? With ur languages and experience u should be going to LSE...:cool:
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Strathclyde Msc Finance, Msc international Banking and finance
Lancaster Msc Finance, Msc money, banking and finance
Durham Msc internatinal banking and finance
Henley (ICMA Reading) Msc finance, Msc corporate finance, Msc international securities...
St. Andrews Msc Finance
Bradford Msc Finance
Leeds Msc Finance



My preferences are:
OXBRIDGE/LSE <--- These are the institutions you should be looking at. IBD is all about prestige.

1- Strathclyde Msc international Banking and finance
2- Lancaster Msc Money, Banking and finance
3- Durham Msc international Bankinf and finance
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(Original post by pornstarz)
Strathclyde Msc Finance, Msc international Banking and finance
Lancaster Msc Finance, Msc money, banking and finance
Durham Msc internatinal banking and finance
Henley (ICMA Reading) Msc finance, Msc corporate finance, Msc international securities...
St. Andrews Msc Finance
Bradford Msc Finance
Leeds Msc Finance



My preferences are:
OXBRIDGE/LSE <--- These are the institutions you should be looking at. IBD is all about prestige.

1- Strathclyde Msc international Banking and finance
2- Lancaster Msc Money, Banking and finance
3- Durham Msc international Bankinf and finance
I like how you actually take the time to do all this crossing out to make a point... divide and conquer... or like here: cross out and conquer...

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Do CFA and you could get up to level 2 in the same period of time. Finance degrees at those universities are a waste of money.
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I totally disagree with what someone above wrote. IB is about reputation yes but for instance Durham's MSc in Finance has gone downfall big time!
Of course noone can doubt the superiority of LSE!
Also Henley's ICMA centre had 97% of its graduates in employment within 3 months after graduation!
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LSE course does not have the size of class or dedicated facilities of ICMA. I went to the launch events for the LSE's Masters in Finance.

ICMA run training courses for many financial organisations, including Deutsche Bank and Sungard.

ICMA run trading competitions with Carnegie Mellon and Chicago. Several in my class went to Harvard, McGill, Cambridge and LSE.
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First degree in Economics, Engineering or Maths from either Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, UCL, Durham, IE, IESE, Bocconi, Rotterdam or another elite European university. If your university isn't one of the best then be prepared to have an up-hill struggle.

CFA course is the industry standard. You will need to get this! The better your CFA exam passes, then the more doors will open.

Masters - what centres/facilities are offered? Does the university have industry links? Is the course accredited by the CFA institute? If its not then forget about that institution. Which other professional bodies? The better courses are run by institutions that have several professional accreditations - Chicago, Wharton, ICMA, Carnegie Mellon, LBS, and MIT are the biggest providers of financial education (think networking) and the best in the world. The rest are just there to make money from students who think that their course will get them into the industry. Oxford's part-time Masters is another excellent course as it combines very quantitative modules with weekend study, and yes Oxford's alumni network - if aiming to go for this aim for Balliol, St John's or University, as they have strong college alumni links with financial institutions.

About you? Are you the sort of person who when it comes round to the exams will with your classmates bet on what time you will leave the exam, bet on who has the balls to ask the examiner for a coffee break half way through the exam, and other things. Are you the sort of person who is self-starter, uber focussed, willing to work, work, work and yes work...and do CPD? If your answer is yes to all of these then Finance is for you, but if its not then think about accountancy, management consultancy, or actuarial science.

Ask yourself what area of finance and what companies you want to work for? Areas of finance that are not hot now do become so...and they are slightly easier to get into. For example Debt was not hot then Greek and other European debt restructuring happened.
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It's important that you focus on the city you want to work. If you want to land a finance related job in Scotland, a degree from Strath would beat the rest without any doubt (other things being equal). Conversely, if you want to work in London degrees from Henley or Durham would probably be better.
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