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Hello everyone, my name is George and I am from Greece. I just graduated from the University of Athens and I intend to study a MCs in Finance in Uk in the academic year 2020. Is someone familiar with these universities? What do you believe is the best choice to find an awarding job after studies?
The university of reading is the only of the above that requires GMAT is it worth to spend time and money to get into ICMA?
Thank you very much everyone!!!!
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Hello everyone, my name is George and I am from Greece. I just graduated from the University of Athens and I intend to study a MCs in Finance in Uk in the academic year 2020. Is someone familiar with these universities? What do you believe is the best choice to find an awarding job after studies?
The university of reading is the only of the above that requires GMAT is it worth to spend time and money to get into ICMA?
Thank you very much everyone!!!!
Entirely dependant on what you want to do afterwards, as well as which country you want to work in, since in many of them they will not know most of the UK universities, nor their quality and would rely on the international rankings (which focuses only on metrics on undergraduate studies). The other thing you should put a heavy focus on is experience

They all have very similar graduate destinations and salary, so you should consider the tuition fees, bursaries, living costs, and course structure. Each of these also offer the CFA. Think carefully about how the content of the course will increase your employment prospects: if it is to increase your employment prospects, you need to think very carefully about how the specific content of the course will do this, apart from any generic skills that you might gain as well which would be useful for the industry you want to work in. You can find all of this by thoroughly researching their website, and getting key bits out of it. For example:


Durham:
In the third term, you will complete a dissertation which could be undertaken as a consultancy project within an organisation or with one of our international partner institution we offer a range of opportunities to help you immerse yourself in a country’s business and academic environment, make new contacts and stand out in a competitive job market. These include:

Dissertation Abroad:
If your ambitions lie beyond the UK, we offer a number of places on our unique Dissertation Abroad scheme. This will involve writing a dissertation at one of our international partner institutions in the period June to August. A number of scholarships are available.
International Study Tour
We organise an optional International Study Tour to a European destination, typically Switzerland. This intensive programme takes place over several days, normally in March/April, and offers you a great opportunity to get an ‘inside perspective’ on international business, and to network with key staff within organisations.
Trading Challenge

This challenge will give you the opportunity to monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements to build a hypothetical portfolio with securities of your choice. This gives you hands on experience and the chance to improve your investment and security selection skills. It looks great on your CV, plus there is a cash prize for the winner.

Additional Resources

The School has made a significant investment in database resources to give you access to both live and historical data from providers which include Thomson Reuters, Datasteam and Orbis. These state-of-the-art databases give you the opportunity to interrogate the financial records of millions of companies worldwide and add valuable insight to your research.

Trading Room

As part of our provision of a wide range of software and databases, we offer training on our Bloomberg terminals for accessing economic and financial data.
For ICMA (they have a wider range of modules compared to the others, and offer different programmes in Finance, so decide wisely which you want to do), one advantage is:

Work Placement and Project

This module gives students the opportunity to pursue a work placement with an external organisation broadly related to the general sphere of their degree studies. The aim of the module is to allow participants to gain work experience in a career path of interest, develop a wide range of employability skills, build their network and enhance market awareness. The maximum duration of the placement is 3 months and it takes place during the summer vacation period (June-August). Placements should be secured by students independently. The Centre’s career development office can support students in their search and application process. Placements secured by students are subject to the approval of the module convenor. The module is assessed by a 3,000 word project based on the work experience gained.
You can do the same for the other 2 unis.
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Entirely dependant on what you want to do afterwards, as well as which country you want to work in, since in many of them they will not know most of the UK universities, nor their quality and would rely on the international rankings (which focuses only on metrics on undergraduate studies). The other thing you should put a heavy focus on is experience

They all have very similar graduate destinations and salary, so you should consider the tuition fees, bursaries, living costs, and course structure. Each of these also offer the CFA. Think carefully about how the content of the course will increase your employment prospects: if it is to increase your employment prospects, you need to think very carefully about how the specific content of the course will do this, apart from any generic skills that you might gain as well which would be useful for the industry you want to work in. You can find all of this by thoroughly researching their website, and getting key bits out of it. For example:


Durham:


For ICMA (they have a wider range of modules compared to the others, and offer different programmes in Finance, so decide wisely which you want to do), one advantage is:



You can do the same for the other 2 unis.
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