Bocconi or Rotterdam School of Management?Watch
Need more help on going postgrad?
I kno this will sound cliche: but try to find the subtle differences in the programs, i.e. in terms of courses offered, teaching. And most important: just try to imagine where u see urself studying n where u wuld be most happy
In terms of value, I believe RSM is the way to go. And I will probably drop Tilburg, as I don't think it's very well known.
After talking to a friend from Barcelona, I'm a bit concerned with the whole Catalan issue. Seems that the regional government has been trying to give Catalan more relevance, and it is now very widely used. I would much rather be on on just Spanish environment.
I have also some concerns regarding the Spanish labour market. All these unis (Bocconi, Rotterdam, ESADE, St. Gallen...) have to rely more on the local job market than UK or US schools.
By the way, here is a good table with information on all European Masters in Finace. I found it useful.
Regarding CATALà, i don't think this will ever be a problem, since Barcelona is a very cosmopolitan city, I think you'll be just fine with English alone, and with the basic spanish/català you will learn if you decide to go at ESADE.
However as Aemilius said if you aim to get jobs in the finance sector i would reccomend bocconi, not only for its reputation in the field (by the way that ranking refer to SDA Bocconi which is the Executive Business school of the university, the MSc is offered by the Graduate Business School which has different learning methods and faculty as far as i know, but it's still very respected, probably in the top 5 finance postgrad programs in europe) and because ESADE's course in finance is brand news since this year's will be the first edition of the master.
So as I said if you like finance you should go to Bocconi if you manage to get an offer, as far as i know the competition is very hard, but at least the have a large intake since they offer 2 classes per year in the MSc Finance taught in english.
If you have any more doubt about ESADE or anything just ask, i'll be very glad to help.
A second point, if the ranking here is for a large part based on academic papers published (as the vast majority of rankings are) then it should be quite irrelevant for taught masters students. After all, you wont notice much from their research unless you do a phd or actually work there urself. I kno plenty of examples of professors who r so called "brilliant in their field" yet who are absolutely crap at teaching. Econ and fin research at Erasmus Uni (mother uni of RSM) is not conducted at the uni itself but at the affiliated Tinbergen Institute (where all the mphil and phd students go), which is very often not considered in rankings! (TI itself says that if included in an econ ranking it would rank 2nd in europe after lse).
Note i am not saying rsm or bocconi is better, just DO NOT trust rankings!
I have some classmates who have done the MScBA Finance & Investments at Rotterdam and others who went to Bocconi for the MSc Finance.
From their experience, if you are prepared to challenge yourself go to Bocconi... hard stuff. If you are more of a relaxed/enjoy life type, go to RSM.
I also know people who have gone to ESADE, and their master would be somewhere in the middle in terms of difficulty.
In terms of getting a job, ESADE's careers service is the best to land in a good job. Bocconi's is also quite good, particularly for internships, and RSM is pretty average (at the level of Cass, for example). Of course, any of these unis will allow you to get a good job without much help of the careers service if you know your way around applications/interviews.
What I do not know however is how is RSM regarded in the city's investments banks and finance related enterprises.
It has a great name in the market internationally.
What I am not sure about is what kind of name has in the BRITISH market specifically.
How is RSM regarded in the city's investments banks I do not know and we have to find out dude.