Rank European Masters in Finance Schools

Currently in the first year of my bachelor's in economics from India. Planning to do Masters in Finance in Europe right after my UG with 0 work experience. Want to work in Asset Management after my master's preferably in London but wouldn't mind France. (also I'm learning French in college).How would you rank these schools for breaking into Asset management (don't want to work in IB)LBS, LSE, Imperial, Warwick, Manchester (all MSc finance and also MSc Investment & Wealth Management at Imperial)HEC, ESCP, Edhec (all MiM)ESSEC (2yr Master in finance), Bocconi and RSM (Msc Finance)Also plan on doing CFA L1 during UG.Thank you for your time.

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Jan 27, 2022 - 4:05pm
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Target LSE (MSc in Finance) or LBS (MS in Financial Economics). Then HEC & Bocconi. Lastly, RSM if you are on a budget and want an excellent ROI for the price you pay.

Good luck

Jan 29, 2022 - 4:56am
boib_1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nope, super expensive program and school. Probably one of the lowest ROI in Europe. Plus, considering the economic situation in Spain... i'd vote against 

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Feb 11, 2022 - 3:28pm

Tuition LSE MScF £39 = 47€
Tuition HEC MiF 37€
Tuition LBS MiF (no such thing as a "MS in Financial Economics at LBS) £52 = 62€

Tuition LBS MFA (as MiF requires 3-8 yrs experience) £41 = 49€
Tuition Bocconi MiF 28€

Tuition IE MiF 37€

How can you claim that to be "super expensive" when it is literally 25k cheaper than some of the masters on your list? Also, no one doing a Masters in Italy, France or Spain is trying to get a job there.

Feb 12, 2022 - 3:59am
SLB00, what's your opinion? Comment below:

For AM: 
LBS, LSE > Imperial, Bocconi, HEC  > Warwick, ESCP, EDHEC, RSM, ESSEC > Manchester

Slight caveats to the above

  • HEC and Bocconi should be the next tier for IB but seem to be less targeted for London AM (someone please correct me if I'm wrong). 
  • Imperial's Business School isn't as good as the College - if you have a quant interest, consider doing an Imperial course with mathematics in its name. For quant research at somewhere like PIMCO, that's probably going to place better than LBS or LSE
  • Same point as HEC/Bocconi for the other acronym soup continental schools - don't think AM placement is as good as IB is. Still, all the schools on your list except Manchester (unless you have really strong WE) will give you at least some chance of breaking in.
  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Feb 12, 2022 - 8:11am

The problem with Manchester (and I know because I study there) is the lack of a "finance culture" compared to the other universities listed here. The facilities are absolutely stellar, and you'll have more fun than any of the other universities. However, for finance go elsewhere.

Manchester's MSc Marketing, for example, is top 5 globally, but that's irrelevant.

Even when it comes down to societies, university resources and company events all the others edge it out.

I've loved my time at Manchester and wouldn't change it for the world. But if your sole objective is to get into finance, go elsewhere.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Feb 12, 2022 - 4:19am

I don't know what the guy above is saying (LBS doesn't have Master in Financial Economics, Oxford has them) but I would assume any of these would do good, assuming you are a recent grad/senior in college:

  • Oxford Master in Financial Economics
  • LBS Master in Financial Analysis
  • LSE Master in Finance
  • Imperial College Master in Finance

Apart from these I am not sure - I'm sure HEC or other European schools have good schools, but if you get into one of four above (or top three), you should be getting the necessary career support to achieve your goals.

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Feb 12, 2022 - 6:33am

This topic has been discussed a million times, just search it: https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/european-masters-rankings this post by Pan European Monkey is spot on.

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Feb 12, 2022 - 8:34am

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