8/14/12

Hello,

I am from India and I have an Engineering degree with 2 years of work exp.

I am looking to get into Finance industry, specially into Hedge funds.

I checked the MSc finance ranking on FT.com. Most of these schools are in UK.
I wanted to know what are the job prospects for asian students after the completion of MSc finance program in UK.

Also, from placement point of view, if not in UK, will the MSc Finance degree from one of the below mentioned universities be helpful to secure a job in other financial markets like US, Europe, Singapore or Hong Kong.

I have shortlisted following universities which i think i can manage to get into.

Cranfield University
Warwick business school
Imperial college, London

I am still doing some research and might add some more colleges to above list.
Please suggest me other good colleges if I have missed any.

Thanks in advance.

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8/14/12

If Cranfield is in the UK, don't bother. Imperial is top-notch with Warwick only slightly below. Look into UCL as well.

Accepted.com
8/14/12

Where's Cranfield? You might as well try LSE too.

The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

8/14/12

I'm at Imperial at the moment (physics undergrad) and I've spoken to many of the professors/students of the course as I was considering it a few months ago. Hopefully I can give you some insight.

It is considered to be in the top 5 of the UK's MSc Finance courses. It is heavily targeted by investment banks, but not as much as the LSE course.

It is renowned to be the most quantitatively rigorous finance course in the country, and by a long way. It is mainly taken up by maths/science/engineering grads, and there have been stories where even they have struggled with some of the mathematical aspects.

It also incorporates programming and covers most of the CFA curriculum.

It's considered to be the top feeder to hedge funds in the UK (both from undergrad and grad), presumably because the graduates have gone through such quantitative training. It's quite common that those who do go into HF go as algo traders. I would say it has very strong links with the HF industry, if not the strongest out of the UK universities.

The negatives are that it is massively overpriced for what it is, if I'm not mistaken, it's the most expensive finance course in the UK. Imperial isn't a properly established business school (the business school is only like 8 years old), so it hasn't really built a reputation (yet).

As for cranfield, well to be frank very (VERY) few people know of it. Those who do regard it very highly but I believe its place on the FT rankings does not represent it's standing in the UK at all. It generally attracts the older crowd (i.e. those in their 30s, 40s who are looking to be promoted or enter a new sector). It's more targeted by government establishments and FTSE 250 type corporations. Forget about anybody outside the UK recognising this uni.

Warwick business school is solid but oddly enough the grad courses aren't as highly regarded by the finance sector as warwick's undergrad courses. By that I mean, nowadays warwick undergrads get picked up by banks like hotcakes, where as it isn't quite as easy for those from warwick's grad school.

8/14/12

Thank you very much guys. I am also planning to do CFA, so I think Imperial will be a good choice.

Also, can anyone provide me similar information about the IE business school, Spain and HEC Paris.

$atyajit

8/14/12

I'm sorry to break the bad news but I really don't think you can finance any good MSc with a budget of 10k unless you have at least a part-time job or can continue living at home. At many of the really good schools tuition will already get most of your budget or even exceed it.
The fact that you also have a low grade also means you won't get any scholarships.

So sure, I can tell you that going to Bocconi, ESADE, IE, HEC, ESCP, SSE, HSG or RSM (leaving out British schools) would help you with achieving your goal but this doesn't seem very realistic.

The amount of grammar mistakes is also not very promising, if I can be honest.

Maybe someone here can tell you about some hidden gems in European MSc programs with your desired specialization but this will be tough since you already have 2 very big issues flagged in your intro. Potentially it would help you to start working for a year or so to compensate for your grades and at the same time earn some cash?

Nonetheless, welcome to WSO and don't be discouraged - it might not be an easy way towards your goal but there are enough stories of people here who made it despite bigger obstacles!

8/14/12

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