Cambridge Master of Finance (MFin) or..?

Hello all,

I have an offer from Cambridge for their Master of Finance program (MFin) and am wondering if the program is worth the cost.

My background is 2 years of entry level position at a central bank and am currently pursuing a MA in economics for quantitative/economic modelling knowledge and my goal is to break into AM/credit/investment research roles.

I'm not a european and my main concern is if the MFin will provide enough recruitment opportunity both in the UK and outside of the UK, and if MBAs would be money better spent (as some argue).

Happy to have inputs from anyone familiar with the program or have any suggestions.

Thanks!

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Jul 20, 2018 - 1:27am

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Jul 25, 2018 - 3:54am

Based on your previous experience, you need to ask yourself how realistically you could get into a top MBA because IMO doing a mediocre MBA is an even bigger waste of money. MFin from Cambridge is in no way a waste of money, you'll be learning a lot at one of the best and more recognised universities internationally and this could help you land jobs outside the UK very easily. Considering the mean years of work experience in that course at 4, it would be like doing an MBA.

Unless it's a time sensitive thing, keep this option in your back pocket and explore (via networking with alumni or uni people) how likely you are to get into a top MBA. If you want to work in the US then any of the M7 schools would be a very good option to consider too but if you don't then unless you can get into Wharton, HBS, Booth or INSEAD I would take Cambridge (IMO).

Aug 4, 2018 - 9:36pm

Ignore whatever else it's Cambridge and probably stronger than your school for MA now, otherwise why apply at all

The other who-knows? Is your own financial picture. Can you handle full-time studying costs, is losing your central bank job a bad thing?

Lastly you can then guesstimate your job prospects etc

Aug 5, 2018 - 9:36pm

I know lots of people, who did their bachelor's in Cambridge. However, none of them did their Master's there. To be honest, I never asked why but I think there must be a reason, why former students of this university seek for a different Master's programme than as the one offered in their latest school. I am, however, sure it is not because of new experiences ;)
I think the Master's in Cambridge is in relation to the costs not as 'precious' as a bachelor there.

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Aug 23, 2018 - 7:24pm

Indeed. In the end, you can break it down to this. However, I do believe that Cambridge is still a better place for your Bachelor's degree than for your Master's. Unless one strives for an academic career. However, I assume Life2Hard has some different job perspectives with a Master of Finance ;)
Nonetheless, Cambridge is a great university and you get to know great people. (good for networking and future aspects, I guess)

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