European Master Finance

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Hey everyone,

as there is a similiar topic about US application to MFin programmes, I thought People would also like to discuss applications and strengths/weaknesses of the European programmes. I know that most universities are just starting their application process, but, at least to me, it would be interesting to hear who was invited to an interview and where everyone is applying.
Also, if People are interested, I think it would be good idea to start collecting application Deadlines.
I'll make a start, I am currently in the process of applying to LSE and St Gallen (MBF). Other programmes that I am considering are that of HEC Paris and possibly Stockholm. Do you have any other recommendations which universities I should consider given my Goal of getting into Banking (Frankfurt or London) in the short-term and possibly moving to the buy-side in the medium term? Really thankful for any advice and would also like to help others/give advice :)
Cheers!

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Oct 20, 2015

From personal experience I would recommend looking at schools in London rather than Frankfurt or Zurich. London is significantly bigger from a market/transaction volume point of view compared to other European cities. The proximity to the City and Canary Wharf alone is worth the very high cost of living.

If people are interested in learning a new language / have exposure to a different culture, it might help to consider Zurich, Stockholm, others.

Apr 20, 2016

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Oct 20, 2015

OP,
Do you have a European passport? What is your background? Also, do you speak any other languages? If you don't speak German, Frankfurt/Zurich might be hard.

Oct 21, 2015

I am actually from Germany, but would like to do masters abroad, thats why WHU and other German universities arent an Option for me currently.
my Bachelors University is in Frankfurt and I will be doing an internship at the Frankfurt Office of an EB between my Bachelors and masters. But I would prefer to kick-off my career in London.
Also my Gmat score is quite high (>730) and I try to make to most out of it. Thus my question.

Also, does anyone has experiences concerning recruitment coming from a 1-year masters degree? As most programmes start in September, is it correct, that applying to companies is basically the first Thing to do?

Oct 21, 2015
t1993h:

I am actually from Germany, but would like to do masters abroad, thats why WHU and other German universities arent an Option for me currently.my Bachelors University is in Frankfurt and I will be doing an internship at the Frankfurt Office of an EB between my Bachelors and masters. But I would prefer to kick-off my career in London.Also my gmat score is quite high (>730) and I try to make to most out of it. Thus my question.

Also, does anyone has experiences concerning recruitment coming from a 1-year masters degree? As most programmes start in September, is it correct, that applying to companies is basically the first Thing to do?

That changes everything. I can agree that LSE and St Gallens are probably your best bets. Other than that, Oxbridge might not be bad. I went to HEC (MBA, not Specialized Masters) and I know the school places very well in London, especially since Francois Hollande. I had a couple of friends who did the Specialized Masters and got internships in London (although not jobs, work permit issue).

Apr 20, 2016
dirknowitzki:

I am thinking about picking up up an European masters in finance type of degree, partly for the education and partly for the cultural experience. Anyone have relevant info regarding these degrees/institutions? EDHEC masters in risk/Asset Management or finance, LSE masters in accounting and finance, bocconi masters in corporate finance, london business school masters in finance? Are the graduates mainly straight out of college and entering the same analyst jobs or are there better opportunities? Any relevant info is appreciated.

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Apr 20, 2016

If you are targeting an Analyst role in London, then this is not a bad idea if you can't get in without it. And of the schools you mentioned, LSE would be by far your best choice in terms of placement in the industry.

If you want to go to New York, I don't think this helps very much.

If you want to be an Associate (i.e. you already have work experience), get an MBA instead. I have many friends (more than 5) doing such degrees and having no luck getting Associate roles because these places are viewed as Analyst recruiting places. (To clarify, LBS and to a lesser degree Bocconi are recruited for Associates but much more out of the MBA programs).

If you can get a banking job without this, I would skip this degree and just start working. I don't think these specialty degrees help you all that much professionally unless you want to do something really specific that requires it. Otherwise, get your MBA later (also worthless in terms of what you learn, but professionally valuable).

Apr 20, 2016

any more oppinions about edhec?

Apr 20, 2016

EDHEC's quite good actually. The master in risk and Asset Management is well known in Europe, particularly in london.Good research department Though. Should try this one

Apr 20, 2016

If you want to enter as an associate, I'd highly recommend LBS's Masters in Finance.

Apr 20, 2016

guys any idea abt ETH zurich Masters in Advanced Finance? what are the placement chances for non-EU students?

Feb 27, 2016

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Oct 21, 2015
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