After seeing an increase in terms of masters related questions over the forums I have decided to do a ranking for all masters, as well as their focus. As always any input will be appreciated and will update the post with quotes.
This is purely for IB and London - European masters would probably be higher if considering T2 cities such as Paris/Frankfurt/Zurich
Tier 1 - IB, PE and MBB placement:
Oxford MFE: very academic program placing very well in IB/Consulting (albeit lower demand)/PE (rare but doable). Requirements are GMAT>720 + 1st class or equivalent, little focus on work experience
LSE MSc Finance: program a little less academic than Oxford but with an amazing placement in IB + sometimes PE. Requirements are 1st class, GMAT is optional but I'd say GMAT>700, work experience is a bonus.
LBS MFA: career focused program, amazing placement across the finance spectrum. Requirements: high 2.1 (65+), GMAT>680, work experience highly valued
Tier 1.5 - Almost top tier - less known internationally (outside Europe):
HEC MIF: Great placement both in France and London with people at MBB, in PE/IB
Bocconi MSc Finance: Similar to HEC for Italy
LSE MSc A&F: Similar as above although less competitive therefore less recognised but with a great placement nevertheless
Tier 2 - Strong IB and MBB Placement:
LSE MIM: Samilar requirements as A&F, places in consulting too, less finance focused - 2 years, allows to do summer internship -> FT for people with less work experience
LBS MIM: similar to LSE's MIM in terms of placement, career focused and similar to the MFA in terms of requirements.
SSE/ESSEC/ESCP/St.Gallen/WHU: Great placement across the board, often favoured by local students, GMAT>680, 1st class, work experience counts for 20%~
Imperial MSc Finance: Similar to LSE A&F program
Tier 2.5 - Strong IB Placement:
Warwick MSc Finance: Places well for some people with solid work experience - only for Europeans - internationals struggle placing into IB.
ESADE MSc Finance:
Tier 3 - Good but placement not guaranteed:
EDHEC: Places for French student mostly - Financial Markets>>>>>
Imperial MSc A&F/ Cass MSc Finance: placement similar as Warwick MSc.
IE/CBS MSc Finance: Smaller European schools that place some students
Note: didn't consider Cambridge as most of their masters are small cohorts/niche/post experience - but they would certainly be in tier 2