Our MSc Finance programme has ranked ninth in the world and takes the top spot as the number one UK-based school in the Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking 2020.
This ranking affirms our place as a globally top-ranked MSc Finance programme and is a testament to our world-class Department of Finance and brilliant student and alumni community.
Career progress of our graduates
In the FT ranking, our MSc Finance ranked highly across various criteria related to the career success of the surveyed class of 2017. We jumped 23 places for the career progress of graduates and six places for their salary percentage increase.
In addition, the class of 2017 rated our Careers service very highly. At the Business School, our Careers offering to students is truly world-class. All students have access to one-to-one careers support, industry-specific careers specialists, mock interview practice sessions, help to negotiate job offers and workshops on a range of topics from tailoring their CV to personal branding.
Leila Guerra, Vice-Dean (Education) of the Business School, said:
At a time when students are increasingly focused on the career outcomes of their degree programmes, it is wonderful to see such progress in our career-related metrics. This is an area in which we have invested a lot and we are now seeing the results – which are in line with the feedback we are receiving from recruiters about the growing reputation of our graduates.
One of the students in the surveyed class of 2017, Maeva Montagnier, accepted an offer at Morgan Stanley for the 2017 Investment Banking Summer internship programme following the MSc Finance. She converted her internship into a full-time role as a Fixed Income Capital Markets Analyst.
Maeva said: “When I had my interview coming up with Morgan Stanley I looked up the transportation sector, which is an area I have worked within in the past, technology because that is where the company specialise, and the consumer retail sector because it is of particular interest to me. I found the subscription to FACTVIA very helpful as well, for when I wanted to find out information about companies that is not easily accessible to the public, and I also used the Careers CV workshops.”
Alumni of the class of 2017 have embarked on careers in many different facets of the finance industry, from more traditional roles in banking, investment funds and credit unions to more emerging areas such as fintech.
Matteo Majnoni d’Intignano, MSc Finance class of 2017, went on to secure a role as a Credit Risk Analyst at iwoca, a fintech credit risk startup following the programme. He has been promoted at the organisation multiple times and is now a Product Manager. Matteo said:
I would never have thought about joining the fintech industry before the Business School. I had heard about it of course, but never actually considered it. Thanks to the various modules I took in the second part of the year and the multiple speakers we had the chance to welcome at the Business School, I became more and more drawn to the industry. It became obvious to me that this was exactly what I wanted: a mix between finance (my background) and technology (my newly acquired skillset). It is fair to say my career changed a lot, going from the old world of investment banking to join the ‘cool kids’ of fintech.
Ranking highly for diversity factors
Our MSc Finance also ranked in the top 10 for several diversity-related criteria, including the international makeup of our faculty, the number of languages spoken by students, the international mobility of its graduates and the gender balance of our advisory board.
Diversity continues to be a strong focus at Imperial College Business School, and we are very pleased to see our efforts reflected in these rankings. Current student of the MSc Finance 2019-20 class said:
“My cohort is best described as diverse. This is not only in reference to my classmates’ cultural backgrounds but also to their academic backgrounds. I have met people from across the globe and from a diverse group of degrees, including both natural and social sciences.”
We look forward to watching our current and future alumni of the globally top-ranked MSc Finance excel in their careers, benefit society and be the future leaders of business and society.