Programme: MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering
Institute and subject studied for Undergraduate degree: University College Dublin, BSc Economics & Finance
Work history before Imperial College: Sales & Trading Summer Intern, Morgan Stanley & Audit & Tax Intern, PwC
Awards/achievements: Imperial College Business School Scholarship, University College Dublin Entrance Scholar, Deloitte Prize Winner for Undergraduate Accounting Results, Founding Member & Secretary, UCD Investors & Entrepreneurs Society, Co-Head, Irish U
Favourite place in London: Probably East London, where I live. There are lots of cool bars and restaurants, which offer a nice escape from work at the weekend.
Choosing the MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering Programme
”The course attracts a diverse set of students and I have been introduced to many new cultures and backgrounds. Considering the financial industry spreads across the globe, the experience of working with so many different nationalities will be useful in my future career.”
I chose to study an MSc in Risk Management & Financial Engineering at Imperial College because of the course content, lecturers and industry reputation. Since the financial crisis, markets have focused much more on asset pricing and accounting for risk. The MSc presents these topics from a theoretical base but also demonstrates their usefulness in industry. A balance between qualitative and quantitative subjects allows students to gain a solid understanding of topical financial concepts. Imperial College Business School has built up a strong reputation among employers and academics, which is demonstrated by the high calibre of lecturers – some of whom are world renowned experts in their fields.
The MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering is distinct due to a combination of world-renowned lecturers and a flexible degree structure. Apart from the core modules on the programme, students can choose from a wide range of subjects and tailor their MSc to meet their interests and goals. It is mandatory for students to take VBA classes but they have the option to learn C++ also. Importantly students have the choice between a traditional academic thesis or the course Applied Financial Research Project (AFR). Students who wish to pursue a career in academia can undertake the thesis while those looking for industry roles can team up with a sponsor to work on an AFR. The degree of flexibility and choice is definitely a unique selling point for the MSc.
The Business School also regularly hosts guest lectures and seminars from alumni and prominent academics in the financial world. These events give students the opportunity to expand their development outside the classroom. At the same time, a number of modules offered on the MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering programmes are taught by outside professors and lecturers who come from Central Banks, Asset Managers and large Investment Banks. This provides a great connection between students and the financial industry.
The MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering requires a high level of commitment and hard work, but it is also important to enjoy your time on the programme. I feel I have struck a good balance of keeping on top of the workload, achieving good grades and taking the opportunity to make new friends in a great city. The programme has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of important financial topics and to expand my personal perspective at the same time. The course attracts a diverse set of students and I have been introduced to many new cultures and backgrounds. Considering the financial industry spreads across the globe, the experience of working with so many different nationalities will be useful in my future career.
Having completed a summer internship at Morgan Stanley I received a full-time offer to join the firm at the start of my MSc programme. I plan to start working at Morgan Stanley in July, after my final set of exams. Although the course runs until the end of August, I have elected to take the Applied Financial Research Project which allows students to undertake a study in conjunction with an industry sponsor. I’m hoping to develop a project which can be put to use in the bank.
The Imperial Community
I was fortunate to know a number of people who had studied at Imperial College Business School previously, which allowed me to gain an insight into the culture and experience on an MSc programme here. These are important characteristics that students should take into account when deciding on where to study. Imperial also has a huge range of clubs and societies to join. There is a fair at the start of the academic year where you can go and sign up. I joined the Finance, Economics and Irish societies. There’s definitely something for everyone.
Living in London
”The city has lots to offer, with many different boroughs creating a unique village-like experience while the centre is a world-famous hub of entertainment and culture.”
It has been a truly mind-opening, enjoyable and beneficial experience. The city has lots to offer, with many different boroughs creating a unique village-like experience while the centre is a world-famous hub of entertainment and culture. I would advise any student coming to Imperial to make sure they get out and explore this great city!
The luxury of a campus setting in the middle of London allows Imperial College to foster a real sense of community. The many cafés, restaurants and bars provide students with space to interact both for university work and to relax after lectures. The Business School host regular social events so that students across the programmes get to know each other, which is important for many reasons.
If you had to pick two things about the MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering programme that you enjoy the most what would they be?
The two things I enjoy most about the MSc Risk Management & Financial Engineering programme would be the cutting-edge course content and the ability to study in the centre of London. Combining these two things allows you to develop both professionally and personally, which are both important as you embark on a career in such a fast-paced and competitive industry.