Imperial College London Msc finance

By | 16th June 2017

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Imperial College London Msc finance

A challenging programme preparing graduates for a wide range of careers in the competitive financial services sector.

Programme description

MSc Finance is a one-year, full-time programme with a proven track record in getting students the best jobs in the finance industry such as investment banking, asset management and consultancy .

The programme provides a unique combination of the latest research, practical application and a broad range of topics. On this CFA partner programme, you will learn from leading practitioners and world-class faculty how to put the latest academic thinking and business strategies into practice.

After completing core modules to develop your financial base, you have the opportunity to customise your degree to meet your personal career ambitions through electives. Your choice of electives includes two international options which allow you to experience finance in a different economy.

Our dedicated Careers and Professional Development Service will work with you to identify and achieve your career goals by providing provide highly relevant and unlimited one-to-one support, as well as regular workshops and networking opportunities.

Imperial College London Msc finance

Academic requirement

Preferably a First Class Honours degree or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a recognised university or the international equivalent in a highly quantitative discipline such as:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Science

There are no specific ‘A’ Level criteria, but many banks and companies in the financial sector have very strict grade requirements for their graduate programmes. We strongly recommend that you research the entry requirements of any companies you are interested in working for.

Prerequisite knowledge requirements

MSc Finance is a highly quantitative programme and therefore all students commencing the programme are expected to be proficient in probability, calculus, matrix algebra and real analysis.

Complete our online Maths test to determine if you are suitable to apply for the programme

GMAT is not required for MSc Finance, but a well-balanced GMAT result with 650 or higher overall will add weight to your application. The current class average from students who have taken GMAT is 700.

If your undergraduate degree is not in a highly mathematical discipline you will need to demonstrate your suitability with excellent results in your quantitative modules. Submitting a GMAT or GRE result is also highly recommended. A score of at least 48/60 in the quantitative section of GMAT, or at least 750 (old test) or 159 (new test) in the quantitative section of GRE will add weight to your application.

You should use the ‘Quantitative Experience Statement’ on the application form to list the most advanced quantitative courses that you have taken in your academic career to date and to provide brief examples of the relevant topics covered by the programme.

Imperial College London Msc finance

Career planning

The MSc Finance programme aims to prepare students for successful careers through teaching highly relevant topics and their practical application, alongside specialised and integrated support from our Career and Professional Development Service. Therefore, when we are selecting candidates, an understanding of the financial sector and well researched short and long term career goals are essential criteria. You have the opportunity to demonstrate your career plan through the Career Planning Questions on the application form, and this is an extremely important aspect of your application.

All candidates, regardless of your level of previous work experience are expected to provide evidence of your research into the professional areas, roles and potential employers that you are considering pursuing after you graduate – as well as the challenges you may face in your career and the skills you possess to help you succeed.

Prospective students are strongly recommended to undertake relevant internships and work placements and list them in the ‘Industrial/Professional Experience’ section of the application form and your CV, as this will add weight to your application. If you are committed to a career in the finance sector, we expect to see evidence of how you’ve been building your professional experience and knowledge throughout your undergraduate degree.

Although there is not a strict limit on the amount of work experience that is accepted for the programme, candidates with more than three years of professional experience may wish to consider our Imperial MBA programme which offers core courses in the fundamental areas of business and the option to select a range of finance elective courses. If you wish to discuss whether the Imperial MBA is a more suitable option, our Recruitment Team would be happy to arrange a personal consultation.

Imperial College London Msc finance

English language requirement

All programmes at Imperial College Business School are linguistically demanding, and therefore strong English language skills are critical to academic success on your MSc and in your future career. The English language entry requirements listed here are the minimum scores needed for admission, successful students typically demonstrate higher levels of achievement.

Candidates who are required to take an English test to meet the language requirement are strongly encouraged to take this before applying and supply their scores as part of the online application. A strong result in an approved English language test will add weight to your application.

A full list of acceptable English language qualifications and our required scores can be found on our detailed English language requirement page.

The most common ways that applicants meet the requirements are:

  • IELTS (academic): A minimum score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in all elements
  • TOEFL iBT: A minimum score of 100 overall with minimum scores of 22 in all elements
  • Degree studied in and awarded by an English-speaking country AND successful performance in an English language interview, conducted by the Business School’s English language instructor, which would be arranged if you receive an offer.

Note:

  • IELTS and TOEFL scores are only valid if they are less than two years old on the programme start date.
  • The College defines English-speaking countries as: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America and West Indies. Holders of degrees from any other countries would not be considered for an interview.