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MSc Finance and Private Equity

MSc Finance and Private Equity

The MSc Finance and Private Equity is ideal for those who wish to pursue a broad-based Finance Masters at the same time as specialising in the study and practice of private equity. Launched in 2010/11, this programme supported by a major investment into the teaching and research of private equity at LSE by Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group.

The Programme offers the following benefits:

  • Study in one of the most highly-rated Finance departments in the world - a leader for its research, teaching and institutional links.
  • Close interaction with LSE's Financial Markets Group (FMG), which each year attracts some of the leading international finance researchers to present at its many academic research seminars and practitioner conferences (see FMG).
  • The opportunity for high-level graduates to gain a comprehensive foundation in the field of finance, and subsequent depth in private equity (without necessarily having a specific background in the subject), allowing access to a variety of finance-based careers.
  • Graduates of this programme have excellent career prospects. The most recent data, for 2010/11, shows that 6 months after graduation Department of Finance students graduating that year achieved an average starting salary of over £57,000 and that 92% were engaged in employment, further education or taking time out. These statistics are taken from the DLHE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) survey, overseen by the Higher Education Statistics Agency for the UK Government and sample at least 80% of UK graduates and at least 50% of non-UK graduates. Further information on this is provided by LSE Careers Service.
  • Access to a number of specifically-designed applied courses based on case study teaching.

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Important Information for Applicants

The MSc Finance (Full-time) and the MSc Finance and Private Equity are identical programmes with the exception of one exclusive, mandatory course in Private Equity available only to MSc Finance and Private Equity students, in which those students must do their dissertation.

Therefore applicants should not select one of these programmes as their 1st course choice and the other as their 2nd course choice. Instead applicants should select their preferred programme only. If the MSc Finance and Private Equity is the preferred option applicants should demonstrate why they are particularly suitable for, and want to study, private equity.

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