MSc Finance & Economics Student Profiles


Our current students and recent alumni share their experiences of the MSc Finance & Economics programme, finding a job, life in London and much more.

Tarek Badrakhan

Tarek Badrakhan 
BSc Economics, London School of Economics

While I was lucky enough to obtain a number of jobs and work placements in finance after my Bachelors degree, ranging from wealth management to equity research, I felt as though I was lacking the theoretical rigour offered by a top degree in finance. 

The programme is a marathon, not a sprint.  What ultimately matters is the level of understanding you have gained towards the end of the programme. It may be that certain areas of the course have to be revisited a number of times, or that you form study groups with peers (highly recommended) to piece together the more challenging topics. 

Frequent networking sessions with alumni have proved extremely helpful, both for expanding our contact base and gaining a deeper understanding of firms and areas of finance. On the lighter side, highlights include a department trip to Brighton, bowling & karaoke night and renting out part of a hotel bar to play shuffleboard - the Department of Finance certainly knows how to treat its students!

My post-graduation plan is to study for an MSc in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning to complement the financial and economic theory obtained in this course.

Mariana Monteiro

Mariana Monteiro
Bachelor of Economics, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janiero

Among all the school options I had, I couldn’t have made a better choice. This Master’s has given me the chance to learn the roots of finance. It has challenged me in all aspects and LSE has given me a priceless experience, despite the amount of personal work and focus demanded, I’ve been taught by academic leaders who are breaking the frontier of knowledge. I’ve met extraordinary people from all over the world who surely will be performing important roles in our society tomorrow.

Given the high level of the courses and the amount of content, do your best to keep on track during the class period so that you can take full advantage of all the opportunities and knowledge that LSE offers. Attending  LSE events and joining societies is  a great informal way to learn more and meet incredible people in the LSE community Finally enjoying what London has to offer will help you cope with the high demands of this Master’s degree.

Ricardo Rodrigues

Ricardo Rodrigues
Now at NERA Economic Consulting

By joining the MSc Finance & Economics programme at such a prestigious university, you gain a competitive advantage, either in academia or in the corporate sector.The combination of both economics and finance, for someone who isn’t sure which path to follow, is interesting due to the graduate-level exposure to both areas.

The balance between theory (through the core courses) and practice (through the electives) was a key point in my decision.The quality of the teaching and intensity of the programme, as well as the camaraderie with the cohort, have all helped my personal and professional development. I’d also highlight the support provided by the Department, specifically in terms of assisting with finding job openings and promoting several social networking events. Being at LSE has also made me consider the possibility of joining a PhD programme in the future.

Snehal

Snehal
BA (Hons) Economics, University of Delhi

If you are looking to challenge yourself, then this is the programme for you. MSc Finance & Economics is demanding, but it certainly prepares you for anything and everything that is out there.

My advice to any prospective student on the MSc Finance & Economics programme would be to start from the very first day. The only trick to ace this course is to be regular. There is simply no substitute for consistency.

Being a part of an extensively diverse classroom provided me with a wide spectrum of opinions and experiences, which definitely expanded my field of view and helped me look at a problem from different perspective. And you surprise yourself: by the end of the year, all those late nights make sense. Regular “class activities” also offered a chance to unwind and make memories. 

Sun Yong Kim

Sun Yong Kim
Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Economics, University of New South Wales 
 
I saw the programme as the perfect preparation for pursuing a PhD in Finance. Top Finance PhD programs recognise the quality of this training which is why the MSc Finance & Economics programme has a long established history of placing students in the top 10 US Finance PhD programmes. 

Having read many of Professor Ian Martin's papers during my undergraduate years, I was most excited to be able to take his FM436 classes, which were truly illuminating and a highlight of the programme. He was also easily accessible outside class to talk about his research as well as general advice for prospective PhD students. 

The programme is intense and fast-paced so it is essential to come prepared to work hard from the beginning. There is a rapid learning curve over a short period of time so addressing any academic weaknesses in the critical areas of mathematics, economics and statistics before the start of the programme is important. The F&E programme was not only the most challenging academic experience of my life but also the most humbling. Coming to terms with the fact that I was not the smartest person in the class was difficult at first but helped give me the confidence to ask for help when needed. I would not have gained half as much from the programme had I not collaborated extensively with my classmates both academically and socially.

After graduation, I will commence my Finance PhD at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  

Xuan Ji

Xuan Ji
Now at China Investment Corporation

The programme provides rigorous and challenging courses for financial economics, and helps to boost your academic research skills. I was impressed by the strong consistency of compulsory courses and preparatory courses. The fundamental knowledge learned in the preparatory courses are heavily applied in the courses that follow, and that truly reflects the careful design of the programme.

The programme offers great prospects for both research and professions, with top faculty and excellent career services. I strongly recommend students grasp all the opportunities and resources provided by the program to achieve their goals.

Yavuzhan Yilancioglu

 Yavuzhan Yilancioglu 
Bachelor in Economics and Maths, Bogazici University

The MSc Finance & Economics programme differs from others in its critical approach to financial markets. To get a good grasp of finance, you need to get your hands dirty with mathematics, economics and econometrics. Rather than memorising, you need to derive theories and statistical results by yourself. Only after that you can go beyond the repetition and critically approach your findings.

The progamme has a relatively small class size, which creates a very active and inclusive in-class experience. Learning from the some of the world’s best researchers in finance and being a part of a closely-knit cohort of bright and hardworking students is a great experience. The faculty is highly involved with the programme. For example, most of the problem solution sessions are taught by the faculty members themselves in classes of 10 to 15, which is rarely the case elsewhere. Moreover, the administrative staff does a great job to ensure that we make the most of both the academic environment and the career opportunities at LSE. Thanks to the staff’s efforts, there is a successful feedback mechanism which ensures that students' views are taken into account.

After graduation, I will be working at Oliver Wyman’s Istanbul Office as a consultant in financial services.  

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