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    MSc Finance / Financial Management

    Hi,
    My very sincere apologies for reviving a somewhat old and dusty thread. I am however new to this forum and could really do with some solid advise. I am a South African based and recent MBA graduate looking to pursue an MSc in Finance. I have approximately 8 years of experience in trade and investment promotion/development. I am optimistic that an MSc in Finance would allow easy entry into a development finance institution and maybe even investment banking (I hope).
    I have identified the following schools and would like to hear your comments and opinions on which programme/school would be the best with regards to cost, relevance, reputation and career prospects:

    1) University of Leicester - MSc Finance
    2) University of Liverpool - MSc Corporate Finance (Approx $7000 > other schools)
    3) Robert Gordon University - MSc Financial Management
    4) Harriot Watt EBS - MSc Financial Management

    Your comments, opinions and advice will be most appreciated.
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    The University of Michigan - Dearborn has a nice MSF program that can be completed entirely online.
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    I am a student in the Leicester MSc Finance program. It's fine if you need a grad finance degree to show you have one, but if you want something oriented more towards the sort of analysis you will have to do as an investment banker, I would suggest looking at the University of Reading's programs. I'd also look at the University of London's grad finance programs before any of the ones you listed above. If cost is the primary criterion, Leicester is your best bet.

    One other thing, there is a lot more to getting into investment banking than the specific degree you obtain- networking is much more important, and secondarily, perhaps foreign language skills. In your case, I doubt you need another masters degree- perhaps a grad certificate would be enough if you need additional academic credentials. IB is difficult to get into, so someone in your situation really needs to focus on networking .
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    Thank you very much for your advice and comments. I looked at Uni of London but was put off by the levelof difficulty and low pass rates (opinions on this forum).Can you reccomend a good graduate certificate in finance which i can do online?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imraan_B View Post
    I looked at Uni of London but was put off by the level of difficulty and low pass rates (opinions on this forum).
    Go ahead and cross off Heriot-Watt then. Pass rates for the Finance course in particular can be quite low.

    What everyone in IB tells me, you have to network, network, network. A full-time on campus program from a top school like LBS would be the best way to go.
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    My first post with regards to IB may be a bit misleading. In this regard, I am not particularly hell bent on getting into or using a finance qualification to enter the IB industry. What I’m looking for is a good distance learning finance degree at Masters level. Obviously the qualification should lead to better prospects in my current profession (Investment promotion/economic development). If the programme leads to opportunities within the IB industry it would be nothing but a cherry on the top. I read that Robert Gordon University, although not very well ranked, offers a good education . Any thoughts on this? Furthermore, just how difficult can the Uni of London be? I’m sure it’s achievable.
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    Color me confused. What does economic development have to do with working in investment banking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by muaranah View Post
    Color me confused. What does economic development have to do with working in investment banking?
    I am going to try to explain, as briefly as I can, and hopefully you will be able to draw the link between the two. The part of ED that I am involved in has to do with identifying, packaging and facilitating finance for industrial investment opportunities. This requires a very good background and know-how in marketing , finance, technology and management. At some point in time, these businesses expand and some of them go the IPO route. Others get acquired or merge. In this situation, our offices act as advisors (to a certain extent) and assist with valuations, etc. I am of the opinion (and I could be very wrong) that IBs require very similar skills and know-how. Nevertheless, I would like to be more involved in the expansion/M&A phase and a specialized degree in finance would see me get there in a more senior role. I would like to hear your suggestions and look forward to your advise as you seem to be very knowledgeable.
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    Sounds like private equity advisory to me and you are correct that there is a significant overlap in skills between PE and IB. You already have an MBA and also work experience in this field, no? I don't see why you need a finance degree in addition- or do the firms you want to work for demand an MSc in Finance? I work for a private equity advisory firm and there really is no substitute for experience and contacts. That said, look at the the UK's University of Reading's finance programs.
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    [QUOTE=muaranah;337334]Sounds like private equity advisory to me and you are correct that there is a significant overlap in skills between PE and IB. You already have an MBA and also work experience in this field, no? I don't see why you need a finance degree in addition- or do the firms you want to work for demand an MSc in Finance? I work for a private equity advisory firm and there really is no substitute for experience and contacts. That said, look at the the UK's University of Reading's finance programs.[/QUOTE

    My apologies for the delayed response. I am caught up with the World Cup - what an electric vibe. Your comments on expereince and contacts could not be further from the truth. I have looked at and researched the University of Reading's MSc Corporate Finance. Seems excellent but the cost is however way out of my league, especially since i am going to be using a student loan to finance this degree. I notice that you are not particulary keen on the programme from Leicester. Please share your experiences, etc. Also, how did you get into PE advisory? what is your academic background.
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